27(d)Refugee

Overview

Applicants applying for a permanent residence permit maybe required to provide “

  • Proof of five years continuous refugee