How you can Obtain SA Citizenship
Citizenship by Birth – who qualifies?
- Any person born in SA before October 6, 1995
- Any person who was born on or after the above mentioned date and one of his/her parents is a permanent resident or SA citizen. The mother of anyone born after this date must have been a citizen of the country when the child was born.
- Any person who was born in SA and adopted by a parent who is a SA citizen and whose birth is registered.
- Anyone who was born in South Africa, who has no other nationality and is registered here.
- People who are born outside of SA and whose parents were in the service of the SA government, or in the service of an international organization of which the SA government is a member of at the time of the birth.
Citizenship by Decent – who qualifies?
- Any person born outside of SA and at least one of their parents was a citizen of the country at the time of their birth.
- Anyone who was in Namibia on or after 21 March 1990 whose father or mother was a SA citizen when they were born.
- Any person who was born outside of South Africa, adopted by a South African and the birth was registered.
- Any adopted child whose parent was issued with a certificate of resumption of citizenship. The parent needs to have come to SA for PM while the child was a minor; the birth needs to have been registered within 12 months of receiving the certificate of resumption.
To get more insight into what documentation you will need to fill out, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an immigration expert.
Citizenship by Naturalization – who qualifies?
Any person who is a SA citizen by naturalization/registration or who were a citizen of any of the former TBVC states (by naturalization) are considered to be naturalized SA citizens.
All applicants need to be of good character, a permanent residence holder and have been in the country for a certain period of time. In order to find out exactly how the whole process works, you will need to get the help of a professional who will have up to date information regarding this process.
By Robbie Ragless