Visas, permits, residence
Want to visit South Africa? Here's information on the basic requirements for
entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas – what they are,
who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them.
Are you an international student considering enrolling at a South African educational
institution? Find information on study permit requirements and application
procedures, and get the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Do you wish to stay in South Africa temporarily to explore or take up a job
offer, or to set up or run a business, or because you've been recruited or
transferred to the country? Find information on work permit categories,
requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some frequently
Considering immigrating to and settling in South Africa? Find out about immigration
categories, requirements and application procedures, and get the answers to some
frequently asked questions.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner, Africa has over 4.2-million refugees, second only to Asia. Roughly the equivalent number of people are seeking asylum or are refugees on the continent as in Europe. In South Africa, 90 000 people are classified as 'persons of concern' by the UNHCR.
Thousands of people are choosing to settle in South Africa each year, attracted by such features as the quality of life, the climate and the business opportunities on offer. Recent figures show that the country is truly becoming a colour-filled, multicultural melting pot, alive with possibilities.