Charitable workers or volunteers can obtain a Charitable visa or Volunteer visa to visit South Africa for this purpose. This type of long term visit visa is very popular amongst young overseas volunteers wanting to make a difference.
The visa will allow the holder to perform voluntary and charitable work in South Africa.
The holder of the volunteer visa may not receive remuneration for work done while on this visa.
How to qualify for the Charitable Worker Visa
To qualify for the volunteer visa, you must have the intention to volunteer during the entire stay in South Africa.
You will need an acceptance letter from a registered volunteer organisation in South Africa.
You will also need to prove that you can financially support yourself during your entire stay in South Africa. The proof will be in the form of a three-month bank statement showing sufficient funds. Your Breytenbachs consultant will be able to advise on the exact funds needed.
You will not be allowed to do any work, apart from voluntary work.
Right to Work on the Charitable Worker Visa
The visa is linked to the specific organisation for which you are doing volunteer work. If you wish to change to another organisation, you have to apply for a new visa.
Length of stay
You can stay for a period of up to three years on this type of volunteer visa. The visa is renewable.
The visa is also a multi-entry visa. The holder will, therefore, be able to enter and leave South Africa during the duration of the visa, without restriction.
The charitable worker visa does not lead to permanent residence in South Africa.