South Africa Immigration Services

Whether your company is sending employees to South Africa or expanding outside of South Africa to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced South Africa immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

South African immigration law provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa category. Government processing times vary across consular posts.
 
A normal Visitor's Visa allows holders to enter South Africa for holiday or short-term business purposes. Depending on nationality, the visa is either issued upon arrival at the Port of Entry or through the South African consular post before travel. The visa is issued for a maximum period of 90 days and sufficient motivation may allow renewal or extension in South Africa.
 
The Visitor's Visa with authorisation to work, Section 11(2), is available for foreign nationals who need to perform short-term, work-related activities. The host entity must demonstrate the work is urgent and necessary. The Section 11(2) work visa may not be used as a bridging visa and may be extended in South Africa for an additional period of 90 days. Only one Section 11(2) work visa may be issued to an applicant per calendar year.
 
The Intra-Company Transfer work visa is the most common and is issued for a maximum period of four years. The Intra-Company Transfer work visa may be used in cases where the foreign national is employed at the company abroad and is required to be on secondment or assignment in South Africa with an entity, branch, or affiliate in South Africa. The foreign national is required to transfer skills to a South African national or permanent resident holder. There are no labour market testing or salary requirements.
 
The General Work Visa and Critical Skills Work Visa both require a local contract. The General Work Visa requires the employer to conduct a labour market test to confirm that no South African citizens or Permanent Resident holders are qualified or experienced enough to fill the position. The Critical Skills Work Visa requires the foreign national to fall within a critical skill and be registered with the applicable professional body. Both visa types require an evaluation of qualifications and proof of skills or qualifications. The maximum duration for each visa is five years and may be extended in country.
 
A final visa category is the Section 11(6) visa, which is reliant on marriage to a South African citizen with authorisation to work or study.​​​
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.
 
Fragomen in South Africa is Fragomen Africa (Pty) Ltd., an immigration consultancy.
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