This is a permit issued to applicants in possession of exceptional skills or qualifications that are scarce in South Africa.

  • A duly completed application (BI-1738) signed by applicant
  • Passport valid for no less than 30 days after expiry of  intended visit
  • Two (2) passport photos
  • Medical report (physical)
  • Radiological report (chest X-ray) or skin TB test
  • Police clearance certificate (criminal background) from all countries applicant lived in since age 18 for one year or longer
  • Flight itinerary
  • Non-refundable fee of $255.00 money order.
  • Proof of U.S. legal status (copy of green card) if not U.S. citizen
  • Proof of financial means in the form of bank statement
  • All requirements if spouse and children wish to accompany applicant
  • A letter from U.S or South African organ of State, or from an established South African academic, cultural or business body, confirming the applicant’s exceptional skills or qualifications
  • Testimonials from previous employers, if applicable, and a comprehensive resumé
  • Proof to substantiate exceptional skills or qualifications, such as publications and testimonials.
  • A letter of motivation indicating that the exceptional skills posessed by the applicant will be to the benefit of the South African environment in which he/she intends to operate. 
  • a confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by SAQA, or any relevant government Department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience;
  • proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.

A spouse and dependent children of a holder of a critical skills work visa shall be issued with an appropriate visa valid for a period not exceeding the period of validity of the applicant’s critical skills work visa.

Processing Time Information

Attention: South African Consulate General in New York Applicants ONLY:

  • $16.00 money order for overnight mailing.