South Africa – Consulates May Have Started Using Unpublished Draft of New Critical Skills List

What has changed

Reports have emerged that some South African overseas missions have begun to reject Critical Skills Visa applications on the grounds that the corporate general manager category no longer exists.

Who is affected

Clients who have hired or intend to employ foreign nationals in South Africa.

What to expect

A new, shorter version of the Critical Skills List, with the corporate general manager and business analyst categories removed, was expected to be released in April 2019. Reports suggest that some missions have begun to work from an unpublished draft Critical Skills List, with some key professions having been removed, thus increasing the chances of visa applications with corporate general manager and business analyst categories being rejected.

What you need to do

Employers should prepare for a higher rate of rejection for Critical Skills Visa applications recently submitted or about to be submitted.

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for assistance in developing the appropriate immigration strategy based on case background.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.