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- From: Camber
- Registered: 2011-07-06
- Posts: 8
Getting Married (Temporary Visa expiring shortly)
I wonder if someone can help me. I am supposed to be married on the 16th of December but my visa expires beforehand which is problematic. We know you can't marry on an expired passport visa so I have to be married legally before my church wedding, this is no problem.
So here is my question I need confirmation on. If I get married before my visa expires (25/11/11) will that be sufficient? I can then submit for my Spousal permit the same day and I am legally allowed until the legislation changes to remain in this country and wait for the outcome of it?
I have found a marriage officer who can do this for me and is legally recongised, but does it mean it has to be submitted with home affairs before I can apply for the spousal visa? That’s what I am unsure about, if that’s the case is the only place I can get married at home affairs? This could also take longer than the time I have remaining….
The problem I faced was getting married but if I am already married I can sit and wait for the result, which more than likely will be granted. Also I have heard and be advised it's the constitutional right of a south African to have their partner here and that you can work 30 days after submission even if they have not got back to you?
Is this correct?
I look forward to hearing from someone who can help.
- From: Cape Town
- Registered: 2011-05-16
- Posts: 145
Re: Getting Married (Temporary Visa expiring shortly)
I my visa expired in September, and I am currently waiting for my new visa to come through. I am still legally in S.A. while I am waiting for the visa. I am also applying for a spousal visa.
What I am trying to say is that as long as you apply for a new visa before the old one is expired you are okay.
However you are NOT allowed to work, study or do any form of business before you have the new visa in your hand. ( I have been waiting almost 4 months for mine, and it is still being processed)
You can call home affairs on 0800 60 11 90
Feel free to ask questions if you should need to.