If you are considering making an application for a life partner or spousal permit you are probably wondering whether it entitles you to work or run a business or study. This is where the question of endorsing your life partner or spousal visa comes into consideration.
Benefits of the life partner and spousal visa
The benefit of migrating to South Africa through a life partner or spousal permit is that candidates are assessed purely upon their marital status or the duration of their relationship.
If the criteria for a spousal permit or life partner permit is met then permanent residency will be granted.
The benefits afforded to permanent South Africa residents, includes the right to work, run a business or study.
No further permissions needed
In addition to being this benefit applicants will be pleased to note that upon receipt of their permanent residence they need never apply for an endorsement in the future and are only required to provide one notification (within 2 years of receipt of permanent residence) that the relationship continues to exist in order to retain permanent residence.
A plan B
There is often a need though for the applicant to not only apply for a spousal or life partner permit but also a visa under the same category.
The reason for this is one of timing. The Department Of Home Affairs can take up to 2 years to process a spousal or life partner permit application, this time period often does not fit in with the applicants travel plans as they wish to come to South Africa sooner.
What is important to note is that a life partner or spousal visa only affords you temporary residency and as such you will be required to looking at endorsing your visa.
- You can read more about endorsing a spousal visa here
- You read more about endorsing a life partner visa here
Getting more information
Intergate Immigration has been assisting South African’s since 2006 to return back home with their partners. We are rightly proud of our position as the Home Coming revolutions preferred partner and can also lay claim to being South Africa’s only ISO 9001 compliant immigration company.
Whether you are unsure about endorsing a life partner and spousal permit or require more generic advice about which visa or permit option best suits your circumstances we welcome your enquiry:
If you are already in South Africa feel free to visit us at 199 Loop Street, Second Floor, Cape Town or Block D – Second Floor, Edenburg Terraces, 348 Rivonia Boulevard, Johannesburg and chat over a coffee.
Getting help with your visa or permit application
We welcome the opportunity to consult with you as to your eligibility for a visa /permit and answer any questions you may have with no obligation.
Alternatively you can fill out the below online enquiry form to contact us.