What is a Research Visa?
A Research Visa is a Visitor’s Visa that allows a non-South African citizen or resident to enter the country and undertake specific research activities. This visa is issued for up to 3 years. The Research Visa can be extended in South Africa if proven necessary.
Are you eligible for a Research Visa?
You are eligible for a Research Visa if you intend to enter South Africa with the purpose of undertaking research at a research orientated institution. You are required to provide proof of financial support with a 3 month bank statement proving that you have no less than R3,000 in your bank account. It is not permitted to change to any other visa type while in South Africa on a Research Visa.
If you do not currently hold a valid Temporary Residency Visa within South Africa, you are required to apply for a Research Visa in your home country. Processing times can take up to 8 weeks.
If you currently hold a valid Temporary Residency Visa in South Africa and you wish to renew your visa, you are permitted to renew the application from South Africa. This is only a viable option if you have more than 60 days remaining on your current visa. Processing times can take from 8 to 12 weeks.
Frequently asked questions about the Research Visa?
Do I have to provide a letter from the specific research company I have chosen to work at?
Yes. A letter from the research company is required to complete your application successfully.
Can I extend my Research Visa in South Africa?
Yes. You may extend your Research Visa as long as you apply for the extension at least 60 days before your current visa is due to expire.
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