Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced it will be possible for foreign students to live in South Africa after they graduated with the objective to attract more foreign students and contributing to the national development.
The aim is to develop immigration policies and practices, in respect of international students, which are beneficial to all foreigners, beneficial to their home countries, and beneficial to South Africa.
picture: Martin Rhodes
Mr Gigaba wants to make it easy for foreigners to obtain study visas, have a pleasant experience whilst studying and staying in South Africa after graduation.
Home Affairs is developing proposals in this regard which will be announced soon. The students have an opportunity to give their opinion on the offerings for visas.
The Department of Higher Education & Training was also invited to the event to engage with the foreign students on the academic and enrollment dimensions of their studies in South Africa. Continue reading
A few months ago Minister Malusi Gigaba of the department of Home Affairs announced the introduction of a so-called BRICS visa. Now several months later it seems the system has started processing these visas.
BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, meaning that this type of visa is available to all BRICS country passport holders except for South Africans. At the moment most of these countries are so-called non-visa exempt, meaning that its citizens need to apply for a visitor’s visa to South Africa each time prior to their travels. Continue reading
South African Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced end of February that business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa’s BRICS partners will receive port of entry visas into South Africa. These visas will be issued for up to ten (10) years to BRICS business travellers and has been effective since 23 December 2014.
South Africa’s BRICS partners include Brazil, Russia, India and China.
More importantly, these visas apply to diplomatic, official and service as well as ordinary passport holders and will be issued as multiple-travel entry visas, with a special condition of a stay no longer than 30 days at a time. Continue reading