African Leadership University(ALU) Visa / Study Permit
What is a student visa?
A Student Visa is a permit that allows an eligible non-citizen to enter and stay in a country to study full-time or part-time in a tertiary educational institution.
Visa Application for Mauritius
Mauritius requires that the institution (African Leadership College) in which a student is enrolled apply to the Passport and Immigration Office (PIO) in Mauritius for the visa on the student’s behalf. The application process takes 2-3 weeks. Once the application has been approved, the PIO issues permission for provisional entry permit valid for three months to enable them to travel to Mauritius. Once the student is in Mauritius, they are required to do a series of medical checks (stool and urine samples, chest x-ray and blood samples) to ensure that the student is not suffering from any contagious diseases specifically, HIV, Hepatitis B or chest infection.
There are two potential outcomes of this medical assessment:
- If the medical certificate proves that the student is infected with a contagious disease, his/her provisional entry permit would be cancelled and he/she would be required to leave Mauritius within two weeks.
- If the medical certificate is clear, the student will be issued with a permanent student visa which will be valid for the full period of study with ALU. At the beginning of each subsequent academic year, ALU will submit documentary evidence to the PIO to confirm that the student is pursuing his studies under the same programme.
To avoid a student being denied stay in Mauritius we encourage all applicants to conduct the abovementioned medical checks prior to their arrival in Mauritius. Should your medical check prove positive for any of the abovementioned conditions, please contact us immediately so we can discuss next steps.