Immigration To South Africa From UK

Immigration To South Africa From UK

Moving to South Africa From The UK

Moving to South Africa From The UK

Thinking of emigrating to South Africa? If so you have to read our guide about the different types of visas and the general information about the country.

There are an estimated 200, 000 British ex-pats residing in South Africa.

With that said, there must be a reason why so many British ex-pats love the country and we think it could be partly because of the stunning landscapes or weather.

There are many beautiful places to explore and home to many indigenous flowers.

One of the most attractive choices is the favourable currency for the British compared to the rand. 

So everything is cheaper in South Africa, whether you buying a car or a house.

South Africa has 11 official languages, but not to worry English is the official language of the country.

So before you get started, here’s what you need to know about South Africa.

First things first if you would like to visit South Africa as a tourist to check the vibe out, then here’s what you need to know;

South Africa Visa Requirements for UK Citizens

 

visa requirements

 

 

Citizens of the United Kingdom are awarded 90 days per visit when entering the port of entry in South Africa. 

The requirements are fairly straightforward when it comes to visiting visas/tourist visas.

The 90 days are awarded for short stays such as tourist or business purposes in the country.

The visa requirements for travelling to South Africa for UK nationals who would like to stay longer must renew their visit visa in SA at VFS 60 days before the expiry of the current visa.

The Cost To Extend Your Visa in SA

  1. Department of Home Affairs processing fee: R 425.00
  2. VFS processing fee: R 1,550.00

Ensure that you have all the necessary documents to extend your visa and submit them as soon as possible.

Can A UK Citizen Emigrate To South Africa

 

Can A UK Citizen Emigrate To South Africa

 

 

Yes a UK citizen can emigrate to South Africa, provided that you qualify for one of the temporary residence visas.

There are different types of visas that you qualify for, however, you need to ensure that you do qualify for the visa you are applying for.

Migrate With Q offers a free assessment to find out if qualify for a South African visa.

The immigration law is constantly changing and it’s best you make use of an immigration consultant to apply for your visas.

All first-time applications must be submitted in the UK through VFS or if the South African embassy is not contracted to VFS.

Each visa application requires you to provide documentation such as copies of your passport, radiological & medical reports, and police clearance checks to mention a few.

These are the visas available to you broken down into different categories:

South Africa Work Visa For UK Citizens

 

Work Visas

 

 

UK nationals who qualify for a South African work visa may apply for the appropriate visa through VFS in the UK.

Corporate Workers Visa:

 

CWV

 

 

If you secured employment in South Africa with a company that holds a corporate visa account, then you can apply for a corporate worker’s visa.

This visa is issued for a maximum of 3 years and is not renewable.

The visa does not lead to permanent residency.

Critical Skills Visa:

 

CSV

 

 

The Department of Home Affairs in 2014 created a visa specifically dedicated to occupations which are in high demand.

The critical skills occupation list has all the occupations which are in high demand.

The visa is valid for 5 years and you need to have secured a job offer to apply for this visa.

This visa leads to permanent residency.

General Work Visa:

 

GWP

 

 

The general work visa for South Africa allows you to work and live in South Africa for the duration of your employment contract or a maximum of 5 years.

This is one of the most laborious work visas to apply for.

Your employer needs to prove that the company has exhausted all avenues in first finding a SA citizen or permanent resident before awarding you with the job offer.

This visa leads to permanent residency.

Intra-Company Transfer Visa

If you are working for a multi-national company that has a branch, subsidiary or affiliate based in South Africa, then you can apply for this visa.

You need to have been working for more than 6 months for your company when applying for the intra-company transfer visa.

You need to show the Department of Home Affairs that your skills will be transferred to a South African citizen or permanent resident.

The visa is valid for 3-4 years and cannot be renewed.

This visa does not lead to permanent residency.

Family Visas For South Africa

Relative’s Visa

 

siblings

 

 

The relative’s visa allows foreign nationals who have family in SA who are citizens or permanent residents with either a 1st level kinship or 2nd level kinship to apply for this visa.

Mom, Dad, Brother, and Sisters are some examples.

You are not allowed to work with this visa.

Your sponsor needs to prove that they can financially support you.

The visa is valid for 2 years and 1st level kinship will qualify for permanent residency.

Life Partner Visa

 

BF and GF

 

 

The life partner visa allows foreign nationals who are in a relationship with SA citizens or permanent residents to stay in the country for 2 years.

The visa is renewable and you are allowed to add business or study or working endorsements to the visa.

You must have been cohabiting for 2 years with your partner at the time of submission.

You can qualify for permanent residency after 5 years.

