South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, announced on Thursday that international students whose visas had expired would be exempt from being declared undesirable and consequently banned from the country. The waiver applies exclusively to students whose visas expired at the end of October and November 2015, and would serve to extend the issuance of students’ visas until December 31st 2015, so as to make provision for exams.
Process is currently underway
The IEASA 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 bonafide students are covered by this provision.
Students who intend to study in South Africa next year will be required to follow the normal visa application process.
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