South African Citizenship

A refugee may apply for South African citizenship provided he or she:

  • has been granted permanent residence in South Africa
  • has been ordinarily resident in South Africa for a continuous period of 10 years immediately preceding the date of the application
  • is of good character
  • intends to continue to reside in South Africa
  • is able to communicate in any one of the official languages of South Africa
  • has adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of South African citizenship
  • is a citizen from a country which allows dual citizenship