Zimbabwean Staff wants to attain SA citizenship
We have a staff member that is a Zimbabwean Citizen that is currently on a visa in SA. He is married to a South African woman but it is a traditional marriage and not a legal one. He is having difficulty renewing his visa and wants to become a South African Citizen.
What route does he need to follow. If he attains a legal marriage, will he be able to apply to be a citizen.
He is a low earning staff member so we are trying to assist him with the cheapest option to attain this.
Hello. Apologies for delay due to holiday period. His pathway to citizenship will take sometime. First he has to be legally married. Then he will have to apply for a temporary residence based on marriage. After a period of 5 years he may apply for permanent residence. The couple will be interviewed to make sure they are in a genuine relationship. After getting his permanent residence he may apply for citizenship. Meanwhile he should make sure his stay here is valid at all times. If you need further assistance google for an immigration consultant in your location. All the best.