A Visitor’s Visa may be issued for a period which may not exceed three months to a foreigner who provides the financial or other guarantees prescribed in respect of his or her departure. This visa may not exceed three months and upon application may be renewed for a further period which shall not exceed three months.
Should the foreigners’ activities be work-related, the foreigner may apply for a Visitor’s Visa with authorisation to work (Section 11(2)).
Upon entry, the Visitor’s Visa may be extended in South Africa for a further period not exceeding three months.
General Work Visa
A General Work Visa may be issued to a foreigner not falling within a category or class quota if the prospective employer satisfies the Department that despite diligent search he or she has been unable to employ a citizen or a permanent resident with qualifications or skills and experience equivalent to those of the applicant. TheGeneral Work Visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years.
Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa
An Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit may be issued to a foreigner who is employed abroad by a business operating in South Africa in a branch, subsidiary or affiliate relationship and who by reason of his or her employment is required to conduct work in South Africa. The Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding four years.
Critical Skills Work Visa
A Critical Skills Work Visa may be issued to an individual possessing critical skills or qualifications and if the foreigner falls within a specific professional or occupational category determined by the Minister.
The Critical Skills Work Visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years.
Skills or qualifications determined to be Critical for South Africa are:
- Agriculture and Related Sciences
- Architecture and the Built Environment
- Business, Economics, Management Studies
- Information Communication & Technology
- Health Professionals & Related Clinical Sciences
- Life & Earth Sciences
- Professionals & Associate Professionals
- Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
- Academics & Researchers
- Post Graduates
An Exchange Visa may be issued to a foreigner under 25 years of age and who has received an offer to conduct work.
An Exchange Visa may be issued for a period not exceeding the period of the exchange programme.
A Study Visa may be issued to a foreigner intending to study in South Africa for longer than three months. The holder of a study Visa for studies at a higher education institution may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week.
A business visa may be issued to a foreigner intending to establish or invest in a business in South Africa or who has established or invested in a business in South Africa in which he or she may be employed. ABusiness Visa may be issued for a period not exceeding three years at a time.
Retired Persons Visa
A Retired Persons Visa may be issued to a foreigner who intends to retire in South Africa provided that the applicant provides proof that he or she has the right to a pension or an irrevocable annuity or retirement account which will give him or her a minimum payment for the rest of his or her life from the country of his or her origin or has a minimum R37 000 net worth. A retired person visa may be issued for a period not exceeding four years.
A Relatives Visa may be issued for a maximum period of two years to a foreigner who is a member of the immediate family of a citizen or a permanent resident, provided that such citizen or permanent resident provides the prescribed financial assurance.
Medical Treatment Visa
A Medical Treatment Visa may be issued for a maximum period of six months at a time to a foreigner intending to receive medical treatment in South Africa.
A Treaty Visa may be issued to a foreigner conducting activities in South Africa in terms of an international agreement to which South Africa is a party.
Asylum Transit Visa
An Asylum Transit Visa may be issued to a person who, at a port of entry, claims to be an asylum seeker, which visa shall be valid for a period of 5 days only to enable the holder to report at the nearest refugee reception office.
A Crew Visa may be issued, for a maximum period of three months at a time, to a foreigner who is a member of the crew of a conveyance.