Immigration Visa & Permits
The aspect of immigration in or rather into any Southern 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 ancient 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 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 Southern Africa. Any rejection of an application complicates not only the business concerned but 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 offices in other countries in Southern 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 across Southern Africa. To give already an indication of the various Visa and Permit options in Southern Africa, the following overviews address specific, popular immigration destinations. The destination overviews will increase over time, so keep coming back for added or amended countries.
- South Africa
- Botswana – coming soon
- Mozambique – coming soon
- Namibia – coming soon
- Zambia – coming soon
For immigration applications in any Southern 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” (2018 – next edition will be published 2024).
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 Southern Africa.
Applying for a temporary residence visa at the Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the applicant’s home country abroad has never taken more time and its outcome was never more erratic than today. An unofficial, but nevertheless real, internal policy of mass rejection and conjuring up reasons to deny the visa make the process tedious and unforeseeable.
The same applies to the processing times and arbitrary rejection practice at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Waiting times of more than 6 years have become the norm and wrong decisions due to deliberate boycotts or lack of knowledge of the underpaid employees at the department are daily reality.
The current Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is openly xenophobic and seldom attends meetings or his offices and has long lost control of the department.
It is paramount to any chance of success that the applications are “iron-clad and waterproof” and are followed up on regularly.
Nevertheless, 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 description of the various immigration visas and permits Into SA’s Pocket Guide “PASSPORT IMMIGRATION LAW”, Volume I of “Doing Business in South Africa” (2018 – next edition will be published 2024).
Into SA Immigration Services in Southern Africa
It requires utmost diligence in preparing an application as well as perseverance to be successful when applying for any Visa in Southern Africa. Any rejection of an application complicates not only the business concerned, but also requires an appeal, which is time and cost-intensive.
Into SA Immigration Experts draft and advise on the best Immigration Strategy to anticipate potential grounds for rejection and to manoeuvre the current xenophobic atmosphere clouding the Department of Home Affairs, VfS Global and the South African missions abroad. Thereafter applications, supporting evidence and respectively necessary legal documents are drafted and compiled. Finally, the client is guided to submission of the application(s) and Into SA is monitoring the processing inside the various departments and accredited authorities.
Visitor Visa with / without Work
Kinship / Relative
Accompanying Spouse or Life Partner Visa
Spouse / Life Partner
Retired Person Visa
Work Visa (general)
Critical Skills Work Visa
Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa
10-Year Refugee Status
Medical, Artist & Exchange Visa