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I am a foreigner. How can I register my child in South Africa?

You might need legal assistance

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How can I formalise my marriage as an asylum seeker in South Africa?

You might need legal assistance

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Why did Home Affairs deny my youngest child citizenship?

Children born after October 2014 will need a visa from Home Affairs.

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How can I bring my child back to South Africa from Nigeria?

You can contact these organisations.

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I can't open a bank account because I have a Visitor's Visa. What must I do?

You can get an endorsement on your spousal visa. Here's how.

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Can Home Affairs refuse to register my child if the mother's Visa expired?

No, they may not refuse to register a child’s birth. Here's why.

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I lost my asylum seeker's permit. Can I replace it?

It is very difficult to replace a lost permit. But here's what you could do.

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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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