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Retention Certificates

What is a retention certificate?

A Retention Certificate is issued by the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa, and allows you maintain your South African citizenship when acquiring citizenship in a foreign country.

Do I need a retention certificate?

Before acquiring foreign nationality, an application for the retention of your South African citizenship must be made. A person that fails to apply for a retention before acquiring a foreign nationality, will result in the loss of their SA citizenship.

Retention certificates for minors

If the person is under the age of 18 years, a retention of their South African Citizenship will not be required.

Certificates RSA will get your Retention of South African citizenship certificate faster and easier than it will take you to do it on your own.

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Please note that from time to time the CRC and HA experiences backlogs and turnaround times listed on our website cannot be guaranteed. Loadshedding is putting a lot of pressure on the system and affecting applications and turnaround times. Kindly take this into consideration when making travelling plans or have deadlines.