South Africa Business Visa

Applying for a South African business permit often referred to as an entrepreneur permit or investor permit allows foreign nationals to immigrate to South Africa based on a substantial investment being made in a new or existing business venture.


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Because of its diversified culture and, lots of immigrants from different parts of the world, South Africa is a place where there is lot of scope for any business to flourish. South Africa being developing country, is in need for foreign funds so, it welcomes investments from foreign countries and extends full support by in allocation of various resources.

Benefits of Business Visa

The South African business visa is one of many temporary resident visas for South Africa which allows a foreign national to migrate to South Africa for an agreed period.

The South Africa business visa equates most directly to the UK investor visa and the USA EB-5 visa, both of which are based upon a candidate possessing sufficient business acumen and capital to successfully begin a commercial enterprise.

South African business visas are granted for a period of twenty-four months, which can be extended indefinitely provided, South African Business Visa requirements are continuously met.

In addition, like South African work permits, business permit holders may ultimately apply for a permanent residence permit.

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According to South African government rules, candidates applying for South African Business Permit should exhibit good entrepreneurial skills, must submit a business plan with minimum investment of 2.5 million African Rands, and promise to employ minimum 5 South African Citizens or Residents apart from other requirements.

In addition, if the business falls in line with the following sectors, a request for a capital reduction can be made. 

  • Chemicals/biotechnology
  • IT/communications
  • Metals/minerals
  • Automotive/transport
  • Agricultural processing
  • Tourism
  • Clothing/textiles/crafts

Beyond these criteria, candidates immigrating to South Africa via this route must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • A detailed business plan must be submitted,
  • The applicant must be employed in the investment or entrepreneurial venture,
  • The business must demonstrate export potential of the transfer of a technology not generally available in the country,
  • Evidence must be supplied to show that the investment capital will originate from abroad,
  • Documentary evidence of the applicant's business experience and entrepreneurial skills must be submitted,
  • A signed agreement must be made to register, if required, with the relevant statutory body for the sector

Whilst a South Africa business permit may be extended, it is important to note that the conditions outlined above must continue to meet in order for a South African visa extension to be granted.

In some cases, business permits may be revoked if an enterprise does not continue to perform satisfactorily.

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As discussed, South African investor visas or entrepreneur visas are grouped within the temporary residence permit classification.

However, since South African visas of this class can be extended and may ultimately lead to permanent residence in South Africa, it is likely that successful candidates establishing or investing in a South African business will be present in the country for some years if not indefinitely.

As a result, spouse and dependent immigration are permitted and the spouse or partner and dependent children may accompany the principle applicant to South Africa.

Dependents will be granted visitor visa status to immigrate to South Africa for the same length of time as that granted to the business permit holder.

To know about the visa fee and other information, contact us!

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Visa Fee

There is no visa  fee for Indians. For other nationals it is 2560 INR

Disclaimer: Visa fees are subjected to change without prior notice.

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