You may apply for citizenship in South Africa as an American citizen as long as you do not intend to give up your U.S. citizenship. Even though the U.S. recognises the concept of dual nationality, it is not encouraged because of the conflict of interest it represents for its citizens. To apply for citizenship in South Africa, you must have lived in South Africa for at least four years, have good moral character, be able to communicate in one of the official languages of South Africa, and know what it means to be a South African citizen.
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Complete the BI-163 Application for Certificate of Naturalization. The application asks for your periods of residence in South Africa, any criminal arrests and convictions, and your marital status. The application is available from the South African Department of Home Affairs website.
Submit your application and R190-00 application fee to the appropriate regional office. Regional office addresses are listed on the South African Department of Home Affairs website.
Sign the declaration of allegiance. Once your application is approved and you sign the declaration of allegiance, you are officially a South African citizen. You will be given a Certificate of Naturalization.
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