The Critical Skills Work Visa is an option given by the South African government for skilled foreign workers to fill the shortage gap of skilled workers as per the critical shortage occupation list. It allows foreigners to enter South Africa without a job offer and search for a job and convert the visa to a Work Permit.South Africa is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, and is considered to be a newly industrialized country.
Its economy is the second largest in Africa and the 28th-largest in the world. In terms of purchasing power parity, South Africa has the seventh-highest per capital income in Africa, although poverty and inequality remain widespread, with about a quarter of the population unemployed and living on less than US$1.25 a day. Nevertheless, South Africa has been identified as a middle power in international affairs, and maintains significant regional influence.
- Applicant can enter South Africa without a job offer.
- Visa is based on skills and qualification as per the Critical Skills list defined by the South Africa Department of Home Affairs.
- Visa is initially granted for 12 months and is extendable as per the Authority
- Applicant needs to find a job within the Visa grant period.
- Visa is then extended to 5 years to a Critical Skills Work Permit.
- No need to go through the onerous labor certification process which is required for a General Work Visa application.
September 16, 2014
Eligibility Criteria for South Africa:
Education must be at least 4 years bachelors degree or 3 years Bachelor's along with a Master's degree with 3 years of highly relevant work experience.
Note: 3 years bachelor's degree alone will not help qualify for the visa option. 16 years of regular education is required.
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- The Critical Skills Work Visa which has been launched by the South Africa Home Affairs department is based on the critical occupations which have a shortage of skilled professionals. It replaces the Quota work permit. The Home Affairs department has come up with the critical skills list and the skills requirements as per the occupation.
- The applicant has to get there qualification assessed by SAQA which is the authorized body for the qualification assessment along with registering with the relevant body as per the profession.
- No need for a job offer while applying for the visa.
- No need to go through the onerous labor certification process which is required for the general work visa application.
- Applicant is granted a visa for 3 months to enter South Africa and search for a job as per their occupation in the Critical Skills list.
- 16 years of regular education along with 3 to 5 years. (Highly relevant work experience) (NOTE: 4 years Bachelor's degree or 3 years Bachelor's degree with Master's degree is required)
- The visa issued initially is called Critical Skill Work Visa given for 12 months to enter South Africa and search for Jobs .
- Visa can be extended for another 3 months providing proof of valid job search.
- Upon Receiving Job Offer Confirmation Can file for Open Work permit visa valid for 5 years to work in South Africa.
- After 5 years on Open Work Permit visa Client can apply for PR and later Citizenship.
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Visa Application Fees – INR 9080.
Qualification Assessment with SAQA.
- Online Application – R580 (Normal Process) or R960 (Fast Tracked).
Registration with the accredited professional body, council or board recognized by SAQA.
- Fees as specified by the relevant professional body, council or board.
- Skill assessment as per the related professional authorized body.
Visa Process Timeline
- Qualification Assessment – 20 Working Days.
- Visa Application at the Embassy – 3 Months from date of application.
- Documentation requirement guidance.
- Guidance with the Qualification Assessment process.
- Guidance with the Certificate of Registration process.
- Guidance and Assistance in filling the application with the embassy.
Guidance on the appointment booking (if required).
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