South African Critical Skills Visa for IT professionals

IT Professionals

South Africa needs IT professionals and the new critical skills visa gives you the perfect opportunity to immigrate to South Africa with a 5 year work visa.

The below occupations are listed on the new critical skills list meaning:

  • There is no requirement for you to have a job offer to apply for the critical skills visa.
  • You can move to South Africa and have a complete 12 months period to find employment.
  • As a critical skill occupation, extensive research has resulted in various stakeholders agreeing that South Africa lacks these skills in the local labour market – meaning your chances of securing employment are high.
  • After 5 years apply for permanent residency.

Read on to see if your occupation qualifies.

Professional sector as listed for a critical skills visa

Information Communication & Technology


  • Confirmation in writing from the accredited professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA, confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience.
  • Proof of application for certificate of registration with the accredited professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA
  • Proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the South Africa.
  • Proof of employment within 12 months after obtaining a Critical Skills work visa in the form of an employment contract specifying the occupation and capacity in which the foreigner shall be employed.


  • AV Specialists (Anti-virus)
  • CISCO engineers
  • CISCO solutions specialist
  • Data Centre Operations
  • Database Specialists
  • Desktop support Engineer
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Integrated Developers(PHP, Perl, Java )
  • IT Security Specialist
  • Microsoft System Engineers
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Controllers
  • Network Specialists (Security)
  • Solution architects in Telecommunications and ICT
  • System Integration Specialist

Free consultation for IT professionals for a critical skills visa

Established in 2006 and having successfully processed over 6000 visa applications, Intergate are ideally placed to assist you in establishing your eligibility for a critical skills visa.

Contact us

You can call us on +27 (0) 21 424 2460 (Cape Town) or +27 (0) 11 234 4275 (Johannesburg), email us here or even request a call back.

We also welcome visits to our offices:

Cape Town
Intergate Immigration Service (Pty) Ltd.
Graphic Centre, 2nd Floor
199 Loop Street
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

Intergate Immigration Service (Pty) Ltd.
Block D – Second Floor, Edenburg Terraces
348 Rivonia Boulevard
Rivonia 2128, Johannesburg
South Africa