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South Africa Business Visa

The South African Business visa allows entrepreneurs and investors to enter South Africa in order to establish a new business or invest in an existing one. Applicants for this visa must have a minimum of R5 million (approximately £240,000 GBP) available for their application to be considered, with the exception of certain industries (see below).

Length of stay

Required investment

A minimum of R5 million (approximately £240,000 GBP) of available investment funds or assets is required. This can take the form of cash and/or capital: such as equipment, materials, or products.

Applicants will require a certificate from an accountant registered with the South African institute of Chartered Accountants to confirm that they have the required investment funds and/or capital.

Required investment exceptions

Applicants who plan to invest in or establish a business in the following industries are not required to meet the minimum investment requirement:

  • Clothing manufacturing

  • Textile manufacturing

  • Information and communication technology; such as software production, web design, and networking

  • Chemicals/bio-technology

  • Agroprocessing industries which deal with metals and minerals refining

  • Automotive manufacturing

  • Tourism

Eligibility requirements

In addition to the investment requirement outlines above, applicants for the South African Business visa must meet several eligibility criteria for the visa to be granted. Applicants must provide:

  • A completed copy of the South African Temporary Residency Permit Form BI-1738

  • A valid passport

  • A signed agreement stating that a minimum of 60% of all employees of the business to be established or invested in will be, or currently are, South African citizens or permanent resident; and will be, or currently are. employed on a full time basis

  • A signed agreement stating that the applicant will register with the following organisations:

    • The South African Revenue Service

    • The Unemployment Insurance Fund

    • The Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries

    • The Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (only required for certain industries)

    • Any appropriate professional organisations, if required for their industry

  • A vaccination certificate if the applicant is planning to travel from or through a Yellow Fever risk area

  • Police/criminal record certificates from all countries which the applicant has spent more than 12 months in since the age of 18

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