Permanent residents in South Africa are afforded all the same rights and obligations as a South Africa citizen, except for the right to vote in South Africa or hold a South African passport.
Permanent residency is a great option for anyone who would like to remain in South Africa indefinitely, as it removes the hassle and the cost of the ongoing renewal on your temporary residency.
You may apply for permanent residency based on the majority of the temporary residency categories. Each of the categories for permanent residency have varying requirements and time-frames in terms of when you may apply. Please get in touch with us for more information on how we can assist you in obtaining your permanent residency in the most efficient manner possible.
Should you wish to stay in South Africa on a long term basis, without working or studying, and meet the financial requirements, you may apply for permanent residency based on financial independence. There are no age limitations, however applicants are required to make a payment of R120 000 to the Department of Home Affairs on receipt of your permanent residency.
Please contact us to discuss the options around permanent residency for financial independent and retired applicants.