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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Work visa requirements for South Africa immigration

Work visa requirements for South African immigration
Background to Work Visa for South African Immigration
South Africa offers a number of options for those who are seeking a Work Visa for the purposes of South African immigration.
Similar to other countries the Work Visa legislation focuses on two main areas:
1. The protection of employment opportunities for South Africans
2. The ability to recruit skilled foreign workers into skill shortage areas or fulfil corporate requirements.
In essence regulations around Work Visas have to provide a balance between making sure employers recruit local South Africans where possible, but allow them to recruit workers from abroad where they are unable to do this.
Types of Work Visa
Broadly speaking there are two types of Work Visa
1. Where the applicant does not have a job offer.
2. Where the applicant has a job offer
Where the applicant requires a work visa and does not have a job offer:
1. Critical skills work visa ` This visa is based on a well researched list of occupations that are badly needed in South Africa. You don’t need a job offer to apply for the visa, and the visa enables you to enter and stay in South Africa for 12 months to secure a position
Where the applicant requires a work visa and has a job offer
There exists three options for applying for immigration to South Africa via a work visa where the applicant has a job offer:
1. An Intra company transfer ` Where the individual is being transferred from a branch of the company, based outside of South Africa, to a branch of the company within South Africa. This work visa can also be applied for by individuals who are employees of sister companies or companies with a shared interest. The visa allows the employee to relocate to South Africa and undertake employment for a certain period of time and only for the specified employer.
2. Corporate work visas ` These can be applied for by organisations that have a need to recruit a number of foreign staff over a set period of time. Obtaining a corporate work visa is hugely beneficial to an organisation. It not only reduces costs, but also speeds up the work visa application process. The individuals applying ‘under’ the corporate visa do not have to provide for many of the requirements normally associated with a work visa.
General work visa ` Where an individual does not meet the criteria of any of the above work visas an application would have to made under the General Work Visa category. According to the South African Immigration Act, the applicant for a General Work visa has to provide a conditional offer of employment from a South African based employer. In addition also documentation, confirming that the employer has fully endeavoured to employ South African citizens or residents.
Some Frequently asked questions on work visas
Can I apply for Permanent Residency with a work visa?
Obtaining permanent residency via the work visa option inevitably means first having to not just get temporary residency but also maintain it for a 5 year period of time. Intra company transfer visa are not considered within this 5 year rule.
Can my family come with me?
Partners and dependants can accompany holders of work visas. Please note partners are not allowed to study, work or run a business, they are simply allowed only to accompany and stay in South Africa. They may also not be included in permanent residency applications but may themselves apply at a later time dependent on their relationships with the permanent resident.
What about my children attending school?
Dependant children can attend a South African school but need to first obtain a study visa.
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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Work visa requirements for South Africa immigration

Work visa requirements for South African immigration Background to Work Visa for South African Immigration South Africa offers a number of options for those who are seeking a Work Visa for the purposes of South African immigration. Similar to other countries the Work Visa legislation focuses on two main areas: V.5586

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Applying for Critical Skills Work Visa for South Africa

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Corporate Visas ` Immigration South Africa

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Corporate Workers Visa / Corporate workers certificate

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Critical skills work visa for South Africa

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

General Work Visa

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Intra-company Transfers

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

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27. Apr. 2021 Engineering News

South Africa must be cognisant attracting skills happens against backdrop of global demand

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Luxury homes back in demand, foreign buyers getting back into SA market

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Over 150 000 asylum seekers in SA to finally have cases heard

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23. Apr. 2021 DHA

Retired Permit / Visa ` South Africa

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23. Apr. 2021 Bizznews

Department of Home Affairs flouts court orders, year after year

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22. Apr. 2021 DHA

Foreigners show record interest in SA companies at investor conference

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22. Apr. 2021 DHA

Life Partner Permit South Africa

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22. Apr. 2021 DHA

Relatives permit / visa for immigration to South Africa

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Three months` rent or a ticket back home? Cape Town refugee, asylum seeker groups must decide

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28. Apr. 2021 DHA

Work visa requirements for South Africa immigration

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