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CélineM
9/20/2017 18:36 EST

Hi there,

I hope you will be able to advise me. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
Please find below my profile and my current situation.

I am a 24-year-old French woman who spent a full year in Cape Town in 2016 as an exchange student. To complete my Masters' degree in France, I needed to find a six-month internship, which I did, and I just came back to France from Cape Town three weeks ago.
The company in which I did my internship decided to hire me. I received the form corresponding to the Critical Skills visa as I aim to use my abilities in French to apply - the company needs me as a representative for their future negotiations with some French speaking countries.
The one-year-old startup is made of a team of seven people in total, among whom four of us have really been developing and working on the project which is the main reason and the starting point of the creation of the company itself. In brief, I contributed to the creation and development of the project which we have presented to the Government of South Africa through the DAFF and the DST. My team is currently preparing for a meeting scheduled next Monday 25 September in Pretoria to finalise the public-private partnership. A launch is planned for the 25th of November which I need to attend.
Today, I am asking for your advice regarding the SAQA evaluation committee (of foreign qualifications) from which I need a certificate. I was filling up the information on their website to create my profile and I can see they are asking for a delivery address. I am hesitating to give a South African address (of a friend or even the company) rather than mine in France to receive news/the certificate from the SAQA. I am wondering if it would actually be faster to receive courier from individuals in SA to France than directly from the SAQA to France. What do you think?

Thank you so much again for your precious advice.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Céline Merle

editorguy91
10/10/2017 08:35 EST

Hey Celine,

I'm in very similar position, have also been working for a startup and needed to get my critical skills visa. Which is currently be processed.

Obviously this is just my two, but personally, think SA to France would be faster and a lot more reliable. If there is an issue with deliver the certificate, at least you will know what happened. unlike with SAQA, which we probably bounce you from department to department.

Hope that helps a little. Would also maybe asking some advice from an immigration agent. They would be able to give you some solid information.

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