General information about temporary residence permits

The objectives of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), which was implemented on 7 April 2003, include:

  • Facilitating and simplifying the issuance of permits
  • Regulating the influx of foreigners by facilitating foreign investment and attracting skilled and qualified foreigners to South Africa
  • Promoting tourism to South Africa.

The Act and Regulations are comprehensive. No decision is left to the discretion of an official and applicants may lodge an appeal when a decision has been made that will adversely affect them.

 

Documents required to apply for a temporary residence permit

The following documentation must be submitted with the temporary resident application Form BI-1738:

  • A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit
  • A photocopy of valid residential permit, if applicable
  • Permit fees (cash or bank transfer)
  • 1 recent passport size colour photograph
  • A vaccination certificate (if the applicant has travelled through or intends travelling to the yellow fever belt)
  • Applicants travelling by air must:
    • Be in possession of a return or onward ticket, or
    • Lodge a cash deposit (to be advised by the foreign mission), or
    • Submit a written undertaking by the prospective employer accepting full responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his family should it become necessary
  • Police clearance certificates for all applicants 18 years and older
  • Medical and radiology reports of each applicant (radiology reports are not required for children under the age of 12 years and pregnant women)
  • An unabridged birth certificate
  • Proof of custody or adoption of a minor, where applicable
  • Consent from the parents of a minor, where applicable
  • A marriage certificate, where applicable
  • Proof of a spousal relationship by means of affidavit
  • A divorce decree or proof of legal separation, where applicable
  • A death certificate in respect of a late spouse, where applicable.

 

Where to apply for a temporary residence permit

Any foreigner who wants to enter South Africa must apply for the appropriate temporary residence permit at:

  • the South African diplomatic representative in his/her country of origin, or
  • at a South African diplomatic representative in a neighbouring country if there is no South African diplomatic representation in the applicant's country of origin

Applications for temporary residence permits are processed and finalised at the foreign offices of the Department of Home Affairs. Arrangements to travel to South Africa must only be made once the temporary residence permit has been issued.

All applicants must:

  • Have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 30 days after the expiry date of the temporary residence permit
  • Ensure the temporary residence permit is valid at all times

 

Extending the validity of a temporary residence permit

Applications for the extension of a temporary residence permit must be done at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the permit and can be made at any Department of Home Affairs office in South Africa. There is a fee payable when applying for an extension of a temporary residence permit. Please refer to the different types of temporary residence permits above. (The fee for an extension is the same as for the original application).









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necessary information.

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Provincial Managers Contacts:

Eastern Cape

Gcinile Mabulu 
043 642 2178
082 887 5563
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Free State

Bonakele Mayekiso
051 430 1130
082 800 1755
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Gauteng
Albert Matsaung
011 242 9003
082 8879 293
albert.matsaung@dha.gov.za


KwaZulu-Natal
Nosipho Shandu
033 845 5042
079 145 2274
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Limpopo
F.N. Motsitsi
015 287 2800/ 30
082 662 2673
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DMO Mopani District

Ms. Dolly Ntukwana

082 883 0377

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DMO Sekhukhune District

Ms. Mahlako Seraki

082 943 1818

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DMO Waterberg District
Ms. Johannah Machaba
076 421 8208
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DMO Capricorn District
Ms. Eunice Mhlanga
083 325 2052
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DMO Vhembe District
Mr. Naledzani Mukwevho
071 340 2055
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Senior Secretary to the Provincial Manager
Mr. Justice Shaai
082 485 3448
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Mpumalanga
Robert Zitha
082 801 4528
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North-West
Irene Mantlhasi
018 397 9919
082 880 7804
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Northern Cape
Abednego Mvula
053 807 6700 /6701
082 803 3792
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Western Cape
Yusuf Simons
021 488 1400
082 809 2142
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Acting DMO:Cape Metro
Mr Ignitius Mokgele
079 690 7722
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DMO: Cape Winelands
&West Coast

Ms Elaine Ngoie
082 887 8779
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DMO: Central Karoo,
Eden & Overberg

Mr Mosiuoa Ngaka
072 621 5047
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