27(c)Business

Overview

Applicants applying for a permanent residence permit maybe required to provide the below;

  • In respect of an application by a foreigner who intends to establish a business or invest in a business that is not established in the Republic
    A certificate issued by a charted accountant registered with the South African Institute of Charted Accountants or a professional accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants to the effect that-
    • at least an amount in cash as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available; or
    • at least an amount in cash and capital as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available to be invested in the republic.
    • A business plan outlining the feasibility of the business, both in the short and long term; and
    • An undertaking that at least 60% of the total staff compliment employed in the operations of the business are or shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
  • An undertaking to register with the South African Revenue Services.
    Proof of registration with the relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2) (i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable.
  • IN RESPECT OF AN APPLICATION BY A FOREINER WHO HAS ESTABLISHED A BUSINESS OR INVESTED IN AN EXSISTING BUSINESS IN THE REPUBLIC.
  • A certificate issued by a charted accountant registered with the South African Institute of Charted Accountants or a professional accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants to the effect that-
    • at least an amount in cash as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, has been invested in the business; and
    • Proof that at least 60% of the total staff compliment employed in the operations of the business are or shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
    • Proof of registration with the-
    • South African Revenue Services;
    • Unemployment Insurance Fund;
    • Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases;
    • Companies and Intellectual properties Commission (CPIC); and
    • The relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act.
    • Financial statement in respect of the preceding financial year
    • A partnership agreement, if applicable.

Documents Required

SECTION 27(C) - BUSINESS

Family members may apply together with the main applicant.

Please note that the following businesses are regarded as undesirable:

  1. Businesses that import second hand motor vehicles into the Republic for the purpose of exporting to other markets outside the Republic of South Africa
  2. The exotic entertainment industry
  3. Security industry
  4. Hospitality industry
  5. Fast-food outlets and franchises
  6. Cosmetic and beauty industry
Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

Applicants must renew their temporary resident visa whilst awaiting the outcome for permanent residence permit
  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R2870. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • A marriage certificate, a notarial agreement, a customary union certificate and a civil union certificate as proof that the applicant has been the spouse of a citizen or permanent resident for five years at the time of application
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be In respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic.
  • Present yourself for biometrics in respect of any applicant over the age of sixteen.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original police clearance certificate for all applicants 18 years of age and older, in respect of all countries of residence for one year or longer. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • A certificate issued by a charted accountant registered with the South African Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA)or a professional accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) to the effect that at least an amount in cash of R5 million as determined from time to time by the Minister,  after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available; or
  • An amount of R5 million in cash and capital as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available to be invested in the republic.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the feasibility of the business and the contribution to the national interest of the Republic.
  • An undertaking that at least 60% of the total staff compliment to be employed in the operations of the business shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
  • A business plan outlining the feasibility of the business, both in the short and long term
  • An undertaking to register with the South African Revenue Services.
  • An undertaking to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
  • An undertaking to register with the Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases.
  • An undertaking to register with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), where legally required.
  • Proof of registration with the relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable

An applicant who intends to establish a business in the republic shall , in addition to the requirements

  • A business plan outlining the feasibility of the business, both in the short and long term,
  • An undertaking that at least 60% of the total staff compliment to be employed in the operations of the business shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
  • An undertaking to register with the South African Revenue Service, and
  • Proof of registration with the relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable

An applicant who has established a business in the republic shall, in addition to the requirements be accompanied by;

  • Proof of at least 60% of the total staff compliment to be employed in the operations of the business shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.

    Proof of registration with the South African Revenue Service, and

    Proof of registration with the relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable

An applicant who invests or has invested in an existing business shall,

  • Submit certified proof of investment in the business in respect of the preceding financial year.

    An applicant who invests or has invested in an existing business as a partner shall in addition submit,
  • Proof of investment in the business
  • The partnership agreement.

[Section 27(c)] spouse accompaning business visa holder main applicant

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

The applicant must renew his/her visa whilst awaiting the outcome of his/her permanent residence permit application

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • A marriage certificate, a notarial agreement, a customary union certificate and a civil union certificate as proof that the applicant has been the spouse of a citizen or permanent resident for five years at the time of application.
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be in respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original police clearance certificate for all applicants 18 years of age and older, in respect of all countries of residence for one year or longer. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

[Section 27(c)]; dependent accompanying business visa holder

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

The applicant must renew his/her visa whilst awaiting the outcome of his/her permanent residence permit application

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant joining parents, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • An undertaking by the citizen or the permanent resident he or she is able and willing to assume financial, emotional, medical and physical responsibility.
  • Written consent of both parents where only one of the parents is immigrating.
  • Copy of the Identity document of the parent(s) or legal guardian who is the citizen or permanent resident if applicable.
  • Copy of permanent residence permit if the parent(s) or legal guardian is a permanent resident if applicable.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 months for the decision to be returned from Department of Home Affairs. You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees

Category

DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee

27 (c) Business

1520

1350

Premium Lounge (Optional Service)

 

 500


All fees are inclusive of VAT and to be paid in South African Rand. Above listed fees are non-refundable once the application is received by VFS Global and Department of Home Affairs.

Once all supporting documentation is available as per the documentary checklist kndly proceed to complete the online application form. You will be required to pre-pay a minimum amount of R1350 in order to secure and schedule your appointment online.

Payment to secure your online appointment can be made in three methods:

  • Online payment via Debit/Credit card through the secure online portal
  • Pre-payment at Standard Bank by downloading and completing the online generated bank receipt and depositing the cash into the nearest Standard Bank
  • EFT payment through the secure online portal

Note- When selecting the pre-payment option, after payment has been done you are required to visit your online application form after 3 working days to proceed to schedule your appointment.