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South Africa's new critical skills list - New occupations added

Posted by Sue-Allan Mehl

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs released its latest Critical skills list on 03 October 2023, adding two (2) more occupations of Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurses to the list. This is certainly great news to Veterinarians who were left stunned in 2022 when the occupation was removed from a prior list.

The qualifying NQF level for a Veterinarian is a minimum of 8. This means a Vet needs to be in possession of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) or Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMCh).
A Veterinary Nurse must be in possession of a National Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (DVN) aligned with a NQF level 6 or a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (BVN) aligned with a NQF level 7.
University Lecturers:
In the new critical skills list, the Department of Home Affairs made further mention that university lecturers must specify the classification of education subject matter as per the Critical Skills Technical Report.
Candidate Engineers:
Perhaps the most exciting news from the new list is the Candidate Engineers will now be considered for a critical skills work visa, providing they meet all the other requirements and that they will be working under the supervision of a qualified professional, where applicable. Previously, applications for Candidate Engineers were declined for lack of obtaining a written confirmation of skills letter – the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) only issued these letters to the professional engineering categories.
Lastly, we wish to reiterate that applicants may only apply for a relevant critical skills work visa if the application is accompanied by an offer of employment from South African employers who are verifiable and in good standing with South Africa’s Department of Employment and Labour.
Should you require any further information on the new critical skills list, please reach out to us via our Contact Form on www.movingsouthimmigration.com. Alternatively, you may contact us on +2773 5357 534 or [email protected]
We look forward to hearing from you!

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