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How to Move from South Africa to the United States

Learn the various pathways of immigration to the United States, including family-sponsorship and employment from South Africa

Interested in Immigrating to the US from South Africa in 2021?

Those Americans who have full or partial ancestry from South Africa are often called South African Americans. As of 2021, there are over 111,000 South African Americans living among the United States. 

The largest wave of immigration from South Africa to America was in 1994 after the election of Nelson Mandela. The United States is the thrid most popular destination for South Africans, just behind the United Kingdom and Australia. 

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South African Community in the US

There are several regions in the United States with significant South African populations such as: California, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, South Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, Arizona, and Texas. 

There are several festivals that continously celebrate South African culture in the US. One of te largest festivals is the South African Food and Wine Festival, which occurs during September in Virgina.  

Immigration Process

To become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, one must obtain a Green Card. Most immigrants will do so through employmentfamily sponsorship, or being an immediate relative of a US citizen, the latter being most common among South African immigrants. Learn about ways to emigrate to the US from South Africa below:

Useful Resources for South African Immigrants in the US
  • Southern African Community USA: a non-profit organization created to promote Southern African culture and unite those communities in the USA.
  • South Africa Partners: South Africa Partners unlocks the collaborative potential between South Africa and the United States for equitable access to healthcare and education.
  • African Fest USA – African Fest USA is an independent collaborative of professionals for the advancement of African culture in the US.

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