business permit

This is a permit issued to foreigners who intend to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which they may be employed.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • A duly completed application form (BI-1738) signed by applicant
  • Passport valid for no less than 30 after the expiry of intended visit
  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Medical report (physical)
  • Radiological report (chest X-ray) or skin TB test
  • Police clearance certificate (criminal background check) from all countries applicant lived in since age 18 for one year or longer
  • Flight itinerary
  • Non-refundable fee of $255.00 money order for processing
  • $1,500.00 money order for repatriation deposit
  • Proof of U.S. legal status (copy of green card) if not U.S. citizen
  • Proof of financial/capital contribution equivalent to R2.5million
  • Chartered Accountant certifying the investment and that it is available and originated from abroad
  • A business plan outlining the feasibility of the business
  • Proof that at least 5 citizens/permanent residents shall be employed
  • An undertaking to register with SARS
  • Proof of registration with the appropriate body/board/council
  • Processing time is 2 – 3 weeks
Attention: South African Consulate General in New York Applicants ONLY:

$16.00 money order for overnight mailing.

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