Study in South Africa
A study visa is intended for a student who wishes to undertake studies in South Africa. We encounter either adult applicants wanting to study at a higher institution for tertiary education (after high school) or minor children applicants wanting to complete their school education (up until grade 12).
Inter-alia with the application the candidate must be accepted by a school or tertiary education provider in writing by providing a letter of acceptance which must be on the school’s letterhead and signed by or on behalf of the registrar or principal.
A maximum visa of eight years may therefore be received but this will entirely depend on and be limited to the duration of study at the learning institution in question.
Foreign students who study in South Africa are allowed to work on a temporary basis of 20 hours per week.
Following the Directive issued by the Department of Home Affairs, students who have studied and obtained his/her qualification at a South African tertiary institution within one of the categories on the Critical Skills list, may qualify for Permanent Residency.