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How can I apply for the late registration of a birth certificate?

It depends during which stage of lockdown the baby was born.

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Can I get permanent residency if my parent does, and I have lived in SA for more than five years?

Yes, if you are a dependent of a permanent residence holder and are aged under 21 years. But there is a massive backlog at Home Affairs.

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Can I apply for an ID if my parent's ID is blocked?

If there is no other available parental ID but the blocked one, it could take a very long time for Home Affairs to resolve the problem.

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How can you get a late registration of birth certificate and ID if you are an orphan with no family?

You need to find some proof that you were born in South Africa and that at least one of your parents was South African.

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Can I get an ID if my birth was registered under the name/ID of someone who is not my birth mother?

Yes, but you should include an affidavit explaining the circumstances of your birth.

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Can I get a spousal visa for my partner if we are not married?

No, you need to apply for a life partner visa.

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I have been told that I cannot write my matric without an ID but Home Affairs won't issue me one.

It is unconstitutional to be prevented from writing your matric without an ID or other documentation. Your father can make a sworn affidavit to help your ID application.

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Why is it taking so long to transfer my Zimbabwean Exemption Permit to a new passport?

Home Affairs has been particularly inefficient since the Covid restrictions were implemented.

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How can a mother with an expired visa register her children?

There are a few possible options, but the best route may be to get legal help.

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How can a first-time applicant get their ID without their parents or a birth certificate?

You will need whatever documents of theirs that you have and apply for both documents at the same time.

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