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As a foreign resident, what is my status in your country?
Your status in South Africa will depend on the type of visa or work permit on which you entered the country. Most foreigners are issued temporary work permits.
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What kinds of visas are available?
Certain countries require a visitor's visa; check on the Department of Home Affairs website. Work, study and business permits are also available.
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What is required to obtain these visas?
Applications must be made through a suitable immigration specialist as there are strict criteria for entry into South Africa for work purposes.
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Are spouses permitted and/or likely to find work?
This is dependent on the type of permit the partner holds; it is advisable to check with the immigration specialist. Charities are always open to offers of volunteer assistance.
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What are the main forms of identification and how does a newcomer obtain them?
Your passport is the main form of identification.
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Are there any other important permits I must obtain, or places where I must register right away?
It is recommended that you register at your relevant consulate on arrival in South Africa, so they have you on their records in case of problems with passports or other documents.
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What items should I avoid bringing into the country?
South Africa has fairly strict customs and quarantine regulations. Be sure to check the relevant website for information on prohibited and restricted items.
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Is there anything else I should know about entering and remaining in the country legally?
Ensure that work permits and passports are valid. Renew well in advance of expiration dates.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.

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