The Different Types of Temporary Resident Permits in SA
Spousal/Life Partner Permits
This permit is for people who are married or in permanent relationships with either a SA citizen or someone who has PM in South Africa. The permit is for both heterosexuals and homosexuals. If you are here on this type of permit, you are not automatically allowed to work in the country or run a business.
General Work Permits
These permits are for people who have been offered a job in the country. The company that offered the job will need to justify why they are giving the job to someone from outside of the country. They will also need to prove that the job was in fact advertised for a certain period of time. A work permit only allows an individual to work for the specified company.
This permit is only for biological relatives of SA citizens or foreigners who have a Permanent Residence permit. Anyone who is here on this permit does not have the right to work. Children who are legally adopted may also apply for this type of permit.
Quota Work Permits
This is for applicants who fall in certain categories and they will need to prove that they are trained in the field in which they work. Applicants will also need to have a minimum of five years experience and be registered with the appropriate authority in SA.
Intra-company Transfer Work Permits
These types of permits are issued to people who are employed by a foreign company and need to transfer to a branch here in SA. These types of permits are not that difficult to get, provided that you meet all the requirements. They are only valid for two years though.
This is for anyone who wants to start a business in South Africa. You will need to have at least R2.5 million to invest and be able to prove that you can create a minimum of five jobs.
Exceptional Skills Work Permits
This type of permit is for individuals who are exceptional at their chosen jobs. You do not need to have been offered a job to apply for this permit, but you will need to provide proof that you are indeed qualified. If you qualify for this type of permit, you will not have to work for any specific company.
Study permits are for anyone who plans on studying in South Africa. The permit allows holders to do part-time work during school times and fulltime work during holiday periods.
Retirement permits are for applicants that can show evidence that they earn at least R20, 000 per month. You do not need to be a certain age to apply for this type of permit. The other alternative is to prove that you have a minimum 0f R960, 000 in the bank. The retirement permit does not allow you to work.
Academic Sabbatical Permits
These types of permits are only for people who are doing an academic sabbatical in SA.
This is a special permit that is for people who are volunteering with a registered non-profit or Section 21 Company
By Robbie Ragless