Cape Town, South Africa - Arranging your work and money

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If you are considering moving to Cape Town, make sure you organise your stay as well as you possibly can and try to save as much money as you can by leaving yourself enough time to arrange your trip. There are two different types of permit in South Africa: temporary and permanent. Though you may be considering moving to South Africa permanently, a temporary permit may be more suitable in the short term, as they are processed faster and will be approved well before a permanent permit, reducing the risk of you overstaying in South Africa, or not having renewed your permit with enough time to spare.

Permanent permits can take up to 5 years to be eligible for, whereas temporary permits allow you to stay for between 2 and 4 years which will need renewal, in order to stay there for the 5 years in order to be eligible for a permanent resident permit. Both temporary and permanent permits are divided in to a number of different categories.

- Work permits for those who wish to take up paid employment in South Africa
- Business permits for those wishing to start or work self-employed
- Retired permits who are ‘financially secure’ who want to retire to South Africa
- Relatives permits for those relocating to live with a relative, spouse or partner
- Study permits for those who wish to study above secondary school level – this permit includes any dependent children for students
- Volunteer permits for those going to South Africa for unpaid work or humanitarian duties.

Cape Town can provide a brilliant surrounding for you, based right at the door of table mountain and with a far less densely populated capital when compared with London. Whatever the reason for your stay, make sure you save as much time and money as you can in order to get the most out of your time in South Africa. To start, one of the best ways to save money when travelling abroad is when transferring your money to South Africa or finding out the exchange rates on the South African Rand. They can both be done at home before you travel!

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