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Why am I only being granted six-month permits to stay in South Africa and why am I not being granted citizenship?

It's complicated, but there are things you could try

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Can I get papers to remain in South Africa if my child is a citizen?

No, but you can apply for two kinds of visa

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How can I get Home Affairs to process my divorce quicker?

Home Affairs can only be compelled to act by a court order that finds the delay is unreasonable

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Can I be refused a spousal visa to South Africa because I am HIV-positive?

No, you should not be refused a visa because of your HIV-positive.

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Home Affairs is refusing to issue our mother's death certificate because of a clerical error. Can you refer us to a firm that specialises in this?

We suggest either De Saude Attorneys or Intergate Immigration.

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What citizenship is a child born in South Africa to one or two foreign parents entitled to?

If one of the parents is South African, the girls are automatically South African citizens.

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Can Home Affairs refuse an application for a same-sex marriage?

No, Home Affairs may not refuse an application for a marriage certificate for a same sex marriage.

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I'm an asylum seeker married to a South African. Can I apply for a spousal visa?

Yes, you can apply for a spousal visa.

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I have been served with papers banning me from the country. I have 30 days to respond. Where do I submit an appeal?

The answers to your questions are far from clear and we recommend contacting an organisation like Lawyers for Human Rights

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When my asylum permit was terminated Home Affairs marked my passport as "v list" . What does this mean?

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