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Help others to understand the Citizens application process by sharing your experiences.
This form deals only with the process of obtaining your documents from South Africa.
We will add the submissions to our website on this page 

Help others to understand the Citizens application process by sharing your experiences. This form deals only with the application process in Germany.
We will add the submissions to our website on this page 

These are shared experiences by people who recently went through a German Citizenship application process. You can share yours with us via an easy-to-fill-in form on this page

Application for Retention of SA Citizenship

Marc shared his application for Retention experience with us on  30.06.2024

Please indicate how you applied for retention I made use of a Documentation Company
Please indicate which documents you had to submit for your retention application Form BI-1664, Form BI-529, Certified copy of your South African ID or passport, Certified copy of unabridged South African birth certificate
Which of the above documents need to be apostilled or translated The birth certificate was apostled, not sure if it was a requirement for the application of a retention letter or not. I was not sure if the apostle of the retention letter was required however I decided to do it to be safe and not have to send documents back to South Africa.
If you use a company to assist with obtaining documents from South Africa, can you give an indication of the related costs and timeframe ZAR3840 ~ +- EUR190. This includes the Apostle of the retention letter. It excludes courier costs because I had paid this already with my birth certificate and documents would be sent together.
Please describe the process of legalising (apostille) the documents Doc Assist supported the process of application and Apostle.
Any tips that you can give Using a company is much easier even though there is a cost. The letter itself took 10 days from the day of payment to the company. The apostle process is in progress and is expected to take 6-8 weeks.

Documentation for Germany

Did you go for a “Beratungsgespräch”

 No

What documents did you need from South Africa for the German Citizenship application

Unabridged Birth Certificate, Marriage certificate / civil partnership certificate/ copy from the family register.

Which of the above documents need to be apostilled or translated

Unabridged Birth and unabridged marriage certificate…

Did you use a company to assist with obtaining documents from South Africa, if so who, and can you give an indication of the related costs and timeframe

Doc Assist for the birth certificate – ZAR4470 (EUR220) including apostil. 6 weeks for the Certificate to be issued and 10 weeks for apostle.

Any tips that you can give

Using a company really simplifies the process.. apply for retention letters and certificates with the same company to avoid double courier costs.

 

 

Help others to understand the Citizens application process by sharing your experiences. This form deals only with the retention of your South African citizenship process.
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These are shared experiences by people who recently went through a Work Visa application process. You can share yours with us via an easy-to-fill-in form on this page

 

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