People choose to find work in other countries for various reasons, always necessitating a work visa of sorts. Some may include the opportunity to explore a new destination, meet new people and gain different experiences and for others the opportunity to earn more money and help assist financial situations in their country of origin.
Africa offers a wide selection of 54 countries that is rich in biodiversity, cultures, natural resources and friendly people. However, Africa is in constant need of highly skilled and qualified individuals to both obtain work visas and work in various countries, as well as for people to invest there.
Which sectors often need people?
The following are some of Africa’s main sectors and often need more people to aid with their specialized skills set to help enrich the country and the locals.
• Natural resources
• Health care
Once you have decided to look for work in Africa, you will need to obtain the required work visas for the country of choice.
Visafrican specializes in the handling of African visas and permits
Every country is different, so, as an applicant applying for the work visa in Africa, you cannot expect the same procedures and waiting periods. Some work visas even require the applicant to obtain an entry visa into the country before proceeding with the rest of the steps.
Some basic requirements and procedures for the work visa:
These as mentioned before will vary from country to country.
• The company who wishes to employ the applicant must be able to show proof that this is the case.
• The company must also advertise the job offer in the local newspaper.
• The applicant must have their credentials checked at the country’s authorities responsible for the issuing of the permit.
• Some countries will also only employ the foreign worker if they possess exceptional scarce skills that will contribute to the industry in which they are applying for.
• Ability to speak another language that is spoken in the country and sometimes a foreign other language will also do.
• Qualified in an area of work (imperative to have completed tertiary education)
• Drivers licence is sometimes a plus (international drivers permit)
Many countries in Africa have large expatriate communities that often lead to them helping each other to settle in. Through these, they also become more familiar with daily life in the new country.