If you are a foreigner in South Africa, you might ask yourself if you are allowed to work – the answer is yes, foreigners can apply for South African work visas and permits depending on their circumstances.
South Africa is by far the biggest growing economy in Africa; it’s the powerhouse of the wider African economy making it a sought after business destination and focus for international work seekers. As with any other growing economy in the world, continual development in both the manufacturing and service sectors requires a large number of skilled workers.
As South Africa continues to grow its economic power base, more and more skilled foreign nationals are looking to South Africa for work opportunities, but to be allowed to legally work in the country you will be required to apply for a work permit.
At the same time the financial sector, call centre and digital marketing industry are expanding. Some of the big digital agencies have recently moved their Head Quarters to Cape Town to attract foreign language speakers with a package of benefits like a work permit for South Africa, a decent salary and the opportunity to live in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
There are various types of work visa and permits that can be issued to a foreign nationals looking to emigrate to South Africa or secure employment, and the type of permit or visa issued is dependent on the applicant’s current situation.
A brief introduction to the requirements and overview of all the different types of South African work visas available to applicants can be found below. For more details simply click on the headings. A brief introduction to the requirements of and overview of all the different types of South African work visas available to applicants can be found below. For more details simply click on the headings.