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Posted by runcorn86
on 30 Aug 2016
My SA girlfriend and myself are planning to move to Cape Town. We are due to fly out end September. Should we delay and apply for partner visa in UK or would it be possible to apply whilst in SA as a tourist/visitor
Shantalie on 31 Aug 2016
Hi Runcorn,

You must apply in your home country. Since 2014 the law changed and people can no longer apply for longer term visas in South Africa.

How long have you guys been together? Have you made sure you meet all the requirements for a life partner permit? Do you also plan on working in South Africa.

Read the visas for South Africa page for more information.


Anonymous (not verified) on 31 Aug 2016
Thanks. Plus one other point. My gf is still awaiting divorce decree but we have been together seven years. Will the fact we where together whilst still married to other people affect the time we can say we where together.
Shantalie on 31 Aug 2016
I honestly couldn't say. I would suggest speaking to an immigration consultant about that technicality - they may have dealt with similar cases. I do recall seeing a divorce certificate (if applicable) on the list of required documentation, so I think you'll need to wait for that to come through.

Most immigration consultants will tell if you are eligable to apply for a permit at no cost.

Xpatweb on 20 Oct 2016
That is great! Hope you will have a good one! All the best!
Xpatweb on 20 Oct 2016
Hi Runcorn, Have you been assisted with your visa application yet?
Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Oct 2016
All sorted. Fly out November. Roll on summer Christmas
Buddhababy on 25 Sep 2017
My boyfriend aka also my legally exhusband lives in cape town we have 2 children together and we are trying to figure out the best way of starting the process of moving myself and kids. Any advice?

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