The UK Visa Application – A Guide for South Africans

UK Visa Application

Have you ever longed to explore the many iconic castles situated around Swansea or the scenic highlands of Inverness? The United Kingdom is filled with many treasures like this! The sovereign nation includes four distinct countries, offering you a diverse cultural experience. Whether it’s England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you’ll have plenty to discover! With this guide on the UK visa application process, you’ll soon be on your way to enjoying an adventure through this incredible nation.

South African passport holders will need a visa for the UK. Fortunately, the entire UK visa application process is explained in this detailed guide. You will need to apply online with gov.uk or visa4uk.fco.gov.uk, and finish off your UK visa application at the various UK visa application centres in South Africa. Always apply for your visa at least 1 month before you travel to allow for the processing time (and to save yourself from any stress!).

Please note this process is applicable to South African passport holders.

Types of Visas to Apply for:

UK Visa stamp

There are different UK visas depending on what your holiday plans are:

Apply for the Standard Visitor Visa if you’re visiting the UK as a tourist or for business. You may extend the Standard Visitor Visa as long as the total time you spend in the UK is less than six months. If you’re receiving private medical treatment in the UK during your stay, you can apply to extend your visa for a further six months. This is only possible if you have already paid for the treatment, that you can and will pay the remaining costs of your treatment, and that you continue to meet the requirements*.

If you wish to go to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership and then head back to South Africa, you should apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa.

If you have been invited to the UK by a UK-based organisation to do specific paid work, you should apply for the Permitted Paid Engagement Visa. Take note this type of work would be without being sponsored under the points-based visa system, which is part of the 5-tier visa system (see Working in the UK).

If your child attends an independent fee-paying day school in the UK (see Studying in the UK), you can apply for the Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa. You may extend the Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa provided you and your child continue to meet the requirements*. You can extend this visa for 12 months at a time until your child reaches the age of 12.

If you are passing through the United Kingdom on your way to another destination, you will need a Transit Visa. There are two types:

  • Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV)
  • Visa in Transit

Apply for a DATV if you’re not leaving the airport and not going through the UK border control when changing flights.

Apply for a Visa in Transit if you need to leave the UK airport. You will also need to apply for this visa if you need to go through Immigration, such as when checking in your luggage with a connecting flight.

Studying in the UK

Should you be doing a short course of study in the UK, apply for a Short-Term Study Visa. Take note that this does not apply to academic visitors (those employed by academic or higher education institutions), who would need to apply for the Standard Visitor Visa.

If you’re 16 years of age and older and a licensed Tier 4 sponsor has offered you a place on a course, you can apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.

If your child (between the ages of 4 and 17) has a place on a course at an independent school in the UK, he/she can apply for the Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa.

Working in the UK

If you’d like to work in the UK, its government uses a 5-tier visa system. The system is designed for various types of professions and numerous levels of experience. Find out which work visa is suitable for you.

* See UK Visa Requirements.

Validity

  • Standard Visitor Visa – 6 months
  • Marriage Visitor Visa – 6 months
  • Permitted Paid Engagement Visa – 1 month
  • Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa – 6-12 Months
  • Direct Airside Transit Visa – 24 hours
  • Visa in Transit – 48 hours
  • Short-Term Study Visa – 6 months (for any short course, or short period of research if you’re 16 and over) or 11 months (if you’re 16 and over and taking an English language course)
  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa – 6 months or less (course dependent); more than 6 months (course dependent)
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa – 6 years, 4 months (under 16); 3 years, 4 months (16 or 17)

Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your return to South Africa.

Due to the potential increase in the volume of applications, processing can take up to 30 days.

Visa Costs:

UK visa costs

The costs for these various UK visa types are as follows:

Standard Visitor Visa R 1530.00
Marriage Visitor Visa R 1530.00
Permitted Paid Engagement Visa R 1530.00
Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa R 8515.00
Short-Term Study Visa R 1600.00 (up to 6 months) or R 3075.00 (to study English)
Direct Airside Transit Visa R 585.00
Visa in Transit R 1065.00

Please note that prices are subject to change.

Both gov.uk and visa4uk.fco.gov.uk offer online payment platforms.

