With the mass exodus of skilled South Africans to other countries there are many skilled jobs available for foreigners to fill and we now have a large number of foreigners entering South Africa to fill these essential skilled positions.
Most are experiencing challenges and delays with trying to get these skilled laborers their visa to allow them to reside and work in South Africa legally. The challenges experienced are not only due to the South African immigration regulations being stringent but also Home Affairs takes sometimes more than a year to process the simplest residence visa.
Foreign companies that bring, or transfer, their employees from their home offices, like Huawei. Huawei is known to bring their skilled employees to South Africa for a sense of continuity and to continue to leverage their skills. They are affected badly by the refusal of their South African skilled visa applications, from blue collar workers to even executive management.
In our experience there are many foreign companies that move their high-level executives to South Africa to assist the South African branch in getting started. These directors are waiting more than the 3 months promised by Home Affairs for the processing of their visas. This causes huge financial losses and as a result some the companies move their branch to a country where it is easier to obtain their visas.
Contact me if you need assistance in preparing your employees visa applications or if you need assistance with visas that are taking longer than 3 months to finalise.