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The categories in this section covers the most common aspects of planning, preparing, investing and/or moving to the province. They are designed to be informative in a simple and straightforward manner. We cannot stress enough the need to appreciate the implications, logistics and cultural issues when  trying to fulfill your dream. While much of the information is based on requirement some of the guidance and detail has come from our own experience.Companies included are reputable and promoted mainly based on our own experience.

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    Immigration Attorneys & DHA Description

    Moving to a foreign land to establish a business, to work, or to retire can be a daunting experience. When your in the already stressful process of uprooting your life and moving to South Africa, the last thing you want to face is the unfathomable web of immigration rules and procedures, thwarting your every move, with the South African Home Affairs Department leaving you unsure and frustrated.

    Please find below two of the leading Immigration Attorneys in South Africa that are able to assist in every aspect of the Immigration process and the laws / requirements surrounding this complex subject.
    Also detailed below is the DHA Visa & Permit facilitation company VFS. Please visit their website to see the services offered.

    Eisenberg & Associates is a law firm specialising in the field of South African immigration and nationality (citizen) law. Gary Eisenberg founded the company in March 1997 and after 10 years of continued success, Eisenberg & Associates which is based in Cape Town, now conducts one of the largest law practices on the African continent. Furthermore, they frequently take instructions from foreign attorneys and corporate entities, making Eisenberg & Associates a global firm.

    Eisenberg & Associates,
    2304, 23rd Floor ABSA Centre,
    2, Riebeek Street,
    Cape Town. 8001
    South Africa.

    TELEPHONE - 0027 (0) 21 421 7003

    EMAIL -


    De Saude Attorneys at Law is a Cape Town-based law firm specialising in South African immigration and citizenship law and Lithuanian nationality law. ... They also deal with conveyancing, property, corporate and commercial law, and financial advisory.

    De Saude Attorneys is headed by founder Stefanie de Saude, a foremost South African attorney specialising in citizenship and immigration law. Stefanie’s results-driven approach ensures that the needs of her clients – both individuals and corporates – are not just satisfied, but their expectations exceeded too.

    De Saude Attorneys
    Suite 2202, 22nd Floor, Absa Centre,
    2 Riebeek Street,
    Cape Town, 8001
    South Africa

    TELEPHONE - 0027 (0) 21 418 3188/3094/2631
    EMAIL -,


    Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce the opening of the Visa & Permit Facilitation Centres in 9 provinces and 11 cities within South Africa. Visa and Permit applications will be accepted across these 12 centres in South Africa. These applications will be assessed by Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Non-South Africans with a legal residency permit in South Africa can apply for a visa or permit at these centres.



    7th Floor, 2 Long Street,
    2 on Long Building,
    Cape Town

    For your infomation the South African Home Affairs website is

    There are also new rules for Permanent Residents travelling in & out of South Africa

    The South African Dept of Home Affairs is no longer endorsing permanent resident permits into the passports of the holders of permanent resident status.
    This means that the foreigner must travel with the original permanent residence permit.

    It is worth noting that if you lose or damage your PR certificate you will not be able to obtain a replacement.

    You can only obtain a letter from DHA stating that you are a Permanent Resident. This letter can be obtained via VFS ( details above ) and can take up to 10 months to recieve


    The new ID smart card is now in the process of being introduced and will eventually replace the existing green ID book. It is intended that all current holders of the green ID book - ie South African Citizens and Permanent Residents will receive the new ID smart card, although it is expected to take 5 -7 years to complete the project.

    NOTE - Initially only South African citizens may apply fro the new ID smart card. Permanent Residents will be informed regarding their applications in due course.

    There are now many Home Affairs Offices that can process the new ID smart card and there are now some main bank offices that have a Home Affairs desk just to process the card applications.

    Please check with the link below for up to date information.


    For more up to date information about the new ID smart card and FAQ's please visit the following link by clicking --- HERE