An Introduction to Immigration and other Visas to South Africa
BAIS has offices in South Africa so if you are planning on travelling to South Africa or are already in South Africa we are best placed to assist you.
Immigrating to South Africa offers you the chance to live and work in one of the most exciting and culturally diverse countries in the world.
Home to more than 43 million people, this southern African nation is a true melting pot of culture and custom with an unrivalled wealth of wildlife and geography.
South African immigration presents a rich diversity for those who successfully enter the country.
Divided into nine provinces with major cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, successful applicants can also enjoy the stunning scenery, including mountainous Swaziland and one of the few locations on earth with a mega diversity of flora and fauna.
The country also enjoys a temperate climate with warm weather almost all year round and more than twice as many hours of sunshine than Great Britain.
In terms of doing business, the country ranks highly among the nations of the world and those migrating to South Africa will find skills shortages in areas such as IT and engineering, low property prices and a low cost of living.
Although the country has no less than eleven official languages, English is very well represented and those who migrate to South Africa from English speaking countries will find the language in common usage almost everywhere.
Those who wish to immigrate to South Africa may do so through either one of the temporary residence permits available, or alternatively, through one of the permanent residence permits which may, in time, lead to the opportunity to undergo South African naturalisation.
South African immigration visas allow people to gain visas for South African excursions, South African visas for longer-term work or study-based projects, or permanent residency visas for those who wish to live and work in South Africa on a permanent basis.
As a specialist immigration consultancy, BAIS can help you to obtain any South African visa service from a temporary visitor visa for tourists through to a permanent residence permit through several routes.
Our immigration consultants can offer immigration lawyer expertise and can help to ensure that you embark upon the most appropriate route for your relocation to South Africa.
Visiting South Africa
Temporarily relocating to South Africa for the purposes of tourism or visiting family and friends will normally be conducted on a South African visitor visa, or tourist visa as it is sometimes known.
A South African visitor permit is valid for up to three months and does not permit work in the country, although a short course of study, i.e. one whose duration is contained within the three-month grant, is allowed.