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Qualifying for this route to South African citizen status depends upon the applicant being able to successfully prove the date and location of their birth as well as details of their parentage.

Applicants must have been born in a location which exists within the country today. Requirements vary according to the following distinctions.

Births occurring before 1949

In these circumstances, it is necessary only to demonstrate that the applicant was born in South Africa before 1949.

Births occurring between 1949 and June 1961

Where applicants were born during this date range, it must be shown not only that the birth took place in the country, but also that the applicant's father was not a prohibited immigrant when the birth took place.

Applications will need to show that the father was either a South African citizen or permanent resident.

Births occurring between July 1961 and 1994

For candidates who were born in this period, it must be shown that the birth took place in South Africa and that EITHER the mother or father was a permanent resident or citizen when the birth took place.

Births occurring since 1995

Finally, births occurring since 1995 and up to the present time must demonstrate the birthplace and the citizenship or permanent residency status of at least one parent OR, show that the applicant does not have the entitlement to citizenship in any other country.


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