Originally Posted by bokbabe
******!! As far as I was aware, we were applying for a Spousal Temporary Residence Permit, at the same time we applied for his Permanent Residence Permit at the SA embassy in London but, when his passport came back, it had a relatives permit in it!!
Ok, will do both then when we go to Pretoria, what a palver! Hope he can still start work in May!!!
Thank you for your invaluable help.
What you mean by "both"? If you have applied for Perm Res, then that is perfect and the application will run in the background.
In terms of working:
Legally, a foreign national needs a valid permit that authorises them to work.
There was a court case against Home Affairs that held that if a Life Partner/Spousal application is not processed within 30 days and Home Affairs does not provide a good reason, the applicant may start working for the employer.
Please note though that should Home Affairs find your husband working without a valid permit, they may still detain him (as they may not be aware of the ruling, and would first need to investigate if your husband falls within this category).
Thus, the safest option will be to have the valid permit before starting to work.
We know that the embassy/High Commission rather issues Relative's Permits instead of the Life Partner permit, and it does cause a great deal of frustration among applicants. And it seems that you are the latest example of this.