South African Work Permit

There are four categories of South African work permits available to a foreigner each with its own set of specific requirements all assisting in immigration to South Africa or working in South Africa. As leading immigration attorneys in South Africa we can provide assistance in obtaining the following South African Work Permits:


Work Permit, SA
General Work Permit Information
General Work Permit
The basis of a general work permit is that a firm offer of employment has been made by a prospective employer to a foreigner after such employer has unsuccessfully exploited the local labour market in attempting to procure the needed skills, experiences or qualifications equivalent of such foreigner. The process involved in successfully acquiring a general work permit, inter alia, requires a series of necessary interventions with SAQA, proof of advertising for locals benchmarking certificates.


South African Intra Company Work PermitIntra-Company Transfer Work Visa
An intra company transfer work visa is issued to a foreigner who is normally deployed or seconded to South African branch, subsidiary or associate office of a corporate entity aboard.
There are strict controls to ensure that the foreigner remains employed in his or her specific position during the tour of duty and the intra company transfer work visa is valid for 2 years only. As expert immigration attorneys we ensure that these strict controls are met in terms of the intra-company transfer work permit and the process of working in South Africa or immigration to South Africa.

For both exceptional skills work visa or Intra-company transfer work visas, contact Craig Smith & Associates, specialist immigration attorneys for efficient and skilled service.


South African Exceptional Skills Work Permit
General Work Permit Information
Exceptional Skills Work Permit – Critical Skills Work Visa
An exceptional (now called Critical) skills work visa may be issued to a foreigner who possesses exceptional skills or qualifications and is able to demonstrate with supporting documentation in the form of testimonials, publications, a letter of motivation to substantiate the benefits that those skills will bring to South Africa. This exceptional skills work visa is granted for three years and may be renewed for a further period, if required. Our expertise as professional immigration attorneys can be utilized in acquiring an exceptional skills work visa in the process of immigration to South Africa or working in South Africa.
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Quota Work Permit SAQuota Permit
After the Immigration Amendment Act of  2014 a Quota Permit no longer exists. Please see the new Critical Skills Visas for information on what positions are classed as critical in South Africa.

A quota permit is issued to a foreigner who falls within a specific professional category or occupational class determined by the Minister of Home Affairs at least annually by notice in the Government Gazette after consultation with the Ministers of Labour and Trade and Industry in South Africa.

The fundamental basis for this consultation process is to establish special categories of needed skills in specific targeted industries based on a needs assessment on current skills deficiencies via needed foreign labour.

These quotas, which assist the quota permit application, are available on demand and will form the basis of the quota permit application and hence those skilled will be required to be assessed by SAQA and confirmation of employment will be required upon successful procuring work within 90 days of admission.