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Can I immigrate to South Africa?

All the immigration advice and information you’ll need for a new future.

Business permit | Immigration South AfricaThe very first step, after deciding that South Africa is your chosen destination, is to confirm whether you meet the requirements to apply for a visa or permit for South Africa. Like most other countries globally, the Republic of South Africa is very careful about who they allow into the country, for what purpose and for how long.

Before you even consider long-term immigration, check to see whether your nationality requires you to apply for a visa to enter South Africa (for a holiday) or whether you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country. This information is key later on if you plan on changing your visa status while in South Africa.

The South African Immigration Act covers many different requirements under various categories relating to attaining temporary or permanent residence. These categories (Sections) vary from working in South Africa, studying in South Africa to retiring in South Africa.

Each category (section) has a set of qualifying criteria that will need to be met in order for a person to be able to apply through that category. Undesirable people are not allowed into the Republic. These people usually do not qualify due to illnesses, crimes and so on. Having HIV or AIDS does not disqualify you from immigrating to South Africa.

In order to know where to start people intending to relocate to South Africa must be clear on their intentions in South Africa over the short and long term. This will help determine whether you can apply and what temporary residence and permanent residence route you should take.

Temporary residence
All foreigners entering South Africa must be in possession of at least a temporary residence visa or permit.
Temporary residence is the permission that a foreign person is issued, by means of a visa or permit, to allow that person to reside in South Africa for a specific period of time and for a specific purpose.

For example:
A foreign person can be issued a visa to visit South Africa for up to 90 days for a holiday (Specific purpose: holiday; Specific period: max 90 days)
A foreign person can be issued a permit to study in South Africa for 2 years (specific purpose: Study; Specific period: 2 years)

Although temporary residence is issued to a person for a specific period certain categories allow the temporary residence to be extended for additional terms as long as the requirements associated with that category are still met and maintained.
Some temporary residence categories allow a person to eventually qualify, by meeting additional requirements, to apply for permanent residence.

Permanent residence
Under most categories of the South African Immigration Act certain requirements can be met to allow a person to apply for permanent residence in South Africa.
Once a person has applied for and received permanent residence this person is afforded all the rights, privileges and obligations of a South African citizen other than those rights reserved exclusively for citizens such as the right to vote and the right to hold a South African passport.

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