What is The Trusted Employer Scheme
The Trusted Employer Scheme is an initiative aimed at simplifying the process of hiring foreign workers for South African corporations. Under this scheme, eligible employers can enjoy expedited processing and reduced complexities in employing foreign talent.
This initiative is driven by the Department of Home Affairs and the Office of the Presidency, signalling a significant push toward a more efficient foreign labour market.
The primary objective of the Trusted Employer Scheme (TES) is to recognize and reward trustworthy users of the program by offering fewer document requirements and faster processing times for visa applications. For corporate employers, the most significant incentive is the ability to quickly process visa applications and mobilize foreign employees, enabling them to begin generating revenue from their services sooner.
During the annual South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC) on April 13, 2023, President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled plans for an overhaul of the work visa system. This Trusted Employer Scheme was already discussed in the Department of Home Affairs’ White Paper in 2017.
The Trusted Employer Scheme was officially announced in regulations published on October 11, 2023.