Firstly if you have just received your permanent residency for South Africa, let us congratulate you and welcome you to this wonderful rainbow nation of ours.
After a celebratory drink, purchasing your bafana bafana football shirt, or springbok rugby top, and perfecting the local dialogue your thoughts will probably change to “what next”?
Whether you have your permanent residence now or are expecting it in the near future, the below outlines for you the steps you need to take in obtaining an ID book after being granted your permanent residence certificate.
No stamp in your passport
Current holders of permanent residence, as well as future holders of permanent residence, should be aware of the change in practice introduced in 2014.
Previously when you were awarded permanent residence in South Africa you would receive a stamp (technically called an endorsement) in your passport. This is no longer the case and stamps will no longer be issued.
This effects all new permanent residence applications which are successful, as well as those who currently hold permanent residence – when their passports expire they will not be given a new stamp as occurred in the past.
This now makes the application for your identity book of paramount importance as it is this, together with your permanent residence certificate, which proves you are a South African permanent resident.
Obtaining a South African ID book
Step one – Verifying your Permanent Residency
Improvements in the DHA system have seen a more streamlined RSA ID book application process for permanent residence awarded after October 1st 2014:
All permanent residence certificates issued as of 1st October 2014 will have attached a “verified” copy of the permit. The verified copy will contain an original verification stamp and original signature of the verifying officer. Only original stamped copies can be used for the processing of a RSA ID book.
If you received your permanent residence prior to October 2014 you will need to email a copy of the permanent residence permit to verificationofPR@dha.gov.za. Upon receipt of the request, they will process the validation and email it back to the DHA office at which you will be making your application for an RSA identity book.. It would be good practice to notify them in your email to which Home Affairs office you intend to make your RSA ID book application.
Step two – After receipt of your Permanent Residency Verification
Once the result of the permanent residence verification is in hand, the Department of Home Affairs will supply you with an application form (BI-9) to apply for the Identity Book. Please note that the Department does not allow this application form to leave their premises, and you will need to complete your application at this time.
Note that as fingerprints are needed, it is necessary that all applicants are present at the time of application.
What you need to make your RSA ID book application
- ID sized photographs of each applicant is required.
- The original passport for each applicant will be required during the submission of the application.
- A certified copy of your passport photograph page will be required for submission in your application.
- The original, full unabridged birth certificate for each applicant is required to accompany the application.
- A certified copy of your unabridged birth certificate will be required for submission in your application.
- The original permanent residence certificate for each applicant is required to accompany the application, including proof of verification.
- A certified copy of your permanent residence certificate will be required for submission in your application.
- There where applicable, the original marriage/divorce/death certificate for any current/previous marriages for each applicant is required to accompany the application.
- A certified copy of each applicable document will be required for submission in your application.
- Presently an application fee of R140.00 is applied. Prices are reviewed annually and subject to change.
- Should you need to apply in future (e.g. lost ID book, change of name), application fees are again applied (prices are subject to change).
About Intergate Immigration
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