A South African corporate visa allows a corporate entity or farm the right to employ a prescribed number of foreign nationals, in specific positions, within a South African business. The corporate visa may be issued to a company to enable them to employ foreign nationals who may take up employment for them for a limited period of time. This visa is notorious for being one of the hardest visas to obtain but is an invaluable asset to a business once it is issued.
The corporate visa is directed for corporates with a need for a predetermined number of foreign personnel. This predetermined need, will have to be proven against a backdrop of there being an insufficient number of South African citizens or permanent resident holders that are capable of filling certain roles within the organisation.
The corporate visa is not an open invitation to recruit on mass from abroad for reasons such as cheaper labour. The company applying has to include in its application detailed job descriptions and the proposed remuneration in respect of each employee. The company will also need to provide proof of the specific job requirements to show the skill sets required as well as illustrate the recruitment efforts they have employed to historically try and find South Africans to fill their vacancies.
If a successful application is made, upon receipt of the corporate visa a company may then recruit individuals that fulfil the roles specified within their corporate visa application by means of issued corporate workers certificates.
Upon identifying the appropriate foreigner to fulfil the role, a job offer is made, and subsequent to this a corporate workers visa can be applied for utilising the corporate workers certificate. In essence it is a two-stop process. Firstly, to obtain the corporate visa and then to apply for a corporate workers visa.
Advantages of a corporate visa
A corporate visa represents an excellent way for companies to manage their human resource needs. Due to South Africa’s fast-growing economy and increasing demands for services and products from the domestic and international market, your company may struggle to fill all available positions within South Africa.
Once the Corporate Visa has been approved, the individual employees then apply for a corporate workers visa which is far less onerous, than for example, a general work visa. It is also quicker in theory to process and leads to cost-saving.
Disadvantages of a corporate visa
Obtaining permission to recruit a large number of foreign nationals within one application is a lengthy process. Mainly due to the fact that you need to prove that you require not just one, but many foreign workers. In some cases, this may be hundreds of positions covered in just one application. Providing such proof means the compilation of the application along with the decision-making process can add up to many months.
If you’re looking to get a corporate visa, or any other South African visa, make sure you get in touch with one of our consultants today.