The short answer
Yes, if you have graduated from a South African university.
The whole question
I am a refugee status holder (for over 15 years) and I'm currently studying a degree in the critical skills category at a South African university. I would like to apply for Permanent Residence and would like to know if I can apply for it under this category after obtaining my degree. I read an article stating that graduates in the critical skills category may receive a waiver from having to first work for five years, and may apply for Permanent Residence directly. Will this be possible for me once I have completed my degree?
The long answer
Yes, if you have graduated from a South African university in a critical skills category, three waivers apply to you since 21 April 2016 under the Immigration Act of 2002:
24(4) a: certificates from professional bodies, councils or boards recognised by SAQA. (These can take up to a year to be issued.)
24 (4) b: five years of post-qualification professional experience.
24 (4) c: testimonials from previous employers.
These are the documents that Home Affairs (or rather VHS Global which acts for Home Affairs) will require after you have received the waivers and apply for Permanent Residence:
Answered on June 24, 2020, 12:52 p.m.
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