UK Visa Requirements:

For the Standard Visitor Visa, you will need the following documents when visiting the UK visa application centres:

  • Downloaded and completed application form
  • Current passport or other valid travel identification
  • Your passport will need a page that’s blank on both sides for visa stamps
  • Evidence that you can support yourself financially during your trip, such as bank statements or payslips for the last six months
  • Certified translations of documents that are not in English or Welsh
  • The dates you are planning to travel to the UK

For the Marriage Visitor Visa, you will need the same documents as you would for the Standard Visitor Visa, as well as the following:

  • Proof of your future plans for the relationship, e.g. documents to show where you’ll live
  • Details of your accommodation and your travel plans (make sure you get the visa before paying for accommodation and travel)

For the Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, besides the documents mentioned under the Standard Visitor Visa, you will need:

  • Details on where you will stay and your travel plans (make sure to get your visa before you pay for accommodation and travel)
  • A formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you’ll be paid by
  • Proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and job in South Africa, such as a letter from your employer

If you’re established in the arts, entertainment or sports industry, you will additionally need to supply the following:

  • Publications
  • Publicity material
  • Proof of awards
  • Media coverage and reviews
  • Proof of recent performances

For the Parent of a Tier 4 Child Visa, besides your valid passport, you will need:

  • Tuberculosis test results
  • Proof of permanent home outside the UK
  • Proof that you can support you and your children or have relatives or friends that will support you in the UK
  • Proof that you have booked and can afford to travel to and leave the UK at the end of your stay

For the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa and Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa, besides your current passport, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof that you can support yourself financially and pay for your course
  • Proof of parental or legal guardian consent
  • Proof of relationship with parent or guardian
  • Tuberculosis test results

For the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, you will also need to prove your knowledge of the English language, by taking and passing a secure English language test. The British Council South Africa offers approved tests in the following cities in the country:

Cape Town Upper East Side, 31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock
Johannesburg 275 Jan Smuts Avenue, Dunkeld West
Pretoria Tshwane Events Centre, Soutter Street, Pretoria
Durban Richfield Institute of Technology, 9 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga
Port Elizabeth B & E Conference, Kempston Road, Korsten

For Direct Airside Transit Visas and Visas in Transit, you will need:

  • Current passport
  • Travel booking confirmation (email or copy of tickets)
  • Valid visa for the country for which you are departing the UK

Immigrating to the UK

Getting indefinite leave to remain in the UK involves varying requirements, according to certain conditions. Learn what you will need to immigrate to the UK.

Where to Apply:

Online

The earliest you can make your UK visa application is 3 months before your date of departure.

You can apply online for a UK visa.

How to book an appointment

UK Visa Application form

  • Visit gov.uk’s application page to start your application.
  • Confirm the type of visa you are applying for (see below)
  • If you are applying for a Standard Visitor Visa, Marriage Visitor Visa, or Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, complete the following steps:
  • Fill in the application form.
  • Confirm that you have a valid passport.
  • Fill in the declaration form.
  • Confirm the information you have supplied and the supporting documents you will supply (see below).
  • Confirm the duration of your visa.
  • Follow the online prompts to make your payment via credit/debit card.
  • Once you are finished, you will need to download and print out your form (this should be taken to a UK visa application centre).
  • Visit and register on TLScontact’s website to further ensure your application goes smoothly.
  • Make an appointment and visit one of the UK visa application centres (see below) to finalise your application. Make sure to have the original versions and copies of the relevant documents when doing so.

For the other types of visas, register on the Visa4UK service to complete your application. You will need to confirm whether you are employed, whether you have funds for your trip, and what your travel plans are. Once you have completed the application, have the application form printed to take to your nearest UK visa application centre.

Children under the age of 5 need to apply for their UK visa in person at an application centre in order to attend a biometric enrolment appointment. All applicants will need to provide a live-capture digital photograph. This is due to the current rules that govern the collection of biometric data. Parents additionally need to book an appointment at the UK visa application centre for children when applying for their UK visa. Children under the age of 5 do not need to provide fingerprints.

UK visa application centres

After applying online, you will need to register on TLScontact’s website, then make an appointment with the UK visa application centre that’s nearest to you. There are 5 in South Africa. See below for more information.

Visa Application Centre – Cape Town

Address: 2 De Smit Street, Green Point
Hours: Monday to Friday:  08h30 – 15h30


Visa Application Centre at The Atrium – Durban

Address: 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, 3rd Floor, The Atrium
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08h30 – 15h30

This visa application centre is easily reached with the MyCiTi bus service. Off-street parking is available should you visit by car. Metred taxis are also available to get you to the application centre.

