Can I apply for Permanent Residency using a Student Visa?
This is a popular question asked by many students using a student visa in South Africa who are completing their studies at an education institution and looking to obtain permanent residency to continue living in SA.
The new regulations have now made provision for certain students in South Africa studying towards a PhD to obtain a Critical Skills Visa.
Which students are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency?
• Any student currently studying towards a PhD may apply for a Critical Skills Visa once they have completed their studies.
• This option is also available to any foreigner who has obtained their PhD at a South African Education Institution.
When can I apply for Permanent Residency?
All PhD students first need to apply for the Critical Skills Visa and then complete 5 years before applying for PR.
How do I qualify for a Critical Skills Visa?
• In possession of a South African PHD qualification
• Register with a professional council body specific to your occupation
Can I apply for a Critical Skills Visa without a job offer?
The Critical Skills Visa requires no job offer at the time of applying and allows the applicant 12 months to secure employment in South Africa.
What is the Validity of the Critical Skills Visa?
The validity of the Critical Skills Visa is 5 years and is extendable.
Contact New World Immigration to assist you in securing your Critical Skills Visa by using one of the following methods;
Contact Us: +27 21 555 0951