Does South Africa have Birthright Citizenship?..
Birthright Citizenship is often thought of as the right to automatic Citizenship of a Country you are born in.
However, there are different levels of Birthright Citizenship.
Prior to 6th October, 1995, a person born in South Africa was a Citizen of South Africa by Birth.
After 6th October, 1995, a person born in South Africa was a Citizen of South Africa by Birth ONLY if that child had a parent who was one of these:
- a South African citizen or
- held a South African permanent residence permit at the time of the child’s birth, or
- was adopted by a South African citizen or held a South African permanent residence permit.
Department of Home Affairs, South Africa. South African Citizenship Amendment Act
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