In terms of Section 19(4) of the Immigration Act, 2002 as amended, candidates who possess skills as specified on the critical skills list as published by the Department of Home Affairs, may be granted a visa in this category where they can show that they possess such skills and/or qualifications. This category of visa is issued for periods of up to 5 years and may be renewed.

Typical skills listed on the Critical Skills list include engineers, corporate general managers, scientists, physicists, technicians, architects, quantity surveyors, risk assessors, integrated developers, IT specialists, health professionals, industrial pharmacists, tradesman, specialist support foreign language speakers, academics etc.