A Spouse or partner of a South African citizen or Permanent Resident may also apply for a Spousal or Life Partner Visa for South Africa, depending on the status of their relationship. This visa allows the partner of the permanent South African citizen 2-3 years of residency. It may also be extended. First time applicants must do their applications whilst still in their country of residence.
Eligible relatives of a South African citizen who are considered immediate family may apply for a Relative Visa in South Africa. This provides residency for up to two years and can be extended.
In order to apply for a South African Spousal, Life Partner, and or Relatives Visa, applicants must show proper documentation of cohabitation and also proof of joint financial accountability.