Parking is available at The Atrium should you be coming by car. Taxi services are available as well.

 

Visa Application Centre – Port Elizabeth

Address: Ground Floor, Fairview Office Park, 66 Ring Road, Greenacres
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08h30 – 15h30

Parking is available at the Fairview Office Park and the Greenacres Shopping Centre. Taxis and Uber are all available in Port Elizabeth to get you to this application centre.

 

Visa Application Centre – Johannesburg

Address: 2nd – 3rd Floor, 24 Central Building, 8 Gwen Lane and Fredman Drive, Sandton
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08h30 – 15h30

The building in which the visa application centre is based offers paid underground parking.

In Johannesburg, taxis and Uber are available to get you to the visa application centre.

 

Visa Application Centre – Pretoria

Address: 1st Floor, Menlyn Corner, 87 Frikkie De Beer Street, Menlyn
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08h30 – 15h30

Parking is available in the Menlyn Corner complex. Taxis and Uber are available to transport you to this visa application centre.

 

The UK visa application centres are closed during the weekend, during South African public holidays and during the Queen’s Birthday Privilege Holiday and Spring Bank Holiday.

Collecting Your Passport

You will receive an email that will state your passport is ready for collection at the relevant UK visa application centre. When collecting your passport, provide the following documents:

  • TLScontact checklist
  • Copy and Original of your photo ID document
  • If collected by a representative, an original authorisation form and representative’s valid photo ID document (copy & original) should be added to above documents.

Where to Print Your Documents

UK Visa Internet Cafe

All documents for your UK visa application must be original. You can have them printed at the following places. Each shop ranges from within walking distance to a few minutes’ drive from the UK visa application centres:

In Cape Town:

Jetline

Address: Shop 2, Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Road, Greenpoint 
Contact: + 27 (0) 21 421 2122 / greenpoint@jetline.co.za

In Durban:

PostNet – Cowey Park

Address: 91 Problem Mkhize Road, Essenwood, Berea
Contact: + 27 (0) 31 208 0166 / musgravep@intekom.co.za

In Port Elizabeth:

PostNet Greenacres (The Bridge)

Address: Fair View, Shop G14 The Bridge Mall, Ring Road, Newton Park
Contact: + 27 (0) 41 363 3606 / thebridge@postnet.co.za

In Johannesburg:

Jetline

Address: Shop G06, 2 Merchant Place, 1 Fredman Drive, Sandown
Contact: + 27 (0) 11 784 2095 / sandown@jetline.co.za

In Pretoria:

Jetline Menlyn

Address: Shop 301, Menlyn Main Central Square, Corner of Aramist and Dallas Avenue
Contact: +27 (0) 12 348 7560 / menlyn@jetline.co.za

Frequently Asked Questions

What if your passport has expired?

If your South African passport is no longer valid, follow this guide on getting it renewed.

What if you’re just going on a short holiday?

Of course, if it’s simply a holiday you’re after, follow these steps:

  1. Apply online with gov.uk and select the Standard Visitor Visa
  2. Register on the TLScontact website
  3. Make an appointment with a UK visa application centre and visit the centre to finalise your application
  4. Check your email for the confirmation of your visa
  5. Collect your passport with your required documents (mentioned above)

What constitutes a business visit?

The following business activities are allowed after a successful application for a Standard Visitor Visa:

  • Attending a meeting or conference
  • Negotiating or signing trade agreements
  • Undertaking fact-finding missions
  • Checking details or goods
  • Conducting site visits
  • Promotional acitivities

Do you have an emergency and need to get to the UK immediately?

Should you find yourself in a situation where you need your visa within the minimal time possible, there are added value services provided by UKVI, but they come at an extra cost:

  • 5 Day turnaround time for a visa – Priority fee of R 3007.90 over and above your visa fee
  • 24 hour turnaround time – Super Priority fee of R 15023.16 over and above your visa fee

What happens if you miss your VAC appointment?

You can apply for a priority appointment if you miss your appointment, but that will cost you R 1460.00.

*Disclaimer!

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi David Daniel Hendricks

    Thanks for the much needed info.

    I really appreciate.

    • Hi Yohan,

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  2. Would appreciate type of password required by UK online visa registration for ordinary visa. Have all other requirements as frequently visi,t my UK family in London who book and pay for my visits, but forgot recent password and thus cannot register online for visa. What characters, capitals, numbers, and number of characters for registration is required? Thank you

    • Hi there,

      I’m afraid we are not able to help there. For this you would need to contact them directly and they will be able to provide you with the correct info and answer any questions you might have.

