Processing Time in South Africa: 30-40 days
Processing Time if lodged abroad:30 days
Government Fee in South Africa: R0
New Submission Centre Fee ( in SA ): R1350
Government Fee abroad: Zero
The Life Partner Visa is very similar to that of the Spousal Visa. It falls under the “relatives” category of visas and is a temporary residency visa. This is available to both heterosexual and same-sex couples.
A foreigner who has been in a relationship with a Citizen of South Africa or Permanent Resident for two or more years but are not married, can apply for a Life Partner Visa. The applicant must make the application whilst in their country of citizenship, and cannot be made in South Africa. If can only be done in South Afica if the applicant is already in South Africa on a temporary. For example, if the applicant is in South Africa on a General Work Visa then the application can be done in South Africa.
Foreign spouses who want to work while having a Spousal or Life Partner Visa must add the proper endorsement to their visas to allow for employment in South Africa.
Important note: If there is a job change, since the working endorsement is job specific, a new application must be done.