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    Digital Nomad Visa Now Gazetted in South Africa: Stay More Than Six Months, Register for Tax

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    In a move designed to boost the economy, South Africa has finally gazetted a new visa category specifically for digital nomads and remote workers. The Digital Nomad Visa, established through the Second Amendment of the Immigration Regulations enacted in March 2024, allows eligible foreign nationals to live and work remotely in South Africa.

    Eligibility Requirements

    The visa caters to individuals employed by foreign companies or those earning income from sources outside of South Africa. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum annual gross income of R1 million (approximately $54,000) to qualify.

    Tax Implications

    The visa program outlines tax obligations based on the duration of stay in South Africa. Individuals residing in the country for less than six months within a three-year period are generally exempt from South African income tax. However, those exceeding the six-month limit may be considered tax residents and subject to relevant tax regulations. Long-term residents (over six months in three years) are required to register with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for tax compliance.

    Dependents

    The program potentially allows spouses and children of Digital Nomad Visa holders to apply for dependent visas to accompany them in South Africa. Specific details regarding dependent visa applications are expected to be announced by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in the coming weeks.

    The South African government anticipates the Digital Nomad Visa to attract skilled professionals and entrepreneurs, contributing to economic growth through increased spending and potential investment. The initiative aligns with a global trend of countries seeking to attract remote workers and bolster their economies.

    Next Steps

    Prospective applicants are advised to monitor official channels of the DHA for updates on the application process and required documentation. The DHA is expected to release further details in the near future.

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