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Comprehensive information on COVID-19 in South Africa, including the latest news and updates, the vaccine roll-out and frequently asked questions can be found at the SA Coronavirus website and in the Covid-19 Section.

Online Renewal of Permits

Since April 2021 the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) started to offer the online extension service of asylum seeker visas and refugee status permits. The online extension service allows a holder of an asylum seeker visa (section 22) or a refugee status permit (section 24), to request an extension of validity through email without having […]

Mandela Washington Fellowship Opportunity

ATTENTION! Apply now to be a part of the next generation of African leaders! We are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is now open. Applications are due by September 13, 2022. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is […]

Scholarship Opportunities for Refugees

ATTENTION!  The University of Capetown (UCT)  is giving International and Refugee Students’ Scholarships (UCT Postgraduate General Awards 2023) for full time postgraduate (Honours, Master’s & Doctoral) students. WHO CAN APPLY? Nationality: Applicants must either be International or hold Refugee status with a valid Passport or Refugee papers. Employment: Applicants cannot be full time employed (working […]

Appeals Backlog Project

The Government of the Republic of South Africa and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have partnered to support the Refugee Appeals Authority of South Africa (RAASA), formerly the Refugee Appeal Board (RAB), in a project to resolve the backlog of approximately 150,000 appeals and put measures in place to prevent another backlog from occurring.  The […]

SASSA SRD R350 Grant

The Government of South Africa continues to offer the SASSA Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD 350), a grant of R350 per month for 6 months to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment etc, and include both Refugees and Asylum Seeker […]

UNHCR Journalism Mentorship programme for Refugees

UNHCR is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2022 application period for a three-month mentorship programme for aspiring journalists, public speakers or advocates. Refugees as well as internally displaced or stateless people who are above the age of 18 are welcome to apply. Please keep in mind that this programme is open to […]

Back to School 2022!

It is Back to School time in South Africa and UNHCR would like to remind you of our Education page, where you can find useful information on the educational system, including on enrollment process and fees exemption, and contact details of those that can assist you if you face challenges. In South Africa the Provincial […]

Online Application: ID & Travel Documents

Along with the communication on extension of permits validity to 30 April 2022, DHA also announced the extension of online services to allow recognised Refugees (section 24) and dependents to apply via e-mail for Identity and Travel Documents in an effort to continue to limit the spread of Covid-19, but restoring critical services. REQUIREMENTS FOR […]

DHA announces additional services at RRO’s

The Government of South Africa has officially extended the validity of asylum seeker and refugee permits until 30 April 2021, date until which all permits that expired on or after the national state of disaster was declared in March 2020 are considered valid and should be renewed through the Online Renewal System. UNHCR strongly encouraged […]

Closure of Refugee Reception Centres

Since the declaration of the national state of disaster, which was followed by the national lockdown, all public and private offices and institutions were closed down, including the Department of Home Affairs. The Department has been issuing directives that all visas and permits that expired or were due to expire on, before, or after 25 […]


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