South Africa Immigration facts

South Africa Immigration facts
South Africa Immigration facts

More and more people are choosing to come to South Africa with the hope of starting a new life. We have discovered some really fascinating South Africa immigration facts, that we would like to share with you.

Should you be considering immigrating to South Africa, then you the chances are high that you will find these South Africa immigration facts just as interesting as we did.

The provinces with the highest numbers of non-South African citizens

The provinces with the highest numbers of non-South African citizens are Gauteng (7.1%), North West Province (3.5%), Western Cape Province (3.2%), Mpumalanga (2.6%) and Limpopo (2.6%).

Where does permanent residence come from?

Permanent Residence Permits account to 5.6% of all residence permits granted by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014.

Permanent Residence Permits were granted to:

  •  64% recipients from Africa (Main countries: Zimbabwe, DRC, Nigeria, Lesotho, Cameroon) – down from 67% in 2013
  • 36% recipients from Overseas (India, China, UK, Pakistan, Germany, USA) – up from 33% in 2013

Where does temporary residence come from?

  • 53% recipients from Africa (34% from the SADC countries such as Zimbabwe and Nigeria) – down from 55% in 2013.
  • 47% recipients from Overseas (Asia 30.6% – up from 27.1%, Europe 12.2% – down from 13.1%, North America 2.1% – down from 2.3%, Central and South America 1%, Middle East 1% and Australasia 0.6%) – up from 45% in 2013.

How are study permits distributed?

Study Permits go mainly to African recipients. Over 86% of all study permits are granted to applicants from SADC countries, students from Zimbabwe, Angola, Nigeria, Lesotho and the DRC. Overseas students come in the highest numbers from the UK, Germany, France, the USA, and the Netherlands.

How are retired permits distributed?

Recipients come to the major part from the UK (30%) Germany (13.5%), South Korea (6.2%) and the Netherlands (4.8%).

What about business permits?

Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and India nationals together received about half (51.3%) of the permits.

How are work permits in South Africa distributed?

63% of all Chinese recipients of temporary permits are granted work permits, whereas 21% (up from 18% in 2013) were here on a visitor permit. Four out of the top ten countries receiving high numbers of work permits were from Asia, such as China 22.6%. UK figures are the highest for European nationals with temporary work permits, with 2.1%.

What about relative visas?

54.7% of all visas went to nationals from two African countries (Nigeria and Zimbabwe) and two Overseas (Asian) countries, namely Pakistan and Bangladesh.

What are the immigration predictions for this coming year?

It is predicted that if external migration remains on the same level as last year, the population will increase by 176 342. The amount of people, who move into South Africa, will be more than the amount of people who leaves the country.

Therefore it is predicted that there will be more immigrants coming in to South Africa, as opposed to emigrants, leaving South Africa in 2016.

How do I know if I qualify for South Africa immigration?

The best way to discover if you qualify for South Africa immigration or not is to take an assessment. Fortunately for you, we offer immigration assessments which are completely free of charge.

Should you wish to take an immigration assessment, please feel free to click here.

Contact the experts

If you have any questions, or need help with any of your immigration needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our helpful immigration consultants will be able to assist you further.

You can reach one of our Cape Town agents at +27 (0) 21 424 2460. If you’re in Johannesburg, give our office a call on +27 (0) 11 234 4275. Alternatively if you prefer for us to call you, then all you need do is a request a call back. It is as simple as that.

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