What is a Section 27 (E) Retired Permit?
The Retired Permit is Permanent Residency within South Africa. The Retired Permit only allows the applicant to apply for their Permanent Residency and does not include family members however once you are a Permanent Residency holder your family may be eligible to apply for their residency through you. The Retired Visa has no age limitation which means anyone who meets the financial criteria is eligible to apply for this visa.
Are you eligible for a Section 27 (E) Retired Permit?
If you can show R37,000 per month in pension or rental income you are eligible to apply for a Retired Permit Permanent Residency as this is a life-long income.
Whilst VFS states on their website that Permanent Residency applications take 8 – 10 months we can realistically manage your expectations from the start and inform you that they are currently taking anywhere from 3 – 24months to obtain an outcome.
It is important that whilst you await the outcome of your Permanent Residency application in South Africa that you ensure that your Temporary Residency visa does not expire before you receive the outcome. If your Temporary Residency is due to expire in this time you will have to submit a renewal which can be done no later than 60days before your Temporary Visa is due to expire.
Frequently asked questions about the Section 27 (E) Retired Permit?
Are there any conditions issued on my Retired Permit Permanent Residency?
There are no conditions stipulated in the Immigration Act and we are yet to see any conditions stipulated on the Retired Permit thus far.
Do I get a South African passport?
No, you will retain your foreign passport however will be given a Permanent Residency certificate which will allow you to apply for an ID Book. A Permanent Resident will have all rights of a South African Citizen except to vote.
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