12 November 2015
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba has granted a waiver to international students who are currently on study visas. This announcement comes after SASCOs call for study visas for international students to be extended to ensure that international students are not adversely affected from the revised examination time tables due to the recent student protests.
Students on study visas expiring from end of October and November 2015 will now be allowed to stay in South Africa until 31 December 2015 and will not be declared undesirable if they exit before the extended date. Any student who intends to return to South Africa in 2016 for study purposes will have to follow the usual process of either applying for a renewal of their visa or apply or a study visa in their country of origin, whichever is applicable.
The International Education Association of South Africa is currently liaising with the affected universities to compile a list of such students. Once received the list will be communicated to the Department of Home Affairs to ensure that only that only bonafide students are covered by provision.
As SASCO we welcome this swift intervention from the Department of Home Affairs.
We wish all students all the best during this exam season and call upon our structures to facilitate study sessions across all campuses. As we continue our commitment to the attainment of quality free education, we must ensure that we excel academically to make way for those who are to follow. Access and success of higher education in South Africa remains our core principle.
Issued by the NEC of SASCO
Ntuthuko Makhombothi (President): 071 875 2209
Luzuko Buku (Secretary General): 071 879 3258