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Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
All citizens and permanent residents of South Africa are required to hold an identity document. Applications for civil documents can be expedited if the applicant's ID Number is provided.
Available. Applicants should submit their requests directly to the Department of Home Affairs, Private Bag X114, Pretoria 0001, and should request a "long-form" birth certificate, which lists the details on the parents. Applicants should also provide their full name given at birth, their date and place of birth, and both parents' names, including the mother's maiden name. The request should specify that an English language copy is desired. In cases of illegitimacy or adoption, the long-form birth certificate will not be sent directly to the applicant (for reasons of confidentiality), but will be sent to the appropriate consular post. In cases where a search reveals that the applicant's birth was never registered, a form letter to this effect will be issued.
Available. (Stertesertifikaat). Applicants should apply to the Department of Home Affairs, Private Bag X114, Pretoria 0001. All applicants must furnish the full name and date of birth of the deceased and the date and place of death.
Available. Only unabridged ("long-form") marriage certificates are acceptable. There are three different laws under which a marriage may be formed in South Africa: (1) the Marriage Act, 1961, which allows for the solemnization of a civil or religious marriage between a man and a woman; (2) the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 1998, which allows for the registration of marriages under African customary law; and (3) the Civil Union Act, 2006, which allows for the solemnization of a civil or religious marriage or a civil partnership between two people regardless of gender, thus making same-sex marriage legal in South Africa. The legal consequences of a marriage under the Civil Union Act are the same as those of a marriage under the Marriage Act. A person may only be married under one of these laws at a time, except that a couple in a monogamous customary marriage may contract a marriage with each other under the Marriage Act.
In order to obtain a long-form marriage certificate, applicants should apply to the Department of Home Affairs www.dha.gov.za, Private Bag X114, Pretoria 0001, and should furnish the full names of parties as well as the date and place of marriage, i.e., the name of the magisterial district where the church or registry office was located. The request should specify that a long-form marriage certificate (listing the prior marital status of both parties) is desired in the English language. Should the marriage certificate be issued in a language other than English, the applicant must also submit an English translation.
Available. Application should be made to the registrar of the High Court or at Regional divisions of the Magistrate's Courts.
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Available. Criminal records since 1901 covering the entire Republic are maintained at the South African Police Headquarters, Pretoria. The period The Commissioner of the South African Police issues certificates upon application, stating whether or not a criminal record exists, and, if so, particulars of the offense as well as any sentence passed.
The police authorities require an applicant to present verification of identity, such as a Book of Life, or valid passport, and a payment of R59.00 (South African rand fifty nine payable in cash, cheque or postal order, made payable to the South African police).
To obtain a certificate that is issued in single copy only, fingerprints must be taken by the local police in the applicant's place of residence. The South African police forwards the completed fingerprint chart and the fee to the head office in Pretoria for issuance of the police clearance certificate. If the applicant is residing in the United States, he or she should forward a bank draft in the aount of R59.00 together with a completed fingerprint chart (bearing an official signature and stamp of the local police station) to:
South African Police Service
Criminal Record Centre
Private Bang X308
Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Alternatively, he/she should authorize a friend/relative in South Africa to submit the application on behalf of the applicant.
Available. Requests should be addressed to the magistrate's court in the magisterial district where the trial took place. The full name of the applicant and the date of the trial are required.
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Available. Non-officers who served during World War II received discharge certificates on Discharge Form D.D.342, size 6-1/4 x 8-3/4", inscribed in English on both sides, and which includes a description of the final discharge signed by the appropriate military official. Officers received release certificates on Release Form D.D.201, titled Release Certificate (Officer), size 8" x 6-1/2", inscribed in English on one side, Afrikaans on the other, bearing the dispersal office date stamp in the lower left-hand corner, and signed by the O.C., Dispersal Depot. Application must be made to the Chief of Staff, Personnel (War Records), P/B X281, Pretoria 0001. Full name, date of birth, and S.A. identity number and military number should be furnished. Persons who have served in the armed forces since World War II should write to the regiment to which they were attached, furnishing full name, date of birth and military number.
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Johannesburg, South Africa (Consulate General) -- All visa categories (including all Follow-to-Join Refugees and Asylees)
Cape Town, South Africa (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant visas only
Durban, South Africa (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant visas only
All immigrant visas are provided through Johannesburg. Nonimmigrant visas are provided as indicated in the table below: