South African Corporate Visa Options

south african corporate visa optionsSouth African based companies looking to either recruit foreign workers or transfer employees from an overseas office, have a number of South African corporate visa options open to them. Each visa serves a specific purpose and comes with its own requirements that have to be satisfied in order for the visa to be issued.

Corporate visa

Companies planning on employing a large number of foreign employees can apply for a corporate visa. If successful, the company will receive corporate workers certificates, which foreign job applicants will use to apply for individual corporate workers visas.

Intra-company transfer work visa

This visa is ideal for multi-national companies with branches, subsidiaries or affiliates in South Africa, looking to transfer employees to the South African office.

Critical skills work visa

A critical skills work visa is based on a list of critical skills in South Africa. It carries many benefits for the employer, of which the most notable is that there is no need to try and recruit a South African permanent resident or citizen before offering a job to a foreigner in possession of a critical skills work visa.

General work visa

The general work visa is used when a foreigner does not qualify for another work visa. As the South African government wants to protect the job security of its residents and citizens, the general work visa comes with a few key responsibilities for the employer.

Quota work permit

The quota work permit was withdrawn in June 2014. If there are foreigners on this visa on your payroll, they will no longer be able to work for you once their permits expire. Other options will have to be explored to continue the working relationship.

Exceptional skills work permit

Just like the quota work permit, the exceptional skills work permit was withdrawn in June 2014. Again, foreigners will not be able to continue working on this permit once it has expired and it is recommended to explore other visa options.

Visitor’s visa for business travel to South Africa 

For short-term business visits or work obligations, foreigners only need to apply for a visitor’s visa for business purposes. They would still need to meet certain criteria and they are not allowed to receive payment from their host company in South Africa.

Let us help you with your visa needs

To further explore the South African corporate visa options, and to find out how Intergate can help your company, feel free to give us a call. You can reach our Cape Town office on +27 (0) 21 424 2460  or our Johannesburg office on +27 (0)11 234 4275. If you like, you could also get us to contact you instead by requesting a free call back.

Rest assured that Intergate is in the perfect position to help. We are the only immigration company in South Africa with ISO 9001 certification and since our inception in 2005, our team has processed more than 9 000 visa and visa related queries.

Visitor’s Visa for Business Travel to South Africa

visitors visa business travel south africaNot all foreigners who have to come to South Africa for work purposes have the need to immigrate. Some work obligations or business visits are short in nature, such as attending conferences, providing training or conducting consultancy work.

In these and other similar cases, foreign employees or business associates only need to acquire a visitor’s visa for business travel to South Africa. The endorsement for work is added onto the visitor’s visa, provided the applicant meets certain criteria.

This is not a business or work visa

It is important to remember that this visa is still in essence a tourist visa – it is not a business or work visa. This means the person holding the visitor’s visa for business purposes do not enjoy the rights or privileges of temporary residents in South Africa. They can only be in the country as a tourist. As such, it is required to show the Department of Home Affairs that the individual will not be receiving a salary from the South African host company while in the country, but will continue to be paid by their overseas employer.

Let us help you with your visa needs

If someone visiting your company have to apply for a visitor’s visa for business purposes to South Africa, let our corporate team assist you. Since our inception in 2005, we have processed more than 9 000 visa and visa-related queries, which means we are in the perfect position to help.

Getting hold of a client manager in Cape Town is as easy as dialling +27 (0) 21 424 2460, while our Johannesburg client managers are available on +27 (0)11 234 4275. Alternatively, let us contact you. All you have to do is request a free call back and one of our agents will undertake to call you within 24 hours to discuss your visa needs.

Quota Work Permit for South Africa

quota work permitIn 2014, the South African government introduced new immigration legislation. As part of this change, the quota work permit for South Africa was withdrawn as a visa category. This change was deemed necessary in order to attract must needed skills to South Africa and to improve the visa and permit application processes.

The fact is that the quota list was limited. It allowed for only a certain number of positions to be filled in certain occupational categories. The critical skills visa that was introduced offer much more to the employer with more than 150 positions on the critical skills list and no limit on the number of
employees that can be employed in each occupational category.

This is just one benefit of the critical skills visa to employers. To learn more about the other benefits, read our information on critical skills visas.

It is important to note that those foreign employees still on your payroll on a quota work permit for South Africa cannot extend their permit. These employees would need to apply for a different visa in order to stay in your, or another employer’s, services.

Let Intergate help you with your visa needs

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. Our Cape Town office is available at +27 (0) 21 424 2460 and our Johannesburg office can be reached on +27 (0)11 234 4275.

You could also request a free call back. The minute we receive your request, one of our corporate client managers will be alerted. Once this happens, the client manager will endeavour to call you within 24 hours to discuss your needs.

