If you’re in the dark about endorsements, continue reading! Endorsements grant life partner and spousal visa holders a lot of freedom in South Africa.
What is an endorsement?
An endorsement is similar to an addition or extension to an existing spousal or life partner visa.
Why would you apply for an endorsement?
A spousal or life partner visa only allows the holder to reside in South Africa, not to work, study or start a business.
This means as the spouse or life partner of a South African, your life is extremely limited. Of course it’s not a problem if you don’t want to do more than just ‘live’ in South Africa, but if you’d like to earn an income or further your education, life would become frustrating really quickly.
That’s where an endorsement comes in – it allows you to work, study or start a business. If you’d like to do any of these, you’ll have to apply for an endorsement on your visa.
What do I need to apply for an endorsement?
That would depend on what you want to do in South Africa:
- Work: You’ll need a formal job offer.
- Study: You’ll need an acceptance letter from a recognised learning institution in South Africa.
- Run a business: You’ll need proof of a registered business in South Africa. Alternatively, you can operate as a sole proprietor.
When do you apply for an endorsement?
You can either apply for an endorsement at the application stage or after you’ve received your spousal or life partner visa.
Need help applying for an endorsement?
Please feel free to contact us should you feel you need professional assistance with your endorsement application. You can reach our team on +27 (0) 21 424 2460. If you’d like for us to call you instead, simply request a call back.
Still have to apply for your spousal or life partner visa? Then let us start the process with an immigration assessment. It’s free of charge and obligation free too.