What is it?

Foreign students studying at a recognised South African learning institution for a period exceeding 3 months can apply for a study visa. The study visa will be issued for the full duration of the course.
  • The applicant must have received a letter of (provisional) acceptance at a South African learning institution.
  • “Learning institution” means institutions of higher education established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), colleges established in terms of the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) and schools contemplated in section 1 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996).
  • The applicant must have proof of medical cover for the duration of the exchange period with a South African medical aid provider registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
  • The study visa contains an automatic authorisation to conduct part-time work for up to 20 hours per week.
  • The study visa is only valid in conjunction with the specific course/programme for which it was issued, and will lapse automatically if the holder thereof fails to register with, or is de-registered from, the learning institution at any time during the period for which the visa was issued.
  • Foreigners who have studied at a South African learning institution towards a degree in an area of critical skills can apply for permanent residence solely on the basis of their degree, i.e. irrespective of their practical work experience. (Link to PR graduate)

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