South Africa Permanent Residence Permit

South Africa Permanent Residence Permit

How we can help you obtain a South Africa Permanent Residence Permit

Consultation by face to face meeting, Skype or telephone

Advice on the correct category of working visa

Checklist of visa requirements

Preparation of supporting documents

Assistance with preparation of a first application at the embassy or an extension in South Africa

Discussions on alterative visa options and future visa strategy

The holder of a permanent residence permit has all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations of a citizen, save for those rights, privileges, duties and obligations which a law or the Constitution explicitly ascribes to citizenship.

Permanent residence holders do not have to apply for authorisation to work, start a business or study.

The holder of a permanent residence permit may obtain a Non-South African identity book.

A permanent residence permit is issued on condition that the holder is not a prohibited or an undesirable person.

The Director-General may attach reasonable individual terms and conditions to a permanent residence permit.

Permanent residency will lapse if the permanent residence holder remains outside of South Africa for a continuous period of 3 years or more.

The categories of permanent residency are as follows:-

Direct Residence

5 Years Work Visa

  • The foreign national must be on a work visa for a period of 5 years or more
  • Excludes time on the Intra Company Transfer Visa


  • The foreign national must be married to or a life partner of a South African citizen for a period of 5 years or more
  • Must remain married / a life partner for 2 years after the issue of permanent residence

Child of a South African Citizen

  • Includes legally adopted children

Indirect Residence

Critical Skills

  • The foreign national must have 5 years post qualification experience in the critical skills category

Business Investment

  • The foreign national must invest the required amount into South Africa

Retired Persons

  • The foreign national will have to show the right to a pension or an irrevocable annuity or retirement account which will generate the prescribed minimum income

Net worth

  • The foreign national will have to show the minimum prescribed net worth as required by the Act
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Dear Client,

South Africa under a Presidential ordered “lockdown”. South Africa is currently under level 3 lockdown.

We have the following updates on the services we offer during the lockdown period:

DIRCO – OPEN: The DIRCO offices are open to apostille, but with limited functionality. We have to book appointment for submissions and collections. When we receive your instruction we will advise on turnaround times.

SAPS Pretoria for police clearance certificates – OPEN

Notary – OPEN

Translations – OPEN

Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED: - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for authentications/apostilles.

SAQA – PARTIALLY OPENED: The physical office is closed, but staff are working. Documents can be submitted online or by courier.

VFS – PARTIALLY OPENED: – collections only. They have not advised when they will open for collections.

The Department of Home Affairs have advised, by published Directive, that foreign nationals will not be penalised on their visa conditions as long as the expiry of the visa is a result of the lockdown. All COVID affected visas are deemed to be valid the visa expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website.

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing limited new applications like new birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. No existing reprints of documents, ID’s or passports.

SA EMBASSIES – Some are open, some closed; with no consistency or notice of opening/closing. The Embassies are acting autonomously. We advise that you contact your nearest Embassy should you need any Embassy services.

FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SA – Majority are closed.

SENDING/RECEIVING DOCUMENTS – documents can only be sent to us by courier and we can only return documents by courier door to door (we use DHL). For new and upcoming applications we advise that you send the documents to us in the interim so when Departments open we can submit immediately. Currently we cannot meet face to face, but happy to discuss by telephone call, skype, whatsapp call or video conference.

Please feel free to call or email us with regards to the services and support we can provide for you during the lockdown period.

Please note that all of the above is subject to change without notice. We will post updates as and when we receive clarification.

Keep safe and Godspeed during these difficult times.