South African Immigration

South Africa as an Immigration Destination

Moving to South Africa offers you the chance to live and work in one of the most exciting and culturally diverse countries in the world.

Home to more than 43 million people, this southern African nation is a true melting pot of cultures and customs with an unrivalled wealth of wildlife and geography. South African Immigration presents a rich diversity for those who successfully enter the country. 


The country is divided into 9 provinces with major cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, successful applicants can also enjoy the stunning scenery, including mountainous Swaziland and one of the few locations on earth with such a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

The country also enjoys a temperate climate with warm weather almost all year round and more than twice as many hours of sunshine than the UK.

In terms of doing business, the country ranks highly among the nations of the world and those migrating to South Africa will find skills shortages in areas such as IT and engineering, low property prices and a low cost of living.

Although the country has no less than 11 official languages, English is very well represented and those who migrate to South Africa from English speaking countries will find the language in common usage almost everywhere.

South African Visas

If you want to immigrate to South Africa, you can do so through either one of the Temporary Residence Permits available, or alternatively, through one of the Permanent Residence Permits which may, in time, lead to the opportunity to undergo South African Naturalisation.

South African Immigration Visas allow people to gain Visas for South African excursions, South African Visas for longer-term work or study-based projects, or Permanent Residency Visas for those who wish to live and work in South Africa on a permanent basis.

As a specialist immigration consultancy, Haskew Law can help you to obtain any South African Visa, from a temporary Visitor Visa for tourists to a Permanent Residence Permits through a range of immigration routes.

Work Permits for South Africa

For those who wish to live and work in South Africa for an agreed period of time, Haskew Law can help to secure a South African Work Permit which, like UK work permits and similar documentation in many other countries, allows candidates to work for a specific employer in a specific position.

South African Work Permits are an employer-led Temporary Residence Permit but those who remain in the country for 5 years or more may be able to move to Permanent Residency.

Visas are also available for people who wish to invest or start a business in South Africa. These require assets to invest in the country/business and a history of business experience to gain the appropriate visa.

Study Visas for South Africa

Students require a permit to come to South Africa to continue their education. In general, South African study permits will be granted for the duration of the associated with the visa.

In addition to helping with your application, we have relationships with a range of relocation partners in South Africa to get you off to the best start. Our partners can help you arrange your shipping, banking, FX and money transfers to ensure that you have everything set up and arranged through trusted providers so you can focus on your studies.

Family Visas for South Africa

Visas are available for family routes to immigration, including spouses/partners and family members related by blood. The latter only includes first and second degree relationships, and only permanent residents and citizens can sponsor family members to join them in South Africa.

Retirement Visas for South Africa

Retiring in South Africa is a popular option for those who wish to live in South Africa on a seasonal basis, spending part of the year in the country and the remainder in their country of residence.

A South African retirement permit can be granted for 4 years and renewed any number of times for the same period. As with many other countries, there is a financial requirement to ensure that you can support yourself while in South Africa.

Permanent Residence Visa in South Africa

Many of the Visa types outlined above are granted as Temporary Residence Permits, which may lead to being eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence Permit.

Permanent resident status affords successful applicants many of the rights and privileges which people with South African citizenship enjoy with some exceptions, most notably the right to vote.

If you are already in South Africa and would like to discuss applying for permanent residency, just speak to our consultants and they can let you know whether you are eligible. We help with every aspect of your application and ensure you have the best chance of success. 

 

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