What are the fees for a work permit in South Africa?

How much does a work permit cost in SA?

Work Permit Cost
Are you considering immigrating to South Africa
or perhaps you’ve been offered a job here and you are looking to find out what the costs are of a work visa?

We understand that this is an intimidating process and that you are overwhelmed by the wealth of information you found online.

We created the work visa costing guide to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and make the necessary financial provisions to start the process.

Today we discuss the government fees and external fees that are due when you apply for a work visa. Knowing what to pay in advance will help you better prepare financially when the time comes to start the process and thus help you avoid any delays.

We’ll break down the pricing for each work visa so that you can have a much better idea, instead of summarizing the pricing for you. This will give you a better understanding and show exactly what processes need to be paid.

To have this information handy at all times, we recommend that you bookmark this post so that you can reference it back and forth when you need to.

These are the different South Africa visa types you can apply for.

What is the fee for a work permit?

Different work permits have different fees as all of them have one or two differences. These fees are strictly based on submitting in South Africa.

Remember that working without a work permit in South Africa is illegal and you need to stay on the right side of the law.

Corporate Visa:

So before we dive into the fees for the corporate visa, it is important to remember that the corporate visa is split into 2 parts. The employer (the company) has to first apply for the Corporate account and then once approved only may the foreign applicant apply for the visa.

Corporate Visa Account:

  • DHA application Fee: R 1,520.00
  • VFS Service Fee: R 1,550.00

Corporate Workers Visa:

  • DHA Application Fee: R 0
  • VFS Service Fee: R 1550
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00 (For South Africa)
  • South African Qualifications Authority: The first qualification is R 1,700.00 and each subsequent qualification submitted is R 850.00

Find out if your company can apply for the corporate visa.

Critical Skills Visa:

  • DHA Application Fee: R 1,520.00
  • VFS Service Fees: R 1,550.00
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00
  • South African Qualifications Authority: The first qualification is R 1,700.00 and each subsequent qualification submitted is R 850.00
  • Registration fee with a professional body of council: Different fees for different governing bodies. (Fees can range from R 5,000.00 to R 25,000.00)

There has been important updates made to the critical skills work visa. Check if you occupation is on the critical skills list South Africa.

General Work Visa:

The general work visa in South Africa is one of the visas which has a lot of red tape to cut through. You need to know how to spot a fake work permit in South Africa.

If you are applying for the first time,  how to apply for a general work permit in South Africa will give you all the information you need.

  • DHA Application Fee: R 1,520.00
  • VFS Service Fees: R 1,550.00
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00
  • South African Qualifications Authority: The first qualification is R 1,700.00 and each subsequent qualification submitted is R 850.00

Intra-Company Transfer Visa:

  • DHA Application Fee: R 1,520.00
  • VFS Service Fees: R 1,550.00
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00
  • South African Qualifications Authority: The first qualification is R 1,700.00 and each subsequent qualification submitted is R 850.00

The intra-company transfer work visa cannot be renewed.

The following visas are technically not working visas but they do offer the option to add a work endorsement to the visa. These two visa options are less onerous to apply for and merely as difficult as the work visa options mentioned above.

Life Partner Visa With Working Rights:

  • DHA Application Fee: R 0
  • VFS Service Fees: R 1,550.00
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00

You can read about the life partner visa and find out what are the eligibility criteria.

Spousal Visa Working Rights:

  • DHA Application Fee: R 0
  • VFS Service Fees: R 1,550.00
  • Medical report: Costs can range between R750,00 to R 1,139.00 (Medical Aid should cover this)
  • Radiological report: Costs can range between R 750.00 to R 2,600.00 (Find out if your medical aid covers this)
  • Police Clearance Certificate: R 160.00

Remember that an accompanying spouse work permit in South Africa is not the same as a spousal visa.

Immigration Consultant Service Fee

You have the option to use an immigration agency to handle your application if you are unsure of applying for a specific work through the Department of Home Affairs. Many times applicants are confused by the requirements and end up applying for the incorrect temporary residence visa. Many applicants are not aware that they can apply for a spouse visa and end up going through all the trouble to apply for a work visa.

The fees for an immigration consultant can greatly vary per work visa and we list the fee range per visa below:

  1. Corporate Visa: R 10, 000.00 to R 25, 000.00
  2. Corporate Workers Visa: R 11, 500.00 to R 15,000.00
  3. Critical Skills Visa: R 11, 500.00 to R 15, 000.00
  4. General Work Visa: R 11, 500.00 to R 15, 000.00
  5. Intra-Company Visa: R 11,500.00 to R 15,000.00
  6. Life partner or Spousal Visa: R 7,000.00 to R 12, 000.00

An immigration consultant is experienced and can greatly increase your chances of receiving a work visa. The amazing thing is that you can negotiate these costs with your prospective employer and get them to pay your immigration costs.

Your immigration consultant can advise your company and educate them with regards to the process so that they can be aligned and expectations can be met.

Securing employment without a visa can be cumbersome and that’s where an immigration consultant can help you secure employment by explaining to your prospective employer that you are in the process of securing a visa.

Immigration consultants can assist your entire family in applying for study visas or permanent residence so that you can become a permanent resident in future. They can assist you even though you are based in another country and help you apply for a South African foreign embassy.

Contact Migrate With Q for all your visa needs and we are more than happy to assist you.

Disclaimer:

While we’ve made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this blog post regarding work permit costs, immigration regulations and fees can change frequently. We have last checked in July 2024 and the information is still correct.

About Charl

Charl Vollmer

Charl Vollmer has 12 years of experience helping people immigrate to South Africa. I am passionate about helping people and making their dreams a reality. Charl constantly stays up to date with South African Immigration rules and regulations.  To contact Charl, visit our contact page. View our content integrity guidelines to how content is created.

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