South Africa Application Process

A Complete Guide for South Africa Visa Application Process

Southern Tip of Africa, which is surrounded by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho – South Africa. South Africa is one of the top 10 must-visit places on the planet. Its widely varying landscapes and cultural diversity are the greatest attractions of the nation. It is a nation of rich culture and heritage.

In addition, South Africa has the strongest economy on the African continent. Do you also want to visit South Africa? Here is the detailed guide to the application process for a South African visa.

Follow this Step by Step Guide to Apply for a South African Visa

Choose the right visa

There are great ranges of visa categories depending on the purpose of the visit to South Africa. Here are the types of South African Visas.

[Read More: Type of Visas: Choose the visa as per your Need]

South African Tourist visa (e-Visa):

A tourist visa for South Africa is an e-visa, which can be applied for online. It is a fast and straightforward process to the advantage of tourists. Duration is 30 days for a single visit.

South African Visit Visa:

Tourists who wish to stay back or extend their stay in South Africa should apply for a South Africa Visit Visa, which allows them to stay for a maximum of 3 months.

South Africa Business Visa:

The South Africa Business Visa allows eligible citizens to work or invest in the South African economy for a maximum of 90 days. To invest or create a business, you must fill out a BI-1738 Form. Investors must also make a financial commitment to get this visa.

South African Work Visa:

Immigrants with skills and knowledge in high-demand jobs are granted South African Work Visas. The duration of the visa is determined by the type of work that the applicant will undertake.

South Africa Medical Visa:

South Africa Medical Visa allows for a stay of up to 6 months. To apply, complete a BI-1738 Form and attach a letter from your doctor or a medical institution explaining why the treatment is necessary. It's also necessary to submit proof of finances. It's critical to show that you have the financial resources to cover both medical and living costs.

South Africa Study Visa:

Students who wish to study in South Africa need to apply for a study visa. BI-1738 Form needs to be submitted to apply for a Study visa for South Africa.

There are some other visas like South Africa Relatives Visa, South Africa Exchange visa, and Retired person’s visa.

Fill your Application

When you're ready, fill out the visa application form, print it, and take it to the Visa Application Centre together with the documents required for the visa category you've chosen to be processed.

Schedule an appointment at the Visa Application center

After you've completed your visa application, you'll need to make an appointment to have your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) taken at a Visa Application Center. Once you've scheduled your appointment, you'll receive an email confirmation and a letter of appointment.

If you're applying as a part of a family or group, you'll need to make separate appointments for each member of your family or group.

Finish the Fee payment

After you have filed your application, you must pay the visa application fee. If you print the form and bring it to the Visa Application Centre, you can pay at the time of your appointment.

At the Visa Application Center, the Visa fee must be paid in cash or by credit/debit card.

Submit the Visa Application

You need to submit your visa application in in-person at the Visa application center. You can schedule the visa application submission appointment online or walk-in between 8 am -11 am.

Track your Visa Application

When your decision on the visa application is confirmed at the Visa Application Centre, you will receive an email notification. If you don't have easy access to email or want more precise monitoring information, you might be able to get updates through SMS. Ensure that this service is available at the Visa Application Center where you will be going.

You can also use the internet to track the status of your visa application. To use this service, enter your last name and the Reference Number from your Visa Application Centre invoice/receipt.

[Read More: List of Documents Required for South Africa Visa]

Receive your passport

After your visa application has been approved, you can pick up your passport at the Visa Application Centre or have it returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

Bring your Visa Application Centre receipt and a form of government identification when picking up your passport in person. You may send a representative to fetch your passport if permitted; they must submit a letter of authorization signed by you, as well as the Visa Application Centre's receipt and official identity.

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to South Africa

The South Africa visa processing time depends on the visa chosen. On average, you should submit your South Africa Visa application at least 60 working days before your departure date and no later than 90 days before your departure date.

It would take a minimum of 60 days to process each visa application for South Africa at our South African High Commission- New Delhi & South Africa Consulate General- Mumbai

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