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South Africa Work Permits

Foreign nationals can apply for work in South Africa on a temporary basis via a number of different permits depending on their circumstances. These permits include: the General Work Permit, Quota Work Permit, Exceptional Skills Work Permit, and the Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit.


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.

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Quota Work Permit

Usually on an annual basis the Ministers of Labour and Trade & Industry publish a notice within the local Gazette indicating a number of work permits available for which there is a skills shortage within the country.

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Exceptional Skills Work Permit

The current South African Immigration Act makes it possible for foreigners with exceptional skills or qualifications to apply for a temporary work permit for up to 3 years.

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Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit

The South African Intra-Company Transfer Permit is issued to a foreign national who is being transferred by his or her company to work for their affiliate branch within South Africa. The maximum duration for the permit is 2 years.

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