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Immigration and citizenship statues are complex and dynamic functions of law that affect the lives of people in very real ways. A keen understanding of the Acts, Regulations, Amendments and immigration jurisprudence regulating these processes is crucial to ensure not only favourable and/or legally sound outcomes, but perhaps more importantly, that your rights as foreigners and persons in South Africa are protected.

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Our professional team is backed by almost two decades of immigration experience, giving us a thorough understanding of South African immigration and citizenship laws and procedures. We know what decision-makers expect, and how applications are processed globally.


“Without the help from De Saude Darbandi Attorneys, I don’t think I would be legally able to stay with my wife in South Africa. They are a great group that has your best interest at the top priority”

Matthew Lesperance

“Stefanie and her team are simply a cut above the rest when it comes to professionalism and their demonstrated commitment to client care! Thank you Stefanie, and may you continue to grow and prosper in your field!”

Philip McIntyre

“I don’t think you find a more professional, passionate and empathetic team. My previous attorney said the only way forward is High Court at R100k, luckily I became a part of De Saude Darbandi Attorneys. Within 24 hours they got my case reopened and 1 week later got my case dismissed in court! Thank you very much for your amazing support and service!”

Mette Kirsten

“It is with great JOY and celebration that I read the judgement against Dept of Home Affairs for their disgraceful behaviour and incompetence. Thank you for persevering to make life possible for foreigners in this country. Thank you, it would have been so easy to just give up I am sure. That is flipping brilliant. CONGRATULATIONS, I want to have a drink with you but it’s a bit difficult from Tzaneen.”

“Stefanie held my hand over the course of six years, from when I first applied for permanent residency to when I finally obtained citizenship. I could not have have made it that far had it not been for her deep knowledge of the law and understanding of the human emotions behind immigration.”

Dan Brotman

“Contacting you was the best decision we ever made. You gave our case special attention […], you fought it with passion. I can proudly refer your firm and services […] because first of all and above all you care!”

Florette Mulowayi

“Thank you (& the DSDA team) immensely for playing a critical part in instigating the best new year gift I could ever have wished for – SA Permanent Residency! Thanks to you and your team for the professionalism, courtesy and efficiency with which my application was handled.”

Brian Makundi

“Stefanie works tirelessly to promote access to justice for those on the margins of society, looking to make South Africa their new home.”

Elske Joubert

De Saude-Darbandi Attorneys | Cape Town, South Africa

Answers to Your Questions

How do I know if I am eligible for South African citizenship?

The general rule is that there should be a link to South Africa in one way or another. This is either by virtue of birth, residence, and/or relationship to a South African.

What happens if any of my applications are refused?

If an application has been refused, it is important to determine whether the refusal is legally valid. Generally, applicants have a choice as to whether or not to appeal the adverse decision taken against them, or where possible, file a new/fresh application. Appeal applications must, however, be filed within the prescribed period.

What if I don’t have all the necessary documentation for my applications?

As a general rule, incomplete applications will not be accepted for processing and, if accepted, are likely to be refused on the grounds of non-compliance. It is therefore imperative to ensure that legally compliant applications are submitted for processing.

Do I have to go to court if any of my applications are turned down?

Each case is evaluated on merit. However, as a general rule, if you have exhausted all internal remedies available, you may, upon notice to the relevant parties, approach a competent court for assistance.

I have South African children or parents – do I qualify for a visa?

Yes. The parents or children of a South African may apply for and acquire a relative visa, which is valid for a maximum period of 2 years, and is renewable.

Get In Touch Today!

Should you require information or advice about any of our specialist immigration, citizenship or other legal services, or to make an appointment for a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us telephonically or via email.

Stefanie de Saude Darbandi authority and insight into the legalities surrounding immigration and citizenship make her a go-to opinion leader and commentator in the media.

She also regularly writes on topics related to these legal practices, offering advice and insight into the systems and proceedings that govern them.

Stephanie De Saude-Darbandi
De Saude-Darbandi Attorneys | Cape Town, South Africa

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