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Spousal Permit

Time Processing Time in South Africa: 30-40 days
Processing Time if lodged abroad: 30 days
Dollar Currency Sign2 Government Fee in South Africa: R1520
New Submission Centre Fee ( in SA ): R1350
Government Fee abroad: Dependent on Currency
Appform Application Form when submitting abroad: Click here
Application Form when submitting in SA: Done Online


Applying for a Spouse Visa for South Africa

South Africa is progressive with regards to Human Rights. The spouse of a South African Citizen or Permanent Resident has a flexible visa option to enter South Africa and join their spouse.

If you are married to a South African Citizen or Permanent Resident for more than 2 years, then you can apply for a Spousal Visa. This is a two year visa, is renewable, and falls under the Relatives category. The Spousal visa is a temporary resident permit.  This permit is available to heterosexual couples and same–sex couples. 

The Department of Home Affairs realizes that foreign spouses may wish to contribute to the household or continue with studies.  The Spousal visa does allow a foreign spouse to add working rights, business rights, or study rights. See our section on adding working rights to a Spousal or Life Partner visa. If a foreign spouse is married to their SA spouse for two or more years, they can apply for Permanent Residency based on the Section 26(b) of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002. See our section on Permanent Residency.

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How do I Qualify?

Foreign Spouse is not traditionally married. Marriage needs to be registered.

Foreign Spouse or SA Spouse is not married from previous relationship. Finalized divorce documentation needs to be supplied.

SA spouse can show documentation providing financial and emotional support for foreign spouse.

Couple can provide a valid marriage certificate.

If you feel you may qualify for this visa or are planning to get married in the future to a South African Citizen or Permanent Resident, then please contact us if you have any questions.

Processing Times and Visa Requirements

The processing time is 30 to 40 working days.


Adding Work/Business Rights to your Life Partner Visa

Click here to find out how you can apply for working rights on your Spousal Visa

South Africa Visa Eligibility Assessment

New World Immigration facilitates the South African visa process from beginning to end. Our services include applications for Immigration to South Africa and we also offer other ancillary relocation services. Whether extending your visa, applying for a change of status in South Africa or starting a business, our trained immigration consultants are on hand to assist. The visas that we assist with are: Work, Business, Retirement, Study, Family, Spouse and Life Partner Visas, Permanent Residency applications and Citizenship.

Once you leave your inquiry you will be contacted within 24 hours by one of our Immigration Agents for South Africa

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