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Permanent Residence – Critical Skills

Are you thinking of living and working in South Africa permanently? The critical skills route offers highly skilled applicants the option of becoming a permanent resident in South Africa. It is crucial to know that you are eligible to apply for permanent residence before submitting your application.

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The critical skills allow applicants who qualify to apply for permanent residency based on their occupation, qualifications and work experience.

How to qualify for permanent residency through critical skills:

  • Applicants must prove 5 years work experience
  • Proof that occupation is listed on the Critical Skills Occupation list
  • Registered with a professional body (specific to your occupation) 

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Why apply for permanent residency:

  • Live and work freely in South Africa
  • No need to renew your permanent residency permit
  • Direct route to South African citizenship
  • Obtain a non South African citizen identity document


Try our free visa assessment and our friendly consultants will contact you within 24 hours!

Our free visa assessment includes the following:

  • Permanent residence eligibility assessment
  • Permanent residency processing times 

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