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South Africa Business Permit

A business permit is issued to a foreign national who intends to establish or invest in a business within South Africa.

This is subject to the following requirements:

  • The applicant will need to invest the prescribed financial or capital contribution in the business. Such contribution must form part of the book value of the business.

    The current prescribed financial or capital contribution is:

    (a) at least ZAR 2.5 million in cash; or
    (b) a capital contribution of at least ZAR 2.5 million; or
    (c) at least ZAR 2 million in cash and a capital contribution of at least ZAR 500 000.

    For renewal purposes, the applicant will need to submit proof to the Director-General that he or she has fulfilled the necessary investment capital within 24 months of the issuance of the permit, and within every two years thereafter.

  • In addition the applicant will need to submit:

    (a) A business plan - outlining the feasibility of the business in both the sort and long term.
    (b) Proof or an undertaking that at least 5 citizens or permanent residents shall be permanently employed.
    (c) Proof of registration of the business with the relevant body, board or council.
    (d) An undertaking to register with the South African Revenue Service (SARS)


The holder of a business permit may only conduct work related to the business for which the permit was issued.

A business permit may be issued to a foreigner for more than one entry, if multiple entries into the Republic by that foreigner are required over a period of time for effective conduct of the business.

The holder of a business permit may also qualify to submit an application for permanent residence.