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International language schools suffer setbacks over SA's strict visa laws

English language schools in South Africa have taken a hit as international students are turned away due to the country's strict visa regulations.

Language school association, EduSA says that study visas are only issued to international students who wish to study at universities or training and vocational colleges.

According to EduSA, the number of international students studying English in the country has dropped by 37% from 2014 to 2015.

EduSA executive manager, Torrique Borges explains that English language schools are not recognised in the revised immigration laws implemented by the Department of Home Affairs.

Learning institutes, by definition in the regulations, are the only ones that can get study visas. And we do not fall under that definition in the regulation.

Torrique Borges, EduSA executive manager

According to Torrique, EduSA is in discussions with Home Affairs, the Education Department and the Western Cape's Red Tape Reduction unit.

Torrique says that English language schools were growing in South Africa, but some have now had to shut down or downscale.

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