Spouses of a South African citizens or permanent residents may apply for a life-partner or spousal visa/permit.
In terms of the act both married and unmarried partners are considered spouses as long as they can prove the existence of a spousal relationship.
Proof of financial and emotional support must be submitted and the applicants must be interviewed separately and on the same day by the department.
In case of non-married partners, proof of co- habitation as well as sharing of financial responsibilities for at least 2 years prior must be provided.
After a period of 2 years on a spousal visa, applicants are required to inform the Director-General whether or not the spousal relationship still exists by means of an affidavit.
The spousal visa is normally granted for 2 – 3 years. After 5 years of a proven spousal relationship, applicant may apply for permanent residence.
Studying/working/running one’s own business is only allowed on a spousal visa provided the applicant has the necessary endorsements.
An applicant is free to do as he/she wishes on a spousal permit, since he/she now has permanent residence.
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