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”, which has been defined into different levels. South Africa is currently under level 4 lockdown since 1 May from a level 5 lockdown in force during mid-February and April.

You may view the latest Directive published on 29 April 2020, most notably Annexure D on page 35 headed “Essential Services” pertaining to Level 4 lockdown -

We have the following updates on the services we offer:-

DIRCO – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.


Courts – PARTIALLY OPENED - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis for Apostilles, not authentications.

SAQA – CLOSED until further notice, no communication received.

The SAPS police clearance department – OPEN - with skeleton staff working on a rotational basis.


VFS – CLOSED the latest information received: VFS will open under level 2 lockdown and start with collections only (dates unconfirmed). VFS will then open for new applications at a later unconfirmed date.

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 if expired during lockdown. More information on the DHA website (please note that the info has not been updated and may not apply under level 4 lockdown):

The Department of Home AffairsImmigration matters – PARTIALLY OPENED but they are clearing backlogs of visa and permanent residence applications. No new applications in RSA or at the Embassy. Visa exempted countries have been suspended, foreign nationals must travel with a newly authorised visa and may be subject to forced quarantine for 14 days on arrival. (Some Embassies are accepting  visitors visa applications for urgent matters, i.e. death in the family. The application must contain a detailed motivation to consider the visa application).  

The Department of Home AffairsCivic Affairs – PARTIALLY OPENED only processing certain new applications like birth/death certificates relating to the last few months & COVID. Rotational staff are also clearing backlogs of existing applications. Reissuing of certificates is closed until further notice.

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, most notably the Chinese Embassy in SA is closed which will affect TEFL applications for teaching in China which require the Embassy Stamp on the documentation.

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. Our Sandton office premises remains closed, but we are still open and fully operational with staff working remotely respecting and adhering to Government directives.

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.