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South Africa Citizenship

South African Citizenship regulations are very broad and encompass many aspects. Below you will find the primary methods of obtaining South African Citizenship.

South African Citizen by Descent

Anybody who was born outside of South Africa to a South African citizen. His or her birth has to be registered in line with the births and deaths registration act 51 of 1992.

South African Citizen by Naturalisation

Permanent Resident holders of 5 or more years can apply for citizenship. Anybody married to a South African citizen qualifies for naturalisation, two years after receiving his or her permanent residence at the time of marriage. A child under 21 who has permanent residence permit qualifies for naturalisation immediately after the permit is issued.

Automatic loss of Citizenship

This occurs when a South African citizen:

Deprivation of Citizenship

A South African citizen by naturalization can be deprived of his citizenship if:

Acquisition of the citizenship or nationality of another country

Any person who wants to apply for citizenship in another country must apply to the Minister of Home Affairs to retain his or her South African citizenship before acquiring the citizenship of the other country.

Resumption of South African citizenship

Any former citizen by birth or descent who:

can apply for the reinstatement of his/her South African citizenship. However this person must return permanently to South Africa.

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