South African Immigration

South Africa Immigration

We offer assistance with all your needs for South African immigration, whether you are a first-time applicant submitting from abroad, renewing or changing a condition to your current temporary residency visa or applying for permanent residency.

Temporary residency visas can be valid for thirty days up to five years, dependent on the category relevant to your purpose. There are various visas offered to foreign nationals, such as:

  • Visitors
    "In terms of South African immigration law, there are various categories of visitor visas extending from one month to three years, such as: short term work visas, volunteer visas and research visas." Read more here
  • Volunteer
  • Accompanying Spouse/Minor to a Work Visa holder
    "It is quite common for entire families to move to South Africa once someone is offered a job in South Africa, including spouses and children, all of whom will need a long term visa to be in country." Read more here
  • Spousal
  • Short-Term Work Assignment
    "A short-term work visa is a great solution when an employer is desperately in need of an employee for a special task that should not take any longer than 90 days." Read more here
  • Study/Research
    "South Africa is a leading destination for continuing studies. Any study visa must be applied for from abroad, unless you are linked to a spouse or parent who is entering South Africa on a work visa." Read more here
  • Medical treatment
    "A medical treatment visa is a great category for an applicant who is coming to South Africa for treatment of an illness, which covers a broad category of treatments." Read more here
  • Business
    "A business visa is the ideal solution for an entrepreneur who wishes to expand or create business opportunity within South Africa." Read more here
  • Relatives
    "A foreigner who has a relative in South Africa that is either South African or a South African permanent resident may be eligible for temporary and/or permanent residency." Read more here
  • Critical Skills
    "A critical skills visa is ideal for an individual who has both academic and work experience which fall under a set list of critical skills issued by the Department of Home Affairs." Read more here
  • Intra-Company
  • Corporate
  • Retirement
  • Exchange

Permanent Residency Permits, once obtained, allow the holder to have a South African identity number and the comfort of knowing that they no longer need to renew temporary visas. There are various categories one can apply under, such as:

  • Work – through contract of employment and/or ‘exceptional’ skill
  • Spousal
  • Relative
    "A foreigner who has a relative in South Africa that is either South African or a South African permanent resident may be eligible for temporary and/or permanent residency." Read more here
  • Retirement
  • Financially independent
    "In terms of section 27(f) of the Immigration Act, an applicant can apply for permanent residency on the grounds of 'financial independence' - which is slightly different than permanent residency on retirement, but leads to the same rights and obligations once obtained." Read more here
  • Business
    "A business visa is the ideal solution for an entrepreneur who wishes to expand or create business opportunity within South Africa." Read more here

You don’t need to know which category suits you best to get started. If you’re unsure of which visa/permit category you should apply under, let us guide you based on your individual needs. Contact us today for a free initial assessment.


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