Population: 56,5 million (June 2017 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 9.70 ZAR (22 May 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).
Population: 56,5 million (June 2017 estimate).  Exchange rate: 1 CAD = 9.70 ZAR (22 May 2018).  Official Languages: 11.  Landmass: 1 233 404 km².   GDP Rank: 37 th (2016, World Bank).

General work visa

General work visa: CAN $283.00 processing fee
  • Collect the documents listed under basic requirements.
  • Signed employment contract indicating your start date ,the salary and perks
    • 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; and
    • The employer shall ensure that the passport of his or her employee is valid at all times for the duration of his or her employment.
    • Include Proof of company registration of the Business with CIPC and proof of registration with SARS
  • An application for a general work visa shall be accompanied by: a certificate from the Department of Labour confirming that:
    • Despite a diligent search, the prospective employer has been unable to find a suitable citizen or permanent resident with qualifications or skills and experience equivalent to those of the applicant;
    • The applicant has qualifications or proven skills and experience in line with the job offer;
    • The salary and benefits of the applicant are not inferior to the average salary and benefits of citizens or permanent
    • residents occupying similar positions in the Republic; and the contract of employment stipulating the conditions of employment and signed by both the employer and the applicant is in line with the labour standards in the Republic and is made conditional upon the general work visa being approved;
  • Proof of qualifications evaluated by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic;
    • Full particulars of the employer, including, where applicable, proof of registration of the business with the Commission on Intellectual Property and Companies (CIPC);
    • An undertaking by the employer to inform the Director-General should the applicant not comply with the provisions of the Act or conditions of the visa; and
    • An undertaking by the employer to inform the Director-General upon the employee no longer being in the employ of such employer or when he or she is employed in a different capacity or role.
    • A general work visa shall be issued for a period not exceeding five years.
  • Fee is CAN $ 283 paid by Cash exact amount money order or certified cheque payable to South African consulate or High Commission















South African High Commission – Ottawa South African Consulate-General – Toronto:
15 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1M8

Tel: (613) 744 0330
Fax: (613) 741 1639


Mon to Thu: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
110 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 600
Toronto, ON
M2N 6Y8

Tel: (416) 944 8825
Office faxline: (416) 944 0925
Direct Office Faxline: (416) 944 0419

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