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Volunteer Visa

What is a Volunteer Visa?

A Volunteer Visa is a Visitor’s Visa that allows the holder to reside in South Africa and undertake specific volunteering activities. This visa can be issued for up to 3 years.

Are you eligible for a Volunteer Visa?

You are eligible to apply for a Volunteer Visa if you have an offer letter from a registered NGO/NPO in South Africa and if you can prove you can financially support yourself during your stay in South Africa. You are required to provide a 3 month bank statement that shows you have R 3000 per month in your account at the time of the submission.

Processing times

If you do not currently hold a valid Temporary Residency Visa in South Africa, you will need to apply for a Volunteer Visa in your home country. The processing times can take up to 8 weeks.

If you currently hold a valid Temporary Residency Visa, you are eligible to submit a renewal in South Africa. This is only a viable option if you have more than 60 days remaining on your current visa. Processing times are currently from 8 to 12 weeks.

Frequently asked questions about the Volunteer Visa

Can I only volunteer for the NGO/NPO that has offered me a position? 
Yes. The Volunteer Visa is limited to only one specific organisation. The Immigration Act states that if you wish to change organisations, you are required to apply for a new Volunteer Visa.

Can I change from a Volunteers Visa to another form of Temporary Residency from within South Africa?
No. Unfortunately, the law change that occurred on the 26th May 2014 does not permit an applicant to change from a Volunteer’s Visa to another form of Temporary Residency from South Africa. The Volunteer Visa is a Visitor’s Visa, therefore the Immigration Act states you are required to return to your home country if you wish to alter or submit an application with regards to Temporary Residency.

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