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The South African Consulate General
in Chicago, Illinois
200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel. (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Fax: (323) 651-5969

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
333 East 38th Street,
9th Floor
New York NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 856-1575

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417

Study Permit 

This is a kind of a permit issued to foreigners intending to take up studies in South Africa.

Also see, In case of a learner under the age of 18 years.

Important Information on Applying for South African Visas

Effective 10 May 2015, applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission.  No appointment necessary.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • A duly completed application form (DHA-1738) signed by applicant
  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days upon completion of studies
  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Notarized copy of birth certificate
  • Proof of medical report (physical test by your physician)
  • Radiological report (chest X-Ray) or skin TB test
  • FBI certificate (full criminal background check report) and police clearance certificate from all countries applicant lived in since age 18 for one year or longer.
  • Proof of health coverage (health insurance)
  • Roundtrip flight itinerary
  • An official letter from the institution in South Africa confirming acceptance and duration of the course
  • An official letter of enrolment from the institution of learning concerned in the U.S. if applicable.
  • Proof of financial means in the form of bank statement and notarized letter from the parents stating the financial responsibility.
  • In case of a minor, a notarized letter of consent from the parent is required.
  • Proof of U.S. legal status (I-20 for F1 visa holders, copy of green card etc).
  • Non-refundable fee of  $36.00 money order for processing
  • Processing time is 5 business days, during peak season it may take up to
    10 business days.

In case of a learner under the age of 18 years

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • an unabridged birth certificate
  •   proof of physical address and contact number of the adult person residing in South Africa, who is acting or has accepted to act as the learner's guardian, including a confirmatory letter from that guardian, and
  • proof of sufficient financial means available to the learner while in South Africa