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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.

Checklist of Documents to be Submitted:

  • A duly completed application form (BI-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
  • Police clearance certificate (criminal background check) from all countries the applicant has 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  $72.00 money order for processing
  • A repatriation deposit of $1,500.00 money order in case of applicants travelling on one way ticket
  • Processing time is 5 business days, during peak season it may take up to
      10 business days.

Attention:  South African Consulate General in New York Applicants ONLY:

  • $16.00 money order for overnight mailing.