Spousal Visa

 

Married

 

 

The spousal visa for South Africa allows the spouse of a South African citizen or permanent resident to stay with them in the country for 2 years.

You need a valid marriage certificate to apply for this visa.

You are allowed to add a business, study or work endorsement.

You can qualify for permanent residency after 5 years.

Business Visas

Business Visa

 

Start a business

 

 

The business visa for South Africa allows you to start your own business here in the country.

You need to prove that you can invest R5 million within the new business or an existing business.

The visa is valid for 2 years and can be extended.

This visa leads to permanent residency.

Can Brits Retire to South Africa?

Retire in SA

 

Yes UK citizens can retire in South Africa by applying for a retirement visa provided that they qualify for the visa

Many UK nationals in the country escape the winter months to enjoy the lovely summer here in SA.

Below are all the details about applying for the visa.

Retirement Visa

The retirement visa allows a foreign national to retire in South Africa.

You need to prove that you receive an irrevocable pension or retirement annuity to the worth of R 37,000.00 per month for you and your spouse.

Income from any assets will be considered but would not lead to permanent residency.

The visa is valid for 1 year or up to 4 years dependent on your pension or retirement financial status.

Study Visas

Study Visa

 

Studying in SA

 

 

If you have been accepted by an educational institution in South Africa, which has been recognized by the Department of Basic Education then you can apply for a study visa.

The visa is valid for the course of the duration and can be extended.

This does not lead to permanent residency.

Opening a Bank Account in South Africa

 

Opening a bank account

 

 

There are a few banks in South Africa which you can open a bank account with.

Before you can do so, you need to have temporary resident status or permanent residency,

Remember that each bank has its own set of qualifying criteria to open a bank account in the country.

These are the banks:

Non-resident bank account:

  • Passport/birth certificate
  • Proof of address (Utility Bill)
  • Three months’ bank statements from your previous country’s bank
  • A certificate of introduction from your home country’s bank, signed by a bank official.

To apply for a resident account you will need the following:

Once you have decided what bank to make use of then these are some of the documents that you would need:

  • Temporary residency visa or permanent residence
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of address in SA (Utility Bill)
  • Three months of bank statements

British Pound Sterling VS the Rand

 

The Pound

 

 

The pound is currently worth R 19,65 at the time of writing this.

South Africa’s currency is the Rand (ZAR) and 1 Rand is made up of 100 cents.

There are 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 rand, 2 rand, and 5 rand coins available.

Where notes are concerned, R 10, R 20, R 50, R 100 and R 200 notes are available.

Visa and Mastercard are accepted widely in SA and American Express is not accepted in the country.

It’s best to keep an eye out on the exchange rate to find the perfect time to transfer money or purchase something in SA.

The Cost Of Living In South Africa

 

Cost of living in SA

 

 

According to Numbeo, the following comparisons between London & Johannesburg:

Johannesburg:

  • Consumer prices in Johannesburg are 46%.76 lower than in London (without rent)
  • Consumer prices including rent in Johannesburg are 59.56% lower than in London
  • Rent Prices in Johannesburg are 76.41% lower than in London
  • Restaurant Prices in Johannesburg are 53.88% lower than in London
  • Groceries Prices in Johannesburg are 40.97% lower than in London.
  • Local Purchasing Power in Johannesburg is 5.67% higher than in London

Cape Town:

  • Consumer Prices in Cape Town are 49.25% lower than in London (without rent)
  • Consumer Prices Including Rent in Cape Town are 56.36% lower than in London
  • Rent Prices in Cape Town are 65.86% lower than in London
  • Restaurant Prices in Cape Town are 53.60% lower than in London
  • Groceries Prices in Cape Town are 40.90% lower than in London
  • Local Purchasing Power in Cape Town is 15.90% lower than in London

Durban:

  • Consumer Prices in Durban are 49.25% lower than in London (without rent)
  • Consumer Prices Including Rent in Durban are 62.62% lower than in London
  • Rent Prices in Durban are 80.47% lower than in London
  • Restaurant Prices in Durban are 53.80% lower than in London
  • Groceries Prices in Durban are 43.46% lower than in London
  • Local Purchasing Power in Durban is 6.92% lower than in London

Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)

  • Rent Prices in Port Elizabeth are 63.30% lower than in London
  • Restaurant Prices in Port Elizabeth are 40.57% lower than in London
  • Groceries Prices in Port Elizabeth are 41.09% lower than in London

As you can see from the data sets above that it’s quite cheaper to live in South Africa compared to London.

You can have a comfortable lifestyle in SA if you are earning a decent salary.

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