On 14 May 2015 a new Corporate
Account Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Centre was opened in
Johannesburg as a one-stop shop for quicker and more efficient visa
applications for foreign nationals employed by qualifying companies.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has invited interested companies to apply for Corporate Account status by 25 May 2015. It is not clear at present whether the application window may be extended after this date.
What are the Benefits?
The Corporate Account VFS Centre will only serve foreign nationals attached to companies which have been given Corporate Account status, and will expedite applications and provide support and advisory services. It is likely, therefore, that applications submitted at the new Corporate Account VFS Centre will be processed much quicker.
Who is Likely to Qualify?
Based on the selection
criteria in the points system outlined below, companies most likely to
qualify for Corporate Account status are those which have, or which are
planning to have, large numbers of foreign national employees.
Those with a relatively low number of foreign national employees (i.e. 10-20) might not meet the selection criteria, but are welcome to apply.
As the new Corporate Account VFS Centre has been opened in Johannesburg, it will mainly benefit those businesses located in the Gauteng Province and neighboring provinces.
The DHA will make use of the following points system in evaluating applications: