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  • Salah Elbaba

IMPORTANT - Change to the authentication process for teachers

As of 2020, there is a change in the process of getting your degree authenticated for visa purposes.



This affects visa’s for both the Middle East as well as for China.Traditionally a copy of your teaching degree had to be sent to the Department of Higher Education to verify the authenticity of the tertiary institution as well as your degree.


That has now changed.


All graduates that need their degree authenticated to apply for a visa to teach overseas will no longer need to send their degree certificate to the Department of High Education as part of the authentication process; they will now need to get a VERIFICATION LETTER from SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) which will confirm their degree as well the relevant tertiary institution.


This letter from SAQA then gets authenticated for your visa, so the degree itself is no longer authenticated.Teachers need to send an email to - verifications@saqa.org.za - with the subject line: "Verification Letter - Quotation" (include your name, ID number and a scanned copy of your qualification).


SAQA will then contact you directly with further instructions as well as payment method. Our estimate is that getting this letter sent to you will cost approximately R250 and that this process can take anything from 2 days to 2 weeks – depending on how busy they are.


Once you have received this original Verification Letter, you would then continue the authentication process by contacting your visa agent, sending them that letter and they will then do the necessary.


The process with SAQA is pretty straight forward, but we would recommend that you start the process as soon as you have signed a contract to accept a formal teaching position.


For further information please contact us on info@sa-recruitment.com

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