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01. Oct. 2019 GroundUp

South Africa: Angolan Former Refugees Face Uncertain Future

One of the committee members, Manuel Panzo, told GroundUp last
week that he had been trying to call the office but no one
answered his calls. He said his colleagues had also been trying
through emails.
In October 2009, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
proposed to end refugee status for Angolans who fled the civil war
which ended in 2002. The South African government announced the
cessation of refugee status in 2013, but most of the former
refugees who wanted to stay were granted an Angolan Cessation
Permit (ACP) in an Angolan passport issued to them upon withdrawal
of their refugee status. These ACPs were valid for only two years.
In October 2015, the Scalabrini Centre submitted an application
for permanent residency on behalf of all ACP holders. After
several legal battles, the Department of Home Affairs eventually
agreed to grant the category of an `Angolan Special Permit`.
Angolan Special Permits were issued in 2018 and expire in 2021.The
conditions of the permit state that it cannot be extended, and its
conditions cannot be changed.
The former refugees had been placed in a precarious legal state
since 2013, Miranda Madikane, Director of The Scalabrini Centre,
said this week, with deep and damaging impacts on the community.
She told GroundUp, `Considering that Angolan former refugees
constitute a relatively small number of people, and considering
that they have a deep level of socio-economic integration in South
Africa, the ability to remain permanently within South Africa
would be an appropriate durable solution.`
Madikane said that it is in the interest of the South African
state to ensure that people living within its borders are
documented. `In our experience, the community of Angolan former
refugees and their families desperately want to seek durable
legality in South Africa.`
In their letter to Home Affairs, the Angolan committee raised the
issue of uncertainty regarding their future when the permits
expire in 2021. They also asked the Department to provide a way
for children and spouses of Angolan former refugees to acquire
documents in South Africa. Some, who were not Angolan, had never
had documents though they were married to Angolan Special Permit
holders.
`Similarly, some children of ASP permit holders were too young or
unable to be documented in their parents` refugee status, and
could not access ASP permits,` the letter read.
The committee also asked the department to expand the Angolan
Special Permit programme to people with refugee or asylum seeker
status who had missed the deadlines, to legalise their stay in
South Africa. They explained that the problem is huge in small
cities such as Port Elizabeth.
Panzo said if the visas were not renewed it would harm many
families who had lived in South Africa for two decades and had
adult children born here who could not speak Portuguese. It would
also affect many people running businesses.
He said many people who had gone back to Angola after frustrations
with documentation had returned within two years. Though the
political system had improved and there was less persecution, life
there was `difficult`, he said. `Children born here will not
cope.`
GroundUp sent a query to Home Affairs on 26 September, and
followed up with another email on 30 September. On Tuesday
GroundUp called spokesperson Siyabulela Qoza who said he was not
aware of the query. He promised to check and respond. Home
Affairs` response will be added when it is received.
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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Why would I use a registered migration agent?/ Practitioner?

Although you do not have to use a registered migration agent to lodge your visa application, they might be able to help you if your case is complex or you require immigration assistance. Registered migration agents are required to: • have a sound knowledge of migration law and procedure • act professionally and in a timely manner • abide by the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents • have appropriate insurance • be a fit and proper person to give immigration assistance and be a person of integrity (this will involve criminal history checks). If you have a problem with a registered agent, you can make a complaint to the Authority ` FIPSA. V.5174

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Asylum seekers can now apply for temporary and Permanent Residence Visas

Constitutional Court ruling overturns Home Affairs directive The Constitutional Court has ruled that asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been refused, can apply for a visa. V.5176

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Mauritius immigration and residence 2020: The key program changes at a glance

Given the deteriorating socio-political and economic situation in SA, the number of South African families securing a Plan B in Mauritius is increasing exponentially in 2020. The following changes announced by the Mauritian Government as part of their Coronavirus budget speech makes it far easier for South Africans to emigrate to the island nation: V.5180

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Foreigners wishing to return to South Africa but stuck abroad

AMENDMENT OF DIRECTIONS ISSUED IN TERMS OF REGULATION 10(8) OF THE REGULATIONS MADE UNDER SECTION 27(2 �` dated 3 July 2020 This is for all foreigners , foreigners who are spouses of South Africans or retired persons , on foreign passports etc wishing to return to SA V.5183

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

International travel for S. Africans working, studying abroad

“The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has, following consultations with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the NCCC, approved essential travel for South Africans who want to return to countries where they are based,” the department said. South Africans who wanted to travel for these reasons would be required to produce a letter from the embassy where they were headed, confirming the reason for their journey. V.5184

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Refugees , did you know you can qualify for permanent residence via another way other than Indefinite Refugee status

How does this work ? In terms of the Constitutional Court Rule of the Ahmed and Others there was clarity that an asylum seeker could apply via an exemption , leading to temporary residence visa , life partner and spouse visas without having to cancel the asylum status permit and once temporary residence is granted person can easily apply for permanent residence permit . V.5185

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Refugees and Asylum Seekers ` There is hope and options for Temporary / Permanent Residence

