Student Visa and Embassy Information
Students going to South Africa for more than 3 months must secure a Student Study Permit, which is the South African equivalent to a student visa. ISA will upload the visa application as well as a visa checklist of necessary documents to each student's ISA student portal.
All South African consulates within the U.S. have recently changed their regulations. All students are now required to apply for their study permit in person. Because of this change, ISA can no longer submit visa applications on the student's behalf; however, the ISA South Africa Site Specialist will be happy to assist students with any visa questions or concerns. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the student visa will be provided to students.
After a student submits their visa application and passport at their respective consulate, it will typically take approximately 2-3 weeks to be processed and returned to the student.
If you complete your studies and wish to stay on after your student visa expires, you will have to apply and pay for another visa. If you wish to arrive earlier than the start of you studies, you may do so as long as your arrival date matches the arrival date on your student visa. Once you receive your student visa, please check it carefully to ensure you don't need to apply for alterations or extensions based on your personal plans. ISA does not and cannot control the length of the student visa granted to you.
*If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please contact your local consulate for visa requirements and regulatiions.
Note: Embassy and consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to verify information.
In order to find contact information for your specific consulate, please choose the state or region of your permanent residence from the dropdown box below, and click submit to continue.
Multiple Consulate Locations, South Africa
Embassy of the United States in South Africa
*From the US Embassy in South Africa website: "American Citizen Services (ACS) is part of Consular Services, based at the U.S. Consulates in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Assistance is provided to American citizens residing in or visiting South Africa, including but not limited to Passport services, Consular Reports of Births Abroad (CRBA), and Notarials. The consulates also assist in emergency situations, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations."
Washington D.C., United States
Embassy of South Africa in the United States