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Looking to apply for a work visa? There are three types of work visas in South Africa: the Critical Skills Work Visa, General Work Visa and Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa. Scorpion explains what you need to know.
A critical skills visa means you are applying for work in South Africa that is on the Critical Skills List. This list is periodically updated and published in the Government Gazette. You do not need an employment offer to apply for this visa, however, in this case you will only be issued a one-year visa to enable you to secure employment within your critical skills category. (You will also need to provide proof of sufficient financial means to the value of a minimum of R3 000 in the form of three months’ bank statements if you do not have an offer of employment.)
A general work visa enables foreigners to work for a South African employer, but only if the employer has made every attempt to fill the vacant position with either a South African citizen or a permanent resident holder.
The intra-company transfer work visa is issued when a company transfers an employee from their foreign branch to the South African office for a specific period of time and for a specific project. Visa holders are free to exit and re-enter South Africa freely.
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* This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing.
Date added: 05 June 2023
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