THE BENEFITS OF A INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFER WORK VISA
The Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa allows foreign employees of organisations to work in South Africa at the locally based entity for a period of up to four years at a time.
Additional benefits of this visa include:
- A Department of Labour Certificate is not required.
- South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) verification of qualifications and/or professional body registration is not required.
- Visa holders may exit and re-enter South Africa freely.
These benefits make the Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa a popular option for multi-national organisations as the application process is cost effective and streamlined as there is no need for skills verification and Department of Employment and Labour assessments.
HOW DOES ONE QUALIFY?
Candidates that want to apply for an Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa must have been employed by the foreign entity for a period of at least six months and be able to provide proof thereof in the form of a contract of employment.
The application for the Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa must include a skills transfer plan that demonstrate how the organisation aims to transfer similar skills to a South African citizen or permanent resident from the foreign employee.
The candidate will be required to submit the visa application in person in the country where foreign entity is based.
Work Permit South Africa’s experienced and dedicated team of immigration specialists, master tax practitioners, commercial attorneys, chartered accountants and mobility practitioners offer expert advice and assistance with intra-company transfer visa applications. Our competitive advantage is that we add a layer of tax optimisation to the process, always ensuring that tax and residency implications are taken into account.
My Intra-Company Transfer Visa has been issued for only two (2) years, can it be extended within South Africa?
Yes. Extending an Intra-Company Transfer visa is possible for additional 2 years. The application can be filed within South Africa, subject to the conditions of the visa.
I would like to change from an Intra-Company Transfer Visa to a Critical Skills Visa or any other visa category. Can this be done within South Africa?
The Immigration Act does not specify that one is unable to change from an Intra-Company Transfer to a Critical Skills Visa, however, practice within the Department of Home Affairs suggests otherwise.
This means that if you would like to switch to a Critical Skills Visa, which offers a path to Permanent Residency, or any other visa category, you will have to apply for this visa from within your home country.
My Intra-Company Transfer Visa has reached its maximum four-year period. However, there is still outstanding work that I need to complete on the project in South Africa. What steps can I take to extend the right to live and work in SA to complete the project?
You may apply for a new Intra-Company Transfer Visa, provided that you include proper motivation from the company regarding why the four-year period was not sufficient time to complete the assigned period. The new application must be filed from abroad in your home country.
Eligibility and Supporting documentation for Intra-Company Transfer Visas can be complex and it is advisable to seek guidance from experts to apply correctly. Contact us for assistance to apply for an Intra-Company Transfer visa.