General Work Visa South Africa

Offering recruitment and immigration expertise under one roof, Initiate Immigration is the preferred partner for General Work Permits and Visas, Special Skills Work Permits and Corporate Work Permits for South Africa.

General Work Visas for South Africa Requirements:

In accordance with the current South African Immigration Act, a successful applicant for a General Work Visa must meet the following requirements:

  • Your new employer must be based in South Africa.
  • The employer must be able to prove that the work to be undertaken cannot be performed by a South African citizen or permanent residence holder due to their stringent requirements.
  • The employer must provide a conditional offer of employment commensurate with your training, qualifications and experience before an application for a work permit can be considered.
  • The candidate complies with all requirements of the job description.
  • The Department of Labour must confirm that all terms and conditions of the employment offer, including salary and benefits, are not inferior to those in the relevant market segments for SA citizen and permanent residents.
  • Special Unit with the Department of Labour to be established to issue recommendations.
  • Police Clearance Certificates must be included in the application.

Furthermore, it is a requirement that the original advertisement for the vacant position should be attached to the application, must have been freely available in the national print media and meet certain requirements outlined by the Act.

The General Work Visa is bound to a specific company and does not allow applicants to work for other companies in South Africa. In fact, it has some of the most stringent requirements of all visas, and would only be issued as a last resort, should you fail to qualify for other work visa categories. As immigration experts we will discuss all the options with you to find the quickest, most flexible and most cost-effective permit for your needs.

If you are a foreigner who is still in the process of securing employment you will not be able to apply for a General Work Visa.

Permanent Residency can be applied for under this category, should the applicant be employed for a minimum period of 5 years.

Should you have any further questions regarding the General Work Visa or to discuss your individual situation, please feel free to contact one of our experienced immigration practitioners.

Updated according to Immigration Act 2014