ACADEMIC SABBATICAL

What is it?

Foreign academics who wish to visit South Africa for an academic sabbatical can apply for a long-term visitor’s visa for a period of up to 3 years.
  • The academic sabbatical must be confirmed by the applicant’s employer/learning institution abroad, as well as the host learning institution in South Africa.
  • This visa can be renewed from South Africa without limit, but does not allow the holder to apply for a change of status to a different visa type while in South Africa.
  • Spouses and children can apply for matching dependant visas to accompany the main visa holder to South Africa.
  • Doctoral graduates and researchers in specific academic disciplines also recognised as “critical skills” (link to critical skills visa)

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