• Council’s letters to individuals referenced in the panel’s report

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    The UCT Chair of Council, Mr Norman Arendse (SC), has written letters of apology to individuals who have been wronged as referenced in the report of the independent panel, as well as to the 37 anonymous complainants referred to in the Ombud Report.

    Read the letters.

  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA) visa backlog

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    Important notice regarding the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) visa backlog

    The International Office is aware of the confusion regarding the DHA directive on pending applications. Please note the following key points:

    1. The directive was not addressed to universities.
    2. The directive addressed South African government departments, provincial inspectorate visa facilitation centres, the commissioner and ports of entry. The directive pertains to specific visa categories and aims to address the DHA visa backlog.
    3. The temporary extension mentioned in the directive applies only to pending visa applications that were submitted by 30 November 2023.
    4. Only pending visa renewals submitted by 30 November 2023 have been extended to 30 June 2024.
    5. The acting director has approved the temporary extension of expired visas for those with VFS receipts, allowing them to legally remain in South Africa during the pending application period.

    Download Circular DHA-57 from the Department of Home Affairs website.

    For further details or clarification for inbound international students, please contact the International Office at visa-immigration@uct.ac.za.

    For staff queries concerning work visas, including critical skills work visas, general work visas and visitors’ visas permitting work activities (eg spousal/research visas) please reach out to Ms Cheryl Samuel in the UCT Human Resources Appointments Office.

    Updated: 26 January 2024

  • Visa and immigration services offered by UCT International Office

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    Important notice regarding visa and immigration services offered by the UCT International Office

    The International Office is your go-to resource for information and guidance on visa and immigration regulations pertaining to inbound travel for international students.

    The office handles enquiries related to the pre-registration of the following categories:

    1. full degree undergraduate and postgraduate students
    2. modular postgraduate students
    3. postdoctoral research fellows at UCT.

    The office guides international students and researchers on various immigration processes, including but not limited to:

    1. applying for a new study visa (full degree and semester study abroad)
    2. applying for a short stay visa for modular study
    3. applying for a long stay visitor’s visa endorsed for research
    4. renewing a study visa or a long stay visitor’s visa for research.

    Please contact the International Ofiice at: visa-immigration@uct.ac.za

    International students are also encouraged take note of the following information related to international tuition payments and processes:

    1. Funding Letter Request
      Ensure that the funding letter is endorsed specifically for the 2024 academic year.
      If it covers multiple years, please re-endorse, re-sign and date it for 2024 to confirm its validity.
      The student should request the funder or faculty head of department to endorse the letter.
    2. Payment Plan Policy
      We regret to inform you that we do not offer payment plans beyond the initial amount which is determined by your nationality or degree programme.
    3. Academic Registration Course Codes
      For payments below the initial fee requirement, request confirmation from your department either via email confirmation or a letter.
      Upload the confirmation on SR to ensure seamless fee clearance.
    4. Email Communication Guidelines
      1. Avoid sending emails solely for service request notifications.
      2. Instead of emailing payment proof for fee clearance, initiate a service request for a more efficient process.

    Commissioners of Oaths

    Commissioners of oaths are available at the International Office for the certification of any pre-registration immigration documentation.

    Read more about student visas on the International website


    For UCT staff members

    Please note: the International Office does not handle visa and immigration concerns for UCT staff.

    For all queries concerning work visas, including critical skills work visas, general work visas and visitors’ visas permitting work activities (eg spousal/research visas) please reach out to Ms Cheryl Samuel in the UCT Human Resources Appointments Office. You can contact Ms Cheryl Samuel via email at Cheryl.Samuel@uct.ac.za.

    We appreciate your cooperation in directing your enquiries to the appropriate office to ensure efficient and accurate assistance.

    Contact UCT Human Resources Appointments Office

    Updated: 26 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – March 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 17 March 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – April 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 21 April 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – May 2024

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    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 12 May 2024 and again on Sunday, 19 May 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slots from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – June 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 23 June 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – July 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance and minor data centre maintenance on Sunday, 21 July 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – August 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 18 August 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – September 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 15 September 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – October 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 13 October 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – November 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 24 November 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024

  • ICTS scheduled maintenance – December 2024

    ICTS will be conducting scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 15 Deceember 2024.

    Limited ICT services will be available, unless advised to the contrary, for the duration of the maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00.

    Read more on the ICTS website.

    Updated: 24 January 2024