Home Affairs won’t issue me a Student Visa
I’ve been accepted to study part-time at a South African education institution and I have collected all my documents required to apply for the student visa but the Department of Home Affairs refuses to issue me a student visa.
Long distance learning or commonly referred to as part-time studying is not accepted by the Department. Home Affairs has continually explained that long distance learning can be done from the foreign applicant’s country of origin. A normal visit visa will give you the right to study in South Africa should your course not exceed a period of 3 months as the Department of Home Affairs would not issue a student visa for this.
Keep in mind for future references, when applying for a student visa that your course needs to be full-time and exceed a period of 3 months and you need to be in possession of an acceptance letter. The student visa will be valid for the duration of 1 year but new immigration laws are looking to increase the validity to the duration of the course in South Africa. A student will have the right to work 20 hours per week to earn extra income whilst studying.