How long are Visitor Visas for spouses and life partners of South African citizens granted for?
Spousal Visas are temporary residency visas, granted for periods of 2 years.
How long do I have to be married to apply for this kind of visa?
There is no minimum time span required, you simply need to supply your marriage certificate and be prepared for the spousal interview, which is conducted at the DHA. Applications for spouses to stay with their South African spouses are straightforward.
Can foreign spouses travel to South Africa with a Visitor Visa and apply locally for a Spousal Visa?
No, applications must be initiated in the home country/country of usual residence. There have been rumours that spouses can now apply from within South Africa, but this has yet to be confirmed by DHA.
Can spouses work on a Visitor Visa 11(6)?
Yes, they are allowed to work, study or own a business with an endorsement to work, study or to conduct own business after submitting a separate visa form, where then the authorisation to take up work will be granted.
Do spouses need to supply information regarding financial support, as with the Relative's Visa?
No. Spouses must only submit written undertaking by the South African spouse or PRR holder accepting full financial responsibility. An interview (of both spouses) at the DHA is mandatory.
Are life partnerships recognised?
Yes, they are recognised, however, applicants must provide proof of co-habitation for 2 years, via verified address records, or provide official recognition of the relationship by the relevant authorities, an affidavit confirming the existence of the relationship, and a notarial agreement signed by both partners.
How long are Life Partner Visas granted for?
A Life Partner Visa is a temporary visa granted for a period of 2 years, but it can be renewed.
Can life partners also apply for permanent residency?
Yes, they enjoy the same recognition as married partners.