Relative Visa

Overview

As an immediate family member of a South African citizen or permanent resident you may be issued a relative's permit once the financial means as contemplated in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) have been complied with. Relative’s permits are valid for a minimum period of 24 months and may be extended.

Applications can be made at a Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence. For a spouse and/or a dependent child of a South African citizen or permanent resident the permit is issued free of charge, whilst there is a fee for other relatives wishing to join their family members in South Africa.

Documents Required

Relative’s visa (Spouse)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    In respect of a Relative’s Visa Renewal (Spouse)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    Relative’s visa (Permanent Homosexual/ Heterosexual Relationship)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report.
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Notarial agreement signed by both parties attesting that the permanent relationship has existed for at least two years before the date of application for a visa and that the relationship still exists to the exclusion of any other person in terms of regulation 3(2)(a)(i)
  • Notarial agreement signed by both parties attesting that neither of the parties is a spouse in an existing marriage or a permanent homosexual or heterosexual relationship in terms of regulation 3(2)(a)(ii)
  • Affidavit on Part A of Form 12 confirming the continued existence of the relationship in terms of regulation 3(2)(b)
  • Official documents that prove the dissolution of such marriage either by divorce or the death of the other spouse in terms of regulation 3(2)(c)
  • Documentation to prove the financial support to each other and the extent to which the related responsibilities are shared by the applicant and his or her spouse in terms of regulation 3(2)(d)
  • Financial assurance of R8 50000 per person per month to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application in terms of regulation 17(2)
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee
    In addition to the above requirements, in case of a relationship concluded between two foreigners in a foreign country:

  • Official recognition of the relationship issued by the relevant authorities of the country concerned in terms of regulation 3(2)(e); if available

    In respect of a Relative’s Visa Renewal (Permanent homosexual/ heterosexual relationship)
  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Notarial agreement signed by both parties attesting that the permanent relationship has existed for at least two years before the date of application for a visa and that the relationship still exists to the exclusion of any other person in terms of regulation 3(2)(a)(i)
  • Notarial agreement signed by both parties attesting that neither of the parties is a spouse in an existing marriage or a permanent homosexual or heterosexual relationship in terms of regulation 3(2)(a)(ii)
  • Affidavit on Part A of Form 12 confirming the continued existence of the relationship in terms of regulation 3(2)(b)
  • Official documents that prove the dissolution of such marriage either by divorce or the death of the other spouse in terms of regulation 3(2)(c)
  • Documentation to prove the financial support to each other and the extent to which the related responsibilities are shared by the applicant and his or her spouse in terms of regulation 3(2)(d)
  • Financial assurance of R8 50000 per person per month to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application in terms of regulation 17(2)
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee
    In addition to the above requirements, in case of a relationship concluded between two foreigners in a foreign country:

  • Official recognition of the relationship issued by the relevant authorities of the country concerned in terms of regulation 3(2)(e); if available

    Relative’s visa (Brother / Sister)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee
    In respect of a Relative’s Visa Renewal (Brother / Sister)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    Relative’s visa (Minor / Major Child)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee
    In respect of a Relative’s Visa Renewal (Minor / Major Child)

  • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
  • Valid passport which expires in no less than 30 days after expiry of the intended date of departure from the Republic
  • The application is being submitted in person, no less than 60 days prior to the expiry date of the applicant’s visa and if the visa was issued for less than 30 days, not later than seven working days before the expiry of the visa.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting 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)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • A medical report not older than 6 months
  • A radiological report. Provided that a radiological report shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;
  • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • Divorce decree, where applicable.
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, where applicable.
  • Proof of adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Proof of kinship, within the second step, between the applicant and the citizen or permanent resident in the form of-

    a. An unabridged birth certificate; and

    b. Where necessary, paternity test results.

  • The financial assurance contemplated in section 18(1) of the Act shall be an amount, per person per month, as determined from time to time by the Minister by notice in the Gazette, to be proven by means of a current salary advice or a certified bank statement not older than three months at the time of application. (Provided that the financial assurance shall not be required where the South African citizen or permanent resident is a dependent child).
  • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 weeks 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
Relatives Visa (Spouse) 0 1350
Relative’s visa (Brother / Sister) 425 1350
Relative’s visa (Major Child) 425 1350
Relative’s Visa (Minor) O 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 kindly 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.