Applications for permanent residency in South Africa are considered in terms of Section 26 (Direct Residency Permits) and Section 27 (Residency-on-Other-Grounds Permits) of the Immigration Act 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002), and read with Regulation 33 of the Immigration Regulations.


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You are a refugee and you have held refugee status for a continuous period of five years. To enable you to apply for permanent residency on the basis of having held refugee status for a continuous period of 5 years, the following evidence needs to be provided:

Work references or certificates of service (covering at least the last five years);
Proof of five years’ continuous refugee status in the Republic;
Original certification from the standing committee for refugee affairs that applicant will remain a refugee indefinitely;
Original affidavit regarding aliases used for refugee status application by principle applicant or family members (if applicable).

Frequently asked questions:

In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

All documents should be originals or certified copies thereof.

Police Clearances:

Police clearances are required for all long stay visa types (ie any stay in South Africa longer than 3 months).

Contact us for advice on which police clearances you will need to secure and how to go about getting the certificate.

Contact us

Drop us a line or give us a ring. We love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions.
64 Waterfall Avenue Craighall
+27 76 886 1181