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South Africa Permanent Residency - Exceptional Skills

A foreign national who possesses exceptional skills or qualifications may apply for permanent residency in South Africa by demonstrating to the Director-General the following:

  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Testimonials from previous employers, if applicable.
  • A letter from a foreign or South African organ or state or from an established South African academic, cultural or business body confirming the applicant’s extraordinary skills or qualifications.
  • Other proof to substantiate the 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.

This permit may be extended to the foreigner’s immediate family, as determined by the Director-General.