Retired Person Permit (working)

All visa applications have to be lodged in person at the mission in Canberra by prior appointment only.

In terms of the Immigration Act 2002 (Act 13 of 2002) a Permit may be issued to a foreigner who intends retiring and work in South African.

Please note: Provisional airline bookings may be made for the proposed departure date; however, the Mission advises that payments should not be made in the event of an unsuccessful application.

The following documentation is required and criteria apply:

  1. Application form - Form DHA-1738
  2. Valid passport(s). Passport must be valid for at least one (1) month after the intended date of departure from the Republic of South Africa and have two (2) completely blank pages
  3. One (1) passport size photograph for each applicant
  4. Vaccination certificate if traveled through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America(if applicable)
  5. Police Clearance Certificate(s) in respect of all applicants eighteen (18) years and older in respect of all countries where applicant(s) resided for one (1) year or longer
  6. Medical and radiological reports. Radiology reports not necessary for pregnant women and children 12 years and below
  7. Proof that a South African citizen or resident is not ready, willing and able to take up the relevant employment
  8. 8) Proof of financial means in the form of:
    • a pension with a minimum value of 20,000 ZAR per month or an irrevocable retirement annuity or retirement account to the equivalent amount, or
    • a net worth no less than 12,000,000 ZAR providing an income of at least 15,000 ZAR per month
  9. Applicants must be in possession of a return or onward ticket or lodge a cash deposit of equivalent value to such a ticket
  10. Application Fee: 85.00 AUD

Personal cheques or credit cards are NOT accepted. Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned to applicant.

Submission of applications:

According to the new Regulations an application for any visa referred to in section 11 up to and including sections 20 and 22 of the Act must submit his or her application in person to the:

South African High Commission
State Circle
Phone: (02) 6272 7300
Web Address:

Return Postage:

Please bring a self-addressed registered or express post envelope along with the application.

Processing time is twenty one (21) working days from receipt of application if application is complete.

For further information, please contact this Mission between 08:30 am and 12:00 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Monday to Friday.

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