Critical Skills visa & work permit

is it possible to get a work permit from the South African embassy in Zambia before finding job in South Africa  under critical skills visa?

Kindly advise

Hi Lisita,

When applying for a work permit when you are outside the country you must show that you have a job; they will in no way give you a permit to come look for a job in a market that has over 40% unemployment rate.

Secondly, I suspect that the Critical Skills Visa has been changed to something else and whatever that might be, it is very rigorous a must have a real critical skill, meaning it is needed and no South African citizens have it.

I hope this helps.

All the best,


Hi Lisita

I am about to submit my paper for critical skills, do you have any idea how long it takes since submit my paper to the embassy. "CAiro"


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