27(b)Extra ordinary skills

Overview

Applicants applying for a permanent residence permit maybe required to provide;

  • Testimonials from previous employers, if applicable.
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae.
  • A letter from a foreign or South African organ of state or from an established South African academic, cultural or business body confirming the applicant’s extraordinary skills or qualifications.
  • Other proof to substantiate extraordinary skills or qualifications, such as publications and testimonials.
  • Proof that the extraordinary skill shall add value to the South African environment in which he or she intends to operate.

Documents Required

SECTION 27(B) - APPLICANTS WITH CRITICAL SKILLS

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

Applicants must renew their temporary resident visa whilst awaiting the outcome for permanent residence permit
  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R2870. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • A marriage certificate, a notarial agreement, a customary union certificate and a civil union certificate as proof that the applicant has been the spouse of a citizen or permanent resident for five years at the time of application.
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be in respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original police clearance certificate for all applicants 18 years of age and older, in respect of all countries of residence for one year or longer. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit 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 or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category as per prescribed list.
  • A certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of Section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualification Framework Act or the relevant Department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant, if required by law.. Not applicable to graduates from South African Institutions.
  • Proof of qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority       Not applicable to graduates from South African Institutions.
  • Proof of post qualification experience of at least five years. Not applicable to graduates from South African Institutions.
  • Testimonials from previous employers
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation indicating the critical skills possessed by the applicant will be to the benefit of the South African environment in which he/she intends to operate and which relates to the critical skill in question
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

[Section 27(b)] spouse accompanying critical skills visa holder main applicant

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

The applicant must renew his/her visa whilst awaiting the outcome of his/her permanent residence permit application

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • A marriage certificate, a notarial agreement, a customary union certificate and a civil union certificate as proof that the applicant has been the spouse of a citizen or permanent resident for five years at the time of application.
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be in respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic. Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, in respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic, as the case may be.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original police clearance certificate for all applicants 18 years of age and older, in respect of all countries of residence for one year or longer. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit 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 or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

[ section 27(b)] dependent accompanying critical skills visa holder

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

The applicant must renew his/her visa whilst awaiting the outcome of his/her permanent residence permit application

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid temporary residence visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant joining parents, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman).
  • Medical report for all applicants.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit 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 or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • An undertaking by the citizen or the permanent resident he or she is able and willing to assume financial, emotional, medical and physical responsibility.
  • Written consent of both parents where only one of the parents is immigrating.
  • Copy of the Identity document of the parent(s) or legal guardian who is the citizen or permanent resident if applicable.
  • Copy of permanent residence permit if the parent(s) or legal guardian is a permanent resident if applicable.
  • Present yourself for biometrics  at the visa facilitation centre.

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 months 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

27 (b) Extra Ordinary Skills

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.