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Will Home Affairs extend my Retired Person’s Visa now that I am living with HIV?

You shouldn't be discriminated against because of your HIV status.

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How can I apply for birth certificates for my children if I am Zimbabwean and not married to the South African father?

Applying for birth certificates can be complicated. You may need help.

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I am in a same-sex marriage, and Home Affairs has denied my application to change my surname to my spouse's. Is this legal?

Home Affairs is wrong, but it is complicated.

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My sister's ID has the wrong birth date, how can this be corrected?

Here's how to fix an error on an ID document.

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Why is SASSA demanding my late husband's death certificate when he died twenty years ago?

SASSA needs proof, but Home Affairs should help you.

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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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