      Hope you come right so you can apply for your visa.

  3. Hi, I’m a student and want to travel to the UK, I have saved enough money for my trip. How much money do I need in my account to qualify for the travel visit>

    • Hi Colly,

      The law does not a specific amount one should have in their account. Having a large bank balance does not necessarily mean that one has sufficient funds; neither is a low bank balance dispositive of insufficient funds. The officer will look at the visa application and all financial supporting documents along with all other documents submitted with their application. It will then be up to the Embassy’s discretion as they are the ones granting the visa’s.

  4. Hello,
    Can a South African passport holder apply for a UK visa in Paris?

    • Hi Rozanne,

      This will depend on the situation.

      Best to contact the Embassy direct as they are the ones who grant the visa’s and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  5. Hi Marcelle,
    I am going to spend a week with my sister-in-law in the UK in June she emailed me an invitation letter will this be in order or do I have to have the letter mailed to me.

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge an e-mailed copy should be ok, as long as it has all the relevant information required.

      However visa rules could change at anytime. For the most up to date information please contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency to get the latest information.

  6. How long does it take nowadays to issue a spouse visa? Do we really need to pay another R10 000 to have a ‘priority’ processing process to issue a spouse visa?

    • Hi Connie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      We are not able to say as we are not the ones granting the visa. Please contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency. They will be able to answer any visa related question you might have.

  7. Hi there

    My daughter is travelling to London with her boyfriend to visit his father who stays there. Someone told me that if she wants to stay for 6 months she has to apply for a 2 year long term visa in order to stay for 6 months is this true? They said that if u apply for a 6 month visa u can actually only stay for 3 months at a time then u have to return to SA?

    • Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct. They specialise in visa related queries and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  8. Hi there,

    My boyfriend is a South African currently living in Thailand.

    I would like to bring him to the UK this December for a 2 or 3 week visit and am looking into visas now.

    From my understanding he would need to be in South Africa to complete the visa application. Is there any other way the visa could be obtained?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Alex

    • Hi Alex,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I would suggest contacting the British Embassy or official visa handling agency. They will be able to provide you with the most up to date information on where the applicant could apply.

  9. Hi

    I hold a British passport and my children are travelling with me to the UK are they still required to obtain a visa and if so what is the cost?

    Thank you
    Mary.

    • HI Mary,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If they are travelling on a South African passport a UK visa is required.

      You welcome to read through our blog: The UK Visa Application – A Guide for South Africans

      Just a friendly reminder that all information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice.

      We do suggest you contact the Embassy or official handling agency direct to get the most up to date information.

  10. Hi. My wife and I have 10 year tourist visas for the U, issued a few years ago. We now want to travel on holiday to the UK with our 2 children aged 5 and 11. Does anyone know the process for obtaining their visas.

    Thanks

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You would need to apply through the official visa handling agency. You welcome to read our blog posted in November 2017: The UK Visa Application – A Guide for South Africans

      However the information could have changed since then. So we do recommend to contact the official visa handling agency direct for the most up to date information.

  11. Hi my parents want to travel to UK, they visit frequently but their visa has now expired. They are currently in Saudi Arabia on holidsy and would like to know if they can apply for a UK visa from there so they can travel from there to visit me in London, instead of going back home to SA then flying here to London.

    • Hi Yasmin,

      They would need to contact the Embassy direct. As they are the ones granting the visa’s they would be able to confirm if your parents would need to apply from their home country or if that can do so in Saudi Arabia.

  12. Hi
    We are travelling from Cape Town to Miami, via the UK, connecting flight to Miami departs the same day. However, on the return leg, we would like to spend a few days in the UK, please advise which Visa to apply for?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you are wanting to spend a couple hours or days touring around the UK you would need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

      Please contact the Embassy or official visa handling agent as they specialize in this area and will be able to provide you with the most up to date information on what documents are required when applying for the visa, correct procedures to follow and the cost.

  13. My mum (from SA ) will be traveling to UK for 6 months, during her visit she wants to go to Paris for a day trip or a weekend, what additional documents/visa etc are needed?

    • HI Melanie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If she is travelling on a South African passport and wanting to visit France for a weekend / couple days she will need to apply for a Schengen visa.

