Let’s discuss how to gain residence through marriage in South Africa.
The Marriage Act of 1961 covers all marriages performed in South Africa, between both South Africans and South Africans and foreign nationals.
Some of the requirements include that both parties must be over the age of 18 and neither one can be married to another person, as polygamous marriages are mostly banned in South Africa. However, same sex marriages are allowed.
If you are a foreign national, you will require a visa to enter South Africa. The kind of visa that you will need depends on the duration of your stay in South Africa. To apply for your visa, you would need to provide proof of your relationship. This can be in the form of proof of your engagement or cohabitation. Once you’re married, you may apply for spousal visa which will allow you to live and work in South Africa.
The steps of your Spousal Visa
Marrying a South African can be an exciting part of the relationship, but certain immigration and visa requirements must be met. Let’s discuss the steps for your spousal visa. Firstly, you need to obtain a copy of your birth certificate and a certified copy of your passport. Thereafter, you will need to apply for and obtain a valid visa to enter South Africa. Once you’re in South Africa, you can arrange your marriage and will be issued with a marriage certificate from Home Affairs.
This marriage certificate will be included in your spousal visa application as well as proof of your relationship and other supporting documentation. The supporting documentation may include financial statements, police clearance certificates, a letter from your employment, and proof of your relationship.
Marrying a South African can be a complex process, but with the right guidance and information, it can be a rewarding experience.
By following the steps outlined in this video and article, and meeting the immigration requirements, you are able to successfully gain residence in South Africa through marriage.