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Business Visas for South Africa

Permanent Residence

This category applies to a foreign national applicant who intends to establish or invest in an established business in South Africa.
The requirements are that a Chartered Accountant must certify that the applicant is able to satisfy can comply with the capitalization requirements.

Temporary Residence

This category of permit allows an applicant intending to enter South Africa to establish, or invest in a business in South Africa, in which he/she may be employed provided that the applicant complies with the following:

  • The applicant invests the prescribed amount of at least ZAR 2.5 Million to be invested in the business (as part of the book value of the business) – this aspect must be certified by a Chartered Accountant.
  • The applicant must undertake in writing to register with the South African Revenue Services.

    In addition the following criteria must be complied with:

  • An undertaking must be given that at least five (5) South African citizens or permanent residents will be, or are, employed.
  • Proof that the business in question is in one of the following sectors:

    Information and Communication Technology
    Clothing and textiles
    Chemicals and Biotechnology
    Metals and Minerals
    Automotives and Transport

  • The export potential of the business; or
  • The business calls for or involves a transfer of technology not previously generally available in South Africa.
  • The financial or capital contribution must emanate from abroad.


  • Business permits shall be valid for periods of twenty-four (24) months at a time and are extendable.
  • A business permit may be withdrawn if the business no longer maintains the capitalisation requirements.
  • There is a provision in the Regulations that the Department may reduce the capitalisation requirements on recommendations from the Department of Trade and Industry.

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The information on this page is intended to be general in nature and should not be construed as applying to the reader's individual set of circumstances. It does not constitute legal advice. Eligibility requirements and the application of laws vary on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, Immigration laws, regulations and policies are always subject to change at any time without advance notice.
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