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A South African passport is granted if an applicant has been a Permanent Resident for a continuous period of 4 years in South Africa.

South African naturalisation is the process through which permanent residents (that is, candidates who began with a South African visa for business, a work permit or one of the other temporary South Africa immigration services) can complete the process of becoming a full citizen.

Where candidates of neither South African birth nor descent wish to apply, the following conditions must be satisfied.

- Applicants who wish to naturalise must be over the age of 21.
- Applicants must have a grant of permanent residency in South Africa and must have lived in the country for a minimum of five years. Of the five, one year must be the year directly preceding the application, and the remaining four years of residency must have been conducted within the last eight years as a whole.
- In cases of spouse immigration, where the husband or wife of an existing citizen is migrating to South Africa, the above requirement can be shortened to two years.
- Applicants must have a solid grasp of one of the eleven official languages of South Africa; these are - Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
- Applicants who immigrate to South Africa and pursue a grant of citizenship must be considered to be of good character.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth. is a subsidiary of Sable International.

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