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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 many solutions to help 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 business purposes. Depending on their nationality, the visa is either issued upon arrival at the port of entry or must be applied abroad prior to travel. The visa is valid for up to a maximum of 90 days.
 
The Visitor's Visa with authorisation to work ("Section 11(2)") is available for foreign nationals who will perform short-term work activities, and the sponsoring entity must demonstrate the work is urgent and necessary. The Section 11(2) Visa can only be issued once per calendar year with the option of one in-country extension​.
 
The main work authorisation category is the Intracompany​ Transfer Work Visa, which is valid for four years. There are no labour market testing or minimum salary requirements.
 
The two other common work authorisation categories are the Critical Skills Work Visa and the General Work Visa. The Critical Skills Visa is suitable for applicants who possess skills that are categorized as critical and can be issued for up to five years. The General Work Visa requires a permanent offer of employment, and employers must conduct a labour test to confirm that a South African citizen cannot fill the ​position.
 
A final visa category is a 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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