Relative's Permit

This is a permit issued to relatives/spouses of South African citizens or residents intending to move to South Africa with an intention of taking up permanent residence.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • A duly completed application form (BI-1738) signed by applicant
  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days 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
  • Proof of financial means (bank statement)
  • Proof of South African citizen/Permanent residence of relative in RSA in the form of an identity document and passport
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident as contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act in the form of:
    • an unabridged certificate, and
    • where necessary, paternity test results
  • Proof of a minimum amount of R5,000.00 per month per person, which shall not apply in the case of a spouse of dependent minor of a South African citizen/permanent residence holder.
  • No fee is required from spouses/ dependent of a South African citizen
  • Proof of U.S. legal status (copy of green card) if not U.S. citizen
  • Processing time is 5 business days, it may take up to 10 days during peak season

Attention: South African Consulate General in New York Applicants ONLY:

  • $16.00 money order for overnight mailing.