Visas are a complicated business, especially in South Africa. If you don’t understand the terms and conditions, you might be setting yourself up for failure, costing you unnecessary time and money.
In order to apply for a work visa, you’ll need a job offer from a credible employer unless your occupation is on the critical skills list. However, having an offer of employment will not guarantee a successful application since the applicant might need to meet certain requirements before they can apply.
If your application is successful, you won’t be able to start working before you have your visa in your hand. You also have to work for the employer stated on your visa. If you would like to change jobs, you’ll have to submit paperwork to the Department of Home Affairs. The only time you can freely move between employers is if you are on a critical skills visa.
When it comes to renewing your work visa, you also don’t have any guarantees since you need to meet certain criteria. This application will be treated as a new application by the Department of Home Affairs.
When you obtain a work visa, you can bring your spouse and dependents with you. Your spouse will be able to legally reside in South Africa. However, if he/she wants to work or study, they will have to apply for the applicable visa.
Changes to South African Immigration Laws
South Africa has recently tightened its immigration laws to avoid allowing unskilled foreigners from crossing our borders to live and work. Immigration Lawyers stay up to date with the latest changes in legislation as well as any developments when it comes to the immigration laws of South Africa. They will keep you updated and should any of these changes affect your case, they will help you navigate around it.
In 2017, immigration laws changed. Previously you could apply for permanent residency after five years of working in South Africa. Now, you aren’t guaranteed to qualify for permanent residency no matter how long you’ve worked in the country.
As you can see, work visas in South Africa are complicated. To ensure you get the best possible chance at a successful application, we advise you to get help from reputable immigration lawyers to make the process as smooth as possible.
Since immigration lawyers will be handling everything from start to finish – assessing your visa options to the day you pick up your visa – you’ll have the freedom to focus your energy on other more important things like finding a job if you don’t have one yet, finding accommodation and figuring out which schools your children will attend. Why take such an important thing into your own hands if you can get help from experts?