Frequently asked questions

For answers to commonly asked questions please click on any of the sections below.

Frequently asked questions

For answers to commonly asked questions please click on any of the sections below.

Got questions? We’ve got answers.

We get a lot of enquiries, many of which are the same 3 questions – what is financial emigration from South Africa, why do I need to do it, and how do I do it? Check out our FAQs for answers to all your questions.

General FAQ’s

FinGlobal is South Africa’s #1 financial migration solution.
  • Authorised financial services provider. Regulated by the South African Financial Services Board. FSP # 42872.
  • Approved South African Reserve Bank foreign exchange intermediary.
  • South Africa’s Financial Centre Act (FICA) accountable institution
  • Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS) compliant.
  • Internationally Accredited Professional Provident Society (PPS) Broker.

We provide a fully-integrated financial migration solution to assist South Africans who need to transfer funds from and to South Africa. Our services comprise:

  • early retirement annuity surrender
  • unclaimed policy search
  • foreign exchange transacting
  • tax compliance, consulting and refunds
  • inheritance transfers
  • financial migration planning
  • bank accounts
No, we don’t. In order to ensure client confidentiality and effectively manage turnaround times all services are rendered by our in-house specialist team.
For your safety, our website and online forms are GeoTrust® SSL Secured to guarantee personal and private information is protected. We comply with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI).
No, we don’t. We act as your agent to facilitate the transfer process and never have access to or control over your money.

FinGlobal quote and charge fixed service and solution-based fees. To explain the solution and confirm professional fees we assess each client’s situation by way of personal consultation. Payment takes place once agreed upon successful service completion.

No deposits are required.

Immigration (physical relocation) – to another country from South Africa. Emigration (financial emigration) – from an exchange control perspective, is the financial exit from South Africa.

On completion of this process, your financial status in South Africa changes from resident to non-resident.

Emigration (also referred to as formal or financial emigration) does not affect your birthright, citizenship or the right to retain your South African passport.

As a global citizen of the world you are free to return as and when you please.

Once a South African always a South African.

FAQ’s for clients who are in South Africa

Every resident above the age of 18 has two allowances that they can use to transfer funds from SA:

  • Single Discretionary Allowance 

As a resident, you may transfer a total of R1 000 000 from SA every calendar year. Please note that all card transactions while you are abroad are included under this allowance.

  • Foreign Investment Allowance

As a resident, you may also use this R10 000 000 allowance per calendar year. A tax clearance is required from SARS. This tax clearance is associated with the Foreign Investment Allowance and differs from a normal ‘good standing’ tax clearance.

You may also transfer funds abroad in excess of these allowances. Please contact us for more information.

The minimum requirement for transferring funds is that you must be in possession of a green bar-coded ID document or the latest ID card.

Foreign transfers do not attract any tax liabilities. Normal tax rules apply to the transaction. An example would be donations. Tax is incurred when funds are donated to a third party living abroad.
Some countries allow you to open bank accounts online. Please visit the foreign bank’s website for more information.

We are licensed to do foreign exchange transactions through our strategic partner, Bidvest Bank.

We open a bank account online for each client. This account is exclusively used to do foreign exchange transactions. The client funds his account and FinGlobal facilitates the foreign transfer through Bidvest Bank upon the client’s request.

FinGlobal adheres to all regulatory requirements and is registered with the FSB. We facilitate foreign transfers but a client’s funds are held with Bidvest Bank in a bank account only accessible to the client.
  • FinGlobal is a reputable company and meets all FSB requirements. This means you have full recourse to the Financial Ombud of South Africa.
  • All documentation is completed electronically.
  • You have direct access to our Forex desk. Exchange rate quotes are given upon request and rates are fixed when you decide to transact.
  • We offer preferential exchange rates.
There is no commission payable on foreign exchange transactions. Bidvest Bank charges a transaction fee that is confirmed with you prior to proceeding with the transfer. The exchange rate margin is determined by the amount you would like to transfer. Please make contact with us to obtain a quote.

FAQ’s regarding moving abroad

Yes, we provide you with a free financial report that details the actual surrender values of your policies along with an estimate of the tax payable upon surrender.  We then evaluate each client’s unique cash flow requirements and their list of assets to provide them with a solution that will fit their needs.

We offer a full range of in-house services to:

  • Surrender policies
  • Complete all Tax services
  • Complete Foreign exchange transactions
  • Complete Financial Emigration Applications
Fees are charged for every service required and are not commission-based. For this reason, we provide free consultations in order to understand every client’s needs prior to providing a comprehensive quote.
FinGlobal provides financial services to clients living in South Africa and abroad. Where possible, all paperwork is completed and signed electronically. If original documents are required, we will arrange for our international couriers to collect documents at your home or office, anywhere in the world.
Yes, there are specific guidelines set out with regard to this requirement. Please contact us to discuss your options.
When moving abroad you do have the opportunity to surrender RAs and other policies that otherwise could not be accessed in full. In most instances, you are required to complete administrative processes that can take a long time to complete. This might seriously impact your projected cash flow when relocating. Please request a free financial report so we can advise you on your options.
This is a formal application that is lodged with a local bank in order to place a resident’s emigration on record. A declaration of the resident’s local assets forms the basis of this application. It is important to note that there is no requirement to liquidate any local assets in order to complete this process.
  • You will be allowed to surrender your RAs in full.
  • It will be easier to transfer the proceeds abroad from assets you decide to leave behind in SA in the interim.
  • It will be easier to transfer any future inheritance from South Africa.
Not at all. Until recently the SARB used the terms “blocked” assets and “blocked rand account”. These terms are no longer used in the Financial Emigration process as they created the impression that assets would be blocked from leaving South Africa and that a bank account would be blocked or frozen. In this instance, the word “blocked” is used in much the same way, as you would “block” a time in your calendar – it is set aside for a special purpose.
No, this process constitutes a formal application to the SARB and does not influence your residency or citizenship at all.
Yes, you may visit South Africa without restriction. You may also return to South Africa permanently but you may have to inform the SARB formally of your return. Please ask our consultants for more information.
Yes, it is possible to complete a Financial Emigration but it might not be desirable. Please speak to one of our consultants about your specific situation.

FAQ’s regarding living abroad

Please make contact with our financial consultants. We will evaluate your situation and provide you with the easiest solution to receive your inheritance abroad. We can also provide a quote upon request.
Most South Africans never inform SARS of their plans to remain abroad. Please make contact with our consultants to discuss your options in accessing and transferring your funds from South Africa.
Please ask for a free financial report. Our consultants will contact your insurers to obtain the information required to provide you with accurate information regarding your options.
Yes, please make contact with us to establish whether a Financial Emigration is required in order to surrender your RAs.

Unfortunately, the capital cannot be accessed or transferred abroad if:

  • You are receiving an income from these policies or pensions.
  • The cumulative value of these policies with a specific insurer is worth more than R50 000.
No, the RA or Pension Fund must be surrendered, tax paid and cash transferred abroad. Please ask for a free financial report so that the tax implications in South Africa can be confirmed.
There are tax agreements between South Africa and most other countries in the world. These agreements are complicated and consultation with Cross Border Tax specialists and Tax Consultants in your new country of residence is required. Please ask our consultants for guidance or make an appointment with our Cross Border Tax specialist.
In order to provide you with accurate advice, our consultants need to obtain information from your insurers and SARS. This feedback is presented to you in a financial report and forms the basis of your financial consultations. This report details actual surrender values, general policy information as well as a basic tax calculation.

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