Your years of work experience is key
When applying for permanent residency under the critical skills category, there are various criteria you have to meet. For instance, you have to meet certain health and character requirements.
However, the main requirement that will determine your eligibility is having 5 years’ appropriate post-graduate qualification work experience. This work experience doesn’t have to come from working in South Africa.
Here’s how it works:
You already have 5 years’ experience:
If you have 5 years’ relevant post-graduate work experience, you could apply for permanent residence straight away. There is no need to first apply for temporary residency.
Here’s the snag though – The Department of Home Affairs is currently taking up to 2 years to finalise permanent residence applications. This means you might still have to start by applying for temporary residency, depending on when you’d like to be in South Africa.
The silver lining is that you can then apply for your critical skills permanent residence permit as soon as you receive your visa.
You have none or some years of experience:
Should you be in a position where you don’t have relevant post-graduate work experience yet, but would like to come to South Africa to work, you could, but you’d have to apply for a critical skills visa which is temporary residency. As soon as you have 5 years’ relevant work experience, you’ll be able to apply for permanent residency.
However, in cases where you have some experience, you’ll only need to work for the remaining required years in South Africa before being able for apply for a permit. For instance, if you have 3 years’ post-graduate work experience, then you only have to gain the necessary 2 years’ of work experience on your temporary visa before being able to apply for a critical skills permanent residence permit.
A note here – when you’re in the country on a critical skills visa, you may apply for permanent residency from South Africa. However, it is always best to seek professional advice on this matter as where you submit your application can have far-reaching consequences.
Student studying towards a degree in an area listed on the critical skills list? Please read this article.
The first step in your journey
The first step is assessing whether or not you qualify for a critical skills permanent permit. Our consultants use the following/look at the following:
- Your qualification.
- Your occupation.
- Your years of experience.
- Your registration with the appropriate professional bodies. This is a crucial part of the application and, in some instances, a huge hurdle to overcome. Registration can take years for some professions, such as engineers, nurses and medical practitioners.
Booking an assessment with Intergate
It’s easy to book an assessment with one of our immigration consultants:
- Give us a call on either +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or +27 (0) 11 234 4275.
- Ask for a call back and a consultant will contact you.
- Or simply do it online.
Should you choose either route 2 or 3, a consultant will endeavor to contact you within 24 hours to do the assessment and discuss the way forward.
Have we mentioned?
Our immigration eligibility assessment is free – it won’t cost you a cent.
Let’s recap the critical skills permanent permit…
You are eligible for a South African critical skills permanent permit when you have 5 years’ relevant post qualification experience. It’s not necessary for this experience to have been gained in South Africa.
Plus, if you already have 5 years’ work experience, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence straight away. Getting assessed it’s the only way to find out if you are and it’s totally free!
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