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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret current legislation and policies related to Immigration Services in South Africa 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123501  Interpret current legislation and policies related to Immigration Services in South Africa 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will enable learners to develop an understanding of the legislation and policies related to the provision of Immigration Services in South Africa. This will form the underpinning knowledge for a career at an Immigration Service Centre in the Department of Home Affairs.

Successful learners from the Department of Home Affairs and external learners wishing to serve at an Immigration Service Centre will acquire the competencies to provide quality services. These Immigration Services will cover the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to manage Immigration Service Centres (Port of Entry, permitting, foreign missions and Inspectorate).

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Interpret legislation related to the provision of Immigration Services.
  • Interpret sections of the Criminal Procedures Act that relate to the provision of Immigration Services.
  • Identify and enforcing policies related to Immigration Services.
  • Apply International agreements and Regional conventions on Immigration Services. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range of legislation includes, but is not limited to: Immigration Act, Refugee Act, South African Constitution, South African Citizenship, Passport and Travel Documents Act, etc.
  • Range of policies include, but is not limited to: Immigration code, Immigration directives, Home Affairs Department circulars, etc.
  • Range of International agreements include, but are not limited to: United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, United Nations Refugee Convention, etc.
  • Range of Regional conventions include, but are not limited to: Organisation of African Unity Convention of Refugees, African Charter on Human Rights, etc.
  • Range of sections of the Criminal Procedures Act include, but is not limited to: search and seizure, arrest, release, hearings, pleas, evidence, sentences, appeals, body prints, convictions, notices, fines etc. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret legislation related to the provision of Immigration Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legislation related to Immigration Services is identified in the South African context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation includes, but is not limited to: Immigration Act, Refugee Act, South African Constitution, South African Citizenship Act, Passport and Travel Documents Act, Identification Act, Marriage Act, Birth and Death registration Act etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and extent of Immigration Services related legislation are explained in the context of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The enforcement of Immigration Services related legislation is analysed in accordance with Home Affairs Departmental processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislation related to the provision of Immigration Services and its implementation is analysed in terms of their shortcomings and benefits. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify policies related to Immigration Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Policies related to Immigration Services are identified in the South African context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Policies include, but is not limited to: Immigration code, Immigration directives, Home Affairs Department circulars, policies, consular code etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and extent of the policies related to Immigration Services are described in the context of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The enforcement of the Immigration Services related policies is analysed according to the Home Affairs Departmental procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Policies related to the provision of Immigration Services and its implementation is analysed in terms of their shortcomings and benefits. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interpret and apply sections of the Criminal Procedures Act that relate to the provision of Immigration Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Identified sections of the Criminal Procedures Act related to the provision of Immigration services are analysed with reference to organisational provisions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sections include, but is not limited to: search and seizure, arrest, release, hearings, pleas, evidence, sentences, appeals, body prints, convictions, notices, fines etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Limitations, rights and powers of the Immigration official are explained in accordance with the Criminal Procedures Act and organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of accountability in terms of departmental policies and procedures is explained to ensure control at an Immigration Service Centre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Implications for the official and the organisation of not adhering to the procedures as outlined in the Criminal Procedures Act is explained in relation to the provision of Immigration Services. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply International agreements and Regional conventions on Immigration Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    International agreements on Immigration Services are identified with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    International agreements include, but are not limited to: United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, United Nations Refugee Convention, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Regional conventions on Immigration Services are identified in terms of their applicability for SADC countries. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Regional conventions include, but are not limited to: Organisation of African Unity Convention of Refugees, African Charter on Human Rights, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The function and purpose of the International agreements and Regional conventions are explained in relation to the provision of Immigration Services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The International agreements and Regional conventions are applied in accordance with Home Affairs Departmental procedures in a given case study. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcome of the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Immigration Act13 2002 (Amended 19 0f 2004) and its regulations.
  • Refugee Act 130 of 1998.
  • South African Constitution.
  • Identification Act.
  • South African Citizenship Act of 1988.
  • Passport and Travel Documents Act.
  • Marriage Act of 1967.
  • Criminal Procedures Act.
  • Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.
  • Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000.
  • Birth and Death registration Act.
  • Home Affairs Departmental procedures.
  • Immigration code.
  • Immigration directives.
  • Home Affairs Department circulars.
  • United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.
  • United Nations Refugee Convention.
  • Organisation of African Unity Convention of Refugees.
  • African Charter on Human Rights.
  • Consular code. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with interpreting and enforcing Immigration Services related legislation and legal framework using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team of the Home Affairs Department on a daily basis to understand Immigration Services related legislation, agreements and conventions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in Immigration Affairs to the benefit of citizens, foreigners and the Home Affairs Department. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion to interpret and enforce Immigration Services related legislation and legal framework. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving in Immigration Services occurs in a variety of contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification in the field of Law, Military Science and Security or a related sub-field of Safety in Society at a minimum of NQF Level 6. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50418   National Certificate: Immigration Law Enforcement  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  50438   National Certificate: Immigration Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  50419   National Certificate: Port Control and Admissions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  66869   National Certificate: Home Affairs Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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