MHAI extends study permit application period

08 Mar 2018 12:30pm
OSHAKATI, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) has extended the application period for study permits to Friday this week.
In a telephone interview with Nampa on Wednesday, MHAI Public Relations Officer, Sakeus Kadhikwa noted that the initial due date for applications was 28 February, granting students a three-month period from when the process began at the beginning of December 2017.
“We have however established that there are still a number of foreign students who have still not applied for their study permits due to a number of reasons. This was why we decided to extend the date,” Kadhikwa stated.
He, however, expressed dismay that despite the ministry’s efforts to hasten the application process by deploying officials to the three main tertiary institutions, the student turn-up remained very low.
He added that students will still have to pay the normal full amount of N.dollars 1 050 for primary and secondary school pupils and N.dollars 1 395 for higher institution students, with a handling fee of N.dollars 80 for both.
“This amount is to be paid upfront but will however be refunded should a student not be approved for study at the particular institution or school they applied to.”
Kadhikwa emphasised the ministry’s will and determination to assist students to have a smooth study permit application and therefore urged them to take advantage of the two extension days that they have been given.
A study permit is valid for one year, and students are advised to apply or renew them once they have registered at their respective institutions or schools.