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Family in SA


Permanent Residence (Direct Residence): SPOUSE

The foreign national applicant is the spouse of a SA citizen or permanent resident provided that:

The Department of Home Affairs is satisfied that a good faith spousal relationship exists; and
Such permit is conditional that it shall lapse if at any time within three (3) years.



Temporary Residence: RELATIVES PERMIT

This category of permit may be issued to a foreign national who is a member of the immediate family of a South African citizen or permanent resident, provided that the South African citizen or permanent resident provides the prescribed financial assurances.

In terms of the Regulation the “financial assurance” referred to shall be the following:

  • Certification by a Chartered Accountant confirming the sponsors and/or the joint means of support of the sponsor and the applicant are sufficient for the duration of the permit.
  • The minimum requirement in monetary terms shall be ZAR 5000.00 per month per person. This shall however not apply in the case of a spouse or a dependant minor child.

Note: The period of validity of a relatives permit shall be twenty-four (24) months.

Other Restrictions for Relatives Permit:

  • A relatives permit issued to a spouse lapses upon the dissolution of the spousal relationship. The Department may at any time satisfy itself that a good faith spousal relationship exists and/or continues to exist.
  • The holder of a relatives permit may not conduct work.



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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.
2001 - 2007