Stefanie M de Saude
“It is my guarantee that once a mandate has been accepted, I will work tirelessly until a lawful outcome is received.” – Stefanie de Saude
Stefanie de Saude is the proprietor of De Saude Attorneys.
She is driven by a deep-rooted desire to give hope to her clients, their families and friends. Having witnessed how daunting and painful the immigration process was for her father who emigrated to South Africa, Stefanie made a willful, personal choice to specialise in immigration with the objective to assist those in similar situations to her father.
Stefanie holds an LLB degree from the University of South Africa and a postgraduate degree in tax which she obtained from the University of Cape Town. On completion of her studies, Stefanie worked at some of the top law firms in South Africa and later became a partner in a law firm specialising in South African immigration and nationality law, before going on her own, starting De Saude Attorneys Incorporated in March 2016.
Stefanie advises on South African immigration strategy, regularisation applications, upliftment of prohibitions or undesirability status, prepares and facilitates the filing of temporary and permanent residence applications locally and abroad, as well as applications filed in terms of South Africa’s citizenship laws. She renders litigation services in the courts of South Africa and provides litigation strategy and support. Stefanie also specialises in assisting Jewish persons of Lithuanian descent to become citizens of Lithuania, which joined the European Union in 2004. Stefanie offers legal opinion, advice and commentary on the South African Immigration Act and Citizenship Act, and regularly appears in the media.
Stefanie’s hands-on, personalised approach ensures that clients are constantly informed about the status of their mandates. As a dual citizen herself, Stefanie is able to relate and empathise with her clients on both a professional and personal level, offering them the comfort that she knows is needed in such situations.
The personal approach that sets De Saude Attorneys apart is also evident in the structure of the company. The deliberate inclusion of her family in the business has not only strengthened the bonds Stefanie shares with those closest to her, but has also worked to bring about an atmosphere of warmth and “homeliness” at the firm, making her clients feel safe and confident.
Stefanie’s drive for excellence and team-seated integrity, coupled with empathy for the client’s situation, has contributed to her reputation as one of the foremost immigration attorneys in South Africa.