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South Africa General Work Visa

The South African general work visa allows immigrants to enter South Africa for up to 5 years in order to fill job roles for which native workers are not available.

Length of stay

The South African General Work visa can be issued for up to 5 years.


Spouses and dependent family members, such as children, can be included on this visa.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants for the South African Intra-Company Transfer visa must meet several eligibility criteria for the visa to be granted. Applicants mus provide:

  • A completed General Work visa online application form

  • A passport that is valid for at least 30 days after the expected end date of the visa

  • An employment contract with a South African employer, signed by both parties

  • A certificate from the South African Department of Labour

  • A certificate of evaluation issued by the South African Qualifications Authority for any foreign qualifications

  • Proof of the employer's registration with the South African Registrar of Companies

  • A signed agreement from the employer promising to inform the South African Director -General if the applicant's leaves the employment, or if the applicant is employed in a new role

  • A vaccination certificate if the applicant is planning to travel from or through a Yellow Fever risk area

  • Proof of sufficient maintenance funds to last until until the applicant's first salary payment, such as bank statements or travellers' checks

  • A cash deposit to cover deportation of the main applicant and any dependent family members if required, OR;

    • A signed agreement from the applicant's employer promising to cover the cost of deportation

  • Medical and radiological reports issued within the 6 months leading up to the application

  • Police/criminal record certificates from all countries which the applicant has spent more than 12 months in since the age of 18

  • A marriage certificate, or certain equivalent documents, where the applicant's spouse is included on the application

  • Birth and/or adoption certificates, where the applicant's children are included on the application

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