Those foreign students who have Appeal Applications pending-please read the below press release by the Department of Home Affairs- there is a provision for you, until the end of April 2015
“Dear Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele
May 2014 saw some fundamental changes to the way work visas could be applied for, not least was the alterations to the General Work Visa.
Below we take a look at some of these changes to the General Work Visa and as importantly what the actual effect of the implementation of these new regulations has meant.
When is it appropriate to apply for a general work visa?
It is important to understand the rationale behind the General Work Visa category. There exists a number of work visa options that cater for:
Those applicants who have what is deemed a critical skill – this is a comprehensive list of occupations and professions that can apply for a work visa (critical skills visa) without the need of an employment offer and based upon the fact that South Africa is in need of the talent that they supply.
Critical Skills Category Profile: IT Professionals:
A scarce skill is a qualification or job for which there are too few qualified people in South Africa. South Africa’s skills shortage poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential,so to address these shortages the Critical Skills Visa-which replaces the previous Quota and Exceptional skills work permits-is based around the applicant’s qualification sector and occupation. Read more Critical skills IT professionals-South Africa ›
I’m not going to sugar coat it. South Africa has a huge unemployment rate.
The recent statistics are about 25% or around around 5.067 million people.
There are many South Africans without jobs.
However…There are currently as many as 829 800 unfilled jobs in South Africa for highly-skilled workers across a wide range of occupations in South Africa.
Adcorp warns that ‘South Africa’s skills shortage poses a significant limitation on the country’s long-term economic growth potential, with viable economic opportunities often rendered thereby unviable..”
Landing a job in South Africa can be quite difficult, but it is far from impossible, and in certain professions, dare I say it – relatively easy for those in the right professions.
An astronomer, a Biochemist and a farmer are on a plane together…
What could be mistaken as a lead up to a cliché old joke, is actually a very plausible scenario in relation to the South African Critical Skills Work Visa.
There are some qualifications which are classified as exceptional by the South African government, and that, coupled with the fact South Africa has a skill shortage in certain professions, resulted in the much appreciated landing of the new Work Visa termed the Critical Skills Work Visa, introduced May 2014 Read more Critical Skills Work Visa ›