Immigration Opportunities into South Africa
Despite the turbulent international economic situation; both political and economic, South Africa offers many short and long term opportunities for those who want to study, work, invest or retire here.
Global Migration SA has over the last ten years assisted over eight thousand people with their family members to work, live, invest and retire in South Africa.
With the introduction of new Immigration rules and procedures in 2014, many applicants have come to Global Migration SA as their prime source of information and used the services of the company to achieve their Immigration goals.
According to the company CEO, Leon Isaacson, South Africa presents many opportunities to study at public and private institutions, which have international ratings. “There is a wide options with respect to choices but these places are in high demand so applications should be submitted as early as possible in the previous academic year which starts in January.”
For work opportunities, Isaacson states that South Africa still has a skills shortage and a Critical Skills list published in 2014, allows for the easiest entry for qualifying foreign applicants. “With five years of work experience, not residence, the applicant may apply for Permanent Residence, which allows them to stay in the country without any further visa applications. This status is extended to their immediate family members (spouse and children).” The Critical Skills on the list include:
• Agricultural Scientists
• IT roles
• Health professionals
• Life and Earth Sciences
• Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
• Academics and Researchers
As far as investment immigration goes, Isaacson indicated that there is a high level of interest in the Business visa , normally issued for 3 years which requires an investment of ZAR 5m (USD330 000), which must be invested in the first two years after the visa is issued. “South Africa is seen as the springboard into Southern Africa and the rest of the continent and with world class infrastructure like roads, airports, telecommunications and financial services Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are attracting a lot of small, medium and large enterprises.”