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Here you find a quick, but comprehensive summary of items to be noted as part of your visa application to South Africa.
The below is a comprehensive summary of items that comes handy while you start preparing your South Africa visa application.
For Indian passport holders, South Africa visa process involves the following,
Document Preparation: Towards the preparation of documents (refer the below checklist for more details), applicants usually take around 5 to 6 days.
Submission: The application and payment can be completed online and the documents shall be submitted to the Embassy in person or through a third party. If third party is handling the submissions, there must be an authorisation letter as well.
Processing: Embassy officials will start the approval process with the review of your documents. It usually takes around 7 to 10 working days for the whole approval process.
Despatch: The stamped passports will be couriered to you directly, or to the address that you’ve requested it to. Usually, the duration of the entire process is about 15 to 20 days, including the despatches. However, during the peak travel months, this could go up to 25 working days.
Summary: To summarise, the South Africa visa aprocessing is quick, but involves a decent amount of documentation. The visas are approved for 90 days. The date of application should at least be 10 days prior prior to the travel date.
Here we have tried summarising the key documents to be prepared while applying for your visa for South Africa.
Please note the below key aspects before starting your work on documents,
Prepare all documents in A4 size
Ensure that all the scan copies are clear and readable
Do not staple any of the documents
Embassy may ask for additional documents, during the approval process
The below is a summary of documents needed as part of the South Africa visa processing.
Valid Passport of the applicant,
Must not be older than 10 years, with at least 3 months validity
Must have at least 2 blank pages to affix visa
Must submit all the old passports along, if any
Copy of front & back copies of the passports
Visa application form (Form 11 - DHA 84), filled using black pen and duly signed
Two recent coloured photographs,
Must be less than 3 months old, not used earlier for any visas
Should be of 45 MM X 35 MM in dimensions, with 80% head coverage
Should be on a white background, matte finish non-smiling, not scanned/stapled
Covering letter - to be addressed to The Visa Officer, South African High Commission, New Delhi or Consulate General of South Africs, Mumbai based on the jurisdiction, mentioning the duration of visit, purpose, expenses, details of all applicants with their names and passport numbers
Flight tickets, for onward & return
Hotel confirmation vouchers, for all the nights, with the hotel name, address, telephone number and email ID, authorised signatory, name & desitnation, along with the payment receipts
Original and updated bank statement for the last 3 months, with the bank’s seal and signature of the authorised person at bank, having at least 20,000/- per person, towards expenses
Vaccination certificate, if the applicant is visiting yellow fever belt
Address proof, if the applicant has passport that's issued in a city other than New Delhi or Mumbai - address proof on company's letter head, signed & sealed by authorised signatory or any two government issued address proof
For Employed applicants,
Employment certificate/offer letter
NOC/leave letter sanctioned by authorised official
Payslips of last 6 months
For Proprietor/company owner applicants,
Cover letter on company’s letter head
Company’s original bank statement, with bank’s seal & signature
Income Tax Returns (ITR) of the company for last 3 years
Company memo/partnership deal/establishment license/MOA
For Students applicants,
Leave letter or report card issued from School
For Sponsored applicants,
Proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation
For Retired applicants,
Proof of retirement
Pension statements of last 3 months
Proof of regular income generated by ownership of property or business
For applicants who are visiting family/friends,
Passport & visa copies attested by local notary, police or commissioner of OATHS
Invite letter attested by local notary, police or commissioner of OATHS
Address proof attested by local notary, police or commissioner of OATHS
For business visas,
Covering letter from the company in India
Invitation letter from the company in South Africa, mentioning the details as below,
Information of the applicant (name, gender, passport number, DOB)
Purpose of visit, financial documents, travel dates, duration
Information about inviting company (name, contact, gender, business details)
We understand that you may have many questions in mind, before you apply for your visa. Some of them may get answered below. For any more queries, write or call us,
Q. Should I submit my passports for visa approvals?
Yes, your passports must be submitted as part of the processing. The visa approval comes in the form of stamping on one of the pages on your passports.
Q. Will VisaBadge help in preparing the documents?
Yes, VisaBadge is an online tool that helps you apply visas. We will take care of your document preparation, verification, submissions and tracking of visas, until the receipts at your place.
Q. Will VisaBadge help in getting appointments for document submission?
Yes, we will help in getting appointments with the respective Embassies.
Q. What is the cost of South Africa visa processing?
The visa processing charges to be paid online while submitting the visa form is Rs 3000/-. The pricing of various services that VisaBadge offers is available on https://visabadge.com/dashboard
Q. How much time it takes for the visa processing?
The usual duration for the visa approvals, as per the Consulates is around 8 to 10 working days. However, this may change based on the nature and type of visa, peak/off-peak time in the year, etc.
Q. Is it mandatory for me to appear at the Embassy personally?
No, it's not mandatory to visit the Embassy personally. The submissions can be done through third party as well
Q. Will VisaBadge team help in tracking the visa processing status?
Yes, we will keep the status of your visa tracked and updated on your My Visas page.
Q. Can VisaBadge team influence Embassy officials in getting the visas approved?
No, the officials at the immigration department are not directly connected to any of the agents or the applicants, unless they have a question specific to your application. It's NOT recommended to solicit an immigration official directly.
Q. Should I book my hotels & flights, before applying for the visa?
Yes, the onward & return flight tickets along with the hotel confirmation vouchers are mandatory to be completed before you apply for the visas.
Q. Will there be a refund of the fees paid, in case of visa rejections?
The fees paid to the Embassies is NOT refundable.
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