On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Section 11(2) 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 email@example.com
South Africa is renowned the world over for its wildlife reserves, rugged coastlines, beautiful scenery, warm sunny weather, and diverse culture. South Africa has a great deal to offer from an economic and job perspective too. It is now expected that South Africa will experience sustained growth between 2021 and 2026, which is likely to lead to strong opportunities for domestic and international workers, whether in mining, manufacturing, technology, financial services, iron and steel, tourism, or the ‘knowledge economy’. The South African Department of Home Affairs offers a range of work visas, including the Critical Skills Visa, General Work Visa, Intra-Company Transfer Visa, and the Section 11(2) Visa. On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Section 11(2) Visa for South Africa, the requirements which must be met, and the application process.
The Section 11(2) Visa is intended for foreign workers who need to work in South Africa for a short term of up to three months. The scheme is commonly used to enable skilled technicians to complete specific work such as installing, repairing, or servicing specialist machinery (e.g. IT equipment, lifts, manufacturing machinery, etc.). It is also widely used by those in the field of journalism and the film industry who only need to enter the country for a very short time to complete their assignment.
In order to apply for a Section 11(2) Visa for South Africa, candidates must have a letter from a bona fide South African company (or cultural body) outlining the purpose of the work to be undertaken. They must also have the skills, experience, and qualifications needed to complete the work in South Africa.
Section 11(2) visa applicants must also:
The application process for a Section 11(2) Visa for South Africa is managed by VFS Global, but the decision on your Section 11(2) 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 Section 11(2) Visa for South Africa:
Step 1) Complete the application form (DHA-84) for a Section 11(2) Visa
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 – depending on your circumstances, these may include (this list is not exhaustive):
Please note, you will be advised which documents to provide with your application, however, if you are unsure or you wish to have your application form and supporting documents checked, speak to immigration Solicitors specialising in South African immigration law.
Step 5) Attend your appointment at a VFS Global 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 6) You will need to enrol your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at the Visa Facilitation Centre.
Step 7) Wait for your application to be processed
You can check the progress of your Section 11(2) visa on the VFS Global website by logging into your account. Depending on your circumstances, you can collect your application decision yourself or nominate another person to do this for you (remember to take proof of your identity when collecting your documents). 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 Section 11(2) Visa for South Africa or any other immigration matter, contact our South Africa Immigration Lawyers on 020 3744 2797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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