Since our inception in 2005, Intergate has assisted hundreds of companies and foreign workers with South African immigration. Further proof of our credentials are our ISO 9001 certification. Intergate is the only immigration company in South Africa that has this accreditation next to our name. We are certainly in the perfect position to help you too.

Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa for South Africa

intra company transfer work visa south africaThe intra-company transfer work visa for South Africa is as the name suggests – it is a visa that enables multi-national companies to transfer overseas staff to a branch in South Africa. It could also be a transfer to an affiliate or subsidiary and it could be to a business being set up or one that has been existence in South Africa for a while.

The purpose behind the visa is specifically the transfer of skills and knowledge. The Department of Home Affairs considers this a temporary arrangement and thus the intra-company transfer work visa is valid for a maximum of four years. Businesses that need an employee to stay with the South African corporation for longer should look into other options available to them.

Responsibilities of the South African branch, affiliate or subsidiary

In simplified terms, the South African Department of Home Affairs consider a foreign employee working in South Africa on an intra-company transfer work visa to be in the care of the branch, affiliate or subsidiary that’s employing them. This makes them responsible for the foreign employee in many ways:

  • The South African branch, affiliate or subsidiary must first and foremost accept the transfer of the foreign employee from the company abroad.
  • The South African employer must ensure that the foreign worker is employed in the specific occupation and capacity for which the intra-company transfer work visa was granted.
  • The South African employer must see to it that the foreign employee complies with the provisions of the Act and the conditions of their visa at all times. Should any provisions or conditions be breached by the foreign employee, the South African employer must notify the Director-General immediately.
  • The South African employer undertake to ensure that the foreign employee has a valid passport for the full duration of their employment.
  • Any potential deportation costs that may be associated to the employee and their dependent family members will be carried by the company, should it become necessary.

With regards to the contract, South African companies employing foreigners on an intra-company transfer work visa must show that the employment contracts are valid for a period not less than six months.

Let Intergate help you with the intra-company transfer work visa for South Africa

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. Our Cape Town office can be reached at +27 (0) 21 424 2460 and our Johannesburg office is available on +27 (0)11 234 4275. You could also request a free call back and we will contact you instead.

Since our inception in 2005, Intergate’s corporate team has enabled many multi-nationals to obtain intra-company transfer work visas for their staff to South Africa. As South Africa’s only immigration company with ISO 9001 certification, we are definitely in the perfect position to assist you too.

General Work Visa for South Africa

General Work Visa for South AfricaMost governments around the world want to protect their own workforce, while allowing local companies to employ foreign workers. South Africa is no exception and that is why the Department of Home Affairs makes the general work visa for South Africa available.

This visa is open to foreigners who do not qualify for a critical skills visa or who are looking to work for companies not in possession of a corporate work visa.

Employer responsibilities in the case of a general work visa for South Africa

The most important responsibility, or requirement, when it comes to a general work visa for South Africa, is showing that a South African permanent resident or citizen could not be found to fill a position. The proof for this would be an advertisement placed in South African media to attract applicants.

Secondly, a South African employer must issue a prospective foreign employee with a valid offer of employment. This means the contract must be in accordance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and it must be signed by both parties. To satisfy the criteria of the Act, the offer of employment must include the following information:

  • Remuneration amount.
  • Leave entitlement.
  • Working hours.
  • Termination period.

These mentions will help the Department of Labour determine whether an applicant will be fairly employed and treated once they take up the position they are applying for.

Let us help you with your visa needs

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. You can get hold of our Cape Town office on 27 (0) 21 424 2460, while our Johannesburg team can be reached at +27 (0)11 234 4275.

If you’d prefer us to call you instead, please go ahead and request a free call back. As soon as we have your contact details, one of our client managers will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours to discuss your needs.

Intergate is definitely in the perfect position to help you. Our consultants have all been registered with the Department of Home Affairs and Intergate is the only immigration company in South Africa with ISO 9001 certification. This means we underwent stringent quality tests and passed with flying colours.

Exceptional Skills Work Permit for South Africa

Exceptional Skills Work Permit for South AfricaIn 2014, South Africa introduced new immigration legislation. Some of the changes were made to attract skilled foreigners to South Africa in industries where it’s needed and to improve the visa and permit application processes.

One such change was the withdrawal of the exceptional skills work permit for South Africa. This permit bridged the gap between a quote work permit and a general work permit, but the critical skills visa that was introduced does this an even better job of it.

It is important to note that the quota work permit was also withdrawn in 2014, but again, the critical skills visa more than replaces the quota work permit. For instance, foreign employees working in South Africa on a critical skills visa are free to move between employers. In essence, it makes them equal to South African permanent residents and citizens when it comes to quitting jobs and applying for new positions.

The employer benefit from this specific change because it puts much less obligation on them. This is just one benefit of a critical skills visa, though. To learn more about the rest, you can read our information on critical skills visas.

