Renunciation of South African citizenship
The Citizenship legislation, effected on 6 October 1995 (Act 88 of 1995) provides for South African citizens to apply to voluntarily renounce their South African Citizenship. To be eligible applicants must have already obtained the citizenship of another country because with effect of the renunciation, the person cannot become a stateless person.
South African citizens who have voluntarily obtained the citizenship of another country after their eighteenth (18th) birthday, without applying and receiving permission to retain their South African citizenship prior to when they obtained their other citizenship, have automatically lost their South African Citizenship from the date they obtained the citizenship of the other country. Such persons consequently need not apply for renunciation.
Processing time is approximately 6 to 12 months.
Requirements for your application
- Application for Renunciation of South African Citizenship: Form
BI-246 in duplicate (i.e. two (2) forms per applicant). For applicants under the age of 18, both parents must sign renunciation Form
- Determination of your Current Status: Form
details of your present status in order that we may ascertain your claim for
South African citizenship. Information pertaining to parent's details; minimum
of their full date and place of birth is required.
- Certified copy of the Citizenship certificate of the other nationality that you now hold.
- Certified copy of your South African Birth Certificate (if applicable).
- ORIGINAL South African Passports, Identity Documents, Retention of South African Citizenship certificate (if applicable), South African Naturalization certificate (if applicable). NOTE: These documents will NOT BE RETURNED TO YOU but will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa for record purposes and eventually be destroyed.
- There is no fee to be paid for this application.
- For applications originating from within Australia - a Self-addressed Express
or Registered Post Envelope (only one envelope per family).
South African High Commission