A Refugee is a foreign national who has refugee status accorded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has a South African identity book which is stamped as refugee status, and is normally valid for two years until permanent status is awarded. If not, accorded status reverts to 'Asylum Seeker'. The Refugee Act, Act No. 130 of 1998 (Section 27) provides refugee students the right to study without a study visa.
No medical aid cover is legally reuqired, however it is recommended.
Please Note: Registered students are legally required to update their records with the Wits International Office each time they renew their permit. If the expiry date lapses, this may result in an automatic deregistration.