STUDY VISA INFORMATION
If you are a foreign student and wish to study in South Africa you can apply for a study visa by completing the below
form BI-1738. The study visas must be applied for at VFS Centre across the South Africa near the educational institution you will be studying at or your nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.
Study visas for learning institutions defined as a school shall be valid for the duration of the study: provided the duration shall not exceed eight years.
The following documents must be submitted with the BI-1738 application form:
A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit
Payment of the prescribed fee
A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act
Proof of financial means to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to also pay for the tuition fees.
This should be in the form of:
Bank statements of cash available
Proof of medical cover
A cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket.
In the case of African students, an undertaking from the relevant government to take full responsibility of the student and -to pay all costs, should it become necessary to deport the student
Medical and radiology reports
An unabridged birth certificate in the case of minors.
In the case of a minor, the particulars of the person in the Republic of South Africa who will act as the learner’s guardian and a letter from such person confirming guardianship
Consent from both parents for your stay in South Africa, or from the parent who has sole custody, along with proof of sole custody
An official letter from the educational institution, where you intend to study, confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course.
Proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
If you are 18 years and older, a police clearance certificate from each country in which you resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18 years is required. This should be submitted with the application
The holder of a study visa may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week.
The overriding consideration in processing applications for study permits are that:
No foreigner may displace a South African citizen/resident at a local educational institution
The student must have proof of sufficient funds to pay for day-to-day living expenses, accommodation as well as tuition fees during his/her stay in South Africa
The student must have an adequate medical cover with a registered South African medical scheme and proof thereof
PLEASE TAKE NOTE, YOUR VISA APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT, WE DO NOT PROCESS VISA APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE SCHOOL