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 Up to June 2014, foreign workers could apply for quota or exceptional skills work visas, but these two were withdrawn and essentially replaced with the critical skills visa.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.
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.
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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.
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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.