South Africa Business Visas

A South African Business Permit allows business entrepreneurs to emigrate to South Africa provided there is a substantial planned investment in a new or existing business venture. South Africa has a number of growing industries ripe for investment, or you may perhaps identify a niche market no one else has spotted. To ensure every chance of success, our consultants will work with you to prepare a compelling proposition to put to the South African authorities. 

Beyond investment requirements, Business Visa assessments concentrate upon the entrepreneurial attributes of the prospective candidate, and the eligibility criteria also focuses on the creation of jobs for South African citizens or permanent residents – the more you can contribute positively to South Africa's economy, the more likely your visa will be approved.

What are the Benefits of a Business Visa?

The Business Visa is one of many temporary resident visas for South Africa which allows applicants to migrate for a period of 24 months, and can be extended indefinitely provided that visa requirements continue to be met. A Business Visa is also a pathway to Permanent Residency and eventual Citizenship.

Who is Eligible?

Immigration via this route requires a minimum capital investment in an existing business or a new venture of R2.5 million (around £175,000).

A further key requirement is that, over a five-year period, the enterprise must create at least five employment opportunities for South African citizens or permanent residents. 

Candidates emigrating via this route must also satisfy the following criteria:

  • A detailed business plan must be submitted.
  • The applicant must be employed in the investment or entrepreneurial venture.
  • Evidence must show the investment capital originates from abroad.
  • Documentary evidence of the applicant's business experience and entrepreneurial skills must be submitted.
  • The applicant must register with the statutory body for the relevant business sector.

Business permits may be revoked if an enterprise does not continue to perform satisfactorily.

Our Business Visa experts at Brighter Candidates have almost 20 years' experience, and can advise on document presentation and guide you through the application to put forward a sound case to the Immigration Authorities.

Can I Bring Dependents?

Business Visas are classified as temporary residence permits. However, since such visas can be extended and may ultimately lead to permanent residence status, it is likely successful candidates establishing, or investing in, a South African business will remain in the country for some years, or indefinitely.

As a result, the immigration of a spouse or partner and dependent children is permitted. Dependents will be granted Visitor Visas to emigrate for the same length of time as the Business Visa holder, and therefore do not need to apply for a South Africa Relatives visa. If you then wish to take your emigration process to the next stage, simply speak to our Cape Town office about sponsoring your family to allow them to gain permanent resident status.

February 12, 2015

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My experience with Brighter Visas has been wonderful so far. From the day of my assessment to the day of my application to the day of searching for employment, everything has been very smooth. My consultant, Mr. Luke, has been very helpful and accommodating with all my inquiries and needs. He's always available whenever I have questions or when I'm in need of his assistance. He calls me from time-to-time to update me of my case and assures me that everything is going well, which is why I never worry of my application because I'm confident that I am in good hands and in a good team. Brighter Visas also sends e-news letters, which give me more options and knowledge of the employment in my desired country.

I have already recommended Brighter Visas to my friends and would recommend it to my colleagues.

Thank You, Brighter Visas!


The whole experience of using Brighter Visas was very professional and dealt with extremely efficiently, from initial enquiries with Chetan to structuring the application and final outcome with Simin.

I would recommend Brighter to anyone looking to immigrate and in need of an agent.

Many thanks for a pleasant service and great outcome.


The immigration consultant was very knowlegeable and provided me with a regular update on my case. I never imagined it was for real until i got an email that my green card has been approved. At this point, i am more than willingly to recommend Brighter Visas to friends and family members since they truly are the best in rendering professisonal immigration services to people world over.


It is difficult to explain how good it felt when my visa was approved.  Years of dreaming about living overseas out of the smoke.  Then applying to make the move before I got too old with my whole family was so stressful and exciting but also I was very anxious.  I just want to say thanks to the whole team for my visa but most of all for giving me months of free therapy when I needed a little reassurance I was doing the right thing.  

I love my new life and my kids are doing so well in School it is just amazing.