I am looking for a visa option to make South Africa my semi-permanent home. I would like to apply for 2-3 separate tourist visas each year and extensions for each, ideally spend a combined 8-10 months from the year in South Africa.
I would be OK with leaving South Africa every 90 days (or more with extension) for a month or so, returning to non-neighbouring or home country and applying for a new visa.
I'm not visa-exempt and would need to re-apply for a new visa through the embassy each time, the application process so far was however fairly quick and painless.
A few questions, are there any rules for:
- how many times a year you can apply for a tourist visa?
- how many extensions on tourist visas can be granted? (ie. if I extend one visa, leave continent and get a second visa in same year, can this one also be extended?)
- how many days a year you are allowed to spend in ZA on tourist visas combined?
...or are these fully in the officers discretion to grant another tourist visa and essentially a lottery game for each visa renewal?
I have looked into temporary residence visas and they are not suitable as I am not planning to work for a South African company. The long time discussed South African Digital Nomad Visa will likely take a few more years to materialize.
If anyone has experience with a similar situation or alternative visa suggestions, please let me know.