South Africa Visa question please help!


Feb 13th, 2016, 01:41 PM
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South Africa Visa question please help!

So I am planning on studying in Cape Town next spring and have a couple of questions for the visa ill need, first I am going to be studying at UCT from mid january to mid june and then directly following I will be doing a 6 week unpaid internship for academic credit

Will a student visa cover this? I would be in South Africa from mid january to late july

also would I be able to enter SA before my program officially starts because I will have overlap where I will need to be there before

Lastly, how long do these Visas last and how early can I apply? I will be studying in Spain that fall so I will be leaving the USA in early september and not returning until after my time in Cape Town, could I apply for the visa at the end of the summer and provide them with the dates?

I really need help figuring this out thank you!!
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Feb 13th, 2016, 06:24 PM
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My first call would be to UCT. They know the rules and can help you with your visa requirements. Admissions should be able to direct you to the correct contacts.

The biggie is you need medical insurance before you leave. Again, contact the school. They will give you more info. Discover is the biggest medical scheme company in S Africa.

You need to apply in person at a S Africa Embassy or Consulate. Not sure if you are near one, but they no longer allow visas by mail (I know - really dumb). Not a lot of info, but this is the website:

Contact UCT. They know all this stuff.
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Feb 14th, 2016, 05:09 PM
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@christabir okay thank you for your response and help!
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