Zimbabweans Ride Critical Skills Wave
Since the new immigration regulations has been brought into effect, many Zimbabweans making use of the DZP visa have been left in the dark about the renewal process and whether the Department of Home Affairs are likely to renew it. Earlier this year, former Minister of Home Affairs, Naledi Pandor has announced that DZP holders would have to apply for a renewal in Zimbabwe at the South African Embassy.
A large number of Zimbabweans have communicated their disapproval to this response, as employers would not allow them time off to renew their DZP visas at the South African Embassy abroad. A large number of DZP visas are due to expire in November and December this year and one could just imagine the queues outside the South African Embassy.
Due to the current situation, a great number of Zimbabweans have started applying for the Critical Skills Visa to ensure a stable future moving forward and avoiding any uncertainty with regards to the DZP visa. A Zimbabwean national has been quoted saying; “The critical skills is a great visa option to apply for and offers me peace of mind, knowing that I can change my status from a DZP visa to a Critical Skills visa in South Africa”.
Over the past month, New World Immigration has received a number of calls from concerned DZP holders wanting to apply for the new critical skills visa. Surprisingly 80% of them qualify for the critical skills visa and have therefore made it their number 1 priority to invest in their future by applying for the critical skills visa. Some nationals has raised concerns that it would take about 3 months to apply for a renewal in Zimbabwe and they run the risk of losing their jobs as the renewal process might even take 3 months before they could return to South Africa.
Most Zimbabweans has recently figured that the DZP visa holds no future for them and most of them refuse to go back to the terrible conditions back in their home country. The processing times for the Critical Skills visa takes about 30-40 working days before you receive your visa. This visa is valid for a period of 5 years and is an open ended visa.
Why are Zimbabweans switching from the DZP visa to the Critical Skills Visa?
• The critical skills visa is renewable and needs no approval from government before applying for it.
• Zimbabweans no longer need to worry about whether Home Affairs will roll out a renewal phase.
• If Home Affairs decides to cancel the DZP visa, then all Zimbabweans who switched from the DZP visa to the Critical Skills visa will have the right to remain in South Africa and no need for them to go back to Zimbabwe.
Why is the Critical Skills Visa such an attractive option for them?
• No job offer needed to apply for this visa, this visa allows you to seek employment for a period of 12 months in South Africa.
• You can apply for permanent residency simultaneously with the critical skills visa if you can prove more than 5 years of experience in your profession.
• Department of labour excluded and this is a straight forward process.
How do I qualify for the Critical Skills Visa?
• Occupation listed on the critical skills list: Download critical skills list here......
• Registered with a professional governing body specific to your occupation
• Qualifications assessed and accepted by SAQA
I qualify and I would like to request an immigration consultant to call me?
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My occupation is not listed on the critical skills list? What now?
If your occupation is not listed then your best option would be to apply for the General Work Visa which New World immigration Consultants can assist you with.
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If your DZP visa is about to expire, we urgently advise you to contact New World Immigration on +2721 555 0951 or email us; firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to discuss your options.