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 under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”. South Africa is currently under level 3 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 limited 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 – PARTIALLY OPENED: - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for authentications/apostilles.

SAQA – PARTIALLY OPENED: The physical office is closed, but staff are working. Documents can be submitted online or by courier.

VFS – PARTIALLY OPENED: – collections only. They have not advised when they will open for collections.

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 the visa expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website.

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing limited new applications like new birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. No existing reprints of documents, ID’s or passports.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

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.