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SOUTH AFRICAN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

South African Citizenship by Birth
The following persons are South African citizens by birth:
  • Persons born in South Africa before October 6, 1995.
  • Persons born in or out of wedlock on or after October 6, 1995 if one of his or her parents is either a South African citizen or a permanent resident. For those born before October 6, 1995 the mother of the child must have been a South African citizen at the time of the birth of the child.
  • Persons born in South Africa, adopted by parents of which one parent is a South African citizen and whose birth is registered.
  • Persons born in South Africa, not having the nationality of any other country and whose birth is registered.
  • Person born outside South Africa and whose parents were at the birth of the child in the service of the South African Government, representative, employee of a person, association of person resident, established in South Africa was in the service of international organization to which the Government of South Africa is a member.
    Registrations under this category are normally filed in South Africa and nearest offices of the Department of Home Affairs can be contacted in this regard.
South African Citizenship by Descent
The following persons are South African citizens by descent:
  • Persons born outside South Africa of whom one of his or her parents was a South African citizen at the time of his or her birth and whose births are registered
  • Persons born outside South Africa, adopted by a South African citizen, and whose birth is registered.
  • Any person in Namibia on or after March 21, 1990 whose mother or father was a South African citizen at the time of the birth of the child.
  • Adopted child whose responsible parent was issued with a certificate of resumption of citizenship and has entered South Africa for permanent residence while he or she was a minor and whose birth was registered within a year after the certificate of resumption was issued.
    Checklist of documents to be submitted:
    See Registration of birth section
Exemptions issued in terms of the South African Citizenship Act (No. 88) of 1995
Section 6(2) Exemption: 
This is an exemption issued to a South African citizen intending to retain his or her citizenship. The exemption takes four (4) to six (6) weeks to be issued and has to be applied for before a foreign citizenship is taken. Applicants are advised to ensure that they have the exemption certificate in hand, as a proof of the approval of their application before taking up foreign citizenship.
Checklist of documents to be submitted:
  • Form BI-1664
  • Form BI-529
  • Applicant's proof of South African citizenship such as Birth certificate, ID book, valid passport.
Section 6(4) Exemption:
 This is a kind of exemption given to South Africans who took up a foreign citizenship before October 06, 1995. A person who takes up foreign citizenship without retaining his or her South African citizenship automatically loses his or her South African citizenship.
Checklist of documents to be submitted:
  • Form BI-1666
  • Form BI-529
  • Proof of the foreign citizenship acquired.
  • Applicant's proof of South African citizenship such as Birth certificate, ID book, valid passport.
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