Retention of South African citizenship

Reinstatement of lost citizenship for thousands of South Africa in the works

The South African government is poised to abolish a law that revokes citizenship from its nationals, marking a crucial win for thousands of affected individuals. New developments in the case for reinstatement of lost citizenship for thousands of South Africans promise a great victory for the Democratic Alliance and all South Africans abroad. Background on…

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FAQ: Recent court triumph by the DA regarding citizenship retention and its critical importance

  The Democratic Alliance’s Case: In an effort to uphold the constitutionality of South Africa’s citizenship laws, the Democratic Alliance (DA) initiated legal proceedings against the Department of Home Affairs. Specifically, their challenge focused on Section 6(1)(a) of the South African Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 (referred to as the Act), which the party deemed…

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Obtaining naturalisation certificates from ancestral research

We have had a number of clients enquiring about obtaining South African naturalisation certificates from the early 1900s through to the 1970s for their parents and grandparents as part of ancestral research or for applications for “citizenship by descent”. Usually, the need arises from some sort of ancestral visa application requirement or similar purpose. Clients are at…

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Renunciation of South African Citizenship

South Africans taking up new citizenship abroad sometimes have to renounce their citizenship in SA. This is called renunciation of South African citizenship. The Department of Home Affairs issues these citizenship documents proving that you are no longer a South African citizen. Some countries require you to renounce any other citizenship before you obtain new…

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Retention of your South African Citizenship

If you currently live abroad and are considering taking up citizenship, you have to make an application to the Department of Home Affairs (or closest SA mission or consulate) to retain your South African citizenship. This is done through a process called retention of South African citizenship. If you apply for and obtain foreign (or…