A permanent residence permit for the Republic of South Africa can only be issued upon application from a foreigner, and such an application can only be considered if the applicant qualifies for either direct residence or qualifies for residence on other grounds.
Subject to section 25 of the Immigration Act, as amended, and any prescribed requirements, the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs may issue a permanent residence permit to a foreigner who –
- has been the holder of a work visa for five (5) years
- has been the spouse of a South African citizen or permanent resident for five (5) years
- is a child under the age of 18 of a South African citizen or permanent resident
- is a child of a South African citizen
Residence on other grounds
The Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs may, subject to any prescribed requirements, issue a permanent residence permit to a foreigner of good and sound character who –
- has received an offer for permanent employment
- possesses extraordinary skills or qualifications
- intends to establish or has established a business in the Republic of South Africa
- is a refugee referred to in section 27(c) of the Refugees Act, 1998
- intends to retire in the Republic of South Africa
- is financially independent / has proven that he or she has the prescribed net worth
- is the relative of a South Africa citizen or permanent resident within the first step of kinship
Who does not qualify for a permanent residence permit?
Furthermore, foreigners who do not intend emigrating i.e. who do not intend moving their main place of residence to the Republic of South Africa, shall not apply for permanent residence permits.
Where shall an applicant in Germany apply for a permanent residence permit?
Prospective immigrants / applicants in Germany shall submit their complete applications for permanent residence permits in person and by appointment at the Embassy in Berlin or Consulate-General in Munich (see http://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/PR_info.doc).
How much does it cost to apply for a permanent residence permit?
A non-refundable application fee of €187,00 is payable in respect of a formal application for permanent residence permits per individual applicant, but is not payable by a spouse or dependent child of a South African citizen or permanent resident; further details regarding the payment would be provided at the interview, if the application has been accepted.
How long does it take to process an application for a permanent residence permit?
After the compulsory interview, applications for permanent residence permits are forwarded to the Department of Home Affairs in the Republic of South Africa, where they will be adjudicated. Applications are processed in the order they are received at the Department and recent experience shows that it may take up to 18 months and longer.
Withdrawal of a permanent residence permit
In terms of section 28 of the Immigration Act, as amended, the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs may withdraw a permanent residence permit (see http://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/PR_Info.doc).
Proof / Confirmation of permanent residence
A foreigner, who was previously the holder of a permanent residence permit, and who intends to return permanently to the Republic of South Africa, may apply for 'confirmation of permanent residence' to establish whether the permit has been withdrawn or is still valid (see http://www.suedafrika.org/downloads/PR_Confirmation.doc).
Permanent residence endorsement in passport
'Permanent residence status' is no longer endorsed / stamped into a foreigner’s passport by the Department of Home Affairs – permanent residents must therefore carry / present their original permanent residence permits to the immigration officer at the port of entry each time they enter or depart from the Republic of South Africa. Please also note that in terms of section 28(c) of the Immigration Act, as amended, a permanent residence permit may be withdrawn, if the holder has been absent from the Republic of South Africa for a period exceeding three (3) years.
The Consular Section in the Embassy in Berlin
Fax Consular Section:
030 22073 202
Email Consular Section:
Residents of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg must lodge applications and pay any applicable fees at the South African Consulate-General in Munich:
Fax: 089 231 163 53