IMPORTANT / IN-PERSON APPLICATION
VISA CATEGORY INFORMATION
APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENT (IN-PERSON)
Please note that the South Africa (VFSGlobal) Visa Application Centre only accepts visa applications via an appointment system. YOU MUST ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION (see also below biometric enrolment requirement).
CONSULAR FEES PAYMENT
You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure).
If you cannot attend the centre to collect your passport in person, you can send a nominated person to collect on your behalf. This person must bring the original or a copy of the receipt, and a letter of authorization signed by yourself and authorising the named person to collect your passport. The nominated person should also carry their own identification.
Alternatively, applicants unable to collect their passports within the given time slots, always can opt for Courier Service, whereby passports are returned via Courier Delivery DX at an additional fee of £14.95 per envelope/passport (see below).
APART FROM LONDON, THE COURIER SERVICE FOR THE RETURN OF YOUR PASSPORT IS MANDATORY. YOU CANNOT COLLECT IN-PERSON YOUR ENDORSED PASSPORT FROM THE SOUTH AFRICA (VFSGLOBAL) VISA APPLICATION CENTRES IN EDINBURGH AND MANCHESTER.
South Africa Visa Application Centre
66 Wilson Street
OTHER LOCATIONS (EDINBURGH AND MANCHESTER): https://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/uk/contact_us.html
Global Visas can assist with arranging the appointment, reviewing your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before the scheduled date / time. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the South Africa (VFSGlobal) Visa Application Centre in London, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing).
Review document list below, select visa type (see 'PROCESSING TIMES / FEES' below) and complete request form / payment, if you wish to use our REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.
Prepare documentation and REVIEW APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY. Please do be mindful of originals, and again if you wish to use our review only service, provide our team sufficient time for step 3 below.
Access the DRAG N’ DROP email (supported by Dropbox Inc.), where you can securely upload scans of all documentation for our review. This additional email will be sent to you within 1 – 2 business hours of completing the request form. You may also find further information on the DRAG N’ DROP process via the menu above. YOU MUST ALLOW OUR TEAM 1 WORKING DAY TO COMPLETE THE REVIEW PROCESS.
Only once your documents have been reviewed, must you attend your appointment at the scheduled date and time with all originals, to submit your application IN-PERSON to the relevant Consulate / Embassy.
SOUTH AFRICA SECTION 11 (2) VISA REQUIREMENTS
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Original passport. This must:
Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:
- be taken within the last month
- be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
- show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
- have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
- not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
Business support letters from the prospective employer in South Africa and/or United Kingdom confirming the following:
- Addressed to the “South African High Commission in London”
- Letters need to be on company headed paper and dated within the last month
- Letters need to be signed by authorised company signatories
- Purpose or necessity of the work
- Nature of the work
- Qualification and skills required for the work
- Duration of the work
- Place of work
- Dates of travel to South Africa
- Proof of remuneration or stipend that the foreigner will receive from the employer
- Identity and contact details of the prospective employer or relevant contact person from the host institution
Please do contact us if you require assistance in drafting the support letters.
Clear colour copy of valid flight booking / travel itinerary mentioning:
- applicant’s name
- travel dates to South Africa
This must show a round-trip or onward travel. If the latter, the traveller must also provide all documentation / immigration approvals (if applicable) for the onward travel.
Clear colour copy of CONFIRMED accommodation (hotel, apartment, hostel, etc) booking mentioning:
- applicant’s name
- dates of stay in South Africa
- accommodation address details
Clear original copies of your last 3 months bank statements, as a proof of sufficient funds. These must:
- show a sufficient amount per day of stay (at least £600.00 for the closing balance), to cover the expenses during your intended stay in South Africa and for the return to the UK
- clearly state your name and address
Clear colour copy of proof of address. One of the following documents:
- Water, Gas or Electricity Bill
- Council Tax Letter
- Bank Statements
The document must:
Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid original UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid original UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card.
PROCESSING TIMES / FEES
All fees are charged per individual traveller. Please click here to see the Global Visas service fees pricing structure, for cancelled cases. Furthermore, the below quoted Global visas service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.
As a reminder, Consular fees will not be charged and payment must be made by the applicant directly to the Embassy / Consulate.
7 WORKING DAYS SERVICE*
|Global visas service fees||£90.00 excl. VAT|
|Consular fees:||£35.00 incl. VAT|
|VFSGlobal appointment fees**||£40.00 excl. VAT|
Global visas service fees:
£90.00 excl. VAT
£35.00 incl. VAT
VFSGlobal appointment fees** :
£40.00 incl. VAT