Under South African immigration legislation, it is possible to qualify for officially approved residence in the country on the basis of kinship with a South African citizen or Permanent Residence holder. Applications of this type are handled according to the following regulations.
If the relationship between the applicant and the citizen or permanent residence holder is within the second degree of kinship, the applicant is entitled to apply for the Relative’s Permit.
Relatives within the second degree of kinship are children, parents, spouses, grandparents, grandchildren, life partners, and siblings. Relatives within the second degree of kinship may apply for Temporary Residence on the basis of the Relative’s Permit.
However, where the relative/s concerned are within the first degree of kinship, they may apply for Permanent Residence on the basis of the Relative’s Permit. The first degree of kinship is limited to immediate family only, meaning children, spouses, life partners, and parents.
The Relative’s Permit is usually valid for a period of two years, and does not allow its holder to be employed or conduct business in South Africa.