Immigration Visa & Permits

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

The aspect of immigration in or rather into any sub-Saharan African country is frequently occupying the newspapers, magazines and blogs. It was and remains one of the most unpleasant aspects of doing business in Africa. Sometimes based on old aged or simply inadequate Acts and Regulations at least some of the countries, like South Africa, offer a variety of options and conditions under which temporary or permanent residence visa and permits, identity cards or simple Visas may be obtained.

It therefore requires utmost diligence in preparing an application as well as perseverance to be successful when applying for any Visa or Permit in Sub-Saharan Africa. Any rejection of an application complicates not only the business concerned, but it also requires an appeal, which is time and cost intensive.

INTO SA advises, drafts and assists with the compilation of all required documents and – as far as possible locally – handles the submission of all applications through its branches in South Africa or affiliated offices in the remaining countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

INTO SA advises and assists with the right application to obtain the correct permit or visa under its all-comprehensive eVISA service, valid and applicable to all across Sub-Saharan Africa.To give already an indication of the various Visa and Permit options in Sub-Saharan Africa, the following overviews address specific, popular immigration destinations. The destination overviews will increase over time, so keep coming back for updated existing or additional new countries.

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mozambique – coming soon
  • Namibia – coming soon
  • Zambia – coming soon

For immigration applications in any Sub-Saharan African country please contact the respective country desk or the INTO SA Head Office in Montana, South Africa.
Please see for a more comprehensive explanation of the various immigration visas and permits Into SA’s Pocket Guide “PASSPORT IMMIGRATION LAW”, Volume I of “Doing Business in South Africa”.

INTO SA advises and assists with the right application to obtain the correct permit or visa under its all-comprehensive eVISA service, valid and applicable to all across Sub-Saharan Africa.

South Africa

It is undecided, who was surprised more – the unsuspecting public or the employees of Home Affairs, when the new Immigration Regulations 2014 came into force on Monday, 26 May 2014, the last act of the Minister of the Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”), Naledi Pandor, before she returned to her former Department of Science and Technology and before the controversial Malusi Gigaba took over, still govern all Immigration Visa and Permits for South Africa.

Nothing has changed since then and even under the new current Minister Aaron Motsoaledi most of the visa applications will have to be submitted at the South African embassies and consulates abroad, while the meagre rest will havecan to be submitted to your local Visa Facilitation Services Center (VFS) by appointment only and which will charge you ZAR 1 350 on top of the usual DHA application fee.

Application DHA Fees for the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and VFS fees have to be paid via EFT prior to submission and an interview has to be scheduled with VFS in order to submit any application.

The following pages shall serve as a first guide through the types and respective requirements for the majority of Visa and Permits currently available in South Africa:Please see for a more comprehensive explanation of the various immigration visas and permits Into SA’s Pocket Guide “PASSPORT IMMIGRATION LAW”, Volume I of “Doing Business in South Africa”.

Into SA Immigration Services in Sub-Saharan Africa

It requires utmost diligence in preparing an application as well as perseverance to be successful when applying for any Visa in Sub-Saharan Africa. Any rejection of an application complicates not only the business concerned, but it also requires an appeal, which is time and cost intensive.

INTO SA advises, drafts and assists with the compilation of all required documents and handles the submission of all applications through its branches in South Africa or affiliated offices in the remaining countries of sub-Saharan Africa. For immigration applications in any Sub-Saharan African country please contact the respective country desk or the INTO SA Head Office in Montana.

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