Corporate Visa for Companies


Companies with an ongoing fluctuating need to employ foreigners – such as restaurants, hotels or call centers for example – may apply for a Corporate Visa. This visa is not issued to any foreign employee but to the employer itself, the local company. It allows a company to recruit an agreed number of foreigners for positions, which the company has applied for at the Department of Home Affairs. The company has more security to be issued with corporate workers visa for their employees within a short period of time and can therefore plan more reliably.

Also the previous possibility to replace a vacated position based on the same Corporate Worker’s Certificate has been abolished and employees on a Corporate Worker’s Visa will not be able to extend or change the Visa into another visa category. It also still does not count towards a Permanent Residence Permit based on five years work visa.

The Corporate Visa is issued for a maximum time period of three years.


This rather complicated and long-winding visa to apply for under section 20(1)(c) firstly requires proof of Tax Registrations with the Receiver of Revenue (SARS) and Registrations with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as well as Workers Compensation Fund (COIDA) and the supervising National Professional Body as well as the necessary letters from the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labour (DoL), section 20(1)(b).

The applying company further needs a written undertaking not to employ less than 60% South African Citizens or Permanent Residence Permit holders and will have to pay a repatriation fee, section 20(5)(f).
and the corporate worker will have also to prove his or her skills with a SAQA Certificate, section 20(9)(g). Finally the corporate worker has to provide a certificate of confirmation of his or her registration with a professional body, whether such exists in his or her line of work or not, section 20(9)(h).

The key to a successful application is the motivation for the need for a high volume of foreign workers and should not be taken lightly as this visa issue is met with quite some resistance by DHA.

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