UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

PASSPORTS

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LOST/STOLEN PASSPORTS
If a passport is stolen or lost, the incident must be reported to the police in order to get an affidavit and also to Campus Control if passport was lost/stolen on campus. The International Students Office will then issue the student with a copy of the passport (the page containing your personal details and passport number) and a copy of the study visa. The student should then proceed to their embassy to apply for a new passport. As soon as the passport is available, the student should go to the Department of Home Affairs to obtain a study visa.

Documents required are:

  • Complete form BI1739
  • Form to be completed in black ink only
  • New passport
  • Affidavit, 
  • Copy of stolen passport
  • Copy of Study Visa and
  • Confirmation of registration from faculty

Your application has to be signed and stamped by a representative in the International Students Office before it is submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. Though the office will make copies of these documents for your student file, it is advised that you retain a set of the documents for your own records. 

PASSPORT RENEWALS AND TRANSFER OF VISA
Passport renewals are done at the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your home country in South Africa. Once you have received your new passport, the existing Study Visa must be transferred to the new passpor:

  • Complete form BI1739
  • Form to be completed in black ink only
  • Confirmation of registration from faculty
  • New passport
  • Old passport
  • Valid Visa

Your application for transfer of a Study Visa needs to be signed and stamped by a representative in the International Students Office before it is submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. Though the office will make copies of these documents for your student file, it is advised that you retain a set of the documents for your own records. 

 

Click here to view PASSPORT HOLDERS WHO ARE EXEMPT FROM VISAS FOR SOUTH AFRICA