Critical skills work visa list published

Critical Skills Work Visa for South AfricaThe Critical Skills Work Visa was added to the list of Work Visas available to applicants in the recent (May 2014) immigration regulations. It “replaced” the old Quota Work Permit and Exceptional Skills Work Permit, however many complained that at the time of the new regulations being signed in Parliament by President Jacob Zuma and the outgoing Home Affairs Minister, Naledi Pandor, there was no way to apply for the new Critical Skills Work Visa, as no list of applicable skills was available.

Today, the list has been formally published in the government gazette and is available for download and scrutiny at the top of this article.

The critical skills list includes a vast array of professions and qualifications – from architects to sheep shearers.

Other skills include the following:

Agriculture, Agricultural Operations and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Forestry Technician
  • Sheep Shearer

Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Architect
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Business, Economics and Management Sciences

  • Actuaries and Risk Assessor
  • Corporate General Manager
  • External Auditor
  • Financial Investment Advisor

Information and Communications Technology

  • CISCO Solution Specialist
  • CISCO Engineers
  • Solutions Architects in Tellecommunications and ICT
  • Integrated Developers (PHP, Perl, Java)
  • Network Analyst
  • IT Security Specialist
  • System Integration Specialist
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Data Centre Operations
  • Network Specialist (Security)
  • Database Specialists
  • Microsoft System Engineers
  • Network Controllers
  • AV Specialists (Anti-virus)
  • Desktop Support Engineer


  • Energy Engineer
  • Metalurgical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Installation Inspector
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Industrial and Production Engineers
  • Industrial Designer
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Production/Operations Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Research and Development Manager
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