You can apply for a temporary residency visa from the Department of Home Affairs. Immigrants entering South Africa will normally obtain a temporary visa first as this will allow them to reside in the country for 12 to 48 months. Of course this will depend on the visa that is applied for.
The main reason for such an approach is because it can take a long time for a permanent residency to be issued. While they wait for this to be issued they will be allowed to stay in the country.
There are a few different types of temporary residency visas which are issued. We list these below with the duration in which they are issued for as a reference.
A fear that many immigrants with a temporary visa face is not knowing what happens after it expires.
In most cases the individual will apply for their permanent residency and temporary residency at the same time. Usually, it can take 12 to 30 months for the Department of Home Affairs to process the application.
But, the temporary residency will most likely not expire before the applicants permanent residency has been issued. In such a case, the issues that arise from a temporary visa expiring are nullified.
If the applicant is unable to apply for a permanent residency or if the Department of Home Affairs hasn’t issued the permanent residency yet, then an application needs to be made for the renewal of the temporary visa.
While the process of renewal is fairly straightforward, the criteria to follow will depend on the type of temporary that the applicant holds.
For instance, if either a spousal or life partner visa were to be renewed then the applicant will need to prove that the relationship is still in existence.
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