What is it?

Foreigners who wish to conduct voluntary or charitable work in South Africa can apply for a long-term visitor’s visa for a period of up to 3 years.
  • The hosting organisation in South Africa must be registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) with the Department for Social Development’s NPO Directorate, and as a public benefit organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
  • NPOs can have the form of a voluntary association, a trust or a registered non-profit company (NPC, previously called section 21 company).
  • The foreigner may not receive a renumeration or other monetary compensation for their work from the South African NPO. Volunteers should therefore provide proof of funding from third-party sponsor (such as donors or international funding), or demonstrate sufficient private funds to sustain themselves in South Africa for the duration of the visa.
  • The volunteer visa can be renewed from South Africa without limit, but does not allow the holder to apply for a change of status to a different visa type while in South Africa.
  • Spouses and children can apply for matching dependant visas to accompany the main visa holder to South Africa.
  • The volunteer visa does not allow the holder to apply for permanent residence status.

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