On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Critical Skills Visa for South Africa, the requirements which must be met, and the application process. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers, and solicitors in London, on 020 3744 2797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a major economic power in the region, South Africa has a great deal to offer migrants from around the world seeking work opportunities. The GDP of the South African region is expected to see sustained growth in the coming years as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The main industrial sectors in the region include mining, manufacturing, technology, financial services, iron and steel, and tourism. As such, South Africa, like many other developed nations, is becoming a ‘knowledge economy’ necessitating a great deal of skilled workers (referred to in South Africa as critical skilled workers). Beyond the work and economic opportunities in the region, South Africa is known for its stunning coastlines and scenery, wildlife, amazing food, and a rich blend of cultural influences. On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Critical Skills Visa for South Africa, the requirements which must be met, and the application process.
The South African Critical Skills Visa is a work visa intended for foreign workers with in-demand skills and experience. Applicants must be in a profession on the South African Department of Home Affairs critical skills list. Critical skilled roles in South Africa cover a wide range of jobs, including:
Applicants do not need a job offer to secure a Critical Skills Work Visa, however, a person with a job will be able to stay for up to five years compared to only one year without a job. What matters to secure a Critical Skills Work Visa is having sufficient skills and qualifications to carry out a role on the Critical Skills occupation list.
The eligibility criteria for a Critical Skills Work Visa in South Africa are not particularly onerous compared to many other countries. For example, a job offer is not required to secure a work visa. According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, to qualify for a Critical Skills Work Visa for South Africa, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The application process is managed by VFS Global, however, the decision on your Critical Skills Work Visa will be made by the South African Department of Home Affairs. The following are the main steps involved in applying for and securing a Critical Skills Work Visa for South Africa:
Step 1) Apply for a Critical Skills Work visa in South Africa online through VFS Global. There is no option to apply using a handwritten application form.
Step 2) Pay the required application fees and book an appointment at a Visa Facilitation Centre.
Step 3) Prepare and check the documents required to support your application – these may include (this list is not exhaustive):
Step 4) Attend your appointment at a Visa Facilitation Centre – you will need to take with you your appointment letter, printed online application form, proof of payment and supporting documents, along with a valid passport or travel document.
Step 5) You will need to enrol your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at the Visa Facilitation Centre.
Step 6) Wait for your application to be processed
The progress of your application can be tracked on your VFS Global online account. Your application decision can be collected in person or by a representative from the Visa Facilitation Centre (you will need to take your original passport with you as proof of identity). For more details regarding what happens once you have submitted your application and collecting your visa documents, please see the VFS Global website.
Reiss Edwards have the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of South Africa immigration. If you need assistance with your Critical Skills Work Visa for South Africa or any other immigration matter, contact our Immigration Lawyers on 020 3744 2797 or by email at email@example.com
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