The Western Cape is pressuring the governments to speed up the launch of a remote working visa.
Especially after the pandemic, Cape Town made a huge effort to attract long-term travelers and foreign. The city offers several co-working spaces and hubs for start-ups, alongside great entertainment and weather. Now, the Western Cape is pressuring to improve legislation and allow more tourists and remote workers to enter the area.
Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC Mireille Wenger released an announcement with recommendations to regulate new workers and locals, highlighting the importance of speeding up the process instead of waiting another year. The proposal has a set of advice to introduce the visa within the existing job market without calling into play the Immigration Act.
Among the criteria for the remote working visa in Cape Town:
- Visa holders won’t be able to apply for local jobs.
- Applicants must enter with an existing work contract from whichever country they come from.
- Foreigners must show proof of minimum income; health documentation; travel insurance.
Finally, the visa will last for a year, possibly extending for another year. As Cape Town lists among the best cities for digital nomads, this remote working visa could provide support to the local economy and businesses.