B-1/B-2 Visa Requirements

South African passport holders require a visa for the United Statesof America. Fortunately, it is a relatively straightforward process. Youwill need to apply at the U.S. Consulate Generalin one of the major cities (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban) and applyat least 15 days before you travel to allow for ample processing time.

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

Types of Visas

Although there are multiple types of U.S. Visas, the two main visas are the B-2 Visitor Visa and B-1 Business Visa.

Validity of U.S. visa

A B-2 Visitor Visa allows the holder to stay within the U.S. for upto six months. The validity of the visa itself is usually anythingbetween 1 to 10 years.

Find out more about the B-1 Business Visa.

Note: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of return. 

How long does it take to get a U.S. Visa?

The estimated processing time for a U.S. Visa is between 5 to 15working days. However, it can take longer if additional documents arerequired. You will be able to track your visa application online.

If you did not opt for the courier service when applying, you will beable to collect your passport and visa from your nearest DHL office.

 

Visa Costs

The U.S. Visa cost in South Africa is $160 USD (approximately R2200.00 depending on exchange rate). Visa courier services are anadditional R 90.00 or R 400.00 depending on the type of delivery.

Application fees can be paid in cash or by credit card.

For credit card payments, you can call the Visa Information ServiceCenter (VISC) on 021 300 9700 (Cape Town), 031 100 3000 (Durban), or 010500 8800 (Johannesburg) during business hours, or visit the U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service website to make payment and to schedule your appointment.

For cash payments, you can create an account on the U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service website, follow the steps until you reach the payment page, and then download, print, and follow the payment instructions page.

 

U.S. Visa Requirements

  • Barcoded DS-160 confirmation page
  • Appointment confirmation page (which you should have received via email after booking your interview at the consulate).
  • An original South African passport that is valid for at least sixmonths beyond your date of return. It will need at least two empty pagesfor the visa and entry stamps.
  • One colour photo that meets the U.S. Visa photo requirements.
  • All passports that show previously issued visas to the United States or international trips.
  • Any supporting documents, such as bank statements, invitation letters, letter of employment etc.
  • A marriage certificate for an accompanying spouse.
  • An unabridged birth certificate for accompanying minors.

How to apply for a U.S. visa

  1. Get photographs that meet the U.S. Visa photo requirements before beginning the application process. You will need to upload a digital copy with your online application.
  2. Complete the online application andpay the non-refundable visa processing fee of $160 USD (the amount inRand varies according to the exchange rate, but is currently about R2200.00). It can be paid in cash or by credit card.
  3. Print out the barcoded confirmation form and schedule your visa interview at the nearest U.S. Consulate General.
  4. Gather your documents and any supporting documents that may be required.
  5. Attend your interview.

  • You will need to appear in person at one of the U.S. Consulate Generals.
  • Some of the questions you may be asked during the interview include:What is the purpose of your trip? How long do you plan to remain in theU.S.? How do you plan to cover the costs of the trip?

 

Where to Apply for a U.S. Visa?

You will begin your U.S. Visa application online, but will berequired to attend the visa interview and provide biometrics in personat the U.S. Consulate General.

There are U.S. Consulate Generals in three of the main cities in South Africa:

U.S. Embassy Pretoria U.S. Consulate General Cape Town
Address:877 Pretorius Street,Arcadia, 0083Address:2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
Telephone:(+27) 012 431 4000Telephone:(+27) 021 702 7300
Business hours:Monday to Friday8:00 – 16:45Business hours:Monday to Friday8:00 – 16:45
Email:Email:consularcapetown@state.gov
Website:za.usembassy.govWebsite:za.usembassy.gov

U.S. Consulate General JohannesburgU.S. Consulate General Durban
Address:1 Sandton Drive,Sandhurst, 2196Address:303 Dr Pixley Kaseme St,Durban Central, 4001
Telephone:(+27) 011 290 3000Telephone:(+27) 031 305 7600
Business hours:Monday to Friday8:00 – 16:45Business hours:Monday to Friday8:00 – 16:45
Email:consularjohannesburg@state.govEmail:consulardurban@state.gov
Website:za.usembassy.govWebsite:za.usembassy.gov

Note: The Consulate General of Cape Town and Durban are closed tothe public every Friday, while the Consulate General of Johannesburg isclosed every last Friday of the month. The U.S. Embassy inPretoria does not provide any visa services.

Getting to the embassy / parking options

Public parking is not available at the U.S. Consulates.

For Cape Town,parking is available at Steenberg Village shopping centre forapplicants and visitors to the U.S. Consulate General. It is a 7-minutewalk from the consulate.

For Johannesburg,secure, paid parking is available at Sandton City Shopping Mall forapplicants and visitors to the U.S. Consulate General. It is a 10-minutewalk from the consulate.

For Durban,paid parking is available at the Royal Hotel, Workshop Shopping Centre,and Pine Parkade for applicants and visitors to the U.S. ConsulateGeneral. The walk to the consulate is approximately 7 minutes.

Public transport options include: Gautrain (for Johannesburg), Uber, public buses, metered taxis, and minibus taxis. Options may vary according to city.

Courier service

If your application is successful, there are three options for getting your passport back:

  • Free delivery to your local DHL office within 3 to 5 business days.
  • Standard delivery to your home or office within 3 to 5 business days.
  • Priority delivery to one of the DHL offices within 24 hours of the interview.

You will be notified when your passport is ready for collection.

DHL courier

Printing and Visa Photographs

For printing and photographs, the following businesses can be found in the surrounding area:

Cape Town

Creative Photo Lab at Reddam Pharmacy

Address:Shop G5, Steenberg Village,Reddam Avenue, Tokai, 7945
Telephone:(+27) 021 701 4001

PostNet

Address:Shop 7a Tokai on Main,Main Road, Tokai, 7945
Telephone:(+27) 021 715 5681/0

Johannesburg

Kodak Express

Address:Shop L65, Sandton City,Corner Alice Lane and Sandton Drive, Sandhurst, 2196
Telephone:(+27) 011 884 7754

PostNet

Address:Shop L38B, Sandton City,Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandhurst, 2196
Telephone:(+27) 011 783 6810

Durban

Kodak Express

Address:Shop 13, Mountanne House,Soldiers Way, Durban Central, 4001
Telephone:(+27) 031 301 0624

Copyshop Printers

Address:Shop 8, West Tower,331 Dr Pixley Kaseme Street, Durban Central, 4001
Telephone:(+27) 031 301 4168

 

 

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