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SOME INTERPRETATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The following interpretations and qualifications have been developed in conjunction with the Department of Home Affairs and must be read in conjunction with the part titled Work Permits. Often times the rules/regulations are not adequately interpreted by Statutory Councils, resulting in poor and erroneous application of the Law.
NOTE: The interpretations and qualifications captured hereunder are not all inclusive and therefore, it becomes necessary to develop them further and, in the event that Council is unclear on any matter the Department of Home Affairs must be contacted for clarity and/or for a final decision.
1. No individual will be allowed to change or apply for a change in his/her visa status whilst in the country for a specific purpose and in terms of the initial visa/permit that has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs. This constitutes a change of purpose and therefore, it is the duty of the Veterinary Council to check on permits at the time of authorisation.
2. A foreign veterinary graduate in any category of veterinary science that is desirous of registering with the South African Veterinary Council and is required to appear for an examination, will only be issued a temporary permit of the purposes of the examination and will be required to leave the country immediately after the examination, the said individual is required to make an application via the South African Mission in his/her country and has to fulfill all criteria as set out by the Department of Home Affairs, before a work permit can be issued. Home Affairs will and must be advised by the South African Veterinary Council before a work permit can be issued.
3. A reciprocal arrangement between statutory regulatory veterinary institutions and Councils only recognise veterinary qualifications for the purposes of practice, but does not automatically allow the said individual to work in South Africa.
An applicant must approach the South African Mission in his/her country, in order to obtain the necessary work permit. Again, it is the responsibility of the South African Veterinary Council to guide and inform the Department of Home Affairs if there has been any change of purpose on entering the Republic, and irrespective of a reciprocal arrangement, why the said expertise is required.
4. No foreign individual will be allowed to make an application to Home Affairs if he is already in the Republic for the issue of a work permit.
5. If a foreign veterinary student is issued a study permit, the permit is valid only for the purposes of study in South Africa, the period of study within a said veterinary faculty, subject to the conditions of the Department of Home Affairs. Immediately after his/her studies the said individual is required to leave South Africa and the period of study will not be considered for purposes of issuing either a work permit or permanent residence status.
6. It is the responsibility of the South African Veterinary Council to keep the Human Sciences Research Council (H.S.R.C.) abreast with developments in all matters concerning evaluation. That an evaluation conducted by the H.S.R.C. in no way takes precedence over the Statutory Regulatory Body.
7. The manpower situation in respect of veterinary professions must be constantly provided to the Department of Manpower, solely on the basis that the Department of Home Affairs in almost all cases approaches the Manpower Department when evaluating an application for entry into South African for work purposes.
8. In exceptional cases particularly in a rare field of specialisation or in the case of unique skills, the South African Veterinary Council may approach the Department of Home Affairs to issue a work permit for a particular period. Generally applicants at the under-graduate level will not be considered.
9. If an applicant is granted a work permit on the basis of a contract tenure offered to him/her by the employer in a specialised field as stated in (8) above, such person must leave the country after the contract period. In the event that the contract is renewed, the period of work in the Republic will not be considered for purposes of citizenship and/or permanent residence.
10. No veterinary professional who is a foreigner/expatriate may write the South African Veterinary Council examination unless he/she is in possession of a valid study, work or other visitor's permit issued by the Department of Interior or is legally in the country.
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