What is it?

Visiting professors and lecturers can apply for a long-term visitor’s visa for a period of up to 3 years.
  • The applicant must provide a letter of invitation from 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)
  • The time spent working in South Africa on a visiting professor/lecturer visa is not counted towards permanent residence on the basis of permanent employment (link to PRP worker), but may be counted as relevant work experience for critical skills (link to PRP critical skills)

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