Exchange Visa

An exchange visa may be issued to a foreigner:

  1. Participating in a programme of cultural, economic or social exchange, or organized or administered by an organ of state or a learning institution conduction with a learning institution or an organ of a foreign state; or
  2. Who is under 25 years of age and has received an offer to conduct work for no longer than 1 year.

The holder of an exchange visa issued to a foreigner participating in a cultural, economic or social exchange or organized or administered by an organ of state or learning institution may not qualify for a status until he or she has resided outside of South Africa for at least 1 year.

The holder of an exchange visa issued to a foreigner under the age of 25 may not qualify for permanent residence within 2 years after the expiry of the exchange visa.