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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Administer the movement and sojourn of foreigners in South Africa 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123508  Administer the movement and sojourn of foreigners 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 be useful to those who work or intend to work within the field of Immigration Law Enforcement, and who are required to administer the movement and sojourn of foreigners in South Africa.

People credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Carrying out routine checks to enforce legislation.
  • Checking on the status of permits.
  • Taking actions to address offences. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already familiar with the relevant Immigration legislation and regulations.
  • Communication NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers activities at places of work, educational institutions, financial institutions, places of accommodation, shops, businesses, farms and informal settlements.

    Learners will be expected to work with a wide range of people, mainly in the public, as well as with the police, the South African National Defence Force, Non-Government Organisations, National Intelligence Agency and any other law enforcement agency and the business sector. The learner will also be required to interact with the Justice Department.

    References to "the relevant Act" mean:
  • The Immigration Act/Regulations.
  • Criminal Procedure Act if appointed as a Peace Officer in terms of Section 334 of the Criminal Procedure Act.
  • The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.
  • The Constitution.
  • Related legislation and regulations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Carry out routine checks to enforce legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Routine checks are carried out based on a planned process and adequate sampling. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Routine checks refer to:
  • Investigating marriages, interviewing people, investigating complaints, obtaining information from neighbours.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Routine checks are conducted in order to establish the status of those sampled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An network of informers is maintained and monitored where possible. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actions are taken where required to examine the status of people in terms of legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The term actions include but are not limited to: taking fingerprints, checking and verifying place of birth, checking permits, checking records on movement control system, interview, taking statements, recording comments and findings, taking photos.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Routine checks and related actions are conducted in order to contribute to an increased awareness among communities of the impact of illegal foreigners on society, but without contributing to increased xenophobia. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Notification is given to people in writing to appear before an Immigration Officer to answer questions or give evidence wherever warranted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Check on the status of permits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions are provided of the purpose of different types of permits with distinctions provided between the requirements of different permits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The validity of permits is checked in terms of the requirements and status of the permit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Checks are conducted in order to establish the compliance of permits with their purpose, terms and conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Checks are undertaken routinely to establish whether employers, institutions and other entities uphold their obligations in terms of permits for foreigners. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Employers, institutions and other entities include but are not limited to:
  • Municipalities, hospitals, clinics, hotels.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take actions to address offences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Illegal foreigners are informed of intended adverse actions to be taken against them, as well as their rights in terms of the SA Constitution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Illegal foreigners are ordered to depart or are detained with a view to deport them, as required by the situation, in line with legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appeals procedures are processed and facilitated, in terms of regulations and the provisions of the Immigration Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actions are taken in order to contribute to prosecutions and the reduction of illegal foreigners. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documentation is completed and stored in order to ensure that it is valid, accurate and up to date. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation refers to but is not limited to:
  • Records, search warrants, investigation diary and notice of decisions.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following areas of knowledge are embedded within the unit standard, and will be assessed directly via assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the given assessment criteria:
  • Human rights principles.
  • The Bill of Rights as contained in the South African Constitution.
  • Relevant legislation, including Sections 20 to 29, 39 to 56, 217 and 219A of the Criminal Procedure Act, 51 of 1977.
  • Law of evidence.
  • Interpretation of statutes.
  • The various International Declarations which SA has signed and which guide its treatment of foreigners/refugees from a human rights perspective.
  • Foreign affairs protocols.
  • Requirements and conditions or relevant permits.
  • Methods illegal foreigners use to try to legitimise their sojourn.
  • Ways in which locals, particularly the dispossessed and poverty stricken, are exploited by illegal foreigners in this respect. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively:
  • Monitoring and administering of the movement and sojourn of foreigners requires careful planning and organisation, as well as self-management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • This will be critical in establishing the status of the foreigner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills:
  • In terms of deportation notices and communication with affected parties concerning logistical arrangements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    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 
    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.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.