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Can I get South African citizenship by descent if I was born in another country?

Yes, but you may need to prove that you are the biological child of a South African citizen.

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Why have I still not heard back from Home Affairs regarding my appeal for my rejected letter of good cause?

There is a huge backlog at Home Affairs, so the acting Director-General extended existing permits for those who applied or appealed before 20 November 2023.

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Can I get a visa in South Africa when I am customarily married to a South African citizen?

You can apply for a spousal visa on a visitorโ€™s visa from within South Africa, following a Constitutional Court ruling in June 2019.

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How can I renew my South African Retired Person's Visa?

All extensions must be submitted through VFS Global. Here is a list of everything you will need.

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How can a Zimbabwean woman who is here legally register the birth of her child?

She can go to the Department of Home Affairs. Because she and the father are Zimbabwean, the child's birth certificate will not have an ID number.

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What visa can I get if my child is South African and I want to get a job?

You can apply for a relative's visa, but you will need it endorsed to allow you to work if you are offered employment.

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Can my South African-born child register for matric with her passport if I am a ZEP holder?

Yes, her passport will be sufficient to register for matric.

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How can a foreign national replace stolen documents?

You have to go to Home Affairs in person with whatever documents you have left, as well as a police complaint report of the theft

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How can my employer validate a Zimbabwean citizen's permit?

Home Affairs is the only body which can verify the status of an employee, but it is an exceptionally slow and dysfunctional body.

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What is the process for a South African and a foreign national to get married?

As long as your partner has a valid visa and a letter of non-impediment, the process is the same.

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