Q: I have been on the Department of Home Affairs website and it seems that they have what they a call a quota schedule with a list of professions on it. I noticed that one of the professions listed is indeed my profession. What does this mean for me?
A: If your profession is listed on the quota schedule then, provided you comply with the remaining requirements, this means you can apply for a quota work permit. You need to have at least five (5) years post qualification working experience in your field. It is vitally important that this working experience be proven to be after you obtained your Degree in that specific profession. A further requirement is that you must be registered with the relevant professional body, which is applicable in respect of your profession in South Africa, and these professional bodies are all listed in the quota schedule. For example, as an engineer you need to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The advantage of obtaining a quota work permit is that it entitles you to enter South Africa for a period of 90 days on such quota work permit without having a job offer and you then have this 90 day period in order to obtain employment. Once you have found and confirmed employment with the Department of Home Affairs, the only requirement you still need to fulfil is to confirm employment with the Department of Home Affairs every 12 months. It is vitally important to take note that if the 90-day rule and the 12-month rule are not complied with the permit may indeed lapse.