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The Critical Skills Work Visa will enable the South African government to achieve the objectives of programmes such as National Development Plan (NDP), Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and New Growth Plan (NGP).


The main objective of the critical skills work visa is to assist South Africa to realise the achievement of the National Infrastructure Project, the Strategic Infrastructure Projects and Key National Strategic Projects in support of the Department of Trade and Industry. It will enable the South African government to achieve the objectives of programmes such as National Development Plan (NDP), Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and New Growth Plan (NGP) by attracting relevant skills to the country.

The Critical Skills work visa is issued in accordance with the critical skills list. The list was developed in conjunction with the occupations in high demand and the scarce skills lists of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

SAIBA will issue the critical skills letter to support the application for the critical skills work visa by its member in terms of the Guide to issuing Critical Skills Confirmations (CSC). Click here to access the guide. These members have to demonstrate that they are in good standing as SAIBA members and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.


This letter can be requested from:

  1. SAIBA Members in good standing with the necessary qualifications and work experience;
  2. Accounting professionals who have the necessary qualifications and work experience;
  3. Members of other Professional Bodies who meet the SAIBA criteria in this regard and who are in good standing at their own Professional Body.

* (Please note an administrative fee of R2500 applies for non-SAIBA members)


A Critical Skills Letter takes approximately 15-20 working days to process from the date that all supporting documentation and proof of payment has been received and is deemed in order. This time frame is a guideline only and is dependent on the volume of requests received.

The letter will only be issued once payment and all supporting documentation has been received.

All supporting documentation needs to be sent in 1 consolidated email. Your request for this letter may be further delayed if documentation is sent in more than 1 email correspondence or if invalid supporting documentation is received.

SAIBA reserves the right to request original documentation.


An administrative fee of R2500 applies for non-SAIBA members.  Please only make payment once you have a payment reference number as it appears on the invoice.  The cost of a critical skills letter is non-refundable.


 Please refer to the  Guide to issuing critical skills confirmations for a comprehensive list of the documentation required.

  1. Proof of payment using reference number stated on the invoice;
  2. Certified Copy of Passport, dated not older than 3 months;
  3. Proof of Employment – a letter, on a letterhead, from current employer stating position, date of commencement of employment, signed not older than 2 months from the date of issue. (Please note, an employment contract may be included but will not be accepted as proof of current employment.);
  4. Three months payslips.
  5. Recently Certified Copies of Certificates of Highest Qualification/s (including transcripts), dated not older than 3 months;
  6. Detailed and up to date CV which includes:
  •  All previous job positions held, with the start and finish date for these job positions listed clearly;
  • Start date of your current position;
  • Full detailed list of duties and responsibilities under each of the previous job positions and the current job position as mentioned in the previous 2 bullet points;
  • Include reference telephone numbers and email contact details for your references at the bottom of your CV.


The Critical Skills list issued by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014 classifies Critical Skills into 11 Education Subject Matter fields. One of these is Business, Economics and Management Studies with the following critical skills listed:

  1. Actuaries and Risk Assessors;
  2. Corporate General Managers:
  3. External Auditors;
  4. Financial Investment Advisors.

As a professional body SAIBA operates within the Business, Economics and Management sector and hence can only issue CSC for critical skills listed under that classification.

Currently, occupations: a, c, and d, is not aligned to any SAIBA designation. SAIBA is therefore not able to issue CSC for these critical skills. Critical skill: b, Corporate General Managers is aligned to SAIBA designations but would require additional verification elements.

Confirmation of work experience that is relevant to the Corporate General Manager (OCCUPATION CODE: 121901) is as follows:

    • Includes experience closely related to the Corporate General Manager occupation;
    • Was undertaken in the 10 years prior to your SAIBA CSC application date;
    • Was undertaken after you completed a formal qualification (or combination of qualifications);
    • Was remunerated and continuous for a minimum of 20 hours per week;
    • Is a minimum of one year of accumulated employment, for at least three months per role.

SAIBA will assess your application using the information/documentation submitted and will validate all information. SAIBA will also contact you to submit any additional information as required. 

Please Note that the South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) reserves the right to refuse the issuing of a critical skills letter.

Send your application for a critical skills letter or queries in this regard to or call 012 643 1800


Apply for membership and a critical skills letter by submitting the required information below.

Apply for a Critical Skills Confirmation Letter

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IMPORTANT: Once you submit the completed form, you will need to submit the required information and documentation via email to with the subject line CSC; Name and Surname.