The country, known as the economic powerhouse of Africa, offers world class transport and health care infrastructure as well as exceptional primary and secondary education, globally ranked universities and excellent private healthcare. Sophisticated financial institutions coupled with the affordable cost of living and attainable property prices, make SA a hugely attractive destination for potential immigrants from the UK, China, India, the EU, the rest of the African continent and beyond.
Permanent Residency around the globe can be an expensive, difficult and daunting dream. It’s important for potential expats to SA to note at the outset of their application that SA’s Department of Home Affairs, when considering Permanent Residence Permit applications, places favourable emphasis on foreigners who are in a position to make a meaningful contribution to broaden the country’s economic base.
In terms of the current draft White Paper of International Migration, the South African Government aims to discontinue Permanent Residency applications with the replacement of a point-based system as implemented within other countries. How the government will implement the system is yet to be determined. However those who seek to settle permanently in South Africa, are encouraged to apply for Permanent Residency sooner, rather than later.