Our South African citizenship services

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Many people who were born outside South Africa, and who have never visited the country, may be South African citizens through an ancestral connection.

We offer a systematic evaluation process that can establish whether you have South African citizenship or if you can easily obtain it. Following our free initial assessment, we can prepare a “Status Trace” that analyses your family history and whether you can claim South African citizenship.

Our Status Trace will state the legal basis of the claim to South African citizenship with detailed reference to the relevant legislation. It can also be used to support an application for a South African passport and explains the circumstances under which South African citizenship can be passed on to children.

For a free initial evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation


Our other services include:

  • Application for official recognition of existing South African citizenship,
  • Application for registration as a South African citizen,
  • Application for recovery of a South African citizenship which has been lost,
  • Application for first time South African passport,
  • Application to retain South African citizenship before applying for a second citizenship (e.g. British citizenship),
  • Review failed application for any of the above,
  • Review possibilities for passing South African citizenship to a family member.

Who is eligible for South African Citizenship?

In most cases you have or are eligible for South African citizenship if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • you were born or adopted in South Africa or South West Africa (now Namibia) to a mother or father who was a South African citizen, permanent resident or who had been born in South Africa or South West Africa before 2 September 1949
  • you were granted South African citizenship, or before September 1949 British subject status, by the government of South Africa
  • you resided in South Africa or South West Africa for at least 3 years before 2 September 1949 and were a British subject at the time
  • you were born on or after 2 September 1949 outside South Africa and your mother or father (or adoptive mother or father) was a South African citizen at the time of your birth
  • you were born on or after 2 September 1949 outside South Africa and your birth was registered in South Africa (through a South African or other consulate).

South African citizenship laws are hard to interpret andthe procedures not well documented. Other complex factors in South African citizenship law include the validity of a marriage and the complex situation of a person born to parents who were unmarried at the date of birth.
For a free initial evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation


The Benefits of South African Citizenship

A South African Citizen can apply for a South African passport and is able to:

  • live, work or study in South Africa with no restrictions
  • in most cases, apply for a citizenship of another country without losing South African citizenship
  • travel without a visa to 94 countries including New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland and the countries of Southern African union (SADEC)

A South African citizen is also a Commonwealth citizen in UK law. If you have been a Commonwealth citizen before 1983 you may be eligible for UK right of abode. You might also be able to obtain an Ancestry Visa to the UK. With an Ancestry Visa you can work in the UK with relatively few restrictions for at least 5 years. As a Commonwealth citizen, you are also eligible for employment with the UK civil or military service and may utilise consular assistance from the British embassy or consulate in countries where there is no representative of South Africa.

How we Work with a Client

How Passportia Works

  • You provide us with information on your history or your family history, ideally using the Evaluation Form on our website
  • We make a free informal evaluation of your citizenship prospects within 5 days. If we are confident that we can get you citizenship, then we provide a fixed price quote
  • If you wish to proceed, then we will work through the following steps:
    1. We email you an agreement for signature. This lists all the documents that should be needed.
    2. You send us these documents and deposit the fee in our Client Escrow Account.
    3. We prepare the application forms, evidence dossier and a legal opinion to significantly increase your chances of success.
    4. We submit the application to the government and handle all inevitable queries.
    5. Following the government decision we send you your new citizenship certificate or passport and the documents you had supplied.

Our agreement includes a “no win no fee” option for an extra 33% of the quoted fee. If we proceed on a “no win no fee” basis and the application fails, then we refund the amount you deposited in our Client Escrow Account, less £100.

Our success rate is over 90% for citizenship claims. This includes notoriously difficult discretionary applications for adopted children. Please view our many testimonials from satisfied clients.