Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.96 ZAR (05 November 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).
Population: 57,7 million (June 2018 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 10.96 ZAR (05 November 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).

Business visa


CAN $283.00 processing fee
  • Collect the documents listed under basic requirements.
  • Complete application form DHA-1738 in black ink.Do not use wite-out on forms or make alterations.
  • CAN $283.00 processing fee. Pay by money order or certified cheque. The fee is non-refundable even if you do not meet the requirements. No personal cheques will be accepted.
  • An application for a business visa by a foreigner who intends to establish a business or invest in a business that is not yet established in the Republic, shall be accompanied by
    1. a certificate issued by a chartered accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants or a professional accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants to the effect that
      1. at least an amount in cash to be invested in the Republic 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
      2. at least an amount in cash and a capital contribution 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;
    2. an undertaking by the applicant that at least 60% of the total staff complement to be employed in the operations of the business shall be South African citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions: Provided that proof of compliance with this undertaking shall be submitted within 12 months of issuance of the visa
    3. an undertaking to register with the-
      1. South African Revenue Service;
      2. Unemployment Insurance Fund;
      3. Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases;
      4. Relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable, Provided that upon registration, all certificates shall be submitted to the Director- General;
    4. a police clearance certificate; and
    5. a letter of recommendation from the Department of Trade and Industry regarding:
      1. the feasibility of the business; and
      2. the contribution to the national interest of the Republic.
  • A foreigner who invests or has invested in an existing business shall, in addition to complying with sub regulation (2), submit-
    • financial statements in respect of the preceding financial year; and
    • proof of investment.















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