Is your company transferring you to their South African branch?
Are you looking for a work opportunity in South Africa?
South Africa’s rainbow nation boasts of many different nationalities that have made our beautiful country their home.
One of the biggest pools of talent has come from India and below we look at obtaining a South Africa work permit from India and answer some of the most common questions.
Does South Africa need you?
It is no secret that South Africa is struggling with a high unemployment rate. As at 30 July 2019, South Africa’s unemployment rate sat at 29%.
Yet despite millions of people being unemployed, South Africa still has large skill shortfalls in certain areas. Skilled areas usually require a tertiary qualification, but 57% of South Africans unemployed in the second quarter of 2019 had an education level below matric.
Examples of areas in need of qualified and skilled talent are IT and engineering. Both of these industries appear on South Africa’s critical skills list.
So in short – if you have the right skills and experience, then South Africa do need you.
What are my options for applying for a South Africa work permit from India?
Let’s first clarify a naming convention that changed in 2014 – temporary permits were renamed visas. There are four work visas that offer temporary residency. Below we’ll cover all four that’s available to you:
If a company is contracting your services
It happens often that a multi-national company has to transfer an employee to South Africa or that a South African has to employ individuals from overseas for a project. In these cases, the intra-company transfer or corporate visa are applicable:
Your employer will use the intra-company transfer work visa to transfer you from an overseas office to a branch, affiliate or subsidiary in South Africa. The intra-company transfer visa will then allow you to stay and work in South Africa for up to 2 years. Your spouse and children may also accompany you. While your spouse won’t be allowed to work, your child will be allowed to go to school by using a study permit.
This is an employer held visa and is a sort of ‘blanket permission’ to employ a certain amount of foreign workers for certain positions in a specified period of time. Obtaining a corporate work visa is hugely beneficial to an organisation. It not only reduces costs, but also speeds up the work visa application process. As an individual applying under the corporate visa, you do not have to provide for many of the requirements usually associated with a work visa.
Where you are immigrating to South Africa as an individual
There are two options if you want to obtain work permit for South Africa in your own capacity:
The critical skills work visa is based on a list of occupations in need of skills in South Africa. If you don’t have a job offer when you apply for your visa, you’ll have 12 months to secure employment from when your visa is issued. Critical skills work visas are valid for up to 5 years, but can also offer immediate permanent residency if you meet certain criteria.
You can only apply for this visa if you have a job offer and if the employer can prove that they did make an effort to first find local talent for the position. If successful, general work visas are usually valid for up to 4 years.
Can I apply for a South African work permit in India?
Yes, the Immigration Act stipulates that all first-time work visa applications must be made in the applicants country of origin. You’ll submit any future renewals in South Africa.
How can Intergate help me?
Intergate is one of South Africa’s most respected immigration companies. Since in our inception in 2005, we’ve successfully processed more than 40,000 visas for individuals from across the world, including India.
The first step is always a free and non obligatory assessment through which we determine your eligibility for a work visa. During the assessment, our consultants also advise on work visa requirements and answer any questions you may have.
Should you qualify for a work visa and decide to use our services, our team will compile, submit and assist through the work visa application process.
How can I get in touch with Intergate?
We look forward to welcoming you to hundreds of clients we’ve assisted in securing a South Africa work permit from India.