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How can we apply for an ID for our foster child that has a mental disability? Home Affairs and Social Services refuse to help.

You may need legal intervention to compel Social Services to issue the required documentation for Home Affairs.

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What is the asylum application procedure?

You need to apply at the nearest Refugee Reception Office, but all the offices are closed during lockdown.

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I have been waiting almost three years for my permanent resident visa and I am desperate for help

You may need legal assistance

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How can I register for Grade 11 if I have been out of school for a long time?

If you are younger than 21, you would apply to a school by the last day of the first term, for the following year.

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Has Home Affairs said anything regarding the Angolan Special Permit due to expire at the end of 2021?

Unfortunately not. You may want to reach out to Scalabrini.

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Home Affairs won't issue a birth certificate for my daughter because she was born in Lesotho

The Constitutional Court ruled in July 2020 that children born in other countries with at least one South African parent are entitled to citizenship

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Can I apply for an RDP house if I don't have an ID?

No. IDs are not being issued during the pandemic, so you may need legal help

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I'm pregnant. What visa options are available to let my boyfriend stay in SA longer than three months?

He could apply for a number of visas: work, critical skills, life partner or (eventually) a relative visa

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What can my Egyptian boyfriend do to stay in SA now that his passport has expired?

He needs to become "legalised." You would need legal help.

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Can refugee matriculants renew their permits and apply for ID this year (2021)?

Asylum/refugee status has been renewed up to 31 March 2021. You can apply for an ID.

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