Permanent residence in South Africa can be applied for in the following categories:
- Financial independence
- Five years of continuous employment in the Republic
- Spouse/child/parent/first step of kinship of a South African citizen or permanent resident
The conditions for an application for permanent residence based on business and retirement are as outlined above for temporary residence. However, in the case of retirement one must provide proof of a guaranteed monthly income of at least ZAR 37,000 for the whole period the applicant wishes to spend in South Africa, i.e. in this case indefinitely.
South African ID Books are issued to South African citizens and Permanent Resident holders from the age of 16 years and onwards. If you are working for the South African government or one of its statutory bodies outside the Republic of South Africa, you are also eligible to receive a South African ID Book.
The green bar-coded identity book can be considered as a legal proof of identification in South Africa.
All ID Book applications are done at the respective Departments of Home Affairs or South African Missions or Consulates abroad.
The applications are then sent to the Department of Home Affairs head office in Pretoria where applications are processed and ID Books are generated.
If you are applying for a South African ID Book for the first time, this step by step process is worth a read. Continue reading
Currently we are getting many requests about what to do when the certificate of your permanent residence is lost. Therefore we add this question to our FAQ series.
So. What to do then if my permanent residence (PR) certificate is lost?
Please note that unfortunately the certificate of your permanent residence cannot be re-issued. Continue reading