If you want to live and work, study or start a business in South Africa the first thing you need to do is find and apply for the right visa.
Temporary Stay Visa
The temporary stay visa is issued for stay to a visitor or for business purposes. Issued for a maximum stay of 90 days. This visa can be extended while in South Africa for a further 90 days. This visa holder cannot change conditions on this visa while in South Africa.
Categories of temporary stay visas which are prescribed and are issued for up to ninety days stay:
Support by New Horizons – New Horizons will assist with /furnish:
- A detailed schedule showing the required supporting documents by the applicant, application form and draft letters
- Support documents by the sponsor if applicable,draft letters, required supporting documents to show proof of funds
If applying in South Africa New Horizons will register your application on the ‘Visa Facilitation Service centre website’, set a date to submit the application, allocate a staff member to monitor the progress of the compilation of your application to meet the date set for submission and collect the outcome of the application at the centre (should be lodged 60 days before expiry).
If applying abroad New Horizons will communicate electronically to ensure that the applicant has a copy of the complete application for submission
Visitor or for business purpose
- Letter by applicant to confirm purpose of stay and proof of funds
- If sponsored letter by South African host to confirm support and funding
- If for business purpose letters by both foreign and South African institutions to confirm role/purpose of visit and funding
Temporary stay visa to conduct short term work – referred to as a section 11(2) visa
- Letter by South Africa receiving institution to confirm role and motivate for required short term work input
- Letter by foreign sending institution to confirm employment of the foreign worker and support for the visit
- Confirmation of international agreement
- Letters by foreign institutions involved to confirm role and funding
- Letters by the South African institutions involved to confirm acceptance and funding
Medical treatment visa – this visa can be issued for a period of up to 6 months and be extended while in South Africa
- Letter by relevant medical practitioners foreign or in South Africa
- Proof of funds to cover medical expenses
This (a study visa) is issued to a foreigner intending to study in the Republic for more than 3 months.
New Horizons can assist you to apply for a new study visa or to extend an existing study visa.
In terms of the ‘Amended Immigration Act’ a study visa will only be renewed or issued where the learning institution is approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. New Horizons can advise you on this requirement.
Whilst residing in South Africa on a study visa you may work for up to 20 hours a week.
- A detailed schedule showing the required supporting documents by the applicant
- A detailed schedule showing the required supporting documents to show proof of income if self-supporting. Support documents by a sponsor, draft letters and the required supporting documents to show proof of income
- Support documents to show medical cover while studying in South Africa
- Support documents by the study institution, draft letters and required supporting documents to show compliance of registration as a recognised study institution
If applying in South Africa, New Horizons will register your application on the ‘Visa Facilitation Centre Website’, set a date to submit the application, allocate a staff member staff member to monitor the progress of the compilation of your application to meet the date set for submission and collect the outcome of the application at the centre (should be lodged 60 days before expiry).
If applying abroad, New Horizons will communicate electronically to ensure that the applicant has a copy of the complete application for submission. New Horizons will also communicate with the South African study institution to assist with the compilation of the required supporting documents.