If you wish to work in South Africa as a foreigner, this is possible due to the several work visas available that one can apply for to work and reside in South Africa.
The Intra Company Transfer Work Visa (ICT) is the ideal visa for companies with multiple branches all across the globe.
An ICT visa allows an employee from the company abroad to be transferred to the affiliate company in South Africa.
The ICT visa can be granted for up to and not exceeding four (4) years. This visa is non-renewable if you are granted with the full four (4) years but should the applicant apply for less than four (4) years initially, the ICT can be renewed until it reaches the four (4) years limit.
Main Ojective of an Intra Company Transfer Work Visa (ICT)
The Immigration Act 13 of 2002 is responsible for regulating foreign employment in the Republic of South Africa.
This act lays out the rules and regulations for admission of foreigners into South Africa, their residence in South Africa and their departure from South Africa as well as the ability for foreigners to work within the Republic.
The Immigration Regulations were improved in May 2014 which brought many changes in relation to work visas.
The employment of foreigners is also regulated by The Employment Services Act 4 of 2014 of which came into effect in August 2015 and was introduced to promote employment while simultaneously decreasing the unemployment rates within the Republic.
The Employment Services Act aims to support the employment of foreigners which is consistent with the provisions set out in the Immigration Act.
The Labour Court has jurisdiction to preside over any issues relating to the employment of foreigners and also implements to sanctions for non-compliance as set out in the Immigration Act. Continue reading
Persons wishing to take up employment in South Africa can apply for a work visa in one of the following categories.
Intra-company transfer work visa
allows an employee to be transferred from an overseas branch to a South African branch for a period not exceeding 4 years. The application process for this type of permit is a straightforward one, which makes it relatively easy to obtain the permit. However, an intra-company permit cannot be renewed and is therefore only applicable for those requiring 4 years or less for work abroad. Applicants who are on a current ICT issued under the old law can apply for a new ICT, but submit this application overseas. It will then be issued for 4 years. Directive 19 of 2014 has clarified this. Continue reading
Since the Immigration Amendment Act in May 2014 came into effect, South Africa is struggling with the dysfunctional work permit system. The South African work visa requires a certificate of the Department of Labour, which will ensure the need to employ a foreigner. But delays in implementation and the still ill-equipped South African Department of Labour require a processing time of 4 months to issue a recommendation, and after that the applicant will still not know if it is positive or negative. That is just the beginning of the serious problems in the work permit system.
On his online letter, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Zulu chief, South African politician, founder and chairman of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and South Africa’s former Minister of Home Affairs (1994 –2004), writes about South Africa ´s dysfunctional work permit system:
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP