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Refugee or Asylum Status

General procedures

  • An application for asylum must be made in person at a designated Refugee Reception Office.
  • When applying for asylum, an applicant must have his or her fingerprints or other prints taken in the prescribed manner.
  • Upon application, an interview will be conducted by a Refugee Reception Officer, after which the applicant will be issued with an asylum seeker's permit.
  • An asylum seeker will be issued with an asylum seeker's permit which allows the applicant to sojourn in the Republic temporarily.
  • The conditions of the permit are subject to the discretion of the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs.
  • An application for asylum and the information contained therein is confidential and this will be ensured at all times.
  • An asylum seeker's permit lapses if the holder departs from the Republic without the Minister's consent.

The Minister may withdraw an asylum seekers permit if -

  • the applicant contravenes any conditions endorsed therein;
  • the application has been found to be manifestly unfounded, abusive or fraudulent;
  • the application for asylum has been rejected;
  • the applicant is ineligible for asylum in terms of sections 4 or 5 of the Act.

Obligations of asylum seekers and refugees
Asylum seekers and refugees must abide by the conditions under which an asylum seeker's permit was issued as well as the laws of the Republic, including the Refugees Act, 1998. 

The Durban Refugee Reception Office is at:

132 Che Guevara (Moore) Road

[t] (031) 362 1205
[c] 082 801 8691
[f] (031) 362 1220

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