What is the change? The South African Qualifications Authority is no longer allowing third parties to correspond with them regarding an applicant’s application.

What does the change mean? Third parties, such as immigration advisors and attorneys, may continue to assist in preparing the SAQA application, including submitting it online or in person and picking up an approved certificate.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Critical Skills visas and General Work visas.
  • Business impact: Applicants will need to follow up directly with the SAQA.

Background: To qualify for a Critical Skills work visa, foreign nationals must prove they qualify for the role on the critical skills list and apply to SAQA for a certificate of evaluation of their qualifications. To qualify for a General Work visa, an employer must show it has taken steps to employ a South African national, and the SAQA certificate is a part of this process.

Analysis & Comments: Visa applicants may continue to use third parties to apply for a certificate from SAQA, but should plan to engage with the agency directly if they require additional information about their application.

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