Windhoek – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has urged foreign students with aspirations to study at Namibian institutions of higher learning to apply for study permits now in order to avoid disappointment at the start of the new academic year.
“This is the time to apply for study permits because in January there is always pressure,” said Salome Kambala, the public relations officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Kambala, who also urged students to ascertain they meet the requirements to apply for a study permit, said some students are turned away in January because they do not have the required documents.
Furthermore, she said there are some students who do not want to return to their countries of origin upon completion of their studies.
As a result, they use delaying tactics to remain in the country while looking for a job, said Kambala, who warned that a study visa cannot be used for work purposes.
“People want to establish themselves here to find ways and means to citizenship,” said Kambala in an interview with New Era last week, adding that the favourable economic conditions in Namibia and its peaceful nature are reasons why foreign nationals opt to settle here.
“They (foreign nationals) come and visit the country, then study the economy and how business is run here and they go back to prepare and come back with a work visa. The majority are rushing through with work visas,” said Kambala.