When do you qualify for permanent residence in South Africa? Provided certain requirements are met, here’s who can live permanently in SA.
Who qualifies for permanent residence in South Africa? Picture: File.
Since our story on applying for a Smart ID card, we’ve received plenty of requests for information on permanent residence in South Africa. So, we consulted experts from to gain more insight.
The key to living permanently in South Africa is being able to prove you can contribute towards the country’s economic base. XPatWeb says it’s vital to understand the nuances of the procedure before applying for permanent residence in South Africa. One of the key requirements is to already be resident in the country on the basis of a valid Visa/Work Permit.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Who qualifies for permanent residence in South Africa? Picture: DHA.
There are various categories, but the most prominent for permanent residence in South Africa are the following:
• If you hold of a Critical Skills Work Visa.
• You’ve had a valid Work Visa for five years or more.
• If you are married to a South African Citizen for five years or more.
• Should you be financially independence and/or retiremed in South Africa.
• If you have obtained a permanent job offer in South Africa.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR SPOUSE AND KIDS?
A spouse or life partner of a South African citizen or permanent resident can apply for permanent residence in South Africa. But they will have to prove to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) they have been in a relationship for at least five years, through a legal marriage certificate or cohabitation.
Similarly, children under the age of 18 of South African citizens or permanent residents, are also eligible to apply for permanent residence in South Africa.