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

Buying and renting property in South Africa

There’s 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.

Many people choose to first rent and then look for a place to make their permanent home. Let’s thus start by looking at what you should be aware of when renting and then we’ll move on to the processes and costs when buying a house. Read more What you should know about buying and renting property in South Africa

Make your relationship last when moving overseas with your partner

Moving overseas with your partner

Moving overseas with your partner isn’t always a walk in the park! Why is that? Because moving overseas is a huge stressor on relationships. There are many demands in the application stage and relocation comes with culture shock, uncertainties and homesickness.

None of this is impossible to overcome though! Below you will find eight strategies of couples who make their relationship last – and thrive – throughout the immigration process. We also include some practical suggestions of how you can follow suit. Read more Make your relationship last when moving overseas with your partner

Understanding South Africa’s schooling system

Understanding the schooling system when emigrating to South Africa

Do you want to emigrate to South Africa? Do you have children? If so, understanding schooling in South Africa will undoubtedly be high on your priority list.

At times it can be difficult to find the relevant information, as everything is not always available in one place. Intergate however would like to try and make things a little easier for you. We’ve done the basic research and put everything together in this article.

You’ll find information on the following:

  • The South African Schools Act
  • Types of schools
  • South Africa’s three-tier education system
  • Enrollment requirements
  • School terms
  • Study visa

Read more Understanding South Africa’s schooling system

South Africa Family Immigration: All your visa options

South Africa Family Immigration

 

Leaving a country that you call home is never an easy thing to do. It is understandable that you would not want to relocate to a new country like South Africa without your family. This is why we’ll be discussing South Africa family immigration today.

South Africa family immigration options

There are various visa options available that enable your family members to relocate with you. The best visas for you and your family will depend on your individual circumstances.

Here are your options:

  1. Spousal visa
  2. Life Partner visa
  3. Relatives visa
  4. Accompanying dependent visa

Below we go into detail for each of the above mentioned visa options. The most suitable visa route may become more clear to you once you’ve gone through it. Read more South Africa Family Immigration: All your visa options

The basics of emigration to South Africa

emigration to south africa

Emigration to South Africa, or any other country for that matter, can be overwhelming and frustrating. However, if you get the basics right and have specialists assisting you, your emigration is bound to cause you far fewer grey hairs.

Here we’ll share the basics of emigration to South Africa that you should know so that you know where to start, how to proceed and as a bonus – the most important thing you should do after you’ve received your visa. Read more The basics of emigration to South Africa

How long does it take to get a South African visa?

how long does it take to get a south african visa

One of the most common questions we get asked is: ‘How long does it take to get a South African visa?’

You might have been wondering this yourself.

Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question. Reason being is that each category has its own set of criteria, process and timeline. It’s therefore difficult to provide a standard answer across all visa categories.

The only way to know how long the process could be for you is by doing an eligibility assessment with one of our experts to know which visa you’re able to apply. Your consultant will  be happy to provide a rough guideline of timelines once your options have been established. Read more How long does it take to get a South African visa?

Immigrating to South Africa? Intergate offers the full package!

Immigrating to South Africa

 

Moving countries can be overwhelming and is certainly not for the fainthearted. That’s why Intergate ensures you are in good hands! We offer foreigners immigrating to South Africa access to visa, forex and banking services as well as property buyers’ agents.

Here we’ll discuss each service so that you can see how we can help you:

  • Intergate Immigration (visa services)
  • Incompass (forex and banking services)
  • SAHomeBuyers (property buyers’ agents)

Read more Immigrating to South Africa? Intergate offers the full package!

I’m a Permanent Resident in South Africa – What now?

I'm a permanent resident in SA- what now?

Are you a permanent resident in South Africa? Are you aware that there are conditions to your permanent residency status? Do you know what action you’d need to take to maintain your permanent residency status? For those of you who are unsure, please read on!

Can you lose your PR status?

The simple answer is yes.

It is important to note that although PR is an indefinite status, you can still lose it. It is therefore critical that you read the fine print on your PR certificate. Read more I’m a Permanent Resident in South Africa – What now?

South Africa’s most popular cities: Let’s compare the living costs

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are South Africa’s largest cities. These four cities are also the most popular with foreign nationals looking to settle in South Africa. Especially Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Seeing as this is the case, we decided to compare living costs between these cities. After all, determining if you’ll be able to afford to live in your city of choice is a huge part of immigration and relocation research. Read more South Africa’s most popular cities: Let’s compare the living costs