How To Apply For A Temporary Residence Permit In South Africa

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How To Apply For A Temporary Residence Permit In South Africa

A temporary residence permit allows a foreign national, such as international students, foreign workers and tourists, to legally stay in South Africa for longer than 90 days but less than three years.

There are various categories of temporary residence visas, such as:

  • Transit visas
  • Visitor’s visas (visits not exceeding 90 days)
  • Visitor’s visas (longer than 90 days but not exceeding three years)
  • Study visas
  • Treaty visas
  • Business visas
  • Medical treatment visas
  • Relative’s visas
  • Work visas
  • Retired person visas
  • Exchange visas

The temporary residence visa application form, DHA-1738, contains a list of all the supporting documents which are required for the different categories of temporary residence visas. Applicants are advised to ensure that all the supporting documents are submitted with the application form, failure which may result in the application being refused.

DOWNLOAD TEMPORARY RESIDENCE APPLICATION FORM (DHA-1738) HERE.

Submit your application for a temporary residence visa in person at the South African diplomatic representative in his or her country of origin or at a South African diplomatic representative in a neighbouring country. The purpose of the in person application is for biometric data to be captured.

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