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My ex had my child and I didn't know. Can I give the baby my name?

It is up to the mother whether she wants the child to have her name or the father's name

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How can I register the birth of an abandoned baby?

You may need legal assistance.

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What can I do to get Home Affairs in to unblock my ID?

Consider asking for assistance from an organisation like Lawyers for Human Rights, which has a Statelessness Unit that deals with problems like yours and has a lot of experience in dealing with DHA.

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How can I get Home Affairs to change my marital status?

You may need legal assistance to speed up the process.

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How can I get my ID when Home Affairs can't find my birth certificate in the system?

You can apply for a birth certificate in a late registration of birth application.

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How can undocumented Malawians register the birth of their baby?

There are several organisations to consult as to the best way forward.

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How can I apply for the late registration of a birth certificate?

It depends during which stage of lockdown the baby was born.

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How can I register my baby's birth when my husband's entry visa expired?

If his visa expired before lockdown, you may need to get legal assistance.

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My asylum seeker permit expired and now I don't qualify for UIF. What can I do?

Your permit is still considered valid if it expired on or after 15 March.

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How should matric 2020 learners without IDs apply to tertiary education institutions?

You can still apply for a temporary ID at Home Affairs.

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