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A permanent residence permit may be issued to a foreigner of good and sound character that has received an offer for permanent employment, provided that -

Such foreigner has proven to the satisfaction of the Director-General that the position exists and that the position and related job description was advertised in the prescribed form and no suitably qualified South African citizens or permanent resident was available to fill it.

The yearly limit of available permanent residence permits contemplated in section 27(a)(ii) of the Act shall be as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Labour, Basic Education and Higher Education and Training, by notice in the Gazette.

Visa fees

Visa Category Sub category Visa Fee in RMB Service fee in RMB (Inclusive of all Applicable Taxes)
Permanent Residence Permit PR 27A WORKER STILL ABROAD 787 335

Photo Specifications

Photograph specifications for visas, permits etc

Photographs must be:

  1. 35mm in width and 45mm in length
  2. A close-up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70 – 80% of the photograph Of high quality with no ink marks, lines or creases and not damaged
  3. Taken against a white background

The photograph must:

  1. Show you looking directly at the camera
  2. Have appropriate brightness and contrast

    Head coverings are not permitted, except for religious reasons, but your facial features must be clearly shown.

    Spectacles may be worn provided that the lenses do not make the eyes invisible.



incorrect (looking away)

incorrect (unnatural skin tones)

Processing Time

Applicants who have submitted their application at the South Africa Visa application centres in China can receive their processed envelop in Embassy/Consulate after 8 months starting from the day after the date of submission. The processing time is counted from the date when the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing and the Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai receives the application documents; it will not include the application delivery time between the Visa Application Centre and Embassy/Consulate. Visa application submitted in Chengdu/Shenyang/Wuhan /Xi’an Visa Application Centre will be delivered to the Embassy of South Africa in Beijing for processing. Visa application submitted in Guangzhou/Hangzhou/Jinan Visa Application Centre will be delivered to Consulate General of South Africa in Shanghai for processing. Please be informed that the processing time may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Download Form

  Please click here to download Visa Application Form DHA-947.