Changes on South African Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit

Intra Company Transfer or Corporate Worker Permit for South Africa
Intra Company Transfer or Corporate Worker Permit for South Africa

The South African federal legislature and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) continues to finalize the implementation of those amendments found in the Immigration Amendment Act 13 of 2011 (“the Act”). In part, these changes will amend several details of the popular Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Work Permit both to extend the maximum duration of stay from 24 months to 48 months, and to specify exit and renewal requirements for ICT permit holders.

What’s Changed?

The South African ICT permit is one of the most common work authorizations sought by multinational companies for their employees. Currently, the permit’s duration is capped at a maximum of 24 months after which the employee is eligible to apply for further work authorization under the General Work permit application stream.

The upcoming changes, while not official at the time of this writing, are anticipated to extend the maximum duration of the ICT permit to 48 months, giving employers even more flexibility when arranging for international assignments to South Africa. Please note that the DHA will still retain the authority to grant work permits validities as they deem most appropriate for each assignment.

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