Requirements added for two Critical Skills visa categories

25 Mar 22



The South African government has added new requirements for the Director (Enterprise Organization) and Corporate General Manager categories on the 2022 Critical Skills list.

Key Points:

  • An employer must have the minimum number of employees required to qualify as a medium enterprise in order to sponsor foreign workers in the following categories of the 2022 Critical Skills List:
    • Director (Enterprise Organization).
    • Corporate General Manager.
  • To qualify as a medium enterprise or larger, companies must meet the requirements in this chart.

Additional Information: A company’s size as medium or larger is determined by the number of full-time paid employees in relation to its turnover in each operating industry. Companies that have more employees and a higher turnover than a medium enterprise will automatically be classified as a large enterprise.

BAL Analysis: Companies intending to sponsor foreign nationals under the Director (Enterprise Organization) and Corporate General Manager categories should ensure that they qualify as a medium enterprise.

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