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South Africa

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 from one diplomatic post to another.

A normal visitor's visa allows for the holder to enter South Africa for holiday or business purposes. Depending on nationality, this visa is either issued upon arrival at the port of entry or must be applied for abroad prior to travel. The visa is valid up to a maximum of 90 days.  

The Section 11(2) visa may be used when the foreign national’s activities meet the definition of work, and the sponsoring entity can demonstrate that the short-term work is urgent and necessary.

The main work authorization category is the Intra Company Transfer Work Visa, which is valid for four years. There are no labor market testing or minimum salary requirements.

Note that there are police clearance and medical certificate requirements that can add significant delays to the work permit process. Also, there may be some discrepancies in procedures between diplomatic posts.

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.

Fragomen Africa (Pty) Ltd.

+27 (0) 11 684 9000

+27 (0) 11 388 5350

Fragomen Africa (Pty) Ltd. First Floor
One on Ninth Corner of Glenhove Road and Tottenham Avenue
Johannesburg, 2196
South Africa
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