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My partner just arrived in SA from Italy on a critical skills visa. He will now start the job hunting process. Will he be able to open a bank account so that he can transfer some money for himself to use here? What are the requirements for a foreigner? I saw on Capitec's website they not only want to see the visa but also a work contract, which he doesn't yet have. Will any of the other banks let him open an account without a job contract?
 

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FNB only requested Visa and proof of residence in my case( but it's a few years ago). An alternative could be the use of a Prepaid MasterCard such as AptraPay (Aptra | Smart Payment Solutions). It's issued in conjunction with Standard Bank and only proof of identity is required. However, the monthly deposit is limited to a max. of R5000 per card.
 
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