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How to Get South Africa Dependent Visa? + Documents Checklist

As a country, whose economy is developing every day, South Africahas plenty to offer in terms of work and study. In regard to this, the number of people opting to move to South Africa is also increasing to a greater extent.

If a person had migrated to South Africa and has a permanent residence or citizenship, his/her family and dependent children can also go to South Africa on dependent visas.

As one of the most beautiful countries in the world, South Africa attracts many immigrants to visit its beauty. If you have someone related to you, it is also a good opportunity to go and explore the untapped beauty of nature.

The dependent visa in South Africa is also known as the Relative’s visa. Through this visa, immediate relatives of the host can fly to South Africa. The immediate relatives are spouses, kids, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings of the person inviting from South Africa.

The requirements, eligibility, and documentation for spouse, children, and relatives of the host in South Africa, to fly on dependent visas are explained in a detailed fashion in the following article.

1. What is a South Africa dependent visa?

The South African dependent visa is given to the spouse, the life partner,or a child or an immediate relative of a person, who is holding a permanent residency in South Africa or citizenship in South Africa. This visa is purely based on the relationship of the applicant with the person residing in South Africa.

The applicant, who wants to go to the countryas a spouse on a dependent visa, has to have a married relationship or live-in/life partnership with the host. The host has to be a permanent resident or citizen of South Africa.

If you are an immediate relative of South African Permanent Resident or citizen, you can go to South Africa on a dependent visa, if the host in South Africa proves that he/she can financially support you.

2. How do you apply for a dependent visa to South Africa?

In order to apply for a South African dependent visa,

  • You can apply for a temporary dependent visa first and then get a permanent residence in the due course.
  • If you want to apply for a permanent residence, you need to apply for South African Spousal Permit and to obtain this; you have to be married for at least 5 years.
  • If you want a temporary visa, there is no minimum period for you to be in the marriage.
  • The visa application should include :
    1. Marriage certificate (if you are applying under a spousal visa)
    2. Residence or Citizenship proof of your spouse/host
    3. In the case of relatives, proof supporting the relationship with the host.
    4. A support letter from the host, inviting you to South Africa
    5. Application form, that is duly filled with all relevant details
    6. Unabridged birth certificate (Unabridged birth certificate in the sense the certificate is not shortened. It has the full details of the kid as well as his/her parents)
    7. The unabridged birth certificate has to be made online, as the handwritten copy would not be accepted by the Home Affairs of South Africa.
    8. Proof that you had yellow fever vaccination if you are coming from places where the disease is prevailing
  • You have to submit biometrics at the visa facilitation center
  • You can also track your application.

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3. Can you work on a dependent visa in South Africa?

If you are going to South Africa on a dependent visa category,

  • You are not allowed to work under a relative’s visa.
  • If you were applying for a permanent residence permit, and if you succeed in getting one, you would be permitted to work just like any other permanent resident would be permitted.
  • If you are going under a spousal visa, you can apply for a work permit or an endorsement from an employer.
  • Endorsements are easier to obtain than work permits.
  • If you want to change your current employer, your endorsement terminates and you have to get a new one from the new employer.

4. How long can you stay in South Africa with a dependent visa?

The period of time that a person can stay in the country, depends upon various factors.

  • The period on which a relative visa is issued is 2 years at a time.
  • Before the expiry of this period, you can apply for a permanent residency visa and if you get it, you can stay indefinitely in South Africa.

5. How long does it take to get a South African visa?

The processing time to go to South Africa depends upon whether a person is applying for a temporary visa or permanent visa.

If a person is applying for a temporary residence visa, as a dependent, the processing time is 8 to 10 weeks.

If an applicant wants to get a permanent visa, as a dependent, then the processing time would be8 to 10 months.

If you want to move to South Africa, then it is better to go on a temporary visa and then apply for a permanent visa after reaching there, as the permanent residencies are prone to take more time than anticipated.

6. Who is eligible for a South Africa dependent visa?

The following are the eligibility criterion a person should have to fly to South Africa under a dependent visa:

  • You have to be an immediate relative,i.e. you have to be one among the spouse, life partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling of a resident of SA.
  • The relationship with the sponsoring person in South Africa is the basic eligibility for anyone to fly to South Africa with a relative visa.
  • The immigration authorities of South Africa do not discriminate between heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Any type of partner to the host can apply with equal rights.
  • They do not discriminate between married relationships and life partner relationships. If you are in either marriage or life partnership, you can apply.

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7. What are the benefits of a South Africa dependent visa?

