Foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to South Africa, must apply for a visa to do so. The visa must also fit the activity the foreigner wish to undertake in South Africa. Here is a look at the South African visa options open to foreign nationals:
There are four work visas for South Africa. They are the critical skills visa, general work visa, intra-company transfer work visa and individual corporate workers visa. Each visa come with its own criteria and allowances.
Spousal and life partner visas
First and second kin relatives of South Africans can apply for relatives visas to join their family members in South Africa. Only first kin relatives will qualify for permanent residency.
Foreign nationals who would like to spend extended periods of time in South Africa, can apply for a retired visa. There are no age limitations on this visa.
To start or buy a business in South Africa, foreign nationals must first apply for a business visa. The minimum investment requirement is ZAR5 million.
South African companies looking to employ a large number of foreigners will find it easiest to first apply for a corporate visa. They will then be issued with corporate workers certificates. These can then be issued to foreigners to apply for their work visas. This approach speeds up the process and save the South African employer money.
The study visa is a requirement for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who are immigrating with their families to South Africa, as well as non dependent foreign students who wish to study in South Africa.
Any foreign national who find it difficult to meet the financial requirements for their desired South African visa, should consider applying for a financially independent visa. Instead of proving a monthly income, the applicant would just need to show that they have a net worth of ZAR12 million.
Find out if you are eligible for any of these South African visa options
To be able to apply for any South African visa, you must meet the requirements. Find out if you do right now by completing our quick
online assessment. One of our consultants will contact you afterwards to further discuss your eligibility.
You could also get the ball rolling by giving us a call to discuss your needs. Our Cape Town office is available on +27 (0) 21 424 2460, while you can reach our Johannesburg office at +27 (0) 234 4275. Alternatively,
request a free call back and a consultant will contact you within 24 hours to discuss the South African visa options.
Why should Intergate be your South African immigration partner?
Intergate has processed more than 9 000 visa and visa applications since our doors opened in 2005. This impressive feat would not have been possible without our team of dedicated immigration consultants, who are all qualified and registered.
Further to this, Intergate is the only immigration company in South Africa with ISO 9001 certification. This means our quality management systems were tested by an independent auditor and found to be appropriate and effective. There is no-one better to guide you through your immigration to South Africa.