Questions about Visas and Passports
Are there costs involved with a visa application?
Normally there are costs involved. The costs could consist of a processing fee, but also proof of financial means. Countries normally like to make sure that you have enough funds available to cover living and other expenses. You also have to take in consideration that there are also transport costs to and from the embassy or consulate, or possible courier costs (DHL, Fedex etc.).
Can I apply for a visa before I get accepted at the host institution?
No, but you can check the requirements beforehand and start making the necessary arrangements to acquire the required documents.
The letter of acceptance from the host importance is very important, and you can’t apply without this letter. The letter normally specifies the period of when you will study at the host institution, as well as information about accommodation and scholarships.
Can SU International ask that a visa application be speeded up?
Unfortunately not. For that reason it is important to plan appropriately and make sure that you leave enough time for the visa application. Refer to the recommendations of the embassy or general consulate.
Do I need a passport if I want to study abroad?
Yes, you do. You need to apply for a passport at the Department of Home Affairs.
Do I need a visa?
It depends on the country which you will be visiting and also what is the purpose of your visit. Always consult the local representative of the respective country, namely the embassy or consulate general in South Africa. Don’t rely on hearsay or advice from your friends – find out the information yourself.
I want to apply for a passport, can you help me?
No, you need to go to the Department of Home Affairs and follow their instructions. Visit their website, it is possible to submit an application online.
I want to immigrate, can you help me?
Should I have a passport by the time I apply for a study abroad opportunity?
It is preferred, but it is not the end of world if you don’t have a passport. Just make sure to apply immediately, so that by the time the outcome of the application is announced you can start with the visa application process.
What type of visa do I need?
Consult the local representative of the respective country you will be visiting, namely the embassy or consulate general in South Africa. But in many cases the type of visa you need to apply for depends on the purpose of your visit and the length of your visit.