There are numerous visas to be considered by potential longer term visitors to South Africa.
BIC will advise you on the most suitable permit for you, in line with the latest regulations of The South African Department of Home Affairs, giving you the greatest chance of a successful application. It is of utmost importance to note that no long term visa can be applied for when one is one a visitor visa in SA, except if the applicant is the spouse / dependent child of a long term visa holder who wishes to apply for a work visa or study visa.
Foreign nationals who are married to a SA citizen / permanent residence holder can apply for an accompany spouse visa, dependent children can also qualify for this visa.
Foreign nationals who are in a permanent heterosexual / homosexual relationship with a SA citizen / residence holder can apply for an accompany life partner permit, provided that proof can be shown of a period of at least 24 months cohabitation and shared financial responsibilities.
The following is a very brief discussion of options available. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
- Study visa
- Treaty Visa
- Business Visa
- Medical treatment Visa
- Relative’s Visa
- Work Visa
- Retired Persons Visa
- Exchange Permit
This visa is available to those who wish to study in South Africa. An applicant will be able to take up part time employment not exceeding 20 hours per week during term time and may take up full time employment within the holiday period of studies, if enrolled for higher education. If an applicant needs to undertake practical training, which will form part of his studies, permission should be obtained from the SA Department of Home Affairs. Apart from various other general requirements, an applicant will have to provide a letter from the relevant academic institution to confirm the course to be taken, period of studies and that fees have been paid. Medical provision for minor children must also be confirmed.
A treaty visa can be obtained if the applicant is a citizen of a country with which SA has a treaty program. The applicant will inter alia be required to provide a letter from the country with whom SA has international agreement to confirm the details of the treaty program, confirmation that the applicant will form part of this program, description of the applicant’s activities whilst in SA, expected period of residence in SA and confirmation as to whether the applicant will be expected to be employed or not.
A person can apply for a business permit if they can invest a minimum amount of R5 000 000, but can apply through the SA Department of Trade and Industry to qualify for a lesser investment amount provided that the proposed company falls within specific sectors of the South African economy as specified by the Department of Trade and Industry. BIC will gladly provide detail in this regard when requested. Employment creation and tax compliance is of utmost importance. Foreign nationals must undertake to ensure that at least 60% of their workforce consists of SA citizens / permanent residence holders. A recommendation from the Department of Trade and industry with regards to the feasibility of the business and contribution to the national interest in the Republic is compulsory.
This visa can be applied for if a person needs to undergo medical care / procedures in the RSA which will take longer than 3 months. Confirmation must be given by a medical practitioner / medical institution in RSA as well as proof of funds to sustain costs and medical aid provision must also be shown.
This visa can be applied for by any person who can proof kinship within the second step between the applicant and the SA citizen / permanent residence holder. Financial assurance to the amount of R8 500 per month must be shown.
Various general requirements apply under this category. Please contact us for more information. Applications for this permit split into the following categories: Critical skills work visa, General Work visa, corporate work visa, Intra Company Transfer work visa.
Under this category an applicant and his/her spouse can qualify if they can show that they have a monthly income of R37 000 per couple. The length of the visa granted will depend on the amount of capital that can be shown. If a couple can i.e. show that they can derive a monthly income of R37 000 for a period of 2 years when submitting their bank statements, the relevant permits will only be issued for a period of 2 years.
Exchange permits can be arranged for studies, cultural, economical & social issues, as well as for work purposes.