If you’re reading this and an employee of yours have a general work visa renewal coming up in the next two years, get the ball rolling immediately.
With the change in immigration rules in 2014, the general work visa was affected in a big way. The process is now more complicated and more work is involved for both you and your employee.
What is the outcome of these new rules?
Unfortunately the outcome is that it can now take up to a year, sometimes even longer, to finalise a renewal.
This is due to the fact that you and your employee have to prove all over again that you meet the requirements of a general work visa.
Important to note…
To be eligible for a general work visa renewal, the employee must still be in the same position as on the day they started working for you.
South African work permits only allow a migrant to work in the position stipulated on the visa.
If the position the migrant is in is different from what appears on the visa, the renewal will be jeopardised.
Prepare for the Department of Labour’s visit
Just like with the original application, the Department of Labour will visit your office or premises to check that you are compliant with South Africa’s immigration legislation.
The checks the Department will do include but are not limited to:
- Validity of passports and visas.
- Training plans.
- Number of South African employees.
Ensure that all paperwork and documentation are correct and up to date!
You can never start too early
Remember that it could take at least a year before a general work visa renewal is finalised, so pick up the phone right away and call us to discuss the way forward.
If you’re in Cape Town and surrounds, you can reach us at +21 (0) 21 424 2460. If you’re in the Johanne area, ring us on +21 (0) 11 234 4275.
Alternatively, send us a call back request and one of our immigration consultants will contact you instead. They’ll have all the advice you need to keep that valuable foreign employee on your payroll.