3 ways to go about hiring foreign skills for your SA startup

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Even before I was involved in the tech entrepreneur scene in SA and before I ran an immigration and visa services firm, I noticed during my tech recruitment days that companies simply don’t understand how the work visa system in South Africa functions. And because they don’t understand it, they are afraid of it.

The plain truth is that it’s very simple. Either you can hire that foreign skill, or you can’t. But if you can, then there is no reason (unless perhaps financially) why you shouldn’t. In fact, the most recent visa regulations, which came out in May 2014, actually try to encourage companies to hire certain skills, which centre heavily around the technology (IT and Engineering) arena. In fact, I am proud to say that I’ve helped a number of SA tech (and other industries) startups to get the right person or a specific person on board.

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