SOUTH AFRICAN PERMIT
ARE YOU OUT OR IN SOUTH AFRICA?
DO YOU WANT TO RESIDE OR CONDUCT ANY ACTIVITY IN SOUTH AFRICA?
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
SOUTH AFRICA is a well organize immigration land that offert foreign nationalities, the rights and opportunities to reside and conducts any activity of their choice. You can live with a relative, work for a company or conduct your own business if you have the hability to do so.
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT (TRP):
The department of Home Affairs (DHA) of the Republic of South Africa has implement 14 types of Temporary Residence Permit in their portfolio. You can apply for the one you need and they will decide if you qualify for it and if it is the case, they will issue the permit.
List of Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and their signification:
A treaty permit is an official document that gives foreigners permission to enter South Africa to participate in programmes that have been agreed upon by South Africa and the visitors’ respective countries. A treaty permit can be applied at Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence. .
A Visitor Visa is applied at South African Embassy or Mission abroad. An applicant can apply for a renewal or change of conditions on existing visa subject to decision by Department of Home Affairs to grant the visa or permit at a Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to the applicant’s residence.
Exchange permits may be issued to foreigners who are not older than 25 years of age and wish to participate in cultural, economic or social exchange programmes administered by an organ of the State or a public higher educational institution in conjunction with an organ of a foreign state.
General Work Permit:
General work permits are valid for the duration of the contract of employment. A general work permit shall lapse if within 6 months of issuance and if every year thereafter the holder fails to submit satisfactory proof to the Director-General that he/she is still employed along with proof of the terms and conditions of the job, and the job description.
Retired Person Visa:
Retired persons’ permits may be issued to persons who wish to retire in South Africa, provided that such persons comply with the financial requirements provided for in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) and its Regulations. Applications must be made at a Visa & Permit Application Centre close to applicant’s residence.
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 permit. As an applicant, you will be required to invest a prescribed financial capital contribution.
As an immediate family member of a South African citizen or permanent resident you may be issued a relative's permit once the financial means as contemplated in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) have been complied with. Relative’s permits are valid for a minimum period of 24 months and may be extended.
Applications can be made at a Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence. For a spouse and/or a dependent child of a South African citizen or permanent resident the permit is issued free of charge, whilst there is a fee for other relatives wishing to join their family members in South Africa.
A corporate permit allows a corporate entity (e.g. a mine group, farmer, etc.) to employ a pre-determined number of skilled/semi-skilled/unskilled workers. There is no fixed validity period for such permits as the validity period is determined and stipulated by the corporate entity upon application. Applications must be made at a Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence.
Intra Company Transfer Work Visa:
Occasionally, multi-national companies may decide to transfer an existing employee from a foreign branch to a branch in South Africa. These employees must apply for intra-company transfer work permits. In such cases, no proof of steps taken to obtain the services of a South African citizen/permanent residence will be required.
The holder of an intra-company transfer work permit issued to them prior to 26 May 2014 for a period of two years, who wishes to continue with an international assignment for the remainder of the four year period, may submit an application for a new intra-company work visa at the VFS visa application centers or at the South African mission in the applicants country of origin or where he/she holds permanent residency.
However, where an assignee has completed four years of his/her international assignment and the operational needs of the branch, subsidiary or Affiliate Company in South Africa requires the services of the assignee for a further period, an application for a new intra-company work visa needs to be submitted. Such applications must, however, be submitted at the South African Mission in the applicants country of origin or of permanent residence. A new intra-company transfer work visa for a period not exceeding four years may be granted, provided that all prescribed requirements are met.
Critical Skills Visa:
Critical Skills Visa applications can be made at any Visa Facilitation Centre in South Africa. Please note that an applicant must ensure he/she falls under the Critical Skills category before applying for a visa or permit.
Medical Visa applications can be made at any Visa Facilitation Centre in South Africa. Please note that a medical permit holder may not work or apply for work while in the country.
Study permits are valid for the duration of the course for which they are issued, alternatively 36 months for school and 24 months for other institutions.
As a holder of a study permit you may also apply for permission to work for the purposes of getting work experience, as part of your studies to obtain a diploma or degree by submitting:
an offer to do practical training
consent from the educational institution
proof that your are still a registered student
Transfer of Temporary Residence Visa:
Transfer of temporary residence visa applies to those whom require their current temporary residence visa to be transferred from an old or lost/stolen passport into a new passport.
Rectification of Temporary Residence Visa:
Rectification applications can be lodged at VFS centres countrywide.
All rectifications accepted for application which were lodged through VFS Global post 6 June 2014 will bear no cost
All rectifications accepted for application which were not lodged through VFS Global will attract the VFS service fee
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