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Welcome to the UWC International Student Services Office (ISSO); a dedicated unit of Student Administration that exists to support international students at various stages in the process of their education at UWC. 

We are excited that you have considered UWC as your development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. We are privileged to host students from numerous nationalities in a variety of programmes.

International students include all persons whose nationality is from abroad (out of Africa), from the SADAC countries (within Africa), refugees, Section 24 Asylum Permit holders and any other person who is not in possession of a South African Identity Document. 

International students have unique requirements associated with their study in South Africa and thus need specialised support. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is a dedicated unit of Student Administration that exists to support international students at various stages in the process of their education at UWC. ISSO aligns with the Institutional aim to: Further global perspectives among its staff and students, thereby strengthening intellectual life and contributing to South Africa’s reintegration in the world community. (UWC Mission Statement, 1997)

UWC strives to be a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge and is committed to teaching, learning and research. It offers international students the opportunity to pursue their learning goals in a diverse and thriving academic community located in the iconic city of Cape Town.

ISSO aims to justify your confidence in the University of the Western Cape as the preferred development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. This webpage contains important information for your application to study at the UWC.  
 

Important information in respect of all matters relating to the Department of Home Affairs

Extensions and new dates
While Home Affairs offices are operational across the country, some services have been suspended to reduce the number of physical visits.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has subsequently published a national gazette (http://www.dha.gov.za), detailing what services will be available under the extended level 2 lockdown and going forward in respect of applications for travel documents for people who plan to
travel abroad, visa services in terms of the Immigration Act and online renewal of refugee status and asylum seeker permits/visas.

Motsoaledi has also extended the validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown period. These would have expired on 30 September 2021, but will now remain valid until 31 December 2021.

This applies to all visa and permit holders who applied for the previous waiver, and who have not left the country since the declaration of the state of disaster, and for holders of asylum seeker permits and refugee status which expired during the state of disaster.

He added that the following services will be rendered by the Department of Home Affairs from the following dates:
Permanent residence permit appeals applications with effect from 1 October 2021
Proof of permanent residence permit applications with effect from 1 October 2021
Permanent residence permit applications from 1 January 2022

Dear Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) holding Zimbabwean Students

Re: Immigration Directive 10 of 2021 for ZEP holders from DHA

Cabinet decided to no longer issue extensions to Zimbabwean nationals who are holders of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP), but a 12 (twelve) month grace period following the expiry of the current ZEP on 31 December 2021 within which these ZEP holders need to regularise their status within South Africa in terms of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) ("the Immigration Act') and the Immigration Regulations, meaning 31 December 2022.

During the said 12 (twelve) month period, holders of the ZEP should apply for mainstream visas that they qualify for and ensure that their applications comply with the provisions and requirements of the Immigration Act and Immigration Regulations. At the expiry of this 12 (twelve) month period, those who are not successful will have to leave South Africa or be deported.

Organisations: All Companies, Employers, Learning Institutes and Banks are also requested to kindly note that applicants who are in possession of a ZEP expiring on 31 December 2021 must be allowed to continue with their services, provided they submit proof of application for a mainstream visa in terms of the Immigration Act and Immigration Regulations. Proof of application must be a VFS receipt.

Travel Conditions: All applicants with a ZEP must be allowed to travel freely in and out of South Africa until 31 December 2022, when the 12 (twelve) month grace period ends, after which they will only be allowed to travel in and out of South Africa if in possession of a valid visa.

The contents of this Immigration Directive must please be brought to the attention of all officials concerned.

Thank you and stay safe,

International Student Services Office (ISSO)
isso@uwc.ac.za