Visa Categories

Critical Skills Work Visa

Candidates who possess skills as specified on the critical skills list as published by the Department of Home Affairs, would qualify for a visa in this category.

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Intra-Company Transfer Visa

Ideal for multi-national organisations transferring an existing employee from a foreign branch to a branch or affiliate in South Africa.

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General Work Visa

An application for a General Work Visa requires a certificate from the Department of Labour confirming the prospective employer has been unable to find a suitable citizen.

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Corporate Visa

A corporate permit is a temporary work authorisation granted to a corporate entity to employ a pre-determined number of skilled/semi-skilled/unskilled workers.

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Business Visa

Foreigners who are contemplating investing in the South African economy by establishing a business or by investing in an existing business in the country must apply for a business visa.

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Visitors – Section 11(2)

An applicant may apply for visa authorisation to conduct work in South Africa on an urgent basis for a period of up to 3 months.

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Undesirable Status

Persons who overstay their visas may be declared undesirable on their departure. This status can be reversed through a formal application with sufficient motivation.

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Permanent Residence

In terms of granting Permanent Residency Permits, emphasis is placed on immigrants who are able to make a meaningful contribution to broadening the economic base of South Africa.

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Retired Persons visas

Retired persons visas may be issued to persons who wish to retire in South Africa, provided that such persons comply with the financial requirements.

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Study Visa

A study visa allows a foreign national to reside in the Republic whilst studying at a South African institution of primary, secondary, or tertiary education.

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Spousal and Life Partner Visa

Spouses and life partners of South African citizens and temporary or permanent residency holders are permitted to reside in South Africa based on their relationship.

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Relative’s Visa

A relative’s visa may be issued for a prescribed period by the Director-General to a foreigner who is a member of the immediate family of a South African citizen or a permanent resident.

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Volunteer Visa

A visitor’s visa under section 11(1)(b)(II), also known as a volunteer visa,
allows the holder thereof to perform voluntary and charitable work in South Africa.

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