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What citizenship is a child born in South Africa to one or two foreign parents entitled to?

If one of the parents is South African, the girls are automatically South African citizens.

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I have been the victim of abuse and had to run away, which meant I couldn't renew my asylum. Can I still renew it?

The Refugees Act says that if you have “just cause” for not renewing your permit in time, you may not pay a fine or be imprisoned.

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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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My refugee documents have expired and I've been given 14 days to leave the country. What can I do?

Here's where you can go for legal advice

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What is the process an application for permanent residence goes through and how long does each stage take?

Here are the various steps the application goes through, according to the Department of Home Affairs

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Can an asylum seeker claim unemployment insurance?

Yes, the courts have ruled that asylum seekers are entitled to claim UIF benefits.

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My asylum seeker permit has expired. What must I do to renew it?

You may need to get legal advice. Here are some organisations which might help.

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How do I apply for permanent residence as an asylum seeker?

Here is how to apply for a critical skills visa.

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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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