- The relationship must have existed for at least 2 years prior to applying for the life partner visa.
- The couple must provide proof of their cohabitation, shared financial responsibilities and mutual financial support to each other.
- The couple must sign a notarial agreement outlining the terms of their relationship.
- The South African partner must provide a financial assurance in the amount of R8.500 per month for the foreign partner.
- Unlike other long-term visas, the initial application for a life partner visa does not need to be lodged at the South African foreign mission in the applicant’s home country, but can also be submitted in South Africa while on a tourist visa.
- After five years of being in a life partnership, the foreigner will qualify for permanent residence as a life partner (link to PR life partner) – regardless of whether they have lived in South Africa during this period.
- The life partner visa is only valid if the good-faith relationship persists, but will lapse automatically in the event of separation.