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How Industrial engineers can apply for a Critical Skills Visa.

How Industrial engineers can apply for a Critical Skills Visa.

How Industrial Engineers Can Apply For A Critical Skills Visa


A critical skills visa allows an applicant to live and work in South Africa for 5 years from the day that your work visa is successful. The critical skills visa allows applicants to apply for permanent residency if they are eligible.

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A pivotal part of the visa process is completing your registration with a professional accredited body in South Africa. The registration process is carried out by a statutory body in South Africa which is recognized by South African Qualifications Authority.

What is involved with the registration process? (Professional Candidate)

• Assessment of Skills

• Assessment of foreign qualifications

Who is the responsible professional accredited body in South Africa?

Engineering council of South Africa 

What other requirements should I complete before submitting my application?

• All foreign qualifications should be assessed by SAQA

How do I qualify for a critical skills visa?

• Register with a professional accredited body in South Africa

• Assess all foreign qualifications

• Occupation present on the Critical Skills List (View list)

Applying for permanent residency?

Applicants may apply for permanent residency immediately if they can prove 5 years work experience.

Where should I apply for a critical skills visa?

Applicants who are applying for a critical skills visa without holding a valid South African temporary long stay visa must apply in their country of residence. Applicants who hold a valid South African temporary long stay visa may apply for a change of status in country.

How long does it take to process a critical skills visa?

Submit abroad: 30 -40 working days (Depending upon the amount of applications lodged at that point in time)

Lodged in South Africa: 30-40 working days (According to DHA)

Once your application has been successful, your passport will be endorsed with a critical skills visa sticker.

Apply for your critical skills visa now!

Try our FREE VISA CONSULTATION to find out if you’re eligible to apply for a critical skills visa. Our friendly consultants will contact you within 24 hours.

Submit your enquiry now by using one of the following methods:

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Email: consultant@nwisouthafrica.co.za

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