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Apostrophe 22nd January 2020 08:39 AM

Graduating from a south african university, PR
 
Hi,
I have completed my studies and will be graduating soon, soon after which I will apply for a Permanent Residence on grounds of studying a critical skill from a South African University.
I would like to know if i have to register with a professional body, even if i graduate from a South African University or is it only when you have studied overseas?
Thank you.

ForwardAll 22nd January 2020 10:20 AM

Yes, register with a local professional body.

Apostrophe 22nd January 2020 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ForwardAll (Post 15028662)
Yes, register with a local professional body.

Hey, thanks for your reply.
I looked at the requirements and it explicitly states that i don't need to register with a professional body If I graduate from an SA institution, but I am still sceptical since they ask for "Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category as per prescribed list."

I am not sure whether that refers to me simply highlighting my critical skill on the critical skills list or some type of certificate.

Kolly_bright 23rd January 2020 02:42 AM

@Apostrophe
You don't need to register with any professional body according to "Documents Required" for PR (27b) application on VFS website and a document issued by Gigaba in 2016. I can't attach the document but you can Google it: PR - Critical Skills Waiver pdf it's the 1st option/link I think.
All you have to do is
1) copy and paste the vfs info to MS word and print to include wth your application
2,) print and include the statement by Gigaba as well
3) I'm sure it's still valid, but you can call DHA Head office to verify if the Gigaba statement is still valid

I studied here in SA, got critical skill and PR permits and now SA ID

Apostrophe 25th January 2020 07:08 AM

I really appreciate your help, Thank you. Do you happen to know what they mean by "Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category as per prescribed list." I read in an article that i have to indicate on the critical skills list by highlighting my skill.
Also, how many months did it take for your PR to arrive? I will only be able to apply for my PR after i graduate, can i do it before that, if i get a letter from the institution that I've completed my degree, but haven't graduated yet?

Kolly_bright 25th January 2020 10:44 AM

For the "Proof that the applicant fall within critical skills..." All you need to do is download the current critical skills list, print the 1st (cover) page and the page that contains your discipline (marked with asterisk) and include wth your application.
Both my critical skill and PR permits applications took about 3 and 3.5 months respectively. There is a special section in DHA head office that deals with critical skills and PR (27b) permit application only.
As a fresh graduate, don't you need to apply for critical skills permit 1st?

Apostrophe 26th January 2020 09:05 AM

Apostrophe
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kolly_bright (Post 15030764)
As a fresh graduate, don't you need to apply for critical skills permit 1st?

Thanks again for your reply,
The waiver states that the 3 conditions waived are only for permanent residence (27(b)) applications only.
I think that was the reason why this waiver was introduced, which is to allow graduates from SA institutions to get PR without getting a critical skills visa first.

Should I mark an asterisk next to my discipline(which includes multiple skills), or should I mark an asterisk next to a particular skill in my discipline?

Kolly_bright 28th January 2020 01:43 AM

The waiver was introduced in 2016 but I still need to obtain critical skills permit in 2018 before applying for PR. Before he left office last year, Malusi Gigaba released a document (proposal) that critical skills graduates will be able to apply for PR straight upon graduation, but I'm not sure if that has taken effect. Pls find out with DHA call center and VFS.
Asterisk your discipline as it appears on your certificate. And ensure you give accurate attention to detail in putting the application together bc DHA permit staff are always looking for reasons to deny applicants permits

Apostrophe 28th January 2020 09:24 PM

Apostrophe
 
Thank you for the advice, I will look into it.


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