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I have been told that I cannot write my matric without an ID but Home Affairs won't issue me one.

It is unconstitutional to be prevented from writing your matric without an ID or other documentation. Your father can make a sworn affidavit to help your ID application.

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Why is it taking so long to transfer my Zimbabwean Exemption Permit to a new passport?

Home Affairs has been particularly inefficient since the Covid restrictions were implemented.

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How can a mother with an expired visa register her children?

There are a few possible options, but the best route may be to get legal help.

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How can a first-time applicant get their ID without their parents or a birth certificate?

You will need whatever documents of theirs that you have and apply for both documents at the same time.

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Is it possible to apply for an ID for the first time without a parent?

It may be possible if you can get a certified copy of their ID.

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Is there a visa that lets someone who has a South African child stay in the country?

Unfortunately, Home Affairs does not grant visitor's visas to people who apply in terms of their minor South African children.

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I get an error code on my birth certificate when I try to apply for tertiary education. Is there some way around this?

You will likely need a late registration of birth certificate but you can apply for a temporary ID in the meantime.

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Can an abandoned child get a birth certificate?

Yes, but you may need help to get Home Affairs to comply.

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How can I renew my asylum seeker status online?

Email the refugee reception office where your last extension was made.

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Is it possible for Zimbabwean asylum seekers to apply for South African IDs during lockdown?

No, only South Africans can apply for SA identity documents. Here is how to renew your asylum permit online.

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