On Tuesday 9th October 2018 the Apex Court of South Africa - the highest Court in the land - the Constitutional Court ruled on the situation surrounding the ability of Asylum Seeker Temporary Visa holders and Refugee Permit holders being enabled to change their status to mainstream visas in the Temporary or Permanent Residence categories under The Immigration Act. V.5186

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09. Aug. 2020 Times Live

`We have reason to be optimistic`: How SA is taming Covid-19 storm

Health minister Zweli Mkhize tests a mattress in one of the newly built Covid-19 wards at Clairwood Hospital in Durban. Mkhize visited urban and rural hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal to check the state of readiness as the pandemic approaches its expected peak in the province. Image: Sandile Ndlovu V.5196

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09. Aug. 2020 Khaleej Times

Indian visit visa holders can soon travel to UAE, says envoy

UAE to be added to the list of counties with which Air Bubble agreement t o be finalised. Visit visa holders from India can soon travel to the UAE based on an `Air Bubble` agreement being finalised between the two countries. V.5197

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07. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

R e c o g n i s ed R e f u g e e

This means that : A refugee can apply for permanent residence if he or she has been living in South Africa on a refugee status permit for a minimum of five consecutive years.143 For a recognized refugee to receive a permanent residence permit, the standing committee for refugee affairs must have certified that that person will remain a refugee “indefinitely.” V.5165

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07. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Preparing to get married

The solemnisation and registration of civil marriages, customary marriages and civil unions are managed by the Department of Home Affairs. Civil marriages are governed by the Marriage Act and regulations issued in terms of the Act. South Africa also recognizes customary marriages through the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, which became effective in November 2000. Civil unions are recognised in terms of the Civil Union Act (2006). V.5168

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07. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Refugee Status & Asylum

An Asylum Seeker He is a person who has fled his or her country of origin and is seeking recognition and protection as a refugee in the Republic of South Africa, and whose application is still under consideration. In case of a negative decision on his application, he has to leave the country voluntarily or will be deported. V.5169

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07. Aug. 2020 News 24

Covid-19: How long should I isolate or quarantine for?

It is highly likely that people will need to isolate or quarantine themselves in the coming months, so it is worth trying to understand the reasons for doing so. This is the first of a series of Expert Advisories on how to respond to Covid-19. V.5171

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07. Aug. 2020 Maverick Citizen

Covid-19 moves refugees and asylum seekers to the bottom of priorities

Asylum-seekers in South Africa awaiting the outcome of their applications have limited rights to healthcare, education, job security and constantly face harassment, arrest, detention and deportation, says Jessica Lawrence of Lawyers for Human Rights. V.5187

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07. Aug. 2020 Times Live

Visas extended for foreigners stuck in SA: what you need to know

Visa and permits for foreigners stuck in SA have been extended for three more months. Foreigners stuck in SA can breathe a sigh of relief as the government has extended the validity period of their visas. V.5188

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06. Aug. 2020 AFR – Financial Review

Fears Chinese investors targeted to `game` visa scheme

Fund managers and migration agents are concocting `non-genuine` applications for Australian visas targeted at wealthy Chinese investors, in behaviour that has been flagged to the government as it reviews the contentious $12 billion “golden ticket” program. V.5189

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06. Aug. 2020 Biztech

South Africa’s UK visa offices are open again ` here are the new procedures

Africans in the process of emigrating, have been living in limbo as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world. V.5191

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05. Aug. 2020 Herald Live

Court tells home affairs to let Chinese man back into SA for birth of his child

STERN WORDS: The Western Cape High Court ordered the home affairs department to `do all things necessary` to allow a man to enter SA for the birth of his child. A Chinese man was forced to take home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi to court after his department refused to allow the man back into SA ahead of the birth of his child. V.5170

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05. Aug. 2020 Groundup

Zimbabweans in SA who missed food assistance deadline are desperate

About 3,300 Zimbabweans in South Africa have registered for a once-off food voucher. Zimbabweans who missed the submission deadline on July 19 to apply for food assistance cannot get an extension, Zimbabwean consul general in Johannesburg Melody Chaurura told GroundUp on Wednesday. V.5192

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04. Aug. 2020 Groundup

Children born abroad with one South African parent have right to citizenship - ConCourt

• The Constitutional Court finalised a seven-year legal battle fought by Lawyers for Human Rights on behalf of four people born to SA parents outside the country. • The case centred on the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2010 and how it applied to people born outside of South Africa before January 2013. • Justice Sisi Khampepe slammed the Department of Home Affairs, describing its conduct in the matter as `brazenly incompetent`. V.5182

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11. Aug. 2020 Sa migration

Why would I use a registered migration agent?/ Practitioner?

Although you do not have to use a registered migration agent to lodge your visa application, they might be able to help you if your case is complex or you require immigration assistance. Registered migration agents are required to: • have a sound knowledge of migration law and procedure • act professionally and in a timely manner • abide by the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents • have appropriate insurance • be a fit and proper person to give immigration assistance and be a person of integrity (this will involve criminal history checks). If you have a problem with a registered agent, you can make a complaint to the Authority ` FIPSA. V.5174

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