Impact of Immigration Policy on international students unpacked

Many international students find themselves unaware of the risks of not knowing immigration policies and laws. In an effort to raise awareness among international students, the Tshwane University of Technology’s International Students Organisation (ISO) invited the Department of Home Affairs to facilitate a seminar regarding immigration regulations.

Ben Makhalemele, of the Department of Home Affairs, referenced the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 for most of his presentation. He covered the study visa requirements such as, proof of registration with a higher education and training institution, proof of financial means of survival (bank statements), and medical aid cover. “We live in a global village so it is imperative for us to engage other nations and their citizens, this function is one way of informing and engaging foreign nationals,” said Makhalemele.

Veronica Loving, Department of Home Affairs, addressed several questions raised by the audience, including information about the rules for renewing visas, exchange visas, postdoctoral fellows and the criteria for applications for permanent residence and citizenship.

“The Home Affairs Seminar is vital as students should have the right documentation before commencing their studies and when extending their stay in South Africa. The event was informative and we look forward to collaborative engagements with the Department of Home Affairs in future as they are beneficial to students,” said Stafford Osuri, Secretary, ISO.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to have this Seminar. We have clarity as staff and students on certain areas with regard to the Immigration Policy and the University’s involvement in that,” said Mmaphuti Mabutla, International Office Administrator, in her vote of thanks.

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