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South African Critical Skills Visa List

04 Jun 2014 at 17:31hrs | Views
South African Critical Skills Visa List, what you need to know according Nwivisas.

The much anticipated South African Critical Skills Visa list was released this morning, 4 June 2014.

Causing much controversy and speculation among immigrants, travellers, immigration professionals and even the South African Law Society the list was published more than a week after the new immigration act had been gazetted.

While Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba a week ago said that the Critical Skills Visa list would be published in the first week of June he admitted, at the time that the register of jobs regarded as critical or undesirable had not been published yet.

"Undesirable businesses will be things like brothels. Artisans might be critical skills."They will be gazetted next week and we will have a list," was all he had to say at the time.

Dr Llewellyn Curlewis, president of the Northern Provinces Law Society, said to Independent News that apart from the fact that this list had not been made available sooner, the regulations still seemed incomplete.

"Department fees for all categories of visas have not been determined; the list of what are ‘critical skills' has not been published; investment and income levels required for business and retirement permits were omitted from the regulations and the documentation required in order to apply for general and critical skills work visas was not gazetted," said Curlewis.

This week a storm broke over the validity and legality of certain new visa specifications and questions are being raised about the constitutionality of the new laws. Immigration lawyers and professionals have as a result threatened to go to court.

But Gigaba remained confident the department has covered all the bases saying, "We have tested the regulations in the NCOP (National Council of Provinces) and believe they are constitutional. If anyone believes otherwise, they are most welcome to approach the Constitutional Court. We will contest them there."

Yesterday, 2 June 2014 in a statement to the media, Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni said; "We need people who will be able to come to our country in order to improve our economy."

"To do that, we need to bring up permits which will allow people to easily come to the country."

Among the regulations for the new visa applications is the list of critical skills which had finally been released this morning (4 June 2014).  This list specifies what professions and trades will qualify for work permits regardless of securing an employment offer

Who qualifies?

The newly published "Skills or qualifications determined to be critical for the Republic of South Africa in relation to an application for a Critical Skills Visa or Permanent Residence Permit" - Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) - Section 19(4), to be read with Regulations 19(5), lists the following as being considered some of the critical skills.

The Critical Skills List - Published 3rd June 2014

Business, Economics and Management Studies

    Agricultural Engineer
    Agricultural Scientist
    Forestry Technician
    Sheep Shearer
    Construction Project Manager
    Land Surveyor
    Quantity Surveyor
    Urban and Regional Planner
    Actuaries and Risk Assessors
    Corporate General Manager
    External Auditor
    Financial Investment Advisor

Information Communication & Technology

    CISCO Solution Specialist
    CISCO Engineers
    Solutions Architects in Telecommunications and ICT
    Integrated Developers (PHP, PERL, JAVA)
    Network Analyst
    IT Security Specialist
    System Integration Specialist
    Enterprise Architects
    Data Centre Operations
    Network Specialist (Security)
    Database Specialist
    Microsoft System Engineers
    Network Controllers
    AV Specialist (Anti-virus)
    Desktop Support Engineer


    Energy Engineer
    Metallurgical Engineer
    Chemical Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Electrical Engineer
    Electrical Installation Inspector
    Electronics Engineer
    Industrial and Production Engineers
    Industrial Designer
    Manufacturing Managers
    Materials Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Mining Engineer
    Production/Operations Manager
    Quality System Manager
    Research and Development Manager
    Ship's Engineer
    Telecommunications Engineers
    Electrical Engineering Technologist
    Energy Engineering Technologist
    Mechanical Engineering Technologist
    Metallurgical Engineering Technologist
    Mining Engineering Technologist
    Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
    Automotive Electrician
    Automotive Motor Mechanic
    Boiler Maker
    Chemical Engineering Technologist
    Civil Engineering Technologist
    Diesel Mechanic
    Electronics Engineering Technologist
    Fitter and Turner
    Materials Engineering Technologist
    Mechatronics Technician
    Metal Fabricator
    Physical and Engineering Science Technicians
    Pressure Welder
    Structural Plaster

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

    Medical Superintendant/Public Health Manager
    Public Health Physician
    General and Specialist Medical Practitioner
    Hospital Pharmacist
    Nursing Professionals
    Registered Nurse (child and family health)
    Retail Pharmacist

