Love doesn’t always account for borders, laws and regulations and can’t always be kept local. There are thousands of people falling in love with foreigners from all over the world and what better place to settle down than the rainbow nation. If you’re dating a foreign citizen and you plan on settling down in South Africa, you’ll have to ensure that they live in the country legally or you could find yourself in trouble with the law.
Between 2007 and 2010, South Africa recorded over 7000 fraudulent marriages so it’s understandable why applicants need to jump through additional hoops.
How to get your foreign partner South African residency
Let’s learn more about spousal agreements and foreign-partner residency in South Africa:
In South Africa, there are seven types of residency that you can apply for. These include a Continuous Work Permit, Relatives Permanent Residency Permit, Critical Skills Residence Permit, Business Permanent Residence Permit, Retirement Permanent Residency, Financial Independent Permanent Residency Permit, and for the focus of this article, a Spousal/Life Partner Permanent Residence Permit.
A Spousal Visa will allow the applicant to join a South African citizen or permanent resident in South Africa on a temporary visa, which is normally valid for 2-3 years.
If you’re a spouse or life partner of a South African Citizen or permanent resident, but you don’t qualify for study, work or business visas you can obtain the spousal or life partner visa that will allow you to work, study or live in South Africa on the grounds of that permit. In some cases, this process is perceived to be less tricky than applying for the before-mentioned visa types in your own right.
In the case of a life partner or spousal residency, it’s approved when you’re in a permanent relationship or married to a South African Citizen or a foreigner that has a permanent residency permit in South Africa. Keep in mind that as a couple you’ll need to submit proof that shows your relationship or marriage is still intact two-years after the status was permanent residency status was issued to the foreign partner.
As a couple applying for a life partner permanent residency, you’ll have to prove that you’re reliant on each other when it comes to emotional, physical and financial matters.
The application process is the same for both same-sex and heterosexual relationships. In order to qualify for approval, you’ll need proof of your marriage or cohabitation for at least the last 5-years.
Requirements for foreign partners visa application
To summarize, in order for you or your foreign partner to get South African Residency, you’ll have to meet the following requirements:
- One of you should be a South African Citizen or hold permanent residency in South Africa
- In order to apply for permanent residency, you’ll have to apply for a South African Spousal Permit that requires you to prove that you’ve been married for at least 5 years.
- A temporary spousal agreement via doesn’t stipulate a minimum period of marriage.
When applying for the Temporary or Permanent Residency in South Africa, have the following documents ready:
- Proof of residence or spousal citizenship in South Africa
- Government issued Marriage Certificate (should you be married)
- A letter of support from the partner that holds citizenship/permanent residency
- Proof of current mental records and well-being
- A completed temporary or permanent residency application form
Love knows no bounds
If your love can’t be kept within international borders it’s not the end of the world, all you need to do is follow the proper procedures. The sooner you handle these legal matters, the sooner you and your loved one can concentrate on settling down and building a life together in South Africa.
Having a professional immigration lawyer on your case can ease and speed up the process and take a lot of strain off your hands. soon you and your loved one can settle down.
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