Critical Skills Visa

Overview

Critical Skills Visa applications can be made at any Visa Facilitation Centre in South Africa. Please note that an applicant must ensure he/she falls under the Critical Skills category before applying for a visa or permit.

List of Critical Skills as per Gazette

Note : All current holders of Quota work permit who are required to submit annual reports as a condition of their permit are advised to follow the procedure mentioned below:

  • Previously the client would approach the regional office of Home Affairs and submit the required documents as part of their reporting. With the repealing of the Quota work permit this function has not be carried over to VFS. To remedy the situation and to ensure a smoother transition, an email address: quota.reports@dha.gov.za has been set up to allow the clients to continue to comply with the condition of Quota Reporting. Clients will not be required to approach VFS for this service.
  • Current holders of Quota work permits are advised to submit CLEAR and READABLE copies of the following documents via the email address mentioned above:

    • Valid contract of employment,
    • Certified Proof of registration with relevant professional body, board or council, where required,
    • Comprehensive CV,
    • Testimonials,
    • Certified Proof of SAQA evaluation certificate of qualifications; and
    • Certified copies of pages in passport reflecting personal details and quota work permit obtained.
  • On receipt of the required documents the Department of Home Affairs will issue the client with a compliance letter confirming whether the client continues to comply with the conditions of the work visa issued to them. The compliance letter will be signed and scanned back to the applicant via the email from which the applicant sent the required documents.

This process is only applicable to persons who are due to report. This email will not receive any new applications and should not be used to make enquiries. All enquiries in this regard should be made to (012) 425-3000

Documents Required

    • 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 (not older than 6 months on the day of submission)
    • A radiological report (not older than 6 months on the day of submission)
    • 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)
    • A written undertaking by the employer accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary (Where there is no employer: proof of sufficient financial means to the value of a minimum of R3 000 in the form of three months bank statements)
    • A written undertaking by the employer to ensure that the passport of his or her employee is valid at all times for the duration of his or her employment (Where there is no employer: A written undertaking by the applicant to ensure that the passport of the applicant shall be valid at all times for the duration of his or her temporary visa)
    • Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category by specifically indicating the occupation/critical skill for which the application is being made. The occupation/critical skill must be on the Critical Skills list.
    • proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.
    • If required by law, proof of application for a certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in terms of section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act;
    • a confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(0 of the National Qualifications Framework Act, or any relevant government Department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience, (if not attached, VFS official to check Directive 22 of 2014)
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    Notes: A critical skills work visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years. Where there is no offer of employment a critical skills visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding one year.

     

    CRITICAL SKILL WORK VISA – RENEWAL

    • 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 (not older than 6 months on the day of submission)
    • A radiological report (not older than 6 months on the day of submission)
    • 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)
    • A written undertaking by the employer accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary (All renewals must be accompanied by an offer of employment or employer contact. No renewal without employment contract except for the occupations listed under the category of Life and Earth Sciences and Academics and Researchers)
    • A written undertaking by the employer to ensure that the passport of his or her employee is valid at all times for the duration of his or her employment (Where there is no employer: A written undertaking by the applicant to ensure that the passport of the applicant shall be valid at all times for the duration of his or her temporary visa)
    • For the occupations listed under the category of Life and Earth Sciences and Academics and Researchers, where there is no employment contract, proof of financial means. (Applicant to also submit additional proof of financial means every 12 months thereafter)
    • Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category by specifically indicating the occupation/critical skill for which the application is being made as it appears on the critical skills list.
    • proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.
    • If required by law, proof of application for 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;
    • a confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(0 of the National Qualifications Framework Act, or any relevant government Department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience, (if not attached, VFS official to check Directive 22 of 2014)
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

    CRITICAL SKILLS WORK VISA (EXTENSION OF VISA INITIALLY ISSUED FOR 12 MONTHS)

    • 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.
    • 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
    • Contract of Employment or Offer of Employment signed by both applicant and the employer stating the condition that the contract will only be valid provided the applicant obtains a valid critical skills work visa)
    • A written undertaking by the employer accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary
    • A written undertaking by the employer to ensure that the passport of his or her employee is valid at all times for the duration of his or her employment
    • Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category by specifically indicating the occupation/critical skill for which the application is being made. The occupation/critical skill must be on the Critical Skills list.
    • Copy of the Critical Skills Work Visa recently issued to the applicant for 12 months.
    • Proof of payment of the applicable fee

Notes:

A critical skills work visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years. Where there is no offer of employment a critical skills visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding one year.

Where the applicant was already issued with a Critical Skills Work Visa for 12 months, the extension shall not exceed four (4) years until the next renewal.

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

Critical Skills Visa

1520

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.