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Industrial and production engineers (SA)

Industrial and production engineers are in high demand in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs recently introduced the critical skills visa allowing highly skilled applicants to apply for the 5 year working visa.

Industrial And Production Engineers SA


Industrial and production engineers must meet the following criteria to qualify:

• 1 x occupation featured on critical skills occupation list

• Register occupation with a professional body in South Africa

• Assess all foreign qualifications

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Responsible assessing body:

Engineering council of South Africa

Qualifying for permanent residency:

Applicants who wish to apply for permanent residency must prove 5 years work experience to be eligible. The processing time for permanent residency in South Africa can take about 8 months to 1.5 years.

How do I know if my occupation is listed?

The Department of Home Affairs published the critical skills occupation list which can be viewed here.

Why should I apply for a critical skills visa?

The critical skills visa has numerous advantages:

• No job offer needed to apply for the critical skills visa

• 12 months to secure employment in South Africa

• No Department of Labour to further scrutinise your work visa application

• No experience needed (Although some assessing bodies require at least 3 years experience)

• Applicants can immediately apply for permanent residency, should they have more than 5 years experience

• No ties to a specific employer.

• 5 years working visa

Contact New World Immigration to assist you in applying for a critical skills work visa. Our friendly consultants will discuss your eligibility and alternative South African visas. Submit your enquiry now and find out if you qualify.

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