Critical Skills Visa

South Africa Critical Skills Visa is for individuals who possess specific skills and qualifications that are deemed critical by the Government of South Africa. Foreign professionals with such skills and qualifications will be able to obtain a South Africa Critical Skills Visa. A prior job offer is not required for individuals who wish to apply for South Africa Critical Skills Work Visa.    

South Africa critical skills visa is issued for a maximum period of five years with the possibility of extension. Dependent family members can accompany the holders of South Africa Critical Skills Visa. 

What is a critical skills work visa? 

As the name itself indicates, a critical skills work visa focuses on what is considered to be a critical skill in South Africa. In other words, it is defined as the skills that are unavailable within the country and need to attract from the overseas work force.       
South Africa critical Skills Visa Requirements
  • Valid passport 
  • Applicants age must be at least 23 years while filing application for  South Africa critical Skills Visa
  • Bachelors degree
  • Relevant work experience of five years 
  • Proof that the occupation falls within the critical skills category
  • Financial sufficiency
  • Proficient in English   

South Africa Critical Skills Visa Benefits

  • Pathway to work visa without a job offer 
  • Reside in South Africa for a maximum period of one year to get a job
  • Gateway to permanent residency along with five year working visa 
  • Employees have the freedom to move between employers
  • Less responsibilities on employers     
  • Bring your family members  

South Africa Critical Skills Visa Occupation List


The occupation list for South Africa Critical Skills Visa 2014 includes: 
  • Business, Economics and Management Studies
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Forestry Technician
  • Sheep Shearer
  • Architect
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Actuaries and Risk Assessors
  • Corporate General Manager
  • External Auditor
  • Financial Investment Advisor

Information Communication & Technology

  • CISCO Solution Specialist
  • CISCO Engineers
  • Solutions Architects in Telecommunications and ICT
  • Integrated Developers (PHP, PERL, JAVA)
  • Network Analyst
  • IT Security Specialist
  • System Integration Specialist
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Data Centre Operations
  • Network Specialist (Security)
  • Database Specialist
  • Microsoft System Engineers
  • Network Controllers
  • AV Specialist (Anti-virus)
  • Desktop Support Engineer

Engineering

  • Energy Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Installation Inspector
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Industrial and Production Engineers
  • Industrial Designer
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Production/Operations Manager
  • Quality System Manager
  • Research and Development Manager
  • Ship s Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineers
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Energy Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Metallurgical Engineering Technologist
  • Mining Engineering Technologist
  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
  • Automotive Electrician
  • Automotive Motor Mechanic
  • Boiler Maker
  • Chemical Engineering Technologist
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electronics Engineering Technologist
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Materials Engineering Technologist
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Physical and Engineering Science Technicians
  • Pressure Welder
  • Structural Plaster
  • Toolmaker

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Medical Superintendant/Public Health Manager
  • Public Health Physician
  • General and Specialist Medical Practitioner
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Veterinarian
  • Registered Nurse (child and family health)
  • Retail Pharmacist

Life and Earth Sciences

  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Manager
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Aquatic Scientist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Advanced Composites Engineering
  • Archaeological/Paleontological Specialist
  • Bioeconomist
  • Biochemists
  • Bioinformatician
  • Bioinformaticist
  • Biological Scientist
  • Botanical Scientist
  • Chemical Scientist
  • Computational Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ecological Scientist
  • Food Scientist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geohazards Specialist
  • Geologist
  • Geophycist
  • Laboratory Technologist and Technician
  • Marine Bioscientist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Metallurgical Scientist
  • Metrology
  • Microbiological Scientist
  • Polymer Scientist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Seismologist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Toxicology Scientist
  • Water Resource Scientist

Professionals and Associate Professional

  • Land and Engineering Surveyors
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Materials Engineering Technologist
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Practitioner
  • Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Engineering Technician
  • Organization and Methods Analyst (Incl. scheduler, estimator)
  • Surveying Technician
  • Geomatics Technician
  • Quantity Surveying Technician
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Materials Engineer Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Materials Engineering Technician - Road materials
  • Materials Tester
  • Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Agent/Manager/Officer
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Senior Technologist
  • Architectural Draughts person
  • Astronomer
  • Physicist (SKA)
  • Geomagnetic Physicist
  • Solar Physicist
  • Space Physicist
  • Plasma Physicist
  • Space Technologist
  • Space Weather Specialist
  • Magnetic Technology Specialist
  • Radar Engineering
  • Radio Frequency Engineering
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Contract Manager
  • Landscape Horticulturalist
  • Mining Technician

Trades

  • Millwright
  • Boilermaker (For Strategic Infrastructure Projects)
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Double Coded Welder
  • Rigger
  • Moulder
  • Raise-bore Operators
  • Raise-bore Foreman

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

  • Software Development Engineers and Managers
  • Systems Architects, Engineers and Managers
  • Foreign Language speakers for specialist language support and technical or sales support (German, Swiss German, Flemish, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and French)
  • Business Analyst
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist/Auditor
  • Customer Service Manager/Team Lead

Academics and Researchers

  • Doctoral Graduates (Acquired Abroad)
  • Research in any of the following areas;
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Galaxy Structure and Dynamics
  • Pulsars and Black Holes
  • Pulsars and Black Holes
  • Pulsars and Gravitational Waves
  • Deep Observations of the earliest Radio Galaxies
  • Dynamic and Transient Burst
  • VLBI Operations
  • Search for CO to investigate role of Molecular Hydrogen
  • Deep Surveyors of Neutral Hydrogen Gas in the Early Universe
  • Cosmology and Dark Energy
  • Cosmic Magnetism
  • Calibration and Imaging of Radio Interferometer data
  • Pulsar Research
  • Pulsar and Gravitational Waves
  • VLBI Operations
  • Signal Processing
  • Observational Radio Astronomy in General
  • Algorithm for Radio Astronomy
  • Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy
  • Supercomputing for Radio Astronomy
  • Software Development for Radio Astronomy
  • Data and Streaming- Real-Time Processing of Massive Data Amounts
  • Green Computing- Extreme Performance at Minor Energy Cost
  • Performance at Minor Energy Costs
  • EMC and Spectrum Management
  • Beam Modeling
  • Antenna Modeling
  • Feeds for Radio Astronomy Systems
  • Receivers for Radio Astronomy Systems
  • Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy
  • High Speed Data Transport
  • Nano-photonics-Data Transport Power
  • Nanotechnology
  • Palaeosciences
  • Reduction over Short and Long Distances
  • Antenna Design
  • Antenna Foundation Design
  • RFI Shielded Buildings and Facilities
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Space Science and Technology
  • Global Change
  • Energy Security
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Earth Observation
  • Natural and Applied Science

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