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. In terms of granting Permanent Residency Permits, emphasis is placed on immigrants who are in a position to make a meaningful contribution to broadening the economic base of South Africa.
In addition to completing and submitting Form BI-947, you must also provide the following documentation:
- A full set of fingerprints.
- A marriage certificate / Proof of spousal relationship, if applicable.
- A divorce decree / proof of legal separation, if applicable.
- Proof of custody of a minor, if applicable.
- A death certificate for a late spouse, if applicable.
- The consent of parents in the case of minors.
- Proof of judicial adoption of a minor, if applicable.
- Police clearance certificates for all countries in which you resided for a period of one year or longer since your 18th birthday.
- A valid temporary residency permit (if already in South Africa).
Additional documents are applicable to the different immigration categories and these are listed in the permanent residence application Form BI-947.
Applications submitted in South Africa at the VFS office take approximately 4 – 12 months.
- Department of Home Affairs Application Fee – R1520
- VFS Service Fee – R1350