Interviews by Inspectorate
If you are in the process of applying for a spousal/life partner visa then it best you prepare for the interview process before submitting your application to the Department of Home Affairs. In 2013 the Department of Home Affairs has introduced the interview process for all spousal and life partners visa to clamp down on the number of fraud marriages and relationships committed by numerous foreigners trying to buy their way into South Africa.
The inspectorate will interview couples separately, so this means both partners need to be present in South Africa at the time of submitting an application. When completing the interview with the inspectorate then only are you given the green light to submit your application. If you submit your spousal or life partner visa without completing the interview then your application will be placed on hold and you will be notified to complete the interview with your partner.
There are talks that the inspectorate would do a physical inspection at your residential address to prove that couples are indeed staying together. The disadvantage to foreigners wanting to apply for the spousal or life partner visa is that this will cause a much longer delay if you are in a hurry to secure this visa for employment purposes or study commitments. Interviews have commenced in Cape Town but a physical inspection has not yet been implemented, so New World Immigration advises all clients to prepare for an Interview before submitting your application to the Department of Home Affairs.
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