Why should I apply for Permanent Residence in South Africa?

The Permanent Residence permit allows the holder various advantages, including security from future immigration law changes, entering the job market on equal grounds as a South African citizen, feeling at home in South Africa, and fewer banking and financial limitations.

As a Permanent Residence holder, you are also furnished with an RSA ID number, easing multiple administrative activities. Your immediate family and spouse can join you may accompany you. If your spouse would like to work, they may apply for permission to do so.

Currently, the Permanent Residence Permit allows for a path to citizenship. If this changes in the near future, please be sure to look out for updates on this page.

Study Visa and ICT Visa holders do not qualify for Permanent Residence.

Do I qualify for a Permanent Residence Permit?

  • To qualify for Direct Permanent Residence, you must have been living in South Africa on a valid work visa for a minimum of five years.
  • Spouses and children of SA citizens/permanent residence permit holders may also apply for Direct Residence.
  • You possess critical skills and qualifications (Critical Skills Work Visa)
  • You would like to start or have started a business and will or have invested the prescribed amount into the new or existing business in South Africa (Business Visa)
  • You are a retired individual (Retirement Visa)
  • You are financially independent
  • You are the relative (biologically or adopted) of a SA citizen/permanent residence permit holder (Relatives Visa)

DO YOU FALL INTO ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES?

The Application process with IBN Immigration Solutions:

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General Documentation Requirements for all Permanent Residence Permit Applications

  • VFS appointment letter
  • A completed DHA-947 form online
  • Payment of the application fee
  • Valid, original passport of applicant and a recent, passport-type, full-face photograph with applicant name on the reverse side
  • Unabridged birth certificate
  • Valid temporary residence visa, if the application is made in South Africa
  • A deed poll in the case of the applicant who has changed their name, surname or sex.
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate from relevant authority within the country where the applicant has lived for 12 months or longer
  • Medical and Radiological report
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if applicable
  • Biometrics

Click on the residence category below that applies to you:

  • General documentation as listed above
  • Proof that the applicant falls within the gazetted quota list
  • Payment of the application fee
  • Contract of employment
  • Employer letter confirming applicant’s permanent employment (not older than six months)
  • Proof of registration with the professional body
  • Proof of qualifications (confirmation from SAQA).
  • Proof of post qualification experience of at least five years in the same occupational class
  • Testimonials from previous employers
  • Curriculum vitae
  • General documentation as listed above
  • A valid Retirement Visa for temporary sojourn at the time of application (if submitting in SA)
  • Proof that applicant has the right to a pension or irrevocable annuity or retirement account which will give such foreigner a prescribed minimum payment of R37 000 per month for the rest of their life
  • Proof that the applicant has a minimum prescribed net worth of R37 000 per month
  • General documentation as listed above
  • A certificate issued by a charted accountant registered with the South African Institute of Charted Accountants (SAICA)or a professional accountant registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) to the effect that at least an amount in cash of R5 million as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available; or
  • An amount of R5 million in cash and capital as determined from time to time by the Minister, after consultation with the Minister of Trade and Industry, by notice in the Gazette, is available to be invested in the republic.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the feasibility of the business and the contribution to the national interest of the Republic.
  • An undertaking that at least 60% of the total staff compliment to be employed in the operations of the business shall be citizens or permanent residents employed permanently in various positions.
  • A business plan outlining the feasibility of the business, both in the short and long term
  • An undertaking to register with the South African Revenue Services.
  • An undertaking to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
  • An undertaking to register with the Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases.
  • An undertaking to register with the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), where legally required.
  • Proof of registration with the relevant professional body, board or council recognised by SAQA in terms of section 13(2)(i) of the National Qualifications Framework Act, where applicable
  • General documentation as listed above
  • Payment of the application fee
  • A valid SA Spousal Visa in lieu of applying for permanent residence, if application is made in SA
  • Marriage certificate or proof of relationship
  • Divorce decree if applicant was in a previous marriage
  • Proof of financial support
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • Copy of Permanent Residence Permit of primary applicant
  • General documentation as listed above
  • Payment of the application fee
  • A valid SA Spousal Visa when applying for permanent residence, if application is made in SA
  • Marriage certificate or proof of relationship
  • Divorce decree if applicant was in a previous marriage
  • Proof of financial support
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • General documentation as listed above
  • Payment of the application fee
  • A valid SA Dependant Visa when applying for permanent residence, if application is made in SA
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s).
  • Written consent of both parents where only one of the parents is immigrating
  • Copy of the Identity document of the parent(s) or legal guardian who is the citizen or permanent resident if applicable.
  • Copy of Permanent Residence Permit if the parent(s) or legal guardian is a permanent resident if applicable.
  • General documentation as listed above
  • General documentation as listed above
  • A valid General Work Visa at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is being made in SA
  • Payment of the application fee
  • Offer of permanent employment – contract of employment.
  • Letter from employer confirming current and permanent employment, not older than six months.
  • Proof of qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA)
  • Work references or certificates of service (covering at least the last five years)
  • Biometrics
  • Attach endorsements related to Professional Associations
  • Proof of five years continuous employment on a valid SA work visa

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