South African study visa

International Students given a blanket extension due to protests

All international students affected by the current student protests with South African study visas, issued for tertiary studies, expiring on or before 31 December 2016 have been given a blanket extension on their visa with a conditional date of 31 March 2017.

After receiving representations from tertiary institutions and stakeholders about the matter, the Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced the extension earlier today. This comes as closures of some South African universities cause delays in graduation dates.

The affected students will be waived from the being declared undesirable when departing after their study visas expire and therefore will not deemed to have overstayed if they leave the country before 31 March 2017.

This instruction will be processed at all South African ports of entry.

Read the statement here

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