Work Permit Extension South Africa

Work Permit Extension South Africa

Extending a work visa

Renewing your work permit is a stressful period for you.

You have a million things happening all at once and now you have the task of collating documents, but you do not know where to start.

This is not the time to start panicking, you need to get your ducks in a row or you can make use of our free assessment form to find out if we can assist you.

If you are a corporate worker’s visa holder or an Intra-company visa holder then you are not allowed to extend your visa.

Currently, the Department of Home Affairs is experiencing a huge backlog of applications and this means that you need to start the process as soon as possible.

Starting the process late can have dire consequences for you and the Department of Home Affairs might reject your Temporary residence permit applications.

You would need to have a good reason as to why you are submitting after the expiry of your visa. Staying in South Africa with an expired visa can end up in a messy situation. the penalty for overstaying in South Africa with an expired visa can get you banned from SA.

Immigration regulations are constantly changing and you should always keep yourself up to date with what’s happening with visas and permits.

What is A Work Permit Extension

 

What is A Work Permit Extension

 

 

A work permit renewal is a process whereby a foreign national renew’s their existing visa before it expires, to continue their stay in SA.

The process involves collecting a set of documents unique to your situation and ensuring that all documents are 100% correct.

The visa holder must comply with all the requirements as per the Department of Home Affairs and that time-sensitive documents are not expired.

When To Apply For A Work Permit Extension

 

When To Apply For A Work Permit Extension

 

 

The Department of Home Affairs expects applications to be submitted no less than 60 days before your visa expires.

Submitting after 60 days will work against you and your application might not have a favourable outcome.

You can submit a good cause letter apologizing as to why your application is late.

Critical Skills Work Visa Extension

 

Critical Skills Work Visa Extension

 

 

These are the documents required for a renewal of a critical skills work visa:

Each case is unique and not every document will apply to you.

  • Online completed form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • A valid passport that is still valid for 30 days or more after the expiry of your intended departure from the country.
  • The application must be submitted in person no less than 60 days before the expiry of your existing visa.
  • Medical Report (Not older than 6 months)
  • Radiological Report (Not older than 6 months) (Not required for children under the age of 12 and pregnant women)
  • A marriage certificate in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • A union recognised in terms of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 1998 (Act No. 120 of 1998), where applicable.
  • A divorce decree, if applicable
  • Court order awarding custody, where applicable.
  • Death certificate, in respect of late spouse, where applicable.
  • Written consent from both parents and/or sole custody parent, where applicable, with proof of sole custody.
  • Legal adoption where applicable.
  • Legal separation order, where applicable.
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • a yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transiting through a yellow fever endemic area: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area)
  • A written undertaking by the employer accepting responsibility for the costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his or her dependent family members, should it become necessary (All renewals must be accompanied by an offer of employment or employer contact. No renewal without employment contract except for the occupations listed under the category of Life and Earth Sciences and Academics and Researchers)
  • A written undertaking by the employer to ensure that the passport of his or her employee is valid at all times for the duration of his or her employment (Where there is no employer: A written undertaking by the applicant to ensure that the passport of the applicant shall be valid at all times for the duration of his or her temporary visa)
  • For the occupations listed under the category of Life and Earth Sciences and Academics and Researchers, where there is no employment contract or proof of financial means. (Applicant to also submit additional proof of financial means every 12 months thereafter)
  • The applicant falls within the critical skills category by specifically indicating the occupation/critical skill for which the application is being made as it appears on the critical skills list.
  • Evaluation of the foreign qualification by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.
  • If required by law, application for a certificate of registration with the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act;
  • a confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(0 of the National Qualifications Framework Act, or any relevant government department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience, (if not attached, VFS official to check Directive 22 of 2014)

General Work Visa Extension

 

General Work Visa Extension

 

 

These are the documents required for a renewal of a general work visa.

You can apply for waiver letter to waive certain requirements.

Remember that every case is specific and unique. Therefore all the documents will not apply to you.

  • Online completed form. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • A valid passport that is still valid for 30 days or more after the expiry of your intended departure from the country.
  • The application must be submitted in person no less than 60 days before the expiry of your existing visa.
  • A yellow fever certificate must be included if the applicant has travelled through or intends to travel through a yellow fever endemic area. (the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends to travel in direct transit through such area)
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Medical Report (Not older than 6 months)
  • Radiological Report (Not older than 6 months) (Not required for children under the age of 12 and pregnant women)
  • A valid marriage certificate in the case of a foreign spousal relationship, proof of official recognition thereof issued by the authorities of the foreign country of the applicant (where applicable).
  • The affidavit where a spousal relationship to a South African citizen or resident is applicable, as well as documentation proving cohabitation and the extent to which the related financial responsibilities are shared by the parties and setting out the particulars of children in the spousal relationship.
  • A divorce decree, if applicable
  • Court order granting full or specific parental responsibilities and rights, where applicable.
  • In the case of a late spouse, a death certificate must be submitted.
  • Written consent from both parents and full parental responsibilities, if applicable.
  • Proof of adoption if applicable
  • Legal separation order, if applicable
  • A written undertaking from your employer accepting responsibility for any costs related to the deportation of the applicant and his/her dependent family members.
  • A written undertaking from your employer ensuring that your passport is valid at all times.
  • Department of Labour Certificate confirming:
  1. The applicant is employed in line with the South African Labour standards.
  2. A contract of employment signed by both you and your employer stipulates the conditions of your employment.
  3. Proof of business registration (CIPC) and full particulars of your employer.
  • Your employer should write an undertaking letter that they will inform the Director-General if you are not complying with the immigration act, are no longer in their employ or are employed in a different capacity.
  • If by law you are required to submit any registrations with a professional body, council or board which is recognized by SAQA in terms of section 13(1)(1) of the national qualifications framework act.
  • Proof of payments of all applicable fees.

How Long Does It Take To Renew A Work Visa In South Africa

 

How Long Does It Take To Renew A Work Visa In South Africa

 

 

The Department of Home Affairs on average takes about 3-4 months to renew your visa. The current processing times due to the impact of COVID-19 are now between 5-8 months. Therefore we would advise you to prepare your application in advance so that you can avoid any mishaps which could affect your status.

We would urge you to apply for a permanent residence permit as soon as you qualify as these applications are taking up to 5 years or more to be approved.

Becoming a permanent resident has its advantages like not having to extend your visa every 5 years.

How Long Is A Work Permit Valid For In South Africa?

 

How Long Is A Work Permit Valid For In South Africa?

 

 

Work visas are issued for the length of your employment contract or a maximum of 5 years.

The number of years issued is at the discretion of the Immigration Department of Home Affairs. Always try and push for a 5 years contract of employment with your employer so that Home Affairs will consider a 5-year work visa.

Take a free assessment with Migrate With Q immigration service and our friendly consultants will contact you to discuss your situation.

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