Spousal Visas

Who is the visa for?

Foreign spouses of South African citizens and permanent residents.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be legally married to a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be accompanied by a written undertaking from the South African citizen or permanent resident spouse in which he/she accepts full financial-, emotional- and physical responsibility for the applicant.
  • Applicants are obligated to subject themselves to an interview in order to convince the Director-General that they are parties to a genuine spousal relationship. 

Additional Information                                   

The process in obtaining a Spousal Visa is completely similar for homosexual married couples as it is for heterosexual married couples.

Holding a spousal visa is a huge advantage when it comes to working, studying or setting up a business in South Africa.

Foreigners who have a spousal permit are able to work, study and run or own a business (no endorsements required).

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