South Africa: Information on residency rules
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 December 1991|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZAF9986|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, South Africa: Information on residency rules, 1 December 1991, ZAF9986, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac3948.html [accessed 7 March 2014]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
According to a spokesperson for the Consulate General of South Africa in New York, a foreign national applying for residency in South Africa is required to have proof of employment by a firm or an organization in South Africa (20 Dec. 1991). The application is assessed and upon acceptance the foreign national receives a permanent residence permit (Ibid.). Only a foreign national with a permanent residence permit who has lived in South Africa for a minimum of five years can obtain South African citizenship through naturalization (Ibid.). The residency application process is non-discriminatory (Ibid.). For more information please refer to the Information Request ZAF9040 (12 July 1991) available at the IRBDC in Montreal.
Additional and/or corroborating information on the subject could not be found among the sources currently available to the IRBDC in Ottawa.
Consulate General of South Africa, New York. 20 December 1991. Telephone Interview with a Representative.