South Africa Visas, Permits and Immigration

by Jose Marc Castro on August 11, 2009

VISASouthAfrica200Immigration to South Africa offers the opportunity to live and work in one of the most culturally exciting and diverse countries in the world. If you want to migrate, you can apply for the temporary residence visa permit or the permanent residence permit.

Immigration Policy

The Immigration Act 2002 focuses on attracting skilled immigrants. This Act also includes stricter measures to control the undocumented immigrant and identify the people who enter South Africa. The Immigration Act 2002 is also known as the Community Policy and was made effective in 2005.

The immigration policy of South Africa brings a new era of democratic improvement and increased concern for human rights. Forced migrations, human rights as well as security concerns are intimately linked. The skilled immigrant is very important in South Africa because of their developing economy.

Visa Immigration Service

There are specific rules for immigration to South Africa.

The South African immigration visa allows people to enter South Africa for the following purposes:

•    a South African expedition.
•    a longer term study
•    work-based project
•    a permanent residency visa for those who want to work and live on a permanent basis

Global visa services may help you to get a South African visa through a transitory visitor visa to a lasting residence permit via some routes. Visa applications are checked at every stage of the application procedure by immigration officials.

Foreign travelers who go to South Africa for a vacation must have a valid passport. Travelers from several countries must also have a valid visa before they are allowed to enter South Africa. Citizens of the US, United Kingdom, and Germany are not required to have a visa in South Africa. These foreign nationals are allowed to stay up to ninety days in this country.

Tourists from the US, Japan, and most Commonwealth or west European countries are given free entry permit stickers indicating how long they can stay in South Africa. The visas may be managed in every stage from initial enquiry to arrival service. The South African immigration consultant may also provide an immigration lawyer who can help foreign nationals relocate to South Africa.

Citizens of Namibia are not required to possess a visa. A Namibian citizen can stay for a maximum period of thirty days.

Types of Visas

Business Visa

The South African business permits focus on the experience of the potential candidates and their entrepreneurial skills.  The South African business visa is valid for a period of twenty-four months.

South African Spousal Visa

Applicants of the same sex or heterosexual relationships can apply for a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit, depending on the relationship or marriage of the applicant. The benefit of this South African spousal visa is that a candidate is assessed purely upon their length of relationship or marital status.

Student Visa

South African immigration accepts a foreign student to enroll in a course, but the student is required to complete the course. For other short courses, the student must have a South African travel visa or a visitor visa, which is also known as the 90-day restriction. This restriction means the duration of the course should be at least three months. The student must submit the requirements listed below:

•    Letter from the educational institutions such as universities, colleges or any school, which acts as a Confirmation of Acceptance.
•    Proof of the ability of students to financially support themselves.
•    A medical insurance as well as a statement from the student doctors.
•    A passport valid for thirty days upon the completion of the course.
•    The applicant must be 18 years old and above.

Medical Visa

The South African medical visa is valid for people migrating to South Africa for treatment at a public or private hospital or in any other genuine health institute such as detoxification clinics, rehabilitation centers, old age inhabited homes, and health farms. This medical visa allows the foreigner to enter South Africa to get medical treatment. This type of visa is valid for ninety days. The requirements for the medical visa must include a letter from the medical practitioner or the institution concerned.

Visitor Visa

The visitor visa allows the applicant to travel to the South African port of entry where an official of South Africa immigration determines if the applicant will be permitted entry and for how long the applicant can stay for that visa. Applicants for the visitor visa should provide proof that they don’t plan to immigrate to the Republic of South Africa.  Requirements for this visa are listed below:

•    Passport valid for six months beyond the date of departure
•    Two passport-sized photos
•    Evidence of sufficient funds to cover visit
•    No criminal record

Types of Immigration Permit

Intra-Company Transfer Permit

This class of work permit can be issued to a foreign national permanently working abroad. It is issued by the company that also operates a subsidiary/branch or affiliate business in South Africa. Applicants are admitted by virtue of their employment and are allowed to do the job for a period of two years.

Exceptional Skill Work Permit

This exceptional skill work permit allows the Department to issue a work permit to persons with exceptional skills or special skills without having to complete the requirements such as certification and other formalities.

Retired Permit

This permit is granted to immigrants wanting to spend their retirement years in South Africa. Applicants under the retired permit must not go to South Africa to study nor establish own business or work.  The retired permits are permanent or temporary.

Immigration Policy

The Immigration Act 2002 focuses on attracting skilled immigrants. This Act also includes stricter measures to control the undocumented immigrant and identify the people who enter South Africa. The Immigration Act 2002 is also known as the Community Policy and was made effective in 2005.

The immigration policy of South Africa brings a new era of democratic improvement and increased concern for human rights. Forced migrations, human rights as well as security concerns are intimately linked. The skilled immigrant is very important in South Africa because of their developing economy.

Visa Immigration Service

The South African immigration visa allows people to enter South Africa for the following purposes:

•    a South African expedition.
•    a longer term study
•    work-based project
•    a permanent residency visa for those who want to work and live on a permanent basis

Global visa services  may help you to get a South African visa through a transitory visitor visa to a lasting residence permit via some routes. Visa applications are checked at every stage of the application procedure by immigration officials.

Foreign travelers who go to South Africa for a vacation must have a valid passport. Travelers from several countries must also have a valid visa before they are allowed to enter South Africa. Citizens of the US, United Kingdom, and Germany are not required to have a visa in South Africa. These foreign nationals are allowed to stay up to ninety days in this country.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

sunil naik March 21, 2010 at 6:03 am

I am interested to migrate to south africa. wher can i do my eligibility test.

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maninder singh June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm

i want driver job in south africa

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Muhammad Sajid August 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

how i can explore business to dubai,
uk
and
south africa

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BOYD GARBUTT April 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

WILL MY IRISH (COMMONWEALTH) PASSPORT ENTITLE ME TO AN AUTOMATIC PERMANENT VISA/RESIDENCY TO S. A. ?

IF NOT, WHAT WILL MY IRISH PASSPORT ENTITLE ME TO IN SOUTH AFRICA?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE.

SINCERELY,

BOYD V. GARBUTT [email protected]

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S.M. Ali December 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

i am a banker for last 16 years in Pakistan and want to get immgration to South Africa with related job in any bank in SA.
Wouldd u pls let me know the procedure to get the immigration and how can i fnd the job overthere in SA.
I have done my masters (MBA) from Philippines, Manila.
Awaiting your reply.

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milon chowdhury August 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm

I want to work & settle to south Africa. pls support & help me. my email no [email protected]

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RAHEEL AKRAM January 30, 2018 at 2:21 am

I’m PhD. holder “Chemist” from Beijing university of chemical technology, China, in addition, Currently i am doing work as post doctorate fellow in China, I’m 32 old, married with 1 baby and have 5 years experience as academic lecture within higher education institutions. Now, i am looking a post as doctorate fellow in South Africa, how can I immigrate to South Africa?

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Zenani Joel Bacela May 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm

I am a male married correctional-officer stationed at johannesburg correctional services for 30 years.
I would like to migrate to Singapore and continue as a correctional-officer.I
I would also like to gain the experience and skills abroad,and learn new tactics.
Kindly assist me on migrating to Singapore.

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