How much do you know about endorsing a life partner and spousal visa? Did you know that one of the biggest attractions of a life partner and spousal visa is that there is the option of endorsing the visa?
You can do so for work, study and business purposes. If this is all news to you, don’t worry, because today we’re going to discuss the fundamentals of endorsing a life partner and spousal visa.
Let’s begin with the basics….
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.
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.
For instance, you can do the former if you already have all the documents to start your studies, or do the latter if you only want to start looking for a job when you’re in South Africa.
What is the most important thing to know about endorsing a life partner and spousal visa?
The most important thing to know is that endorsements are specific to the employer, business or educational institution. It is not a blank endorsement.
Therefore any changes in terms of employer, business or your studies, would mean an application for a new endorsement. The good news is that there is no limit to the number of times you can apply for an endorsement.
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 us on either +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or +27 (0) 11 23 4275. 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.