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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

South African Temporary Residence Visa 

Temporary residence visa are issued on request to applicants who intend to visit South Africa for a period of over three (3) months but not exceeding three (3) 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.

Different Types of Temporary Residence Visa
  • Study Visa
    issued to foreigners intending to take up studies in South Africa.

  • Treaty Visa
    issued to foreigners conducting activities in South Africa in terms of an international agreement to which South Africa is a party.

  • Relative's Visa
    issued to relatives/spouses of South African citizens or residents intending to move to South Africa and take up permanent residence.

  • Medical Visa
    issued to foreigners intending to visit South Africa for the purpose of undergoing medical treatment.

  • Retired Person's Visa
    issued to retirees intending to live in South Africa only for limited or seasonal periods during the validity of the permit.

  • Business Visa
    issued to foreigners who intend to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which they may be employed.
  • Work Visa

    • General Work Visa
      This is a permit issued to all foreigners with general qualifications intending to work in South Africa.

    • Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa
      issued to foreigners being transferred by their own company to an affiliate company in South Africa.

    • Critical Skills Work Visa
      issued to applicants in possession of exceptional skills or qualifications that are scarce in in South Africa.

    • Corporate Visa
      issued by the Department to a corporate applicant. A corporate applicant is defined as a juristic person established under the laws of South Africa or a foreign country as a corporation to employ foreigners to conduct work for such applicant.

  • Exchange Visa
    issued to applicants under the age of 25 years and may only conduct work for one year.

Rev. 9 February 2017