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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of refugee affairs in the context of the Department of Home Affairs 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264679  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of refugee affairs in the context of the Department of Home Affairs 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Home Affairs 
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  10 
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 is intended for learners in the Department of Home Affairs who provide operational services relating to refugee reception and status determination. It will be useful for new employees and for employees who are already in service, but do not have formal qualifications and are therefore unable to progress within the Department. It should enable learners to provide efficient services while complying with relevant legislation and regulations.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying the functions of the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Explaining the functions relating to enabling documentation issued by Refugee Affairs.
  • Applying knowledge of South African legislation to issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Describing the relationship between the Department of Home Affairs and other stakeholders. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Operational Services relate to the reception and status determination of asylum seekers and refugees. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the functions of the Department of Home Affairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Branches and Chief Directorates of Home Affairs are named and an indication is given of the functions of each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relationships between the different branches are described with reference to combinations of legislation required to offer different services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ways in which Refugee Affairs interacts with the other sections are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the functions relating to enabling documentation issued by Refugee Affairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The issuing and amendment of Identification Documents and permits are explained with reference to refugees and the consequences of non-compliance with conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The issuing of Travel Documents for refugees is explained with reference to requirements for eligibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legislation relating to the processing and issuing of enabling documentation is applied to process different types of application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Enabling documentation includes ID documents, travel documents and permits.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply knowledge of South African legislation to issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An own interpretation of the Bill of Rights is applied to explain a decision relating to Refugee Affairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conditions that apply to the rights of asylum seekers and refugees are explained with reference to the consequences of non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The Refugee Act is applied to make a decision regarding asylum. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationship between the Immigration Act and the Refugee Act is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between the Constitution and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act is explained with reference to the work of the Department of Home Affairs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the relationship between the Department of Home Affairs and other stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ways in which the Department of Home Affairs interacts with other Government Departments are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between the Department of Home Affairs, Local Government and Embassies is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interactions between the Department of Home Affairs and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Services offered by the Department of Home Affairs to international organisations are explained with reference to the exchange and verification of information and the issuing of documents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Social Development is explained with reference to minors. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Refugee Act, Act No 30 of 1998.
  • Immigration Act, Act No 13 of 2002.
  • Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, Act No 3 of 2000. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made making a decision regarding refugee status. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team in interacting with internal and external clients to address queries and offer solutions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in processing applications within specified timeframes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use technology effectively and critically in processing applications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation in understanding the relationships between the different branches of Home Affairs and how Refugee Affairs interacts with the other branches of the Department of Home Affairs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate cultural sensitivity across a range of social contexts in dealing with internal and external clients. 

    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
    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: 
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