Reunite with your family by applying for the relatives visa for South Africa

We facilitate the process for you, so you don’t have to stress.

Our service is for people who want to join their family in South Africa and are serious about putting the effort in to get a visa.

• We prepare and compile your application.
• You get access to an immigration expert.
• We deal with the forms.

Applying for the relative visa

If you intend on joining a family in South Africa who are South African citizens or permanent residents then the relatives visa is just right for you. Applying for a visa is a daunting and confusing process if you are not familiar with the South African immigration system. Migrate with Q can facilitate the entire process for you so that you don’t have to stress over what documents you need and having to deal with the South African embassy or the Department of Home Affairs. We created a detailed blog post called What is a relative permit in South Africa if you need more information.

Do not qualify for the visa? These are the different South Africa visa types you can qualify for.

After receiving the visa you can:

• legally stay in SA (enter & exit SA freely).
Apply for permanent residence if it’s first level kinship.

Qualifying Criteria:

• Proof of 1st or 2nd level of kinship (Birth Certificate)
• Financial assurance from your sponsor (South African relative or permanent resident)
• Clear criminal record (must apply for a police clearance certificate)
• Your sponsor must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.

You are not allowed to work whilst on the visa and that’s why your relative needs to be comfortable in showing financial support documents to prove that they can support you. If you would like to work then you have to apply for one of these visas:

1. Critical Skills Visa
2. General Work Visa
3. Intra-Company Transfer Visa

The relative visa is valid for 2 years and can be renewed before your visa expires in SA which you need to do so through VFS. An applicant who qualifies through 1st level kinship may apply for permanent residency immediately as stated in the immigration act. The relatives visa South Africa requirements will differ depending on your situation. The spousal visa falls under the relatives visa 

What can Migrate With Q do for you?

• Create the required list of documents specific to your case.
• Work with your South African citizen or permanent resident relative.
• Weekly catch-up sessions with you to discuss your progress
• Prepare you for your submission and discuss your application.
• Discuss your permanent residence permit options.
• Prepare your visa application.

If you are applying abroad this is the relative visa application form South Africa used at the South African embassy. If you are married to a South African citizen or permanent resident then you have to read what is a spousal visa in South Africa.

If you are travelling from or through a yellow fever area, you need to apply for a yellow fever vaccination certificate beforehand. You would need to include this with your relative permit application when you submit it in your country of residence. If you are not travelling through a yellow fever area then you would not need to include this with your temporary residence application form.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who can apply for this visa?

A person who has family in South Africa who are first-level kinship or second level kinship and are South African citizens or permanent residents. How can I apply for family visa in South Africa. You can arre allowed to apply for a change of status in South Africa with a visit visa.

2. Can I work whilst on the relative visa?

No, you may not work and your sponsor must prove that they can financially support you. A spousal or life partner visa holder can apply for a relatives visa work endorsement South Africa.

3. How long does the visa take to process?

Once we receive all your paperwork, it takes us 48 hours to prepare your application. Once you submit your documents to the South African Embassy, it then takes about 30 – 40 working days to receive your outcome. The relative visa South Africa processing time in SA takes about 5 months. 

4. What happens if the visa is rejected?

We will refund your service fees in full if we made an error. If your visa is rejected due to fraudulent documents then we will not refund you.