Applicants are required to apply in person at the South African mission. No appointment necessary.
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.