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Schooling in South Africa

South Africa offers good quality schooling, with a wide variety of government, private, and international (foreign language) schools on offer, as well as alternative curricula and special needs education available in most major cities. Foreign countries represented with international schools include the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and France. South Africa is also home to some of Africa’s top universities, including the University of Cape Town, Wits, and Stellenbosch University.

Boarding houses is a very popular feature for primary, secondary and tertiary institutes. Students can either be enrolled as weekly or termly border depending on individual family location and needs. Most of the boarding house facilities are connected to the single sex school.

Assignees are required to apply for their own children’s school placement. We are able to assist assignee with setting up relevant appointments or researching the school options in the area. We are also able to accompany them on the school visits. As we do have any additional pull in the placement of assignees children, the decision to accept the child will be solely dependent on the school themselves. Each school has their own applicant filtering process.

We do suggest that if the assignee are on a short term contract, that their children follow the same curriculum that they have been exposed to back home. This is particularly important with the older students who will be requested to write tests and/or exams. This will assist the student with their physical, educational and psychological transition at the end of the assignee contract.

We also have schools which accommodate a more practical education. We have specialised schools to assist with children who require additional assistance or specific resources. An evaluation report from their current school will usually need to be sent through to the school as part of the application process.

Education Facts


The school year runs from January to December. The schooling system operates from Grade R (reception/kindergarten) to Grade 12. Learners may exit the education system with an NQF level at Grade 9, however they need a Bachelor’s Pass in Grade 12 to enter formal tertiary education.

Some Schools for Consideration

  • Brescia House
  • Bishops Diocesan College
  • Herschel Girls
  • Vista Nova
  • Rondebosch Boys
  • Epworth School
  • Hilton College
  • Kingsmead College
  • Charter House
  • Curro Private Schools
  • American International
  • British International

Indicative Pricing (International Schools)

  • USD 4,500 – 8,000 p.a.

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Immigration to South Africa

Visitors Visa (section 11(2) is applicable to foreign nationals who seeks to conduct short term work related activities in South Africa can do so for a maximum duration of 90 days.

However, if a foreign national needs to visit SA for a short seminar, conference, meetings, etc, they may enter SA as a normal visitor in terms of Section 11(1) of the SA Immigration Act.

Please be advised that there are certain countries, which are exempt from requiring visitors visas. Visa exempt passport holders, one may enter SA with merely a letter of invitation, detailing the purpose and duration of the visit, which may be presented at the port of entry.

Non visa0exempt passport holders must apply for visitors’ visas prior to traveling to SA and they will require proof of accommodation in SA, flight itinerary, proof of sufficient funds, letters of invitation, etc.

General Work Visa Section 19(2) is for an applicant to apply for a general work visa, they must meet some additional requirements.

All tertiary educational qualifications must be evaluated by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority). The position must also be advertised in a national SA distributed newspaper as well as through an independent SA recruitment agency. The position must also be advertised on The Dept. of Labour’s website.

The Dept. of labor could take six months or more to process the request.

Once the DOL has completed their process (which may include an inspection of the company premises), they will advise us that their recommendation has been sent to the office where the applicant plans to apply for their work visas.

At that point, the applicant may proceed to apply for a work visa (work visa will take 30 days + to be processed, depending on which country of application).

It should also be noted that DOL does not advise us as third parties whether the recommendation is negative or positive.

Critical Skills Work Visa Section 19(4) is for an applicant to apply for a critical skills work visa, there are some additional requirements which must accompany the application itself.

All tertiary educational qualifications and official transcripts/subject lists evaluated by SAQA which is the (South African Qualifications Authority (processing time will be 30 working days).

The applicant must then register with and obtain a recommendation from the relevant SAQA accredited board/body/council in SA, which cover the foreigners field of expertise (processing time will depend on which board/body/council person has to register with and could take 6 weeks + to be processed).

The applicant must then apply for critical skills work visa in their usual country of residence (processing time will be approximately 30 working days +, depending on country of application).

Intra Company Transfer (ICT) work visa applications are applicable if a foreigner has been employed at a company outside SA for at least 6 months and is being assigned to a branch, subsidiary or affiliated company in SA, for a maximum duration of 4 years.

The applicant must apply for a work visa in their usual country of residence (processing time will be approximately 30 working days +, depending on country of application).

An ICT work visa may be issued for a maximum duration of 4 years (provided that the applicant’s passport is valid for that duration) and may not be extended in SA, unless the full 4-year duration was not granted in the first instance.

One of the crucial requirements for this work visa, is a Skills Transfer Plan, which the employer in SA must provide regarding the transfer of skills to local employees.

If one is in SA on an ICT work visa, one may not change to any other visa category from within SA.

Generally, ICT work visas will not be granted if a company outside SA wants to send an employee to a company in SA with whom they have a contractual obligation or similar (the company in SA must be a branch, subsidiary or an affiliate (affiliate meaning that there must be at least a 10% shareholding in the SA company).

This work visa category does not allow one to apply for permanent residence status.

Concession made where by expats can apply for ICT extension for a further 2 years whose visa expired during lock down period and until 30 June 2021.

Visa Facts

Immigration Services

We are able to assist with a wide variety of visas across Africa, including Family, Study, Spousal, Short-term work, Long-term work, and Temporary Visitor visas.


We offer outbound immigration services to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as Migration Through Investment programs for Grenada, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, and the United States.

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