What is it?

A treaty visa can be issued to a foreigner conducting activities in South Africa in terms of an international agreement between the governments of South Africa and their home country.
  • The assignment must be confirmed by the relevant organs of state in South Africa and the applicant’s home country.
  • In terms of section 239 of the South African Constitution, “organ of state” includes any department of state or administration in the national, provincial or local sphere of government, as well as any other functionary or institution exercising a public power or performing a public function.
  • Spouses and children can apply for matching dependant visas to accompany the main visa holder to South Africa
  • The time spent working in South Africa on a treaty visa is not counted towards permanent residence on the basis of permanent employment (link to PRP worker), but may be counted as relevant work experience for critical skills

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