Retirement Permit


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 order to qualify for a retirement visa, one needs to have access to either a pension, an irrevocable annuity or retirement account which provides you with at least R37,000 a month. Alternatively, your cash or a combination of assets must generate the equivalent amount per month. As this visa is valid for a period of up to 4 years at a time if you are going to be relying on cash you will need to show access to approximately R1.8 million.

Please note that one cannot rely on a salary or unguaranteed income to meet this amount and that there have been rejections where persons have relied on rental income alone.If you are in a position to prove that you have the required amount for life, you will qualify for permanent residency.

Frequently asked questions:

In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

All documents should be originals or certified copies thereof.

Police Clearances:

Police clearances are required for all long stay visa types (ie any stay in South Africa longer than 3 months).

Contact us for advice on which police clearances you will need to secure and how to go about getting the certificate.

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