Processing Times for Work Permits in South Africa
If you are considering going to South Africa on a work permit, you need to have a basic idea of how long the whole process will take so that you can plan accordingly. As there are different types of work permits, with slightly different processing times, you need to know what applies to the type of work permit that you are applying for.
Processing Times for the Different Permits
Section 11(2) Permits
When you apply for a Section 11(2) Permit through NWI, you will only wait for a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 1 week for your application to be processed. How long you will need to wait will depend on how much work Home Affairs has to deal with at the time you apply.
Spouse Visa Working Rights
The processing time to add Working Rights to this type of visa will be somewhere between 30 and 80 business days when you apply through your immigration expert. The processing time should be about 30 days, but due to the delays that sometimes take place at the Department of Home Affairs; you might end up waiting longer for your application to be processed. To reduce the time taken to compile your application, make sure you have a job offer letter in place to speed things up!
Quota Work Permit
The processing time for this type of permit is the same as that of the Spouse Visa Working Rights. It is good to keep in mind that the whole process will go a lot faster if all your documentation is ready when you apply. Speak to a consultant at NWI to get all the necessary information regarding these documents. Please keep in mind we would need to incorporate SAQA processing into the process so this must be taken into consideration. Having a SAQA certificate already will help reduce the processing time considerably.
Exceptional Skills Permit
The processing time for this type of permit is between 60 and 80 days, depending again on how busy the offices of Home Affairs are at the time of application. Again, it is important that the documents you have are readily available. Testimonials, reference letters and motivation from organisational institutions related to your industry will help reduce the processing time.
Intra Company Work Permit
The processing time is between 60 and 80 working days if the application is lodged in South Africa. It will be approximately 30 days wait if the application is lodged abroad at the South African Consulate or at an Embassy. Make sure the HR member at your company acts quick when documents are requested.
General Work Permit
If you want to ensure that your General Work Permit is processed in the least amount of time possible, then you should make use of NWI in order to get the best results. You will only wait about 1 or 2 months for your application to be ready for approval. Making use of an immigration expert is a sure fire way to avoid all the red tape that is involved with these applications – let the professionals do the work for you.
By Robbie Ragless