Visa and Permit Services for Immigration to South Africa

South African Visas and Permits
South African Visas and Permits

If you are looking for visa and permit services for immigration to South Africa, Intergate Immigration is pleased to be able to offer you South Africa’s most comprehensive immigration service.

We provide a comprehensive visa and permit service and cover all aspects of relocation to South Africa too. The links below provide you with more information on each area:

Permits and Visa’s for Immigration to South Africa

Some general hints and tips for immigration to South Africa

When looking at immigration to South Africa, there are a number of different factors that you must take into account:

What type of visa or permit is best suited to your needs?

Many factors influence this including:

  • What do you intend to do on arrival?For example work, retire or maybe run a business.
  • The period you wish to stay in South Africa? Is it a permanent move or a temporary one? Is it a 2-year contract work purposes or that retirement destination?
  • If you have a relationship with a South African Citizen or permanent residency holder – be it married, a permanent relationship but unmarried or a relative.

What criteria must you fulfil?

Each visa and permit category has different criteria that must be met for an application to be made successfully. For example, there are 4 categories of work permit alone and below are just come of the categories applications scan be made under:

Where must I apply?

There is no hard and fast rule here. It does depend on the type of visa or permit you are playing for but there are many advantages to submitting your permit or visa application in South Africa.

Can I make the application myself?

Applications are accepted by members of the public.

Why should I use professional immigration experts to compile and submit my application?

  • When deciding the most appropriate type of permit or visa to apply for, a multitude of decisions have to be made. It is sometimes not a simple as it seems. For example, a spouse may rightly assume they need a spousal permit – however the issues of where to submit and whether you will be working, setting up a business or studying affect the submissions process.
  • An immigration practitioner not only submits but answers queries and monitors the progress of your application at Home Affairs. This is a cumbersome task involving long queues, technical knowledge and the support of a professional infrastructure.
  • The accuracy of the application is paramount. More than 50% of applications received by Home Affairs are completed incorrectly! This can lead to long time delays and ultimately the refusal of a permit or visa.
  • South Africa’s immigration rules are not point based, so there remains areas that are open for interpretation.

What do I look for when selecting an immigration partner

  • Is the company a registered company in South Africa? There are unfortunately many sole traders and some fly-by-nights that are not registered, meaning no come-back for inappropriate advice or poor service.
  • How many immigration practitioners do they employ? An immigration practitioner is registered and tested by Home Affairs to allow them to provide advice, submit, monitor and interact with Home Affairs. Again there are some ‘immigration experts’ who do not employ immigration practitioners and submit using 3rd parties and unqualified personnel.
  • How many staff do they employ? Dealing with one man bands holds intrinsic risk – these entities simply cannot be in Home Affairs chasing applications and in their office at the same time.
  • How often they are in Home Affairs? Applications need to be monitored daily.
  • Do they specialise and are they based in South Africa? Regulations and rules alter on extremely short notice and it is essential that you practitioner operates in South Africa to ensure they are up to date with the latest developments.
  • How experienced are they in dealing with immigration to South Africa? Immigration to South Africa is becoming more popular and as with any industry in demand, this attracts lots of opportunists.

Never be afraid to ask questions and see proof – immigration is one of the most important decisions you will make and making sure you have the correct immigration practitioner is essential in ensuring a successful move.

The permits and visas seem so confusing?

Immigration to South Africa is quite complex. From deciding which type of permit to apply for, compiling the application, submitting it and following up, it is time consuming and technical. The wrong decision can have severe repercussions on your ability to stay in South Africa, carry out your preferred activity and the success of your application.

Intergate Immigration is there to guide you through every step of the way. Your dedicated client managers will advise you on which permit or visa best suits your needs.

The compilation of your application will be dealt with by a senior administrator who will be your main point of contact throughout the process.

Our relocation support is second to none – with a team of in excess of 40 qualified professionals.

Contact us today for a free consultation


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Uwe H
Uwe H
Umfassende Unterstützung in diesem nicht immer klaren Prozess. Sehr hilfreich.
Watershed Environmental
Watershed Environmental
Working with Intergate has made the entire Visa application process flawless and straight forward. They were very attentive to my questions and very knowledgeable in all aspects of the multiple visa options. Highly recommended.
Jan Brouwers
Jan Brouwers
I can highly recommend Intergate. I used their services for both a critical skills visa, and for a permanent residency. For both applications, their process was clear and well documented. Every document submitted to them was reviewed, and corrections were suggested if needed. Even during covid, we were able to keep momentum going, and when the critical skills list was updated, they informed me what needed to be done. As a result, no surprises on date of submission! Special thanks to Flonique who helped me through both applications.
Werner Schmitz
Werner Schmitz
I successfully applied for a retired visa for SA with the help of Intergate. The agency certainly helped us and assisted with all questions and problems. We have tried before to get a visa in Namibia ourselves, but were rejected because our application was not complete. Now everything went smoothly, we could always ask our contact person Kim Koopman. Kim has created a plan that we have worked through together, even with translations she has found us a cheap translator. All around a great thing, we can only recommend the agency and Kim Koopermann, THANK YOU
Andrew Mercer
Andrew Mercer
Excellent! I would like to compliment Intergate on the comprehensive and high-quality service provided in guiding me through nearly five years from my first temporary residence permit while in the UK to recently securing my permanent residence permit in South Africa. I was supported and reassured at every stage, from the initial consultation and selection of the most appropriate permits, through meticulous preparation of documents, updates on legislation and changing timelines, personal representation in submitting my applications in SA, and finally providing legal expertise to accelerate the administration. I would - and do - heartily recommend Intergate to anyone who needs help in navigating this daunting process.
James Chester
James Chester
Intergate Immigration's team is always a pleasure to deal with, they are highly competent and knowledgeable. Thank you for your great work.
Sarah Van Borek
Sarah Van Borek
The team at Intergate were very supportive and responsive throughout my application process. I highly recommend their services.
Xavier Mutakaya
Xavier Mutakaya
Intergate Immigration Service provided an exceptional service for my immigration needs. Their consultants were highly knowledgeable and experienced, offering accurate and up-to-date information throughout the process. They demonstrated professionalism and promptly addressed my concerns with clarity. Their personalized approach and attention to detail ensured a smooth and successful immigration journey. I highly recommend Intergate Immigration Service for their standout service in the industry.
June Bird
June Bird
Intergate Cape Town has been exceptional in navigating the bureaucratic jungle that is the visa terrain. The reception staff are always very friendly and helpful. Prompt to reply to your emails, knowledgeable and professional staff. No question is a dumb question to them, and they take their time to answer your inquiries in detail. Katja H., Faranaaz P. and Declan in particular who have been handling my case have made this process smooth and it's just been a real pleasure having their professional and friendly guidance throughout. Thank you!