Just leaving South Africa to spend years or a lifetime abroad does not mean that you have financially emigrated from South Africa. Financial emigration, also known as formal emigration, involves a specific process where a South African resident formally changes their status with the South African Reserve Bank from resident to non-resident. Financial emigration does not affect your South African birthright, citizenship or your right to retain your South African passport.
Advantages of formal emigration
You will always be a South African; financial emigration is simply a status change for exchange control purposes. Financial emigration can be very beneficial for the following reasons:
Accessing retirement savings and annuities.
When you financially emigrate, you are allowed to access the proceeds of your retirement savings and annuities, even before the age of 55. As South Africa’s leading migration brand, one of our top services is assisting emigrating South Africans with surrendering retirement annuities and cost-effectively transferring their funds abroad to their new home. The good news is that the funds can be used for any purpose – whether you want to use them for adventurous travel or save a nest egg for later use.
The right to transfer other funds offshore
Along with your retirement annuity, as a financial emigrant you may – over and above your annual Discretionary Allowance of R1 Million and your Foreign Investment Allowance of R10 million – also transfer any of the following funds abroad:
- A South African source inheritance
- The proceeds of your assets declared in your emigration application
- All passive income including rent, dividends, director’s fees, salary for services rendered in South Africa
- Income from discretionary or vesting trusts
Your freedom to be…
By financially emigrating, you are opening up the possibility of adopting another citizenship, residing in another country with all your financial assets by your side, financially in the position to ‘get on’ with life. While you will never lose your South African heritage, it makes sense if you have made the decision to leave the country, to take as much of your accumulated assets as you can with you. Financial emigration makes this possible and puts you on a firm financial footing in your new home.
- Surrendering policies
- Completing all tax services
- Completing foreign exchange transactions
- Complete financial emigration Applications
- Opening foreign bank accounts and transferring funds abroad at competitive exchange rates
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More information on immigrating financialy from South Africa and becoming an non resident.
Hi Ewoud. If you’re looking for any specific information you can send us your contact details and one of our financial consultants will contact you : https://www.finglobal.com/please-call-me/.
i taught in SA before leaving in 01/1995. before i left, i requested for my retirement payment. at that time it was 9000 rand. is there anything left for me to claim?
Hi Annette. Please send us your contact details and one of our financial consultants will contact you: https://www.finglobal.com/please-call-me/
I would like to know. I have money invested in Eskom pension fund. I can only get the money at the age of 55. I understand that. But I have immigrated to New Zealand and is a citizen of New Zealand. I did not keep duel citizenship. In September I will be entitled to my funds, but now Eskom says they will only pay me a third and then the rest as a monthly pension. This was not the original agreement and as a non citizen of South Africa, I would like to move all my money to New Zealand. Is there a way to do this?
Please send us your contact details. One of our financial consultants will contact you and explain the whole process. They will also be able to provide you with a free and no obligation quote. https://www.finglobal.com/please-call-me/