- The assignment must be on the basis of a contractual agreement between the hosting organisation in South Africa and the foreign employer
- The assignment must be for a clearly specified project, and is only valid for activities related to this assignment. The short-term work visa therefore, does not constitute a casual or ad-hoc work visa and cannot be used in lieu of a work visa for an ongoing regular work activity.
- Applications for such a short-term work visa require less time to prepare than long-term visas, and do not require the applicant to obtain police clearance certificates or medical certificates.
- The short-term business visa is limited to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year, meaning that the holder may either apply for a once-off extension of the visa in South Africa, or return to their home country upon expiry of the visa and apply for a second 90-day business visa at a later stage.