Applications for permanent residency are considered in terms of the below sections of the Immigration Act of 2002, as amended –
- Held a work permit for a minimum period of five years
- Are in possession of a permanent work offer in South Africa
- Have exceptional skills and qualifications
- Intend to establish a business in South Africa
- Qualify as Refugees in terms of Section 27(c) of the Refugees Act
- Qualify as retired persons
- Are financially independent
- Are relatives (biologically or judicially adopted) of a South African citizen/permanent residence permit holder
- Having been in a spousal relationship with a South African citizen for more than 5 years
When applying in South Africa, the applicant must have a valid temporary residence visa at all times whilst his/her permanent residency application is being processed.
Permanent residency applications take 8 – 12 months to process and in some cases even longer depending on the basis under which you apply.