LONDON, May 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A South African political party is seeking justice for thousands of South Africans who have unknowingly been stripped of their citizenship after obtaining another citizenship. Hence, the Democratic Alliance is taking the Home Affairs Department to court to challenge South Africa’s citizenship law for being “unconstitutional”.
While the nation does permit its citizens to hold dual nationality, the Citizenship Act 88 of 1995 states that individuals will automatically lose their citizenship unless they apply for a letter of retention to keep their South African citizenship. A lack of clarity surrounding the law has left many South Africans deprived of their native citizenship. Furthermore, the department that offers the service for retaining citizenship has remained closed due to the pandemic making it even harder for South Africans to undergo this process.
“Acquiring dual citizenship should not be a complicated process. However, it is important to consult with experts and reputable companies before beginning the process of acquiring second citizenship to ensure that you are following the correct process,” says Paul Singh, Director of CS Global Partners. Singh’s legal advisory is headquartered in London and specialises in providing clients with expert advice regarding citizenship and residency.
Over the last year, many South Africans have enquired about obtaining a second citizenship to protect their families future. With the nation suffering from an economic downturn exacerbated by the pandemic, those that have the means have chosen to invest in second citizenship through popular Citizenship by Investment Programmes.
St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Programme is particularly an attractive option for South Africans. The process is straightforward and does not require applicants to travel or reside in the nation nor partake in any language or cultural tests. To qualify, an investor makes an economic contribution through the Sustainable Growth Fund, designed to generate revenue that is injected into sectors like tourism and education. As a St Kitts and Nevis citizen, not only do you gain access to visa-free travel to nearly 160 countries, but citizens also have increased business opportunities and the right to pass citizenship down through descent.
Those who successfully pass the stringent due diligence procedure can gain citizenship within 60 days, one of the fastest routes to second citizenship in the investment migration industry. St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme is also internationally recognised as a ‘Platinum Standard’ brand due to its vast experience and longevity.
The dual-island nation boasts one of the strongest economies in the region. St Kitts and Nevis is the first independent state in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to bring its debt-to-GDP ratio in line with international standards, twelve years before the deadline. The nation also has a stable currency, pegged to the US dollar, and a strong rule of law that prioritises democracy.