Corporate Account

Overview

A corporate permit allows a corporate entity (e.g. a mine group, farmer, etc.) to employ a pre-determined number of skilled/semi-skilled/unskilled workers. There is no fixed validity period for such permits as the validity period is determined and stipulated by the corporate entity upon application. Applications must be made at a Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre close to applicant’s residence.

Documents Required

    • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
    • Proof of the need to employ the requested number of foreigners
    • A certificate by the Department of Labour confirming:
      1. That despite diligent search, the corporate applicant was unable to find suitable citizens or permanent residents to occupy the position available in the corporate entity;
      2. The job description and proposed remuneration in respect of each foreigner;
      3. that the salary and benefits of any foreigner employed by the corporate applicant shall not be inferior to the average salary and benefits of citizens or permanent residents occupying similar positions in the Republic (Note: An acknowledgement letter from DoL confirming that this information has been sent to DHA electronically may also be accepted)
    • Proof of registration of the corporation with South African Revenue Service
    • Proof of registration of the corporation with Unemployment Insurance Fund
    • Proof of registration of the corporation with Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases
    • Proof of registration of the corporation with Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), where legally required
    • an undertaking by the employer to inform the Director-General should any foreign employee not comply with the provisions of the Act or visa conditions or is no longer in the employ of such employer or is employed in a different capacity or role; and
    • a written undertaking by the corporate applicant to pay the deportation costs of any foreign employee accepting responsibility for the return costs related to the deportation of the foreign employee, should it be necessary.
    • Proof that at least 60% of the total staff complement that are employed in the operations of the business are citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
    • An undertaking by the corporate applicant giving assurance that:
      1. The passport of the foreigner shall be valid at all times;
      2. The foreigner shall be employed by the corporate applicant to conduct work for the corporate applicant only in the specific position for which the visa has been issued;
      3. Such foreigner departs from the Republic upon completion of his or her contract of employment;
      4. Any foreigner employed in terms of the corporate visa at all times complies with the-
      1. provisions of the Act; and
      2. Terms and conditions of the corporate visa and of the corporate work certificate;
      3. The Director-General is immediately notified if there is reason to believe that the foreigner is no longer in compliance with the provisions of the Act; and
      4. The financial guarantees by the corporate applicant to defray deportation and other costs should the corporate visa be withdrawn, or certain foreigners fail to leave the Republic when no longer subject to the corporate visa, are complied with.
    • Confirmation by the corporate applicant that the application is not for any business undertaking which is listed as undesirable by the Minister from time to time in the Gazette,
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    CORPORATE WORKER CERTIFICATE

    • Duly completed online form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by Department of Home Affairs.
    • Passport valid for no less than 30 calendar days after expiry of the intended visit.
    • A medical report.
    • A radiological report.
    • Marriage certificate or in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
    • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
    • Proof of a union recognised in terms of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 1998 (Act No. 120 of 1998), where applicable.
    • Divorce decree, where applicable.
    • Proof of court order awarding custody, where applicable.
    • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
    • Written consent from both parents and/or sole custody parent, where applicable, with proof of sole custody.
    • Proof of legal adoption where applicable.
    • Legal separation order, where applicable.
    • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
    • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
    • A yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting through a yellow fever endemic area: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area)
    • Copy of the main corporate visa issued to the prospective employer
    • Original Corporate Worker Authorization Certificate (Fully completed)
    • A valid employment contract
    • A written undertaking by the corporate applicant to ensure that the foreigner departs from the Republic upon termination of his or her contract of employment or accepting responsibility for the return or costs related to the deportation of the foreigner should it become necessary
    • Proof of qualifications evaluated by SAQA, and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic, or skills and experience in line with the job offer; and
    • A certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act.
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    NOTES:  A corporate worker may not renew his or her corporate worker certificate or apply for a change of status in the Republic.

    Application for a corporate worker certificate in terms of bilateral agreements to employ foreigners partially, mainly or wholly from such foreign countries after issuance of a corporate worker authorization certification in terms of section 21(4)(b) read with regulation 20 and 10

    1. A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended stay.
    2. A full set of fingerprints.
    3. A valid employment contract entered into and attested in the worker’s country of origin, for a maximum period of 18 months for Mozambicans and 12 months for workers from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland.
    4. Corporate Worker Authorization Certificate (Fully completed)
    5. Proof of payment, where applicable

    Application for a corporate worker certificate for seasonal farm workers after issuance of a corporate worker authorization certificate in terms of section 21(4)(c) read with regulation 20 and 10

    1. A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry date of the intended stay.
    2. A full set of fingerprints.
    3. A valid employment contract, which has been entered into for a maximum period of 12 months.
    4. Corporate Worker Authorization Certificate (Fully completed)
    5. Proof of payment, where applicable

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 weeks for the decision to be returned from Department of Home Affairs. You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees

Category

DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee

Corporate Visa – Employer or Corporate Entity

1520

1350

Corporate Visa – Employee or Applicant

0

1350

Premium Lounge (Optional Service)

 

 500


All fees are inclusive of VAT and to be paid in South African Rand. Above listed fees are non-refundable once the application is received by VFS Global and Department of Home Affairs.

Once all supporting documentation is available as per the documentary checklist kindly proceed to complete the online application form. You will be required to pre-pay a minimum amount of R1350 in order to secure and schedule your appointment online.

Payment to secure your online appointment can be made in three methods:

  • Online payment via Debit/Credit card through the secure online portal
  • Pre-payment at Standard Bank by downloading and completing the online generated bank receipt and depositing the cash into the nearest Standard Bank
  • EFT payment through the secure online portal

Note- When selecting the pre-payment option, after payment has been done you are required to visit your online application form after 3 working days to proceed to schedule your appointment.