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South Africa refiles work-permit changes to create nomad visa

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South Africa refiles work-permit changes to create nomad visa

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22nd May 2024

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South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs refiled long-awaited changes to its work-permit regime to allow for the creation of a so-called nomad visa for remote workers.

The May 20 gazetting of the changes, which had last month been withdrawn after the department failed to observe a mandatory period for public comment, means that the changes are now law.

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It’s also seeking to allow people employed and paid by companies elsewhere to live in the country as long as they earn at least R1-million annually. The visa comes with a short-term tax exemption.

The step, acting on recommendations made by the office of the president, comes amid criticism from some of the nation’s biggest foreign-owned employers over their inability to get technicians and executives into the country. South Africa’s byzantine system means applicants can wait for more than a year to get a work permit even though a poor local education system has left companies without skilled workers.

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