Critical skills visa
The Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGI-SA) is a comprehensive government plan that was launched to ensure the continuation of South Africa’s vibrant economic growth. One of the key elements of this plan is to recruit skilled foreigners in certain key areas.
A list of professional categories is available here.
Anybody who has formal qualifications in any of the above areas and can demonstrate practical experience can apply for a critical skills work visa. The application needs to be supported with an assessment carried out by a recognised professional body. For University lecturers (58) working in the creative industry, and professionals engaged in multimedia production, [either Multimedia Designer (56) or Multimedia Specialist (79)], SACIA is recognised by the Department of Home Affairs as the relevant professional body.
In order for SACIA to assess whether foreign nationals have the skill, experience and qualifications to qualify for a critical skills visa, applicants must submit the following information/ documentation:
If we do not have these we cannot begin with the Assessment.
Documents should be submitted to SACIA (send to CSA@sacia.org.za) – where “CSA” represents “Critical Skills Assessment”:
2. Duration and costs:
Please allow approximately six weeks for your critical skills submission to be assessed from the date of the email acknowledging receipt of your critical skills application by SACIA. Note, however, that if the required documents and information are not submitted timeously, this could further prolong the process.
Requests to Expedite a Critical Skills Assessment: We wish to advise that the Association has been receiving a very high volume of applications for Critical Skills assessments, which is placing huge pressures on SACIA staff and Assessors alike. Applications are usually processed in the order in which they are received (assuming that all required documentation has been presented and is in order). We do not, unfortunately, have any additional resources to process expedited requests and are therefore unable to do so.
3. Membership Application / Registration:
If you are not a registered member of SACIA you will also need to complete the application form and indicate that you are applying for a critical skills work visa.
4. Our Bank Account details are:
Bank: First National Bank
New applicants: please use your surname and initials as the reference if making a direct deposit.
5. Progress updates:
Please note that our processes do not allow for progress updates during the assessment process and we cannot provide you with any.
6. Critical Skills Assessment Certificates:
Successful applicants for critical skills assessment will receive two original copies of the written confirmation from the Association (SACIA). One of the originals will need to accompany your application to the relevant embassy / consulate / office of the Department of Home Affairs. These written confirmations will be posted by normal (non-trackable) post to the applicant. Should the applicant wish to make use of special postal services (e.g. courier), this will need to be arranged by the applicant, and any additional costs are for the applicant’s own account.
It is important to note that the provision of such a written confirmation of critical skills by the Association (SACIA) does not provide any guarantee whatsoever of a Critical Skills Work Visa or Permanent Residence Permit being issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs and SACIA gives no such assurances.
We very much regret that we are unable to provide such a service at this time, mainly due to the volume of requests for paid assessments that we are receiving, but also because the time taken to pre-assess an application is very similar to the time taken to prepare a full assessment.
9. Post-Qualification Experience:
“Post-Qualification Experience” (as the name suggests) is the professional experience you have gained since you graduated. It does not include any experience you may have gained while you were still attending an educational institution. Even if you are working towards your qualification part-time, our membership rules require us to subtract the equivalent for the period of your qualification as if it were studied on a full-time basis from your professional experience.