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Visa Extension Announcement

13 Nov 2015 - 09:45

The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), of which UCT is an active member, has been lobbying the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of international students affected by the national protests. As a result of productive meetings with officials from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), a letter from the DHA has recently been issued to authorise the extension of the stay, up until 31 December 2015, for students whose study permits would have expired before they would have completed their examinations as a result of the weeks of student protests. This letter allows certain students to complete the examinations and then return home. This letter is therefore not for students who have applied for the extension of their visa. These students would be Semester Study Abroad (SSA) as well as final year students.

International students who are affected by are asked to please email Yanga Gqirana from IAPO who is compiling a list of students affected by the national protests. This is the information that is required:

  • student name
  • student surname
  • student date of birth
  • country of origin
  • passport number
  • visa number
  • visa expiry date

document was also signed by the Department of Home Affairs providing new guidelines related to the last date of studies i.e. the last day of visa validity. It is thus now possible for the validity of visa’s to be extended after the graduation of students. It also provides for one month of vacation time for the SSA students. This will apply to all students who have already requested a visa renewal.​