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Find out the Eligibility Requirements for South Africa Visa

South Africa is becoming increasingly popular as a perfect destination for immigration and is slowly catching up with other destinations such as Italy, South Africa, and France. There are many advantages of opting for South African immigration for persons across the world. A country is a great option for entrepreneurs who are planning to invest in a local business. Moreover, it has various career options for professionals working in various fields.

Do I Need a Visa for South Africa from India?

Yes, all Indian nationals traveling to South Africa require a visa to enter the country, regardless of the intended length of stay or reason for the visit.

Types of Visas for Immigration to South Africa

Foreign individuals who are interested in immigration to South Africa have the option to choose between various visas and permits which, depend on the reason for the visit as well as the duration of stay. Immigrants can choose between temporary visas and permanent residence permits. The following types of visas are applicable for persons interested in South Africa immigration.

South African Business Visa

The South African Business visa enables entrepreneurs to live in South Africa, and establish a new line of a local business or invest in one that already exists. People who apply for this visa should have a minimum investable amount of 5 million INR, for the purpose and a certificate from a registered accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, to confirm that the investor has the required funds for investment.

South African Critical Skills Visa

The South African Critical Skills visa is to help the country, acquire the necessary skills and expertise to meet goals set, in their national economic infrastructure projects. An immigrant should have adequate experience in an occupation listed on the South African Critical Skills list. The visa is granted for 5 years and can be extended. On this visa, successful applicants can bring their immediate and dependent family members.

Eligibility criteria for South African Critical Skills Visa

Individuals who wish to apply for the Critical Skills work visa are required to meet the following criteria

  • A duly filled online application form for a Critical Skills visa. Our counselors will guide and assist you in filling this form
  • A valid passport with due at least 30 days post the expected visa end date
  • Proof of valid job offer letter in a field, listed on the South African Critical Skills list
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Medical and police clearance records
  • A certificate of evaluation by the South African Qualifications Authority in case, of any qualifications earned outside South Africa
  • A marriage certificate and birth certificate as the case may be for dependent spouse and children

South African General Work Visa

The South African general work visa enables foreign nationals to opt for South African immigration and live in the country, for a maximum duration of 5 years to work in job roles currently facing a labor shortage. Successful applicants can take their family members, children, and spouses. Applicants need to satisfy the following eligibility criteria

Eligibility Criteria for South African General Work Visa

  • The applicant has to submit a General Work visa application form online. Our counselors will guide and assist you in filling this form
  • A valid passport with due at least 30 days post the expected visa end date
  • An employment contract signed with an employer, in South Africa
  • A certificate from the Department of Labour in SA
  • A certificate of evaluation issued by the South African Qualifications Authority, for qualifications earned outside the country
  • Proof of employer registration with the South African Registrar of Companies
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Medical and police records
  • Marriage or birth certificates for spouse and dependent children if any, who would be traveling with the applicant.

South African Intra-Company Transfer Visa

The South African Intra-Company Transfer visa allows international employees to transfer from a branch outside of South Africa to a branch within the country for a maximum of four years. Applicants for this visa must meet the following requirements:

Eligibility Criteria for South African Intra-Company Transfer Visa

  • A completed Intra-Company Transfer visa online application form
  • A valid passport for at least 30 days after the expiry date of the visa
  • An employment contract signed between the applicant and the overseas branch
  • A letter confirming the transfer from the overseas branch, and also a letter confirming the role and length of employment.
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Medical and police records
  • Marriage or birth certificates for spouse and dependent children if any, who would be traveling with the applicant.

South African Retired Persons’ Visa

The South African Retired Persons’ visa enables retired persons and senior citizens to immigrate to South Africa, in their golden years if they successfully meet the requirements for this visa. Persons who apply for South African immigration on this visa are allowed an initial stay of 4 years, which can be extended indefinitely. The applicant can even bring his spouse and dependent children with him on this visa. The applicant will have to meet the following eligibility criteria

Eligibility Criteria for South African Retired Persons’ Visa

  • A duly filled copy of South African Temporary Residency Permit Form BI-1738. Our counselors and guide and assist you in filling this form
  • A valid passport for at least 30 days after the expiry date of the visa
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Medical and police records.
  • Proof of a source of funds such as a pension or retirement account guaranteeing a minimum income of at least 37,000 R per month, as well as proof of a net worth of min 37,000 Rand
  • Medical and police records
  • Marriage or birth certificates for spouse and dependent children, if any who would be traveling with the applicant.

To get more information about immigration to South Africa, get in touch with our expert counselors at Global Tree.

Top FAQs Asked by Professionals Migrating to, South Africa.

You can apply for South African citizenship through naturalization, if you have held a permanent residence permit for at least five years or if you have married a South African national, or if you are a minor under 21 years with a permanent residence.

Yes. Every immigrant needs to prove their English language proficiency to immigrate to South Africa.

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