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A foreigner, who intends to study in the Republic of South Africa for a period exceeding three (3) months, may be issued with a study permit. The following documentation must be submitted in respect of each person applying for a study permit:
  • Cover letter signed and dated by the applicant, confirming the intended date of departure from the Republic of South Africa, and including his/her valid Swedish mobile phone number and e-mail address;

  • A fully completed application form (please use block letters and black ink only), including two (2) passport sized photographs (see Form DHA- 1738 TRP);
    Questions not applicable should be answered N/A.

  • A passport valid for no less than thirty (30) days after departure from the Republic of South Africa, and containing at least two (2) blank pages for endorsements (non-Swedish passports must contain a valid long term or permanent residence permit for Sweden);

  • An official letter from the relevant receiving institution confirming provisional acceptance at that institution and the duration of the course;

  • An official letter from the relevant sending institution confirming provisional acceptance at that institution and the duration of the course;

  • A copy of the bilateral agreement between the Swedish sending institution and the South African University, if the Study is part of an Exchange programme.

  • Extract from the population register (Personbevis from Skatteverket) in English.
    Not applicable to applicants residing in Latvia.

  • In the case of an applicant under the age of 18, the following documentation shall be submitted:

    • The particulars of the person in the Republic of South Africa who will act as that learner's guardian and a confirmatory letter from that intended guardian; and;
    • Proof of consent for the intended stay from both parents or from the custodian parent, along with proof of sole custody in the latter case;
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate, if the applicant travelled or intends travelling from or through a yellow fever endemic area: provided that the certificate shall not be required when the applicant travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area;

  • In respect of the applicant's marital status or spousal relationship, the following documentation shall be submitted:

    • A marriage certificate in the case of a married applicant;
    • Proof of a permanent spousal relationship in the case of so called life partners, including:

      • The prescribed affidavit, which is available on request from our office;
      • Documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties;
      • Proof of a legal divorce or the death of a spouse in the event of a preceding marriage; and
      • In the case of a relationship concluded between two foreigners in a foreign country, official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the relevant country;

  • A death certificate in the case of a widowed applicant;

  • A decree of divorce in the case of a divorced applicant; or

  • Proof of legal separation in the case of a separated applicant;

  • In respect of minor dependent children accompanying the applicant to or joining the applicant in the Republic, the following documentation shall be submitted:

    • An unabridged birth certificate;
    • Proof of adoption, in the case of an adopted minor;
    • Proof of guardianship or custody, in the case of a minor subject to guardianship or custody; or
    • Consent from the guardian, in the case of an unaccompanied minor;

  • Proof of arranged Accommodation, if arranged Accommodation outside of the University the following needs to be submitted;

    • A certified copy (by SA police) of the Lease;
    • A certified copy (by SA police) of Id-card of the Lessor;

  • A Police clearance certificate, in respect of all previous countries of residence for periods exceeding one year, in English which shall not be older than six (6) months at the time of submission;

  • A medical report (see Form BI-811), which shall not be older than six (6) months at the time of its submission;

  • A radiological report (see Form BI-806), which shall not be older than six (6) months at the time of its submission, and shall not be required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women;

  • Proof of medical insurance recognised in the Republic of South Africa;

  • Proof of sufficient financial means, which shall be in the form of:

    • Bank statements for the last three (3) months;
    • Undertaking supported by, where necessary, bank statements for the last three (3) months or salary advices, by the host in the Republic accepting responsibility for the costs related to the maintenance and removal of the applicant, should this be necessary; and
    • Scholarships or bursaries in the case of scholars and students respectively;

  • Proof of preliminary booking of return flight ticket.

  • A self-addressed A5-size envelope with sufficient postage paid for registered mail, to return the endorsed passport and personal original documents. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify the cost with the postal service. Envelopes from companies/institutes with “porto betaltnot admissible;

  • The non-refundable application fee of SEK 301.
Payment of the above-mentioned application fee, may be made through an electronic bank transfer to the following account:

Recipient: South African Embassy in Stockholm
Bank giro: 606-4893
Banking institution: SEB
Ref: Study Permit

A copy of the transfer slip should be submitted together with application, as proof of payment.

Note:
  • Permits issued for studies at higher education and training institutions shall not be valid for a longer period than the minimum duration of the course.
  • Permits issued for studies at school shall not be valid for a period exceeding three (3) years.
  • Permits issued for studies at other recognised institutions of learning shall not be valid for a longer period than the duration of the course, provided that it shall not exceed two (2) years.
  • The holder of a study permit for studies at a higher educational institution may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding twenty (20) hours per week;
  • Documentation that accompanies the application shall be original or certified copies and, if applicable, translated by a sworn translator into English.
  • A complete application shall be submitted personally during the consular opening hours only: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri; 09:00-12:30.
  • Our office may only issue a permit within three (3) months before the applicant's intended date of entry into the Republic of South Africa; we therefore kindly request that applications are not submitted prior to this issuing period.
 

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