Relative’s Visas

Relative’s Visa

An immediate family member of a South African citizen or Permanent Resident may be issued a Relative's visa once the financial support, as contemplated in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002), have been complied with. Relative’s visas are valid for a minimum period of 24 months and may be extended at the nearest VFS Centre within the vicinity of the applicant’s residence in the Republic of South Africa.

The period of validity of the visa will be determined by the financial support provided, but will not exceed 2 years at a time.
A Relative's visa issued to a spouse will lapse upon the dissolution of the spousal relationship.
The South African Department of Home Affairs may, at any given time, request proof that a good faith spousal relationship exists and continues to exist, as prescribed in Regulation 33 of the Immigration Act.

It is imperative that the applicant understands that a Relative’s Visa does not allow you to conduct any work within the Republic of South Africa, however you may apply for a work visa once inside the Republic of South Africa.
Persons on Relative's visas may apply for Permanent Residence at the nearest VFS Centre within the vicinity of the applicant’s residence in the Republic of South Africa, once they qualify for Permanent Residence.

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