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South Africa Quota Work Permit

South Africa Quota Work Permit is issued to foreigners falling within specific professional category or within specific occupational class determined by the Minister of Home Affairs annually. Which means foreign nationals with the required qualifications and experience are allowed to enter the country without first having secured employment. Unlike other work permits, quota work permits are issued to applicants before they have secured employment. Holders are allowed into to South Africa so that they can look for jobs in specific professions. The permits don't guarantee employment; rather, they give skilled foreigners the opportunity to compete for work in the country on an equal footing with South Africans.


  • The applicant does not need a job offer in order to obtain the permit.
  • Residence permit will be issued for 90 days initially, the applicant will be allowed to search for an employment and update the Department of Home Affairs confirming the employment within this period.
  • Labour market opinion is not required
  • The quota permit is issued for a period of five years however it will be valid as long as the employment exists.
  • The work permit holder should update the Department of Home Affairs every 12 months about the employment and the work in the same occupational category.

About South Africa

  • South Africa is a medium-sized country, with a total land area of 1, 219, 090 square kilometres. It is one-eighth the size of the US, about a third the size of the European Union, twice the size of France and over three times the size of Germany.
  • South Africa is a nation of diversity, with 60-million people and a variety of cultures, languages and religious beliefs.
  • The white population is estimated at (9.0%), the colored population at (9.0%) and the Indian/Asian population at (2.5%).
  • South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa, the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent, with infrastructure to match any first-world country.
  • Key industries: Mining (world's largest producer of platinum, chromium), automobile assembly, metal-working, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizers, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair.
  • Cost of living in South Africa is relatively low compared to other countries of the same development level and developed countries. Living in South Africa has proven to be value for money for most immigrants and expatriates as South Africa prices of most assets and consumables are lower than most countries.


  • At least 5 years experience in the nominated occupation.
  • Possess relevant Bachelors /higher qualifications accepted by South Africa and meet the occupational requirements.
  • Satisfy the Health and character requirements.
  • Have enough financial means to support your stay in the country.

Benefits of Quota Work Permit

  • Unlike other work permits, you will have a opportunity to obtain a right to travel and search an employment in South Africa
  • High chances of gaining employment
  • Low Investment
  • Fast process
  • Can take your family along after securing an employment
  • The permit will be valid as long as you secure employment in the specific occupation
  • Leads to Permanent residency after completing a stay of 5 years
  • Can convert into citizenship after 5 years on PR

Why South Africa

  • Great climate
  • Natural resources for tourists
  • Cultural diversity
  • Fantastic and high level hospitality standards
  • Low medical costs for best healthcare
  • Great lifestyle and low cost luxurious housing
  • Fantastic and high level hospitality standards

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