South Africa is one of the most beautiful and developed African countries. An interesting thing about this country is that has the best Universities in Africa and some ranks among the world Top 200. This is why many in Africa and other parts of the world troop to the country for higher education. In this article we will outline how a Nigerian can get a Study Visa to South Africa.
Types of South African Visa
Short Term Visa
- Visitor’s Visa
- Medical Visa (Only Private Hospoitals and Clinics)
Long Term Visa
- General Work
- Medical Visa
- Study Visa
- Critical Skill
- Intra Company Transfer
- Retired Person
- Exchange Visa
- Permanent Residence
On this post we will focus on the procedure and steps towards obtaining a Study Visa to South Africa.
Study Visa Overview
The Study Visa may be prescribed in certain manner. The duration of the study visa could be 3 months or more. Applicants who apply to a course which offers above 3 months should apply for a study visa but otherwise apply for a corresponding short term visa.
South African Study Visa Fee
The Visa fee for Nigerians are as follows
Lagos and Abuja
Visa Fee: 7,071 Naira
Service Fee: 25,200 Naira
Visa Fee: 7,071
Service Fee: 45,200 Naira
This money can only be paid via POS.
NOTE: This Visa are liable to change at any moment without any notice. We at travellerniche advise that you find out from VFS Global office for the latest price.
South Africa Study Visa Requirements
- Application Form (DHA – 1738) fully completed in black ink only
- Two identical passport size (35mm widthx45mm heigth) photographs on white background showing the complete face.
- A valid passport (validity of at least 30 days after the intended stay)
- . Copy of passport data page as well as copies of existing visa and previously issued visas
- Self-introduction letter with physical address and phone number.
- Introduction/Recommendation letter from an Employer, where applicable, signed with contact details, (full names of the Employer’s, approved signatories, physical address and phone numbers).
- Verifiable hotel reservation/bookings which must be done directly with the hotels and not through third parties, (e.g. booking .com; hotel .com, HRS, etc).
- Copy of international travelling certificate (yellow fever card) duly and fully completed by a health
practitioner. A fully completed card should bear the following information;
i. full names of the applicant;
ii. Passport number;
iii. Date of birth;
v. signature of the applicant;
vi.Date on which vaccine was taken;
vii. Health practitioner’s signature and the name of the centre
where the vaccine was taken/administered;
viii. Manufacturer and batch number of the vaccine;
ix.Official stamp of the vaccinating centre;
x. The period of validity of the vaccine. Children who are 10 years and below should submit their Clinic/Health Immunisation Cards. Any NEW Yellow Fever Card issued should be in line with the International Health Regulations of 2005. THE ONLY YELLOW FEVER CARDS (INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING CERTIFICATE) ACCEPTABLE WILL BE THOSE ISSUED BY PORT HEALTH.
- (three months recent bank statement) or financial support letter from employer with
three months bank statement) in a case where the Employer is sponsoring the trip. In the event the
applicant is travelling on a private capacity, the bank statement submitted should reflect the salary
deposited into the applicant’s bank statement. Sponsored trips should always have a letter with full details of the sponsor and contact details; as well as a copy of identity card/passport data page. Certain Corporate Entities are exempted from this requirement. (Original, Stamped & Signed by the bank authority)
- Birth Certificate must be legalized/certify by the Country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Minors/Children travelling with parents. Where applicable, a consent letter/s with copy/ies of parent/s national identification card/passport data page of parent(s) who is not applying with the minor(s) should be attached to the application.
- Marriage or Death Certificate where applicable must be legalized/certify by the Country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ascertain authenticity if the intended stay will be for more than 90 days.
- Non Refundable Visa Fee of N8,600.00 excluding service fee
- Booking Verifiable Flight
- Police Clearance
- Medical & Radiological Report
ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR STUDY VISA. (over and above, where applicable, the
above mentioned requirements)
- An official letter confirming provisional acceptance or acceptance at that learning institution and the duration of the course
- An undertaking by the Registrar or Principal of the learning institution to-
(i) Provide proof of registration as contemplated in the relevant legislation within 60 days of
(ii) In the event of failure to register by the closing date, provide the Director-General with a
notification of failure to register within 7 days of the closing date of registration;
(iii) Within 30 days, notify the Director-General that the applicant is no longer registered with such institution; and
(iv) Within 30 days, notify the Director-General when the applicant has completed his or her studies or
requires to extend such period of study
- In the case of a learner under the age of 18 years-
(i) An unabridged birth certificate;
(ii) A valid passport;
(iii) Proof of physical address and contact number of the adult person residing in the Republic, who is acting or has accepted to act as such learner’s guardian, including a confirmatory letter from that guardian; and
(iv) Proof of consent for the intended stay from both parents, or where applicable, from the parent or legal guardian who has been issued with a court order granting full or specific parental
responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship of the learner.
- In the case of a foreign state accepting responsibility for the applicant in terms of a bilateral agreement, a written undertaking from such foreign state to pay for the departure of the applicant.
- Proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
- An undertaking by the parents or legal guardian that the learner will have medical cover for the full duration of the period of study
- Proof of sufficient financial means available to the learner whilst resident in the Republic.
- A study visa shall be issued for the duration of the course for which the applicant has registered
DOWNLOAD ALL APPLICATION FORMS
Please download all the required forms which must be duly filled and signed. This forms will be sumitted alongside your documents above;
Visa Processing Time
This whole process usually takes 6-8 weeks. Sometimes longer periods
STEPS TO OBTAIN A STUDY VISA TO SOUTH AFRICA FROM NIGERIA
STEP 1: Make sure you submit the Visa application personally at the VFS South Africa Application centres.
STEP 2: Clear copies of all the Original documents above plus previous Visas and clear 2 copies of data age of passport.
STEP 3: Complete the Visa application form
STEP 4: Pay your Visa fee using POS at the bank teller counter at the Visa application centre
STEP 5: Gather all the above documents including the application forms and go the VFS Visa application centres.
STEP 6: Then next is to wait for the processing period which takes between 6-8 weeks. Once your Visa is ready go and collect your passport. The collecting time is 10-4pm, Mondays to Friday. Public holidays are not inclusive.
VFS Global Application Centres (South Africa)
LAGOS ADDRESS: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way Opposite Treasure Garden Estate Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I Lagos
ABUJA ADDRESS: South Africa Visa Application Centre Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja.
PORT HARCOURT ADDRESS: Vineyard Shopping Centre, 88 Woji, Road GRA,Port Harcourt.
All Location Collection time is between 8am to 3pm Monday to Fridays except public holidays.
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