Apply For A South Africa Work Visa, Visa Requirements

If you’re considering moving to South Africa as a professional, the next step is applying for a work visa.

This article will help you understand what it takes and how long it might take to get your visa approved.


To qualify for a work visa, you must be a citizen of a country whose citizens are eligible for work in South Africa.

If you’re an American citizen and want to work in South Africa, your employer will need to hire you through their local partner company.

The requirements for obtaining this type of visa are listed below:

  • You must have a valid passport at least six months before its expiry date (unless otherwise specified).
  • Your Passport must also have at least two blank pages left on it so that they can stamp your work permit card when applying for one with immigration authorities!

Documents required

  • Passport
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Birth certificate (if you are a child)
  • A marriage certificate applies to you and your partner(s). You will need this to apply for a South Africa work visa and a marriage-based visa.

It is also required if applying for any other type of visa, such as an Indian passport holder or visitor visa.

Steps to applying for a South Africa Work Visa

  1. Check the requirements
  2. Check the visa category
  3. Check the documents required
  4. Check the fees
  5. Schedule an interview, if required

Get your fingerprints and photo taken.

You will need your fingerprints and photo taken at the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) or one of their authorized agents.

The documents that you need to bring along are:

  • Your Passport:

This must be valid for at least six months after your application date and should contain a machine-readable zone (MRZ). 

  • A photocopy of all previous travel visas:

This includes visa extensions issued before applying for an SA work permit or permanent residency status. If these have been lost/stolen, then please contact us as soon as possible so we can help rectify matters

Schedule an interview

Schedule an interview

After you’ve submitted your application, it’s time to schedule an interview.

The process of scheduling an interview can be done online or by phone and should be done at least two weeks before the visa processing center needs to receive it.

  • You will need to provide a copy of your Passport,
  • any documentation related to your skills and experience that pertains to this position (such as letters from previous employers),
  • copies of transcripts from schools you attended,
  • and references who can attest to your ability in the field where you’re applying for work authorization in South Africa,

as well as proof that you have enough funds available/available credit line on your current bank account so they won’t charge extra fees if they decide not to accept payment via card due process takes longer than expected, which may cause problems with other parts like paying rent, etc, so make sure everything is ready before calling up one last time!

Prepare for the interview.

You’re going to be asked a lot of questions, so you need to be prepared.

Before the interview:

  • Read and understand the Immigration Act (Act No. 4 of 1962). This can help you prepare for what might come up in your interview and how to answer them.
  • Practice answering these questions with a friend or family member until they’ve got the answers down pat: How do I describe myself? What skills do I possess that would make me an ideal candidate for this position? What are my goals after working here for X number of years/months/weeks/days/hours? Do I have relatives who live overseas and would like to visit them (this one is important), or do I prefer living alone in Cape Town because it’s more convenient for work purposes but still close enough that we could see each other now if need be?
Pay the visa application fee.

You must first pay the fee if you want to apply for a South African work visa.

There are several ways to pay your application fee, But you must choose the right way so your application will be processed.

Attend the interview
  • Be on time. The interviewer will get to know you better and decide whether they want to hire you.
  • Bring all the required documents, like your CV and references from previous employers who have worked with you for at least six months (if possible). You can also bring an official letter from your current employer saying you are still employed there. Still, it’s unnecessary—the visa officer will check this information when they see it anyway.
  • Dress for an interview—no tank tops, flip flops, or shorts! It’s best if you wear jeans or pants instead of skirts because it makes sense professionalism during job interviews; plus, it shows respect towards yourself and someone else who might need help being more professional too!

South Africa Work Visa

work permit south africaYou can apply for a South Africa work visa if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia and have been granted employment in an approved occupation.

The SA Work Visa is issued for up to three years. This means you can travel and work in South Africa yearly without renewing your visa.

The Last Word

We hope this overview of how to apply for a South Africa work visa has been helpful to you.

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