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South Africa Relatives Visa

South Africa Relatives Visa

How we can help you obtain a South Africa Relatives Visa

Consultation by face to face meeting, Skype or telephone

Advice on the correct category of working visa

Checklist of visa requirements

Preparation of supporting documents

Assistance with preparation of a first application at the embassy or an extension in South Africa

Discussions on alterative visa options and future visa strategy

Explanation of options for spouses and children

A Relatives Visa applies to a foreign national that is:

  • Married to a South African citizen
  • In a permanent life partner relationship with a South African citizen (applicable to heterosexual and homosexual relationships)
  • The brother or sister of a South African citizen
  • The child of a South African citizen

Married to a South African Citizen

Spouses of South African citizens can apply for a Relatives Visa. On this visa the foreign national is not allowed to take up employment or start a business.

If the foreign national decides to take up employment or start a business an application must be made for authorisation and this application can be done in South Africa. Click here for more information on applying for the authorisation…

The South African citizen must provide the prescribed financial assurance which is currently income of ZAR 8,500.00 per month (subject to change at any time without notice).

The Relatives visa will can be issued for a maximum period of 2 years and can be renewed.

The foreign national may qualify for Permanent Residence if they have been married for more than five years.

Unmarried Permanent Life Partner

Life Partners of South African citizens can apply for a Relatives Visa. On this visa the foreign national is not allowed to take up employment or start a business.

If the foreign national decides to take up employment or start a business an application must be made for authorisation and this application can be done in South Africa. Click here for more information on applying for the authorisation…

The couple must prove co-habitation and co-dependence for a minimum period of 2 years before applying for the Relatives Visa.

The couple will have to show that the parties are in a committed monogamous relationship.

The South African citizen must provide the prescribed financial assurance which is currently income of ZAR 8,500.00 per month (subject to change at any time without notice).

The Relatives visa will can be issued for a maximum period of 2 years and can be renewed.

The foreign national may qualify for Permanent Residence if they can prove that their relationship has been in existence for more than five years. 

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Dear Client,

South Africa under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”. South Africa is currently under level 3 lockdown.

https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202004/43258rg11098gon480.pdf

We have the following updates on the services we offer during the lockdown period:

DIRCO – OPEN: The DIRCO offices are open to apostille, but with limited functionality. We have to book appointment for submissions and collections. When we receive your instruction we will advise on turnaround times.

SAPS Pretoria for police clearance certificates – OPEN

Notary – OPEN

Translations – OPEN

Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED: - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for authentications/apostilles.

SAQA – PARTIALLY OPENED: The physical office is closed, but staff are working. Documents can be submitted online or by courier.

VFS – PARTIALLY OPENED: – collections only. They have not advised when they will open for collections.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid the visa expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website.

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing limited new applications like new birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. No existing reprints of documents, ID’s or passports.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.