Spouses of a South African citizens or permanent residents may apply for a life-partner or spousal visa/permit. In terms of the act both married and unmarried partners are considered spouses as long as they can prove the existence of a spousal relationship.

Spousal and life partner visas/permits

Proof of financial and emotional support must be submitted and the applicants must be interviewed separately and on the same day by the department. In case of non-married partners, proof of co- habitation as well as sharing of financial responsibilities for at least 2 years prior must be provided. After a period of 2 years on a spousal visa, applicants are required to inform the Director-General whether or not the spousal relationship still exists by means of an affidavit.

The spousal visa is normally granted for 2 – 3 years. After 5 years of a proven spousal relationship, applicants may apply for permanent residence.

Studying/working/running one’s own business is only allowed on a spousal visa provided the applicant has the necessary endorsements. Once permanent residence is granted, applicants may of course do as they wish in South Africa.

For more information about visas in South Africa click here.

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