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South Africa Dependent Visa [Updated 2024]: What You Should Know

Stay with your loved one in South Africa. This page explores everything that you need to know about South Africa's Relative Visa with the latest benefits.

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What is a South Africa Dependent Visa?

The South Africa Dependent Visa is also known as the ‘South Africa Relative’s Visa’. It allows you to travel and stay with your family member who is living, working, or studying in South Africa. Read on to know more.

What are the Types of South Africa Dependent Visas?

Your family member in South Africa can be:

  • A citizen
  • A permanent resident
  • On a work permit
  • On a student permit

Depending on this, there are two visa categories:

  1. Permanent Residence Permit (PRP): The Relative’s Visa for family members with a permanent residence or a citizen status in South Africa falls under the Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) category.
  2. Temporary Residence Visa (TRV): The Relative’s Visa for family members with a work permit or student permit in South Africa falls under the Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) category.

Please note that the Republic of South Africa gives preference to those immigrants who are serious about immigrating to South Africa permanently. Investing their talent, skills, and experience in the country is valued.

That’s the reason why the Relative’s Visa permit is free of charge for dependents of any individual with a permanent residence or a citizen of South Africa.

So, more often than not, they expect that your family member in South Africa, who is on a work permit, falls under the following category:

Section 26 (a):

  • Who has been in South Africa on a work permit for 5 years
  • Who has been offered permanent employment offer

Who is Eligible for a South Africa Dependent Visa?

Individuals with citizenship, permanent residency, work permit or a student permit can bring their dependents to South Africa with the Relative visa. 

They can be:

  • Spouse (same-sex or opposite), or a civil partner.
  • Unmarried children below 21 years of age.
  • Unmarried children above 21 years of age
  • Unmarried or same-sex partner.
  • Parents
  • Brothers/sisters

Here are some basic conditions for dependents to be eligible to apply for a Relative’s Visa:

What Documents are Required for a South Africa Dependent Visa?

The documents that are necessary for a South Africa Relative’s Visa application are:

    • 2 recent passport size photographs.
    • Valid Passport of the family member

Relationship proof documents:

  • Marriage Certificate for the Dependent spouse.
  • Birth Certificates for Dependent children.
  • Custody documents of the child, if applicable
  • Adoption papers of the child, if applicable.
  • Copies of family member’s work visa or student visa.
  • Payment receipt of your Relative’s Visa application.

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How Can I Apply for a South Africa Dependent Visa?

How Much Does a South Africa Dependent Visa Cost?

The amount of fees payable for a Relative’s Visa in South Africa is SAR 1,350.

*Please note that a visa fee depends on the country as well.

Other things to consider:

  • You must pay the application fees before making an appointment at the embassy or consulate.
  • Keep the receipt of the application safely for your record. You will need it during your interview at the embassy or consulate.
  • Contact the embassy or consulate if there are any complications in your visa application process.

How long does it take to get a Relative’s Visa for South Africa?

The approval or rejection of a Relative’s Visa for South Africa takes between 7 days to 90 days. A Relative’s Visa application can be turned down by the South Africa immigration department if it is not properly filled.

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