Basil Dhlodhlo said he married his wife from Lesotho in 2007 at the Boksburg Home Affairs.

He wanted to get citizenship for her, but was told to wait for five years before she could be declared a citizen. He later applied for citizenship, but he still doesn’t know the status of his application.


The law requires that for a person to have citizenship through naturalisation they have to hold a permanent resident’s permit for five years. Then the application can be sent to the office and the process will begin. When the verification of the permanent resident’s permit has been confirmed by the immigration service, proof must be attached to the application.

Basil should check with the department if all is in order and ask for the status of the application.