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South Africa General Work Permit

The South African General Work Permit is issued to any foreign national who wishes to work on a temporary basis within South Africa, and whose work position does not fall within the category as determined by the quota work permit.

The application will need to be accompanied by:

  • A conditional offer of employment from the South African based employer.
  • The employer will need to satisfy the Director-General as to why they are unable to employ a person from within the Republic with qualifications (or skills and experience) equivalent to those of the applicant.
  • The employer will need to provide proof of publication of an advertisement for the position within the national print media.
  • The employer will also need to satisfy the Director-General that the terms and conditions under which they intend to employ the foreigner, including salary and benefits, are not inferior to those of the prevailing market.
  • The applicant will need to provide proof of the necessary qualifications and experience, as evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The holder of a general work permit must submit to the Director-General proof of continued employment within 6 months of its issuance, as well as every year thereafter.

The holder of a general work permit may also qualify to submit an application for permanent residence provided they have been employed for a period of at least 5 years.