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South Africa Critical Skills Visa - 2021 Guide: Document Checklist, Costs, and more!

The South Africa Critical Skills Work Visa allows you to visit the country and search for a job.

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South Africa is one of the key players in the economic boom of Africa that has created a demand for skilled workers in the country. The Critical Skills Work Visa helps the South African government to seek new and experienced foreign nationals seeking jobs and enjoy the benefits offered by the country. 

With the South Africa Critical Skills Work Visa,

  • You can move to South Africa without a job offer
  • Duration of the visa Visa is 12 months (can be extended to 5 years to a Critical Skills Work Permit)
  • Department of Labour Certificate is not required
  • The Visa grant period allows you time to look for a job
  • Spouses and dependent family members, such as children, can be included on this visa
  • Your present job must be listed in the Critical Skills list of the South Africa Department of Home Affairs to get this visa
  • This visa offers the option to apply for permanent residency in the country subject to certain conditions.

What is the South Africa Critical Skills Work Visa?

This Critical Skills Visa of South Africa falls in the temporary residency visa stream and allows foreign nationals to legally live and work in South Africa for a period of up to five years. Skilled workers and professionals whose skills fall under the ‘Critical Shortage Occupations List’ can apply for this visa. The applicant can convert this visa into a work permit upon finding a job.

Documents Required for a South African Critical Skills Visa

Here’s a list of the documents required:

What are the Fees Involved in Applying for a Critical Skills Visa?

You need to pay an application fee of INR 1520 to apply for a South African Critical Skills Visa. You might have to incur an additional biometrics fee depending upon your nationality and the country you are applying from.

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What is the Processing Time for the Critical Skills Visa?

The processing time for the Critical Skills Visa can take between 30-40 days. It usually depends on the city from where you applied.

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