Quota work permits and exceptional skills permit no longer to be available
As Bob Dylan sang ‘The times they are a changing’ and for South African immigration rules this is certainly true. The new immigration amendments have been published and come into effect on April 1st 2014.
We will be releasing a series of newsletters and articles to guide you through the impending changes and effect they may have on you.
This article is pertinent to those immigrants who hold temporary Quota work permits and exceptional skills.
Important information about your Quota or Exceptional skills Work Permit
If you currently hold a temporary quota work permit, or you are unsure, it is very important you read the below and take action.
The immigration act is being amended
Impending changes to the Immigration Act will see the quota work permit no longer being offered as a valid work permit option. This means you will not be able to renew your current quota work permit.
Below please see some pertinent Q & A’s regarding this
- Does it effect my current temporary quota or exceptional skills work permit?
No your permit remains valid until the date specified on your permit endorsement in your passport.
- Are quota / exceptional skills work permits being replaced by another type of work permit?
Whilst the immigration rules have yet to be finalised and signed off a new type of work permit will be offered – a critical skills permit. The critical skills work permit will be now be offered and in effect replace the current quota work permit and exceptional skills work permit.
- So can’t I just renew my quota / exceptional skills work permit with a critical skills permit?
Immigration is rarely that simple. The criteria for a critical skills permit will be very different to that of a quota permit and it may be that you do not qualification criteria.
So what should I do?
You need to start planning now. In the first contact us on 021 424 2460 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can then review your circumstances and advise you from there.