How to start a business in South Africa as a foreigner

how to start a business in south africaWhen you’re exploring how to start a business in South Africa, one of your first searches might be around how to register the business.

There’s a reason we say this. Our client managers get countless enquiries every day asking about business registrations in South Africa.

Here’s what you shouldn’t forget – the visa always come first! This is the only way to be involved in a business in South Africa as a foreigner – with a valid business visa in hand.

To help you understand the process, we’ll look at all the most important things you need to have in place to apply for a South African business visa:

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Breaking Down the South African Business Visa Process

south african business visaIn 2014, the South African immigration act underwent a lot of change. Some of these changes affected the South African business visa category.

One of the main changes was that the Department of Home Affairs decided to include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the application process.

This change initially proved to be very disruptive to business visa applicants. The inclusion of the DTI added some months to the business visa application.

That said, the process is now much smoother and have given the entrepreneur the added bonus of having the DTI’s input into whether the business will be in South Africa’s best interest and therefore, by default, whether the DTI feels the business will be a success.

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The ins and outs of importing personal goods into South Africa

importing personal goods into South AfricaIt’s not as simple as it should be to find information on importing personal goods into South Africa.

Unsurprisingly many immigrants find this frustrating as moving furniture and other belongings is an integral part of any overseas move.

The good news is that we scoured the internet to find the vital pieces of information you need to successfully import your personal belongings to South Africa.

1. The rules and regulations

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What you should know about buying and renting property in South Africa

buying and renting property in south africaThere is a lot to know about buying and renting property in South Africa if you’re planning on moving here. Especially if you want to ensure that you enter into an agreement that’s fair and legal.

Agreed? Then continue reading.

Buying property in South Africa

What do you do when you want to get to the facts? You go to the experts of course. That’s exactly what we did when we asked Marco Garuti of SAHomeBuyers what he thinks foreigners should be aware of when buying property in South Africa.

Here’s what he had to say: Read more What you should know about buying and renting property in South Africa

Meet the Team: Nic Kennedy

Nic KennedyNic Kennedy joined the Intergate team five years ago. His passion is the private market, in other words assisting people just like immigrate to South Africa successfully.

If you’d like to connect with Nic, you can use the contact details he gives at the end of this interview. But first, let’s get to know Nic better… Read more Meet the Team: Nic Kennedy

South African Relatives Permit and Visa

south african relatives permitThe South African relatives permit and visa give immediate family members of South Africans the opportunity to also live in the country.

While the visa allows temporary residency, the permit allows permanent residency.

Up to 2014 there was no distinction, both statuses were called a ‘permit’, but this was changed across all South African visa types when the legislation changes came into effect.

Here’s all you need to know about the relatives category:

 

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How can my spouse join me in South Africa?

spousal visa south africaAsking yourself this question? Then we’re willing to bet you’re either a Saffa returning home or a foreigner coming here to work. The short answer? A spousal visa for South Africa.

However, as with all things immigration related, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

You see, if you’re a South African and your spouse is a foreigner, the correct visa is the spousal visa under the family category.

On the other hand, if you’re a foreigner who’s coming to South Africa to work, the appropriate visa is an accompanying spouse visa. Read more How can my spouse join me in South Africa?

FAQs: Life Partner Visa

life partner visaWould you like to join your South African life partner in South Africa? Then you probably have a couple of questions about the life partner visa.

We’re guessing the question that’s top of mind is ‘do I qualify?’.

That’s why we’re starting today’s FAQ session by telling you who is eligible to apply for a South African life partner visa. Then we move on to other questions we get each day. Read more FAQs: Life Partner Visa

The cost of living in South Africa: Your ultimate guide (2018 Update)

cost of living in south africaThe cost of living in South Africa is a main concern for many of our clients. It’s not surprising. Anyone who is considering emigration wants to know that they’ll be able to maintain – or better – their lifestyle.

The good news is that we’ve done all the research for you. It’s all right here. All you have to do is read this article to the end to know how much you’re likely earn and how much:

  • Housing;
  • Utilities;
  • Transport and
  • Groceries are on average in South Africa.

Let’s start with salaries:

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