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Visa requirements for South Africa

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How to apply for your study permit

Once you have confirmed your acceptance of a formal offer from a South African educational institution, you should collect a study permit application form from your nearest South African office abroad (see the box on the right above) and complete and return the form to the same office. In general, your application should be accompanied by:

  • A valid passport.
  • A letter formally offering you a place of study at the relevant institution.
  • Proof that you are financially able to pay your tuition fees and have adequate means of support.
  • A medical certificate and proof medical insurance cover usable in South Africa.
  • A repatriation guarantee. Unless a South African sponsoring body, citizen or permanent resident provides a written undertaking as specified in the application form, you will be required to lodge a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to the costs of transportation to your home country in case you fail to comply with your permit conditions. However, if your course is not longer than a year, or you will be attending a religious institution, you will be exempt from this requirement, and need only possess a valid return/onward ticket.
  • A written undertaking that you will return to your country of residence/origin after completing your studies.
  • The relevant permit fee – see the relevant Home Affairs web page.
  • A duly filled out form BI-1738 APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT.

Department of Home Affairs

Subdirectorate: Temporary Residence
Private Bag X114
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telephone: +27(0)12 314 8911
Fax: +27(0)12 328 3908

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