Foreign Nationals in South Africa

Are you a Non-South African Foreign National who wants to Register a Company in South Africa? We will do your Company Registration in the shortest timeframe. We can also assist with Bank Accounts for Foreign Nationals. 

Jesse Green, our immigration partner, is well informed and experienced in the process you would need to follow to get going in South Africa. He is a Director of Immigration South Africa™.

 

Registering a Company in South Africa

Non-South African Citizens are allowed to open a South African Private Company and become a Director and / or Shareholder with a Valid Passport or Refugee Document. See all the requirements below:

foreignersValid Passport: Non- South African Citizens would need to send us a copy of their Certified Passports ( instead of the South African Identity Document ). This Certification has to be done in English. 

Valid Physical Address: Any Registered South African Company needs a physical address in South Africa. If you do not have one, but you would still want to start your business in South Africa you can get a Virtual Office at www.regus.co.za.

Online Registration: If you are not currently in South Africa, but you would like to register a Company here, you do not have to worry. All the documents we need from you (for the registration process) can be ‘scanned & emailed’. CIPC has an online registration process. The payment method we have available for these cases, is a Credit Card online payment gateway for MasterCard and Visa Credit Cards. You can just select that Payment Option when applying for a new company.

To register a new Company, choose which Registration Option fits your needs on our ‘Register a Company’ webpage.

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Business Bank Accounts for foreigners

Non-South African Citizens are allowed to open a Business Bank Account and we can assist in this regard. There are however certain requirements that will need to be completed before you are able to do so.

Registered Company Documents: You need to have a Registered Company when applying for a Business Bank Account.

VISA Document: You need to provide a certified copy of your VISA Document that shows you have permission to enter the country. ( Certain countries are exempt from needing a visa to enter South Africa ).

Valid Passport: You will need to provide a certified copy of your Passport or Refugee Document. This certification needs to be done in English.

Valid Work Permit and Business Permit: Please provide a certified copy of your Valid Work Permit and Business Permit. This is also a FICA requirement and without this the Bank cannot assist. For more information on the FICA Act Click Here.

Proof of Residence: Please provide proof of RSA Residence – a utility bill confirming the physical residential address not older than 3 months old.

Proof of Business Operating Address: You need to be provide one of the following to show proof of where your business is operating from in South Africa.

  • A Municipal Account for light and / or water.
  • Copy of a Lease Agreement where your Business operates from.
  • Virtual Office.

Share Certificates:  A ‘Share Certificate‘ is a legal binding document indicating ownership of a company and is signed by the share holders of the company. Click Here for more information.

 

Additional services for foreigners

What we can also offer additional services which foreigners need to start a business in South Africa:

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