The work permit category can be sub-categorised into Quota Work Permits, General Work Permits, Exceptional Skills Work Permit, Intra Company Transfer and Corporate Worker Permits.

The main applicant applying for a work permit can be accompanied by his/her family, however additional documentation will be required. If an accompanying family member wishes to work, study or operate a business in South Africa, then a specific visa will need to be obtained in order to conduct the actions in South Africa.

Permanent residency can be issued to foreigners who have been on a work permit for five years in South Africa and who have received a permanent offer of employment. In general, if a foreigner meets all the requirements, their spouse and children under 21 will likewise qualify for permanent residence.

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