The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), which is responsible for evaluating foreign academic qualifications, has started including the documents’ verification in its process. This means that foreign qualifications are now only being evaluated once the issuing university (or institution) has confirmed in writing that they have in fact issued the certificate and that it is genuine. This process is already being followed for qualifications from the DRC, Ghana, Lesotho, the UK and the USA. Such a verification process takes time and it is costly. The new process will be implemented for all countries from 1 June. Major delays are to be expected.