Life and Earth Sciences

    Environmental Engineers
    Environmental Manager
    Industrial Pharmacist
    Aquatic Scientist
    Animal Scientist
    Advanced Composites Engineering
    Archaeological/Paleontological Specialist
    Biological Scientist
    Botanical Scientist
    Chemical Scientist
    Computational Biologist
    Environmental Scientist
    Ecological Scientist
    Food Scientist
    Engineering Geologist
    Geohazards Specialist
    Laboratory Technologist and Technician
    Marine Bioscientist
    Materials Scientist
    Metallurgical Scientist
    Microbiological Scientist
    Polymer Scientist
    Protein Scientist
    Soil Scientist
    Toxicology Scientist
    Water Resource Scientist

Professionals and Associate Professional

    Land and Engineering Surveyors
    Electronic Engineering Technician
    Materials Engineering Technologist
    Electrical Engineering Technician
    Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Practitioner
    Mechanical Engineering Technician
    Chemical Engineering Technician
    Organisation and Methods Analyst (Incl. scheduler, estimator)
    Surveying Technician
    Geomatics Technician
    Quantity Surveying Technician
    Civil Engineering Technician
    Materials Engineer Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
    Materials Engineering Technician – Road materials
    Materials Tester
    Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Agent/Manager/Officer
    Aeronautical Engineering
    Architectural Senior Technologist
    Architectural Draughtsperson
    Physicist (SKA)
    Geomagnetic Physicist
    Solar Physicist
    Space Physicist
    Plasma Physicist
    Space Technologist
    Space Weather Specialist
    Magnetic Technology Specialist
     Radar Engineering
    Radio Frequency Engineering
    Environmental Technologist
    Industrial Engineer
    Industrial Engineering Technologist
    Industrial Engineering Technician
    Landscape Architect
    Landscape Contract Manager
    Landscape Horticulturalist
    Mining Technician


    Boilermaker (For Strategic Infrastructure Projects)
    Industrial Machinery Mechanic
    Pipe Fitter
    Double Coded Welder
    Raise-bore Operators
    Raise-bore Foreman

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

    Software Development Engineers and Managers
    Systems Architects, Engineers and Managers
    Foreign Language speakers for specialist language support and technical or sales support (German, Swiss German, Flemish, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and French)
    Business Analyst
    Quality Analyst
    Quality Assurance Specialist/Auditor
    Customer Service Manager/Team Lead

Academics and Researchers

    Doctoral Graduates (Acquired Abroad)
    Research in any of the following areas;
    Galaxy Formation and Evolution
    Galaxy Structure and Dynamics
    Pulsars and Black Holes
    Pulsars and Black Holes
    Pulsars and Gravitational Waves
    Deep Observations of the earliest Radio Galaxies
    Dynamic and Transient Burst
    VLBI Operations
    Search for CO to investigate role of Molecular Hydrogen
    Deep Surveyors of Neutral Hydrogen Gas in the Early Universe
    Cosmology and Dark Energy
    Cosmic Magnetism
    Calibration and Imaging of Radio Interferometer data
    Pulsar Research
    Pulsar and Gravitational Waves
    VLBI Operations
    Signal Processing
    Observational Radio Astronomy in General
    Algorithm for Radio Astronomy
    Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy
    Supercomputing for Radio Astronomy
    Software Development for Radio Astronomy
    Data and Streaming- Real-Time Processing of Massive Data Amounts
    Green Computing- Extreme Performance at Minor Energy Cost
    Performance at Minor Energy Costs
    EMC and Spectrum Management
    Beam Modelling
    Antenna Modelling
    Feeds for Radio Astronomy Systems
    Receivers for Radio Astronomy Systems
    Signal Processing for Radio Astronomy
    High Speed Data Transport
    Nano-photonics-Data Transport Power
    Reduction over Short and Long Distances
    Antenna Design
    Antenna Foundation Design
    RFI Shielded Buildings and Facilities
    Advanced Manufacturing
    Space Science and Technology
    Global Change
    Energy Security
    Information Communication Technology
    Earth Observation
    Natural and Applied Sciences

Download the government gazette here -->
New Critical Skills Visa List of Shortage Occupations for South Africa

What you would need.

Published in the Government Gazette on 22 May 2014 the following regulations apply:

An application for a Critical Skills Work Visa has to be accompanied by proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category in the form of:

(a) A confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA), in terms of Section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, or any relevant government department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience.

(b) If required by law, proof of 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.

(c) Proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.

A Critical Skills Work Visa shall be issued for under 5 years. A spouse and dependent children of a holder of a Critical Skills Work Visa shall be issued with an appropriate visa valid for a period that does not exceed the period of validity of the applicant's Critical Skills Work Visa.

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