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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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I applied for a spousal visa in October 2018 in Harare. I'm still waiting for Home Affairs and/or VFS to process my application. What can I do?

You could take the Minister to court to compel him to issue the permit on the basis of an unreasonably long delay, but this could be costly.

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What can I do to get Home Affairs to process a letter of non-impediment for me?

You can either brief lawyers or obtain the letter through one of the law firms that advertise this service. That would take 4 to 6 weeks and is quite expensive.

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Can I apply for a relative visa for my life partner of 15 years?

You can apply for a Section 26 (B) Life Partner Permit, which is a permanent resident permit that caters for people who are in a long term relationship, but who have not married, as in your case.

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How do I get a critical skills visa?

You need to apply online for a critical skills visa through VFS Global, the company that handles all Home Affairs applications.

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How can I can assist my partner change his status from asylum seeker to temporary or permanent resident? Home Affairs ignores us.

Your frustration with Home Affairs is understandable. You may want to get legal assistance.

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How do I change my status from asylum seeker to resident?

A person applying for temporary residence has to apply from outside of the country, but you can get an exemption from this by applying to Home Affairs through VFS Global..

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