As the exceptional skills work permit for South Africa is no longer in existence, employees currently employed on this visa cannot extend it once it expires. This means such employees must apply for another visa to stay in your employment.

Let Intergate help you with your visa needs

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. Dialing 27 (0) 21 424 2460 will put you in contact with our Cape Town office, while telephoning +27 (0)11 234 4275 will have you talking to someone in our Johannesburg office.

If you’d prefer it if we call you instead, why don’t you request a free call back? As soon as we have your contact details, one of our client managers will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours to discuss your needs.

Rest assured that you are indeed in good hands. Our consultants have all been registered with the Department of Home Affairs and Intergate is the only immigration company in South Africa with ISO 9001 certification. This means we underwent stringent quality tests and passed with flying colours.

South African Critical Skills Work Visa

In June 2014, the South African government introduced new immigration regulations. As part of this, the Department of Home Affairs announced a brand new visa category – the South African critical skills work visa. It is a visa based on a list of occupations that are needed in South Africa in order to attract much needed skills to the country.

The critical skills visa was also introduced to improve the visa and permit application processes. Up to June 2014, foreign workers could apply for quota or exceptional skills work visas, but these two were withdrawn and essentially replaced with the critical skills visa. The critical skills visa does however serve both the employer and employee much better than either of the defunct visas used to.

critical skills work visa south africaThe benefits of a South African critical skills work visa

The South African critical skills work visa puts minimal obligation on the employer. For starters, it is not necessary to issue a prospective foreign employee with a job offer in order for them to apply for a visa. That means no need to provide proof of a job ad or of the fact that no South African could be found to fill the position.

Seeing as a holder of a South African critical skills work visa can move between employers just like permanent residents or citizens, it means the employer and the employee are not tied to each other for longer than desired. The critical skills work visa is also less limiting in that there are 53 categories on the critical skills list, with no restrictions in terms of numbers in each listed category.

Let us help you with your visa needs

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. You can get hold of our Cape Town office on 27 (0) 21 424 2460, while our Johannesburg team can be reached at +27 (0)11 234 4275.

Alternatively, why don’t you request a free call back? As soon as we receive your request, it will go to one of our client managers who will then endeavour to contact you within 24 hours.

Since our inception in 2005, Intergate has helped hundreds of corporate clients just like you. With that much experience, and with Intergate being the only immigration company in South Africa with ISO 9001 certification, we are most certainly in the perfect position to help you too.

Corporate Visa for South Africa

A corporate visa is an ideal solution for a South African based company looking to employ a large number of foreign employees. If the corporate visa for South Africa is extended to the company, it will specify exactly how many foreigners may be employed and over what period of time. The corporate will also be issued with corporate workers certificates, which successful foreign applicants will use to apply for individual corporate workers visas.

Corporate Visa for South AfricaThe benefits of a corporate visa

Despite a corporate visa essentially being a two-step process – the application for the visa and then the individual workers visas, it offers multiple benefits to the corporate applicant:

  • If recruiting more than six foreigners in the next 24 months, a corporate visa for South Africa is a much more cost-efficient way of obtaining visas than applying for individual work visas.
  • Once issued, a corporate visa speeds up the process of the subsequent employee visas.
  • Compared to other types of work visa applications, corporate visa applications entails less paperwork and reduces the amount of supporting documentation required.
  • South African companies in possession of a corporate work visa attracts quality foreign applicants.

Applying for a corporate visa for South Africa

The main condition for a corporate visa is that the applicant, a South African company, are not able to recruit South African citizens or permanent residents to fill vacancies or fuel expansion plans.

As such, companies submitting an application for a corporate visa for South Africa must provide proof of their efforts to try and find South Africans to fill positions. Other information that must be supplied with applications include:

  • Detailed job descriptions, illustrating the skill sets required.
  • The proposed remuneration for each employee. This information is requested to ensure that the foreign employees are paid fairly.

Once this and all other information has been gathered, and all required documentation has been compiled, an application for a corporate visa can be made. If the application is successful, the applicant will receive their South African corporate visa, as well as corporate workers certificates, which will allow the company to recruit foreigners to fulfill the specified roles.

When the company finds an ideal candidate to fill a role, they can make them a job offer and issue the candidate with a corporate workers certificate. This certificate will then be used to apply for an individual corporate workers visa.

Let Intergate help you with your visa needs

To find out more about how Intergate can assist your business, please contact us to speak to one of our corporate client managers. Our Cape Town office can be reached at +27 (0) 21 424 2460 and our Johannesburg office is available on +27 (0)11 234 4275. Alternatively, request a free call back for us to contact you instead.

Since our inception in 2005, Intergate’s corporate team has helped hundreds of companies with all types of work visas. As South Africa’s only immigration company with ISO 9001 certification, we are definitely in the perfect position to assist you too.