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The much anticipated South African Critical Skills Visa list was published on 4 June 2014.

An application for a Critical Skills Work Visa has to be accompanied by proof that the applicant falls within the critical skills category in the form of:

(a) A confirmation, in writing, from the professional body, council or board recognised by the South African Qualifications Association (SAQA), in terms of Section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, or any relevant government department confirming the skills or qualifications of the applicant and appropriate post qualification experience.
(b) If required by law, proof of application for a certificate of registration with the professional body, Council or board recognised by SAQA in terms of Section 13(1)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act.
(c) Proof of evaluation of the foreign qualification by SAQA and translated by a sworn translator into one of the official languages of the Republic.

SACNASP is recognised by SAQA and can provide you with the confirmations you require to comply with sections A and B of your application. You will need to submit your COMPLETE SACNASP application and your proof of payment. The fees are as follows:

Once off application fee (requirement b) R1382
For applicants with foreign qualifications QAC Fee (requirement b) R2099
Once off critical skills letter fee (requirement a) R3905
Total R7386

All fees are non-refundable.  Fees will not be returned if your application for a Critical Skills Letter is rejected by the Council.


Banking details:

Branch code: 164445
Account No: 1644292289.
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

Please use your surname and initials as a reference

In order to facilitate this process please send separately from your original application an email to Ms Agnes Ledwaba This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following attachments:

  • Your CV
  • Work experience
  • Job description
  • Tertiary education certificates and academic record (certified copies)
  • Proof of payment
  • Two reference letters from current or past employer
  • Certified SAQA certificate for all foreign qualifications from the lowest to the highest

SACNASP will forward your completed file to the relevant experts in your field to provide an assessment. This process can take up to 2 months to complete. If you are eligible you will be issued with a letter confirming your application and your skills.

Please note we can only provide this service to applicants that fall within SACNASP’s field of practice’s we are unable to help Engineers.

For your SAQA evaluation please go to

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