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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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Is it possible to adopt a 16-year-old asylum seeker from the DRC?

I could not find anything to indicate that it would not be possible

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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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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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Can a non-South African write Grade 12 exams?

Yes, as long as you have some kind of proof of identity.

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What should I do now that the five-year ban in my passport has expired?

You may need to update some details on your passport.

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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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I am a ZEP holder but my daughter's school still wants me to pay school fees

Excluding ZEP holders from accessing school fees exemption is not in line with the spirit of the Constitution or the Schools Act.

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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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How can I apply for a business permit or permanent residence, and how can I register my business?

You can apply for permanent residence on other grounds, like business. The process is described below.

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