South African Life Partner Permit
A South African Life Partner Permit, South African Life Partner Visa or, as it is more commonly referred to, a South African Spousal Permit may be issued to a foreign spouse of a South African citizen or permanent resident for three years, subject to that relationship being in good faith i.e. not of convenience.
South African Law defines the term “spouse” as extending beyond parties to a marriage and is considered to include a spousal relationship subject to certain requirements, same sex and heterosexual life partners as viable recipients of a South African Life Partner Permit.
The advantage of a South African Life Partner permit is that it allows a foreign spouse to remain and sojourn, validly work, or study in South Africa pending a permanent resident permit being applied for and granted. In many cases the typical long-form requirements for work, study and own business permit requirements are also waived under this category in terms of the normal prescriptive requirements.
If you and your spouse or life partner are in need of a South African Life Partner permit, you can contact Craig Smith & Associate, whose expertise in all aspects of South African immigration law is well respected, to process your application. Click here to enquire.