Important changes on Intra Company Transfer or Corporate Worker Permits for South Africa
No change of status or conditions allowed whilst resident in South Africa on an Intra Company Transfer or Corporate Worker Permit.
The Department of Home Affairs has instructed that any foreigner remaining in South Africa on an Intra Company Transfer of Corporate Worker Permit are not allowed to apply for a change in conditions from within South Africa.
This means that if the foreign applicant wishes to remain in South Africa, they will have to travel back to their country of origin to make an application for their next residence permit to remain in South Africa.
The intention of the Department is as follows:
Under an Intra Company Transfer Work Permit – this allows a foreigner to come to South Africa for a maximum period of 2 years to share their knowledge and skill with the local staff. Once their period of transfer is complete, the foreigner is required to return to their country of origin and resume employment with their original employer (the branch/subsidiary/affiliate company to the South African Company).
Under a Corporate Permit – the corporate permit allows a group of foreigners to come to South Africa for a maximum period of 5 years to share their scarce or critical skill within our South Africa environment. Once their period of employment is complete, the foreigner is required to return to their country of origin.
Prepare and Plan
Please take up an opportunity to meet with Intergate Immigration to review your existing staff base to plan for appropriate periods of travel and new application as can be best accommodated within your operational requirements. Contact us here.