There are certain skills and qualifications which are deemed critical by the government of South Africa. In these instances, foreigners with such qualifications and/or skills may be able to obtain a Critical Skills Work Visa. Applicants wishing to apply for the Critical Skills Work Visa need to make sure their skills and/or qualifications match those required.
Critical Skills Work Visa Requirements:
An application for a Critical Skills Work Visa has to be accompanied by proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category in the form of:
- A confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA) or any relevant government department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and the appropriate post qualification experience
- Proof of application for a certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA
- Proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic
- Proof of employment within 12 months after obtaining the Critical Skills Work Visa in the form of an employment contract
- Proof of post qualification experience i.e testimonials or reference letters
A Critical Skills Work Visa shall be issued for under 5 years. A spouse and dependent children of a holder of a Critical Skills Work Visa shall be issued with an appropriate visa valid for a period that does not exceed the period of validity of the applicant’s Critical Skills Work Visa.
Take note that successful applicants may also apply for Permanent Residency.
Critical Skills List:
You can download the Critical Skills List for 2016 here.
For any further assistance feel free to contact us.
Updated According to Immigration Act 2014