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|Step-by-step Guide To Relocating To South Africa by johntosin(m): 3:05pm On Jun 20, 2012|
This is a detail email, a step by step guide, on procedures to follow if you will like to relocate to South Africa either temporarily or permanently. If you are a graphic artist (of course like me!) you can make lots of money here, unlike every other parts of Africa, there are opportunities everywhere here! But just like any other business, you have gotta have a startup capital and at least a skill.
-1- Get your international passport; you are not good to go until you have it! This is the starting point.
-2- Get a reliable travel agent (contact me for referrals) to prepare your travel documents. At least a month visiting visa will do the job. Travel agents fee ranges from 60,000 – 80,000 Nigerian naira, visa processing takes only two weeks. Business/study visas take more time and money (of course you don’t need that)
-3- If you are below 30 years of age, you may be contacted by the consular where your visa application was submitted to pay a repatriation fee (N110, 000), just before granting of Visa. However, if you are above this age (well, am not as old, am fairly new!) this fee may not be necessary. This fee, if paid is refundable within a few business days (before visa expiration) as soon as you are back to Nigeria (Of course that’s if you are coming back!)
-4- Congratulations on your visa! Next, book a flight (price ranges = N85,000 – N120,000 (return ticket/person) it varies) and approach the next airport (if any in your village, good! But I took a flight from Lagos, Nigeria and its called ARIK because it sounds very cheap!).
-5- Prepare your BTA (Basic travelling Allowance); it ranges between five hundred to a thousand dollars. You will also need to reserve a Hotel (at least for the sake of documentation) if you are on a visiting visa.
-6- Beware of corruption at the Lagos airport! (am still gonna write a petition on them). DO NOT change all your money to dollars! Reserve some naira notes with you because you will need to “shake hands” with almost all the airport officials (from custom officials, immigration, NDLEA, to almost every fool wearing a uniform at the airport) even if you are a VIP and all your documents are “ultra” complete.
-7- Come on board! Note that no powdery substances are allowed on this flight ( Elubo, ata gigun, ata gbigbe, you had better keep it in your pants,…else…)
-8- Welcome to jo’burg! If you are lucky to arrange for someone to pick you up at the airport prior to your arrival, then you are very lucky! Life starts from there. If not, get a taxi and enter the street.
-9- Basically, you don’t necessarily need to know a body here before coming to South Africa. There are “Omo Naija” on every street and every corner! Infact, their head full everywhere. But be careful, they can make you use your return ticket before you really wanna do!
-10- Accommodation is very expensive here! It’s no joke at all. And NOBODY will accommodate you (am sorry) because occupants in each flat are well monitored by the authorities, limits must not be exceeded. Infact, an average South African work majorly to pay their rent! Food and clothing are minors. Infact, food is everywhere and very cheap! Therefore, try and get a small hotel to lodge for a couple of your first 2/3/few days (Price ranges between 120-150 S/A Rands) before getting to figure out renting an Accommodation. An apartment ranges from 45,000 – 250,000 naira equivalents per month! (You sef shout…lol). But the good news, no crime in sharing!
-11- Get a job, start a business with your little money left (if any) or start hustling. But am sorry there are no jobs here!...na security jobs full everywhere (in the cold winter). If you are a graphic artist like me, you can start talking to other colleagues/companies for free lance jobs and start a life from there. If you are a beautician/stylist (very good you are on your way to gold) you can thrive very well here because Nigerians run most beauty salons here! For other disciplines, If you are so proud of your certificate, then am sorry its of no use here! Certificates from Nigerian institutions are nothing to write home about, NO company is gonna give you a job with that “pali”, infact, forget it! You will need to do at least a diploma or certificate short course to compliment what you have before you can get a very good paying job (companies pay very good money here!). However, you will need a work permit to this effect. Work permits ranges from 7,000 Rands – 12,000 Rands (N140, 000 – N240, 000) depending on how genuine. South Africa in a man-eat-man dog-eat-dog kindda place and you are solely on your own. NOBODY borrows out money, not even a cent, nobody is ready to help, everybody is hustling and minding their business. LIFE start afresh for you On Your Own, keep fit!
-12- Here is the golden rule; never stay outta status! Your documents must always be valid! Police, cameras, CCTV are everywhere and on every street! If you are on a visiting visa, you will need to either convert your status to get a WORK PERMIT, BUSINESS PERMIT, STUDY PERMIT or get a LIFE….partner (you know whattamean, southy ladies are always ready for sex and marriage!). If you are still single and fresh from the oven (like me…lol), then you will “sell” fast here, southy ladies will be all over you! Anyways, just marry one and get a LIFE! (it’s always a contract). However, if you are not fast on your decision, then you will need to keep extending your stay till you are able to make up your mind and of course, more money from ya pocket.
-13- From a bit of research, it takes an average of 3 years to settle down here (i.e get a good job, home and other stuffs we all run after in life. However this can be faster if you have your magic wand with you – money!...and if not, Goodluck is not enough!) and find your feet! After this, you can now go back home to bring down your family if any.
-14- South Africa is a beautiful country – most developed part of Africa, four seasons, quality life style, all things WHITE or BLACK, beautiful city life, skyscrapers everywhere, beautiful ladies/women (if you do run after booties), sex right on the street (if you are into that trade), no generators, no DEMON called NEPA (lol), water running outta “healthy” pipes, life is beautiful, quality education, standard of living very o.k, make your money fast if you still have your head with you, Life expectancy very high, Crime rate = High!(of course like Nigeria, but I mean crime not corruption or a combination of both!), Boko Haram = Zero!, plane crash = not yet!, every other thing still very intact!
-15- In summary, this is what should be in your account before you think of coming here, if not don’t bother to come because you may be here to suffer. International Passport= 15k-20k, Visa Processing =60k-80k, repatriation fee (if applicable) = 110k, Flight Ticket = 95k-105k , BTA = 150k, Accommodation (at least 3 months) = 75k, Work permit = 140k-240k, other Savings = 100k.
Good luck!...em,sorry All the best.
|Re: Step-by-step Guide To Relocating To South Africa by justwise(m): 3:33pm On Jun 20, 2012|
johntosin: This is a detail email, a step by step guide, on procedures to follow if you will like to relocate to South Africa either temporarily or permanently. If you are a graphic artist (of course like me!) you can make lots of money here, unlike every other parts of Africa, there are opportunities everywhere here! But just like any other business, you have gotta have a startup capital and at least a skill.
Can you post this in this link without putting your contact detail? >>>> http://www.nairaland.com/944102/general-south-africa-visa-enquiries
|Re: Step-by-step Guide To Relocating To South Africa by olushollys: 6:12am On Jun 21, 2012|
Thanks for d info, please do you or any body outthere know about traveling to namibia? The travelling requirements, econony and life generally as u have extensively stated above now for namibia.
A friend said its equally good as SA and cheap to travel.
Thanks for your responce
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