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Visa Verifications/Permanent Residence

Verify the validity of a temporary permit as well as verify the validity of a work permit document

Temporary Residence Permits

Temporary residence permits are issued on request to applicants who intend to visit South Africa for a period of over three-months but not exceeding three-years. A Work Permit can also be classified under a Temporary permit category.

Permanent Residence Permits

A foreigner qualifies for a direct permanent residence permit if the applicant has lived in South Africa on the basis of a work permit for a minimum of five-years.

Permanent Residency-on-other-grounds permits applies to foreigners who:

  • Are in possession of a permanent work offer in South Africa
  • Have exceptional skills and qualifications
  • Intend to establish a business in South Africa
  • Qualify as refugees in terms of Section 27(c) of the Refugees Act
  • Qualify as retired persons
  • Are financially independent or
  • Are relatives (biologically or judicially adopted) of a South African citizen or permanent residence permit holder.

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Permit

MIE can verify the validity of an Asylum seeker and refugee permit


This check confirms whether an individual who has obtained citizenship for South Africa, was previously a citizen of another country.