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How to apply for retention of South African citizenship with Home Affairs

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If you are in the position to gain dual citizenship (SA + another) and you are currently an SA citizen, you will need to apply for a retention of SA citizenship certificate. This means that if you accept the citizenship of another country, you get to keep your SA citizenship. If you do not apply and get retention, you will automatically lose your SA citizenship which can seriously mess up your life if that’s not what you want. There is very little accurate information online, so we have gone through the process and as at April 2022, here it is: The Letter – You are applying for dual citizenship of another country The Forms Retention of SA Citizenship – BI1664 Determination of SA Citizenship – BI529 if you don’t have these, they will supply there. You will need particulars of …

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