      Below is a list of the documents which would be required when applying for a Schengen visa as well as the cost. We do recommend you contact the official visa handling agency Capago or Embassy direct to get the most up to date info and this could have changed at anytime.

      Tourism visa:
      Passport: Must be valid for at least 3 months after the date of return from your trip and not older than 10 years. At least 2 valid blank pages (marked VISA). Original and Copy of valid SA permit stapled with copy of the ID page of the passport (permit must be valid for at least 3 months after the date of return from your trip) Copy of previous Schengen visas in last 3 years if in previous passports. Passport needs to be in good shape.
      Schengen Application Form: All fields are required to be properly filled out (online form recommended for data capture, (do not forget to print it). Form must absolutely be signed by applicant (3 signature per form). In case of minors, form must be signed by the 2 parents. If you are stating “No Occupation” at point 19, please add to your file an explanatory letter of your current situation.
      Color ID photos: 2 colour ID photos as required by Schengen Standards. Photos can be taken in Capago offices. See website for specifications.
      Proof of payment: Proof of payment of visa and service fees: EFT or receipt of cash deposit at FNB branch. See conditions on website. If paying by credit or debit card at our premises; proof of payment will be obtained in-home. Please note that Capago does not accept cash anymore.
      Travel insurance: 1 page travel insurance policy certificate to be provided, which shows: name of insured person; policy number; amount of cover which should be for at least Eur 30,000; duration of cover which should be for the entire holiday period whilst traveller will be overseas; the insurance should cover the entire Schengen territory, therefore the term Schengen should appear on the policy certificate. All persons travelling in CTOM-DOM must provide insurance to be covered in these territories (this is therefore not a Schengen insurance. Coverage must mention Worldwide or the country of destination).
      Proof of accommodation: All hotel/apartment rental/lodge/chalet/chateau confirmed bookings for the entire period the person will be in the Schengen area must be provided. The name of the applicant must appear on the accommodation bookings. The hotel reservation may be omitted from your application. If you are able to supply an official letter from your bank stating that you have a travel allowance that equals or exceeds 120 euros per person per day. If applicant will visit French citizen or Temporary resident in France, the original Attestation d’Accueil and a copy must be provided. This official document will be obtained by your host from the town hall in France. Your host must courier the original document to you in South Africa before you apply. If applicant owns a home/property or is invited by someone who owns home/property in France but is not resident in France, the Title Deeds of that property and a letter of invitation must be provided.
      Proof of transport: Round Trip flight ticket from South Africa to France must be provided. All transfers (flight/ferry/train/bus/taxi) showing entry and exit from France and between other countries must be provided. Name of applicant must appear on all proof of transport. All confirmed car rental bookings must equally be provided. If the applicant is being collected by EU resident abroad, a copy of the EU’s drivers licence, car registration details and a short letter of confirmation of pick-up and drop-off details will be necessary.
      Proof of funds: Provide the latest 2 months personal bank statements or latest 2 months credit card statements showing the amount available in the account. Please note that name of the applicant must appear on the bank statement. If the applicant is being sponsored, provide the latest 2 months bank statements of the sponsor and a letter from sponsor attesting to the fact that they will sponsor the applicant on their trip abroad. Please note that even if the applicant is being sponsored, applicant’s personal bank statements need to be provided. If the bank statements are in the name of the company or a trust, then the applicant must provide company registration documents or trust documents showing that they are a member of the company or the trust. Please note that all bank statements in Afrikaans must be accompanied by a signed and stamped visa letter from the bank on bank letterhead, in English, confirming the account holder has enough funds to travel.
      Proof of employment (if applicable): Original letter of employment, issued in the 2 last months, on company letterhead, signed by a manager, showing that the applicant is currently employed by the company and indicating the monthly salary. This letter must be an original. No scanned copy will be accepted. If an applicant owns their own company then they must provide the company registration documents CC or CK documents on which applicant’s name appears. If the applicant operates as a sole trader then they must provide a written affidavit declaration to this effect. If you are retired, provide a copy of your retirement card (SASSA card) or a document related to your pension fund or a certificate (excluding affidavit) indicating your status as a pensioner.
      For Minors, please add: Unabridged birth certificate: Applicants must provide a copy and the original. It must show names of both parents and name of child. You can also refer to the minor checklist on our website.
      Letter from School/University/College: A signed and stamped letter on letterhead declaring that applicant is still a pupil/student currently registered at the School/University/College. This letter must be an Original. No scanned copy will be accepted.
      Parental Consent Letter (if child is travelling alone or with one parent): a) Both parents of the minor should present themselves at our offices to sign the parental authorization letter in the presence of designated Capago officers. If for any reason a parent can not present himself/herself at Capago, he/she must provide an affidavit stamped by a Commissioner of oath giving authorization to the other parent to lodge the application on his/her behalf. They must state the reason why they can’t make it. b) The copy of parent’s passports or a copy of a signed Driver’s License must be included together with the parental authorisation/consent.
      For University/College students, please add: Proof of funds: latest 3 months personal bank statements or latest 3 months credit card statements showing the amount available in the account or latest 3 months bank statements of sponsor and letter from sponsor attesting to the fact that they will sponsor the University/College student on the trip abroad. Name of the applicant must appear on the bank statement. If the bank statements are in the name of a company or a trust, then the applicant must provide company registration documents or trust documents showing that they are a member of the company or the trust. Please note that all bank statements in Afrikaans must be accompanied by a signed and stamped visa letter from the bank on bank letterhead, in English, confirming the account holder has enough funds to travel.

