South Africa Short Term Working Visa

South Africa Short Term Working Visa

How we can help you obtain a South Africa Short Term Work Visa

Consultation by face to face meeting, Skype or telephone

Advice on the correct category of working visa

Checklist of visa requirements

Preparation of supporting documents

Assistance with preparation of a first application at the embassy or an extension in South Africa

Discussions on alterative visa options and future visa strategy

Foreign nationals coming to South Africa for employment related actives for a period of 3 months or less can apply for a short term working visa. The visa is commonly referred to as a Section 11(2) visa or short term business visa. Regulations of this visa are commonly amended by the Department and each embassy has different requirements and processing times. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact us to discuss their application when contemplating an application for this category of visa.  

The Act and Regulations also makes specific provision for foreign nationals undertaking short term work related to:

  • films and advertisements produced in South Africa, including, actors, cameramen, hairstylists, make-up artists, lighting and sound engineers
  • a foreign journalist seconded to SA by a foreign news agency
  • a visiting professor or lecturer or an academic researcher
  • an artist who wishes to write, paint or sculpt
  • a person involved in the entertainment industry, travelling through the Republic to perform
  • a tour leader or host of such a tour

We have advised international applicants in the above categories including, American studios who have filmed movies and series in South Africa, international ad agencies and circuses.


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Dear Client,

South Africa is currently under level 1 lockdown.

We have the following updates on the services we offer during the lockdown period:

DIRCO – OPEN: The DIRCO offices are open to apostille, but with slower functionality. We have to book appointment for submissions and collections. When we receive your instruction we will advise on turnaround times.

SAPS Pretoria for police clearance certificates – OPEN

Notary – OPEN

Translations – OPEN

Courts – OPEN



The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid until 31 January 2021.

The Department of Home Affairs: Civic Affairs – OPEN

SA EMBASSIES – Most are opening 1 October 2020, some may be a few days late to open

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Most are opening 1 October 2020, some may be a few days late to open

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.