Renunciation of South African citizenship

New Zealand Applicants

The Citizenship legislation, effected on 6 October 1995 (Act 88 of 1995) provides for South African citizens to apply to voluntarily renounce their South African Citizenship. To be eligible applicants must have already obtained the citizenship of another country because with effect of the renunciation, the person cannot become a stateless person.

South African citizens who have voluntarily obtained the citizenship of another country after their eighteenth (18th) birthday, without applying and receiving permission to retain their South African citizenship prior to when they obtained their other citizenship, have automatically lost their South African Citizenship from the date they obtained the citizenship of the other country. Such persons consequently need not apply for renunciation.

Requirements for your application

  1. Application for Renunciation of South African Citizenship: (Form BI-246) in duplicate (i.e. two (2) forms per applicant).
  2. Determination of your Current Status: (Form BI-529) requires details of your present status in order that we may ascertain your claim for South African citizenship. Information pertaining to parent's details; minimum of their full date and place of birth is required.
  3. Certified copy of the Citizenship certificate of the other nationality that you now hold.
  4. Certified copy of your South African Birth Certificate (if applicable).
  5. ORIGINAL South African Passports, Identity Documents, Retention of South African Citizenship certificate (if applicable), South African Naturalization certificate (if applicable). NOTE: These documents will NOT BE RETURNED TO YOU but will be sent to the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa for record purposes and eventually be destroyed.
  6. There is no fee to be paid for this application.

Return Postage:

  • For applications originating from within Australia - a Self-addressed Express or Registered Post Envelope (only one envelope per family).

Postal Address:

South African High Commission
State Circle
Yarralumla
ACT
2600

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