WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORK VISAS ONE CAN APPLY FOR?
There are three main categories of work Visas one can apply for:
1. General Work Visa
A general work visa can be applied for and issued to a foreigner who has received an offer of employment in South Africa. Prior to the actual application for a general work visa with The Department of Home Affairs, the prospective employer needs to apply for and be issued with a certificate from the Department of Labour. Here the employer would need to satisfy the Department of Labour that despite a diligent search, no suitably qualified South Africa citizen or permanent resident could be found to fill the position.
2. Critical Skills Work Visa
A critical skills work visa can be issued to a foreigner who possesses skills or qualifications determined to be critical for South Africa. The main advantage of being able to apply for a critical skills visa is that there is no need to submit a certificate from the Department of labour.
3. Intra-company Transfer Work Visa
Intra-company transfer work visas are issued to individuals that are employed by companies or institutions that have offices or branches abroad as well as in South Africa or who are employed by an overseas company that has an affiliation to a South African company or business.