1. DD


    Hello, my husband (of 12 years) is a South African citizen by birth and an Australian Permanent Resident. I am an Australian citizen by birth and hold dual Australian and Maltese citizenship. We want to move to SA this year, so I’m looking into the Relatives Visa… but should I be looking at applying for Permanent Residence? How long should I allow for this process? I also want to work or start a business in SA but it seems I can’t be endorsed to work/start a business until I’m in SA… Is that correct? Is it likely that my request will be refused?! Also, both of our young daughters were born in Australia. The eldest has her birth registered in SA, but I haven’t registered the youngest yet. I’m planning to do this soon.

    1. Here To Help Post author


      Often people believe South African Immigration control is draconian and difficult to navigate and often they have good grounds. As the spouse of a South African national your visa should be approved as long as the relationship is subsisting and with children together there is no reason to believe there would be any issues.

      An application processing time for a visa in South Africa is a different issue, for many reasons beyond my understanding processing times can take vary considerably. I have worked on cases that have taken six weeks and a similar case took six months. Therefore leave plenty of time prior to the date of departure.
      If you are looking to secure assistance with South African immigration from a qualified lawyer or immigration expert I would urge caution as these people are often under qualified and will not be able to speed up the process and simply act as a middleman between you and your case officer.

      Working in South Africa will not be an issue once you secure your visa and you will be able to open a CC or Pty if you decide to open your own business. I love South Africa and their spirit of openness and positive attitude means most issues can be overcome with a little time and patience.

      Here is a link that may help you:

      Enjoy your new life in South Africa and you will secure permanent residency and everything will fall into place. If you would like further specific help please ask more questions or join our forum and open a group and topic so other members can join the conversation and provide their advice and support.
      I would like to hear from anyone who knows an excellent South African Immigration consultant who they have used and found them to be professional and added value so we can refer them to our members if they would like paid support for more complex cases.

      1. Sabrina Helgeson

        Hi I’m applying for a life Partner Permit but I can’t get my affidavit signed by a commissioner of oaths as my partner is already living in SA. Do you have any tips on what I could do?

        Thanks in advance.

  2. Shani

    Stating A Business in South Africa

    I want to open a South African branch of my business ASAP which is from Miami, USA and will, therefore be moving to Cape Town for a Year or two to establish this. I know I need to apply for a business visa but am unsure of whether I can apply once I arrive in SA or if I should apply in the US or online. There isn’t a South African consulate near me in Miami. Would be grateful if you could direct me in the right direction because I don’t seem to be getting the right information from my side.

    1. Your Immigration Expert Post author

      Business Investor Visas

      There are South African Consulates in the USA who can assist you and would be delighted to hear about your plans to expand your business into their country. The process can be completed prior to arrival in South Africa.
      I would urge you to ensure you have all your paperwork in place prior to arrival to save time and money later. The planned approach also reduces some of the risks involved with opening a new business in a foreign jurisdiction. From personal experience, I would suggest you look at ABSA as your business bank. Let me know how you get on or if you have more questions.

  3. Jennifer

    Exhange Student Visa

    I am currently applying for a Student Exchange Visa for South Africa, as I have to conduct an internship for my studies. I am having trouble filling out the BI-1738 Immigration Form and was wondering if you could help me?

    1. Your Immigration Expert Post author

      Completing Your South African Visa Application Form

      The Bi-738 form may appear confusing on first inspection as the South African Immigration Department rely on this form to process several visa classes. This means many of the questions are not relevant to your case. Even though you will need to provide and answer almost anything you write will suffice.

      You may ask me any question you like, but it would be easier if you joined our site and opened a new topic in our ask a question section. I look forward to helping you further.

  4. Bro Kingsley

    Applying For A Student Visa To South Africa

    how do I get a Visa to South Africa to enable me Attend the “International School of Ministry:”?

    1. Your Immigration Expert Post author

      Student Visa For South Africa

      As a student in a religious ministry, the entry requirements for South African immigration are quite low. You will require a letter of enrollment and evidence of funds, along with strong connections with Nigeria to show you intend to return home at the end of your studies. The fact is though in support of religious freedoms no Government wants to be seen to be interfering in a person following their faith.

      I mean could you imagine how things would have turned out if the three wise men were stopped at the border and refused entry. There would be no nativity play! Please let me know how you get on and if I can assist further.

  5. Sabrina helgeson

    I wish to move to South Africa to be with my South African partner of 2.5yrs. I have one problem, I see that we need an affidavit signing but my current partner is starting up a new business in SA and I have 3 months left at work in the U.K. whilst I sort the visa. Is it still possible for me to apply and be successful?

  6. Tish

    Hi, my girlfriend is a Botswana National and she studied in South Africa for 3 years to complete her degree under a study visa. She graduated recently but her honours will only commence next year. her study visa has now expired but we are currently living together and she would like to stay in South Africa. She has been offered a part-time job, but the company is small so one or two of the work visa requirements are outstanding as the company can’t provide the documentation. What are her options? Your help would be much appreciated.

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