The following enlists the benefits of the dependent visa to South Africa:

  • The dependent visa is based completely on the relationship of the applicant to the resident of South Africa. Hence there need not be many problems like skills assessment and job opportunities like you need in a work visa.
  • There would not be any requirement to invest amounts of money like the one you need to invest in a business visa.
  • Even though you can apply only for temporary residence, if you have skills, you can reside and work in South Africa after taking appropriate permissions from the authorities.
  • After attaining the dependent visa and flying to South Africa, you can apply and get permanent residence.
  • The PR will provide you with all the facilities and amenities that a citizen of South Africa would enjoy except some rights as the right to vote.
  • The dependent visa allows you to visit the country, which has nature as its best pal. The natural beauty of South Africa can be enjoyed with this visa, without much effort.
  • The dependent visa enables you to visit the most diverse flora and fauna of the nation.
  • The cost of living in South Africa is much cheaper than most of the countries in the world. Hence, you can go on a dependent visa and enjoy a better life at an inexpensive price.
  • If you have a relative who can invite you, you can get plastic surgery for a much cheaper cost. Cosmetic surgeries for foreigners are famous in South Africa. This is because of the world-famous surgeons and good exchange rate for your money.
  • The nationals of South Africa are termed as the friendliest, by the foreigners. Hence, if you want to go as adependent, you would not have to be worried about being homesick.

8. What are the documents required for the South Africa dependent visa?

There are two types of documents that you need to know about. The first set is the list of documents that the applicant should procure. The second is the set of documents that the inviting resident of South Africa should procure.

The checklist of documents, that the dependent visa applicant must possess are:

  • Color photographs-2 (with 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm measurement and white background)
  • Valid passport with a validity of minimum 30 days after the period of the supposed visit and with atleast one blank page in it
  • For all relatives (except spouse and children), you need to show the proof of funds required to buy the return ticket
  • Income tax returns from the period of the last three years
  • Payslips of the last three years
  • Updated bank statements with the transactions of the last 6 months.
  • The bank statement should have the bank’s address and phone number, name and address of the account holder and the stamp of the bank.
  • If you want to enter South Africa through marriage, you have to submit the marriage certificate as proof.
  • If you want to enter into South Africa through a live-in relationship (permanent arrangement), the applicant and the person who is inviting the applicant must sign an affidavit stating that they are in a permanent relationship.
  • If you want to go through a live-in relationship, you need to back up the affidavit with documentary proofs like financial arrangements, evidence of cohabitation, utility bills, bank transactions, loans, etc.
  • If you are a relative of the host (other than spouse or child), you need to pay the visa fee prescribed by the South African consulate.
  • A radiological report, from a certified radiologist, stating that he/she examined the dependent visa applicant and checked for the signs of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).
  • A medical certificate, from a registered medical practitioner, stating that the applicant is fit and healthy.
  • Vaccination certificate, certifying that you are vaccinated against yellow fever at least before 10 days of the date of your intended flying to South Africa (if you are coming from yellow fever susceptible areas)
  • If the applicant is above 18 years, a police clearance certificate.
  • Supporting letter from the host with details of the duration and purpose of the visit
  • Documents, specifying the applicant’s relationship with the host (unabridged birth certificate)

The checklist of documents that the resident of South Africa, who is inviting the dependent, is:

  • Invitation letter that contains the street address of the host, the contact details of the host like name, signature, and designation and attested by the OATHS Commissioner or the police of South Africa
  • The host should provide proof that he/she can support the applicant financially during their stay in South Africa
  • Copy of the identity of the host (the ID has to be attested by the commissioner of the OATHS or South Africa police)or copy of the Permanent Residence status
  • Pages of the passport bio-data (i.e. the photo page, address page, parents page (Indian passports))
  • Tax statements for the last six months
  • Bank statement for the last six months, which includes address, phone number of the account holder and the bank
  • Residence proof of the inviting resident in South Africa
  • Police clearance certificate as the proof of the character of the host
  • Reference letter from the employer of the host as a proof of employment.

South Africa has abundant chances to get better employment. Many have left for the country to attain this betterment. If you are related to anyone of them and want to join them in their pursuit, you can do that by applying for a dependent visa to South Africa.

There is nothing better than getting reunited with a loved one. A dependent visa would allow you to reunite with your husband/wife/son/daughter/grandparents or grandchildren.

Since the South African dependent visa has a long list of documents that are to be submitted, many may feel that it is a complex process. In order to understand the complex process of applying for a dependent visa to South Africa, you can contact an expert immigration consultancy like Kansas Overseas.

We will simplify your processing by supporting you in getting documents and meeting other requirements. We will support you in getting united with your family in South Africa with a dependent visa.

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