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Treaty visas for South Africa

On September 26, 2019 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

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Are you planning on visiting South Africa to participate in a program that both your home country and the South African government are participating in or have agreed upon? If so, you could qualify for a Treaty Visa.

Treaty visas are often issued when foreigners need to conduct activities that include political, economic and investment interests and larger scale social projects. The treaty visa is issued for the duration of activities as provided in the treaty and may be renewed.

How do you qualify for a treaty visa in South Africa?

To apply for a treaty visa – along with the usual general application needs – you will also need to submit the following:

  • Return ticket or cash deposit
  • The nature of the programme and the treaty under which it is conducted
  • The fact that the relevant foreign national participates in the programme
  • The type of activities which the foreign national is expected to perform under the programme
  • Duration of the programme

The duration of the treaty visa will be determined by the purpose of your visit during application. Your stay will be determined by the duration of the activities that you are authorised to participate in and then granted upon a reasonable time limit.

A renewal may be processed should extended time be needed to complete activities specified within the treaty. The processing times for a South African treaty visa are around 30-40 working days.

Renewing a Treaty Visa:

  • A letter from the organ of state which is party to the treaty attesting to the nature of the programme
  • Continued participation of the foreign national in the programme
  • The type of activities the foreign national would be expected to perform and the duration thereof
  • A written undertaking by the sending or receiving organization accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary

If you’re looking to obtain a visa or permit for South Africa, it’s always better with the help of a qualified Immigration Consultant. Make sure you get in touch with one of our experienced Immigration Consultants today.

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