Visa Application Process for South Africa
All permanent residents of countries outside South African needs visa to enter the country except if you hold a passport of the exempted countries. Your visa is your permit into the country. Ensure that your purpose of visit is recorded correctly to avoid being refused entry. Each visa application is treated as an individual case; therefore, you should always check with consulate services to ensure that you provide the necessary documents needed for your type of visa.
South African visas are granted for family or friend visits, business and study purposes, voluntary and charity services, spouses or children who wish to join their parents who are on study or work permits and fiancé/fiancée who wish to join their partner and intents to marry in less than ninety days, research and conference purposes, medical reasons and sports event and entertainment production work.
You don’t have to personally submit the visa application documents. Your family members, travel agents or courier services can do it on your behalf.
The process of visa application is quite easy if you have the necessary documents. First find out what visa documents are required for the citizens of your country to enter South Africa. Fill the BI-84 form and prepare two passport photos. Submit the form with other required documents attached and pay the required fee. Wait for the approval or rejection of your application. It can take up to two weeks before you get any response.
Visa application should be submitted to the South African consular service in your respective country. If South Africa does not have consulate office in your country, the application can be forwarded to the Home Affairs department of South Africa. Upon entry, your visa will be replaced by temporary residence permit which state the number of days you are allowed to spend in the country. To avoid clashing with authorities ensure that your temporary permit is updated. You can update it by submitting BI-159 (extension application) to any Home Affairs office.
For help navigating the South African immigration process, contact Ashman Attorneys.