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Welcome to South Africa! A new report shows exactly how many South African visas were issued to foreign nationals in 2013.

Welcome to South Africa! A new report shows exactly how many South African visas were issued to foreign nationals in 2013.

Welcome To South Africa A New Report Shows Exactly How Many South African Visas Were Issued To Foreign Nationals In 2013


By Estelle Vosloo

Besides South Africa’s neighbour Zimbabwe, many other migrants are flocking to South African shores. A report published in the Mail and Guardian earlier this month revealed the interesting statistics for who now calls South Africa home.

The report showed that almost 20% of all Permanent Residency Visas granted in 2013 were issued to Zimbabweans. And that Germans and Britons claimed half of the Retirement Visa’s issued in the same year, while 33% of visas issued for residence in the country while a foreigner is undergoing medical treatment were requested by Angolan nationals.

The Mail and Guardian said that according to a document published by Statistics South Africa on 15 July 2014 nearly 110 000 visas were granted by the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Of the 110 000 visas issued Zimbabweans took reception of a third of these visas while a further 19% were also granted temporary residence in the Republic.
Nigerians, Indians, Chinese, Pakistani, Britons and citizens from Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Angola were amongst the top 10 countries of South African visa applications.

The report further showed that 48% of those issued with permanent residency were between 30 and 44 years old of which 90% were granted either Work or Relative’s Visas.

Eighty percent of all temporary visas issued in 2013 were Visitor’s, Work and Relative’s visas.

South Africa also granted a number of Refugee Visas of which only 374 of those applicants also received permanent residency status this is only 5.5% of the total number of applicants. While in 2011 significantly more Permanent Residency Visas were granted at 1,664. All except one of these visas were granted to people from the African continent.

Europeans to the list in terms of Retirement Visas and it seems that sunny South Africa is particularly popular with the Germans and British. Eight out of ten of retirement visas granted to foreigners were to European Union nationals of which half were taken up in particular by German and British retirees.

As many as 80% of the Student Visas issued in 2013 went to applicants from African countries of which half are from Southern African Development Community countries.

In 2013 most of the Medical Visas granted to foreigners were to applicants from the African continent and 33% specifically to Angolans seeking medical treatment in South Africa followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

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