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Foreign students are allowed to stay longer in South Africa for their exams

Foreign students are allowed to stay longer in South Africa for their exams

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

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

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Foreign students to stay on in South Africa after graduating

Foreign students to stay on in South Africa after graduating

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.

Malusi Gigaba

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

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South African English language schools suffer under immigration laws

South African English language schools are still suffering tremendously from the newly implemented immigration laws. There are still some confusion over whether language school association EduSA members could accept long-term students on study visas. Previously foreign nationals, wanting to study at English language schools in South Africa, could obtain study visas providing they had the necessary support documentation for their study visa.

There were claims that the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry could face losing up to 60% of its business due to these new immigration laws. As the English language schools are not really catered for and the Embassies are not entirely sure if the schools’ current SEDA accreditation was appropriate, it has huge repercussions for the schools. Continue reading

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