Please note that your Study Visa is issued to study at one institution and you would have to apply for a change of conditions, should you want to change institutions. This can be done in the city applicable to the new institution of study.
You are required to apply for a Study Visa at the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of residence. If there is no South African representative in that country, you must apply at the nearest South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission.
The following are the current requirements to be submitted to the South African Embassy/Consulate in your country to obtain your Study Visa:
- A passport valid for not less than 30 days after intended studies.
- Payment of the prescribed administrative fee.
- Full Birth Certificate.
- Proof of South African medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the SA Medical Schemes Act
- An official letter from the Institution confirming provisional or acceptance of that learning institute and the duration of the course.
- Undertaking from the Registrar or Principal of the learning institution with the Institutions official stamp to undertake to notify the Director-General:-
- To provide proof of registration as contemplated in the relevant legislation within 60 (sixty) days of registration; or
- In the event of failure to register by the closing date, provide a notification of failure to register within 7 (seven) days of the closing date of registration;
- Within 30 (thirty) days, that the applicant is no longer registered with such institution; and
- Within 30 (thirty) days, when the applicant has completed his or her studies or requires to extend such period of study.
The undertaking letter is facilitated by the International Students Office.
- Medical Report (less than six months old)
- Radiological Report (less than six months old)
- Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, where applicable
- Relevant certificates if married, widowed, divorced or separated
- Details regarding arranged accommodation while in South Africa
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, subsistence and incidental costs. Bank statements date stamped by the bank, for a period of three months or bursary. If sponsored, written undertakings from the sponsor, with an official company stamp.
- Proof of educational qualifications, academic results for the previous years (certified copies).
- Police clearance certificates in respect of applicants 18 years and older, in respect of all countries where a person resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18
You are advised to submit the documentation as soon as possible to the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission – DO NOT send the documentation to Wits University. We, however advise that you keep a copy of your submission and all receipts safely. Some South African Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates and Trade Missions require a letter of undertaking from Wits University stating that a student will not be taking the place of a South African citizen and that the University will inform the Department of Home Affairs should the student discontinue his/her studies; if you require such a document, the International Students Office will be able to facilitate this request.
The holder of a study visa for studies at a higher education institution may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week. Immigration Amendment Act 2011, Act No. 13 of 2011.
If you are in South Africa visa applications are submitted to DHA through VFS Global www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica.
You are permitted to apply for the following:
- Renewal of existing visa
- Change of conditions of visa. This is not applicable to short term Visitor’s Visas.
Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to expiry of current visa. Please make sure that you have all your documents when submitting to the VFS office.
Any international person on a short term Visitor’s Visa will not be permitted to change the visa type and conditions unless in exceptional circumstances
- In the case of an emergency life saving treatment for longer than three months
- Is an accompanying spouse or child of a holder of the business or work visa who wishes to apply for a study or work visa