Not all foreigners who have to come to South Africa for work purposes have the need to immigrate. Some work obligations or business visits are short in nature, such as attending conferences, providing training or conducting consultancy work.
In these and other similar cases, foreign employees or business associates only need to acquire a visitor’s visa for business travel to South Africa. The endorsement for work is added onto the visitor’s visa, provided the applicant meets certain criteria.
This is not a business or work visa
It is important to remember that this visa is still in essence a tourist visa – it is not a business or work visa. This means the person holding the visitor’s visa for business purposes do not enjoy the rights or privileges of temporary residents in South Africa. They can only be in the country as a tourist. As such, it is required to show the Department of Home Affairs that the individual will not be receiving a salary from the South African host company while in the country, but will continue to be paid by their overseas employer.
Let us help you with your visa needs
If someone visiting your company have to apply for a visitor’s visa for business purposes to South Africa, let our corporate team assist you. Since our inception in 2005, we have processed more than 9 000 visa and visa-related queries, which means we are in the perfect position to help.
Getting hold of a client manager in Cape Town is as easy as dialling +27 (0) 21 424 2460, while our Johannesburg client managers are available on +27 (0)11 234 4275. Alternatively, let us contact you. All you have to do is request a free call back and one of our agents will undertake to call you within 24 hours to discuss your visa needs.