      Important!
      Unemployed applicants and students can submit their spouse/parents financial papers and a letter of employment or business.
      Copy of marriage certificate wherever necessary for eg. if wife’s passport is in maiden name
      Each application must be supported by a copy of the requisite documents. If you have received a fax you must photocopy the same and attach it to your application.
      You may be asked to show your original documents at the time of your interview. Therefore please carry your original documents with you.
      All photocopies must be in black and white and on A4 size paper
      No visa will be issued on additional pages
      Children must travel on their individual passports
      The Consulate reserves the right to request further documentation should it be deemed necessary:
      * A personal interview

      Short Stay Schengen Adult (+ 12 years) – 60 Euros (Embassy) R890.20 (Capago handling fee in addition to the Embassy fee) R356.09

  14. Good day, I am a South African citizen but currently in France for my studies. I will be travelling to Scotland directly from France in August 2018 for a conference (4 days). I would like to know if I can apply for Visa without having to go South African embassy offices?

    • Hi Mandla,

      To my knowledge this should be possible. However rules could have since changed, so I would recommend you contact the Embassy in France of the country you are wanting to visit and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  15. Good day,

    My boss has a UK Business visitor visa which expires next year, and she has now been offered a permanent position at a company in the UK. She will be in the UK for 3-4 months, and then back in SA for 2 weeks, and then back to the UK on a permanent basis. Does she need to apply for an additional working visa, or a work permit?
    Your advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanx,
    Maxine

    • Hi Maxine,

      Wow that is great news for your boss.

      I’m afraid we do not specialise in work visa’s. For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct.

      They will provide her with the correct procedures to follow.

  16. May you please forward me the application forms. For some reason i cant seem to locate them.

    Kind Regards
    Z

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid this is not possible. If you are struggling I would suggest you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct.

      Let them know what forms you are needing and they would be able to assist.

  17. Hi

    Can I pay at the PE UK Visa centre for the Express Courier to return my visa to East London or does it need to be done online?

    • Hi Marion,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge payment would need to be made online.

      However please contact them direct to get the most up to date information on payment procedures.

  18. Hi Marcelle 🙂

    So if i’m looking to show strong ties back to my country which is in South Africa, can i use a storage unit or space that i’m renting as a lead to ties i have in south africa to show that l’ll be returning? I’m applying for a 6 Month tourist Visa.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      As we are not the ones granting the visa’s you would need to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct.

      They should be able to shed more light and see if this helps in your visa application process or not.

  19. Hi Marcelle

    We planned to go to the UK in July, but had to postpone our holiday to December. Is there any way to extend the VISA’s without going through the whole application process?

    • Hi Charl,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid it is not possible to change the UK visa (tourist) validation date after the visa is issued.

      I would recommend you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct to see what they advise going forward.

  20. Hi Marcelle

    I’m travelling to UK and I applied on the 2nd July 2018. My planned travelling dates are 26 July 2018 and they are also on the Visa application. I’ve been waiting for too long, how long does the process takes. I’m worried, 26th is next week, only 7 days left now.

    Thanks
    Cindy

    • Hi Cindy,

      Due to the potential increase in the volume of applications, processing can take up to 30 days.

      I can understand the stress it can cause. Fingers crossed and hope you get it soon.

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