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Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Approves the Resumption of Identity Document (ID) Applications and Extends the Validity Period of Different Categories of Temporary Visas

Date Enacted: September 2021
Country: South Africa

The Minister of Home Affairs “approved the resumption of Identity Document (ID) and passport applications and extended the validity period of legally issued visas or asylum permits which expired during the lockdown period to 31 December 2021.” This extension applies to, among others, “holders of asylum seeker visas/permits or refugee status” who “are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visas until the expiry of their applicable extension.” In addition, validity of “asylum and refugee permits that expired during the lockdown and whose holders could not use the online extension services” will be considered valid until December 31, 2021.