CRITICAL SKILLS VISA

What is it?

The critical skills visa is a type of work visa issued to highly skilled foreign professionals within specific occupational fields for which there is a skills shortage in South Africa (so-called “critical skills”). (Maybe put a link to the critical skills list?)
The critical skills visa can be issued for an initial period of 12 months without a listed employer, or for 5 years in combination with a suitable job offer in line with the designated skills category.
  • The applicant must fall within an occupational category recognised as a critical skill
  • Foreign qualifications must be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in terms of local educational standards
  • The applicant must be registered as a member with the appropriate professional body for their occupational field in South Africa
  • Spouses and children can apply for matching dependant visas to accompany the main visa holder to South Africa
  • Foreigners with at least 5 years of post-qualification practical work experience – which can also have been acquired overseas – are able to apply for permanent residence status on the basis of critical skills
  • Foreigners who have studied at a South African learning institution towards a degree in an area of critical skills can apply for permanent residence solely on the basis of their degree, i.e. irrespective of their practical work experience. (Link to PR graduate)

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