[Updated] South Africa: Updated Critical Skills List

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 7 February 2022 and was updated on 8 August 2022 to reflect new information.  

8 August 2022 Update: The government of South Africa updated the Critical Skills List on 2 August 2022. Under this update, the government added 38 additional occupations to the list, bringing the list to 140 occupations. The list previously included 101 critical skills occupations. For additional information on the Critical Skills List, check here.  

Key Points 

  • New list for Critical Skills visa applicants  
  • New categories added to the Critical Skills List  


On 2 Feb. 2022, the government of South Africa released the updated Critical Skills List for Critical Skills visas and permanent residence permits in addition to guidance for the implementation of the list. The list includes 101 critical skills categories with information on the occupation name or title, a description of the occupation and the minimum qualification requirements. To qualify for a Critical Skills visa in South Africa, the applicant must meet the requirements on the Critical Skills List.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of South Africa updated the Critical Skills List on 2 Feb. 2022. Under this update, new categories and further information concerning the minimum qualification requirements were added. The last update to the Critical Skills List took place in 2014. New categories include the position of corporate general manager for medium enterprises or larger, and director and chief executive officer for enterprises and organizations were also added to the list.  

Looking Ahead  

Applications related to the requirements of the previous 2014 Critical Skills List will no longer be accepted. Instead, individuals are required to apply under the requirements of the new list. Continue to check the government of South Africa’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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