Foreign nationals who wish to live and work in South Africa, must first apply for an appropriate work visa.
There are four South African work visas available at the moment, each with its own criteria and allowances. Here is a quick look at all four:
Critical skills work visa
The South African critical skills visa is based on a list of critical skills needed in South Africa. The main criteria for the visa is that the applicant’s occupation appears on the critical skills list. No job offer is needed to apply for the critical skills work visa.
General work visa
This visa is an option if a foreign national do not qualify for another type of work visa. It is important to note that a job offer is needed to be able to apply for this visa. Further to this, the employer must be able to prove that they could not find a South African citizen or permanent resident to fill the position the foreigner is applying for.
Individual corporate workers visa
Individual corporate workers visas are used where South African companies have corporate visas. The corporate visa is applied for first by the employer and then the foreign national apply for the individual corporate workers visa.
Intra-company transfer work visa
Multi-national companies who wish to transfer international staff to a branch, subsidiary or affiliate in South Africa, needs an intra-company transfer work visa to do so. This is a temporary visa only, valid for up to 4 years.
Find out if you qualify for one of the South African work visas
To see if you are eligible for any of the South African work visas, complete our quick online assessment now. Once we have all your details, a consultant will contact you to discuss your options.
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Why should Intergate be your South African immigration partner?
Since our inception in 2005, the Intergate team has processed more than 9 000 visa and visa related queries. Our consultants are not only qualified, but registered and dedicated too.
Our service standards are backed up by ISO 9001 certification. To achieve this, our quality management systems had to pass stringent tests conducted by an independent auditor. So stringent, that Intergate is currently the only immigration company in South Africa with the ISO stamp of approval. There is no-one better to guide you through your immigration to South Africa.