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South African Immigration Questions - Cape Town - Johannesburg
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Below you'll find a list of the most common questions asked regarding immigration to South Africa.

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  • Does a US or UK passport holder need to apply for a visa before coming to South Africa?

US and UK passport holders do not require a visa before coming to South Africa for tourist purposes for a period of up to three months. They need to show a return ticket and have an empty page in their valid passport. The visitor's permit is issued at the port of entry. It may be renewed once for a period of three months.

  • Do I need an international driving license, if I drive a hired car in South Africa?

Foreigners require an international drivers license in addition to their drivers license from their country of origin, to be able to drive in the Republic of South Africa.

  • My partner is a South African citizen - can I get permanent residence and a work permit?

Yes and no - life partners of South African citizens or permanent residents (who are able to prove their life partnership) can apply for permanent residence only once the marriage or life partnership has subsisted for five years. A work permit can be obtained immediately.

  • I want to work in South Africa - what are my chances of obtaining a work permit?

There are various possibilities of obtaining a work permit, depending on your qualifications and the circumstances of the offer made to you. In most cases, you will need to have a binding job offer in order to qualify for a work permit. For further information, please refer to the immigration brochure or contact us.

  • My uncle is a permanent resident of South Africa - can my cousin (his daughter) and I get permanent residence too?

Only family members of a South African citizen or permanent resident within the first step of kinship (i.e. parents, children and spouses) qualify for permanent residence. Your cousin will therefore qualify, but you don't.


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