Temporary residence permits are issued on request to applicants who intend to visit South Africa for a period of over three (3) months but not exceeding three (3) years.
Different Types of Temporary Residence Permits
- Study Permit
issued to foreigners intending to take up studies in South Africa.
- Treaty Permit
issued to foreigners conducting activities in South Africa in terms of an international agreement to which South Africa is a party.
- Relative's Permit
issued to relatives/spouses of South African citizens or residents intending to move to South Africa and take up permanent residence.
- Medical Permit
issued to foreigners intending to visit South Africa for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment.
- Retired Person's Permit
issued to retirees intending to live in South Africa only for limited or seasonal periods during the validity of the permit.
- Business Permit
issued to foreigners who intend to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which they may be employed.
- General Work Permit
issued to foreigners with general qualifications intending to work in South Africa.
- Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit
issued to foreigners being transferred by their own company to an affiliate company in South Africa.
- Critical Skills Work Permit
issued to applicants in possession of exceptional skills or qualifications that are scarce in in South Africa.
- Corporate Permit
issued by the Department to a corporate applicant. A corporant applicant is defined as a juristic person established under the laws of South Africa or a foreign country as a corporation to employ foreigners to conduct work for such applicant.
- Exchange Permits
issued to applicants under the age of 25 years and may only conduct work for one year.