The Department of Home Affairs recently published significant changes in immigration law under the headline:
“Application for study visas for students studying at private institutions of learning in the process of being registered with the relevant Department of Education”.
EFFECTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS
From now on, also some language schools are registered with the Department of Education, which means that their students are eligible for a general South African study visa.
Private Institutions which have so far not been registered with the relevant Department of Higher Education (DHET), were not covered under the above definition of Learning Institutes.
This has now changed:
After consultation with the Director-General of Department of Higher Education (DHET), the Minster of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba has approved the granting of study visas to a category of students registered at certain institutions which are currently undergoing a registration process with the DHET. Continue reading
If you want to stay for more than 6 months in South Africa, there are different visa options between which you can choose.
With this post we want to provide to you a short overview about certain visa options for South Africa.
For further details to the specific visa permits, please click on the visa numbers as we linked them to the respective articles with the relevant full visa information:
For foreign investors who want to start a business or invest in an existing business, the South African government provides the business visa. This kind of visa is valid for up to 3 years.
If you want to work, click HERE to find out more about the different types of work visa options.
Foreign students, which want to study in South Africa, may apply for a study visa. This will allow foreign students to stay in South Africa for the duration of the registered course of the applicant. Continue reading
Foreign students wishing to study in South Africa can apply for a study visa. This visa is valid for the duration of the course for which the applicant has registered.
Since the amendments to the Immigration Act in May 2014, there have been a few changes to the study visa.
Study visas will only be granted in cases where the learning institution has been approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Continue reading
Good news for foreign students in South Africa. The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba recently announced that there are going to be made exceptions concerning the expiration of study visas.
Due to the students’ protests in the last few weeks – which succeeded to prevent an announced raising of study fees- the universities decided to postpone their examination.
picture: Martin Rhodes
This certainly made some of the foreign students feel uncomfortable.
However, they can concentrate on their studies now after Gigaba announced that:
students whose visa expired on the end of October or were about to expire in November 2015, will not be declared undesirable but are allowed to stay in South Africa until 31 December 2015. Continue reading