As you may or may not have heard, the Quota and exceptional skills visas are no longer accommodated in the South African Immigration Act.
Unfortunately you will no longer be able to renew the term of these visas. For many people this can be extremely worrying and problematic. However before you start stressing, please be aware that we are here to help you.
With the right information, helpful tips and access to excellent immigration agents, you will be okay. Today we want to provide you with some helpful information with regard to the Quota and exceptional skills visas.
What do I do if I want to continue to stay in South Africa?
If you wish to continue staying in South Africa, you will need to explore your visa options. An experienced immigration company like Intergate Immigration, can assign you a professional immigration consultant, who will be able to sit down with you and help you look at qualifying for another type of visa.
What do I need to be aware of?
If you are going to change to a General Work Visa or a Critical Skills visa, you will need to be aware that this can take a long time. Sometimes up to eight months. Be sure to take the time constraints into consideration when you are planning ahead.
What else do I need to consider during my planning phase?
Please note that a South African Police clearance is required and this, due to backlogs, is currently taking about 8 weeks. An application will not be accepted without this police clearance. This must be taken into consideration when planning.
What else do I need to know?
As you will be changing status and applying for a new type of visa, you will be also required to provide a police clearance from any country that you have been resident in for 12 months or longer since you were 18 years old.
Where can I learn more about the Quota and exceptional skills visas renewal process?
Please feel free to read more about this on our website here
I need help with my Quota and exceptional skills visa
If you have any questions or concerns with regard to your Quota and exceptional skills visa, please feel free to give us a call. Our Cape Town office is available on +27 (0) 21 424 2460 and our Johannesburg office can be reached at +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively request a call back for more information.