South Africa Working Visa

South Africa Working Visa

How we can help you obtain a South Africa 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

SAQA – application submission and collection

If you are married to or the life partner of a South African Citizen click here…

If you are looking for a short term working visitors visa click here…

The following are the different types of long term work visas available to foreign nationals in South Africa:

 Critical Skills Work Visa (CSWV)

  • The CSWV is for applicants who fall within certain occupations as advertised by the Department of Home Affairs. Click here to download the full published critical skills list
  • The applicant will have to register with the relevant board or governing body aligned to qualifications and offer of employment
  • All qualifications need to be verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (
  • Applicants with offers of employment in South Africa will be issued with a CSWV visa for up to 5 years and can apply for an extension in South Africa
  • Applicants without offers of employment will be issued with a 1 year CSWV visa to find employment. Once employment has been secured the applicant can apply for a 5 year CSWV visa in South Africa

Intra Company Transfer Work Visa (ICT)

  • The ICT is available to global companies who have, subsidiaries, branches or affiliated companies in South Africa, and who need to transfer staff to the South African office
  • The applicant must be employed by the foreign company for a period of 6 months or longer to qualify to apply for the ICT
  • Time on this visa category does not count towards a permanent residence application
  • Applicants will be issued with a ICT visa for up to 4 years and cannot renew or apply to change the ICT in South Africa

General Work Visa (GWV)

  • For a GWV the applicant and the employing company must undertake a diligent search for a South African Citizen to fill the position. This includes advertising the job in the national printed media, online media and searches done by a recruitment agent – proof of all searches have to be submitted with the GWV application  
  • Before submitting the GWV application The Department of Labour must be consulted for a recommendation of the GWV application
  • Only once The Department of Labour has provided the recommendation can the GWV application be submitted
  • All applicants must have tertiary qualifications that need to be verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (
  • Applicants will be issued with a GWV visa for up to 5 years and can apply for an extension in South Africa
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Dear Client,

South Africa is in a Presidential ordered “lockdown” until 16 April 2020.

  • DIRCO, SAQA, VFS and the Courts are closed.
  • The Department of Home affairs is working on skeleton staff, we expect no movement on new or pending applications.
  • The DHA have advised that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the breach of visa conditions is a result of the lockdown.
  • The SAPS police clearance department, currently, is open and accepting, processing and issuing police clearances. This is subject to change at any time.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period. Our office remains open with staff working remotely respecting and adhering to Government directives.

We will post updates as and when we receive clarification on our usual product offering.