Amongst the proposed changes include the streamlining of application requirements and the introduction of a more flexible points-based system. Together, these two amendments could speed up the entry of qualified candidates.
Perhaps the most anticipated announcement, however, was that of a Trusted Employer Scheme. The TES aims to directly assist large businesses in bringing talent into the country by providing trusted employers with a predictable migration process. Additionally, the government has proposed shortened turnaround times for these applications.
The President further announced the introduction of a remote worker visa and a special dispensation for high-growth start-ups.
While these proposed immigration policy changes are yet to come full circle, Jacobs remains tentatively optimistic that these initiatives could bring welcome relief to the critical skills crisis.
Xpatweb’s esteemed annual Critical Skills Survey consistently showcases that over 70% of businesses indicate that an international search will assist in meeting critical business objectives. An update on, or insights into, the status of these amendments would go a long way toward easing the concerns of many South African businesses.