As an Indian student planning to study in South Africa, you will require a student visa to enter the country as well as a permit to stay in there for a short or long period of time. Once you have entered South Africa (from Durban International Airport, Johannesburg International Airport, Cape Town International Airport or Beit Bridge), your visa is “endorsed” and becomes your temporary residence permit.
You must apply for a South African student visa only if:
Prospective international students are advised to submit their study permit documentation as soon as possible. It normally takes six to eight weeks for visa applications to be processed – and till then your university won’t be able to register you. Passports with the valid study permit must be presented to the host university/ college during registration.
A change in conditions of a study permit refers to a situation where you hold a valid study permit with a condition to study at another institution in South Africa other than the one you are applying to.
This is usually the case for learners and students studying at South African high schools, colleges and other academic institutions and their permits would therefore be endorsed with a condition to study at institutions in any of the categories above. In order to register at another university the permit will need to be sendorsed for the applicant to study at that specific university.
The holder of a study permit for studies at a higher educational institution may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week during term and full-time when the university is closed.