South Africa Introduces Points-Based System, Digital Nomad Visa

The South African government has republished amendments to its immigration rules which introduce a new points-based system for general work visas, as well as a new digital nomad visa.

The amended immigration regulations were gazetted and came into effect on March 28, 2024, the day before the period of public comment was due to close. Because of this error, the Department of Home Affairs withdrew the amended regulations to allow further public comment and to address any confusion about the amendments.

The principal amendments are as follows:

  • A points-based general work permit is introduced, assessing applicants on their work experience, job offer, qualifications, age, language skills, and ability to adapt within the Republic;
  • A new digital nomad visa category is introduced, with a three-year duration, which allows family to accompany the principal applicant and has a minimum income requirement;
  • The new Trusted Employer Scheme, which has already been implemented, is incorporated in the immigration regulations.
  • The amendments introduce a one-year critical skills visa which requires a job offer and proof that an application for professional registration has been submitted (rather than proof that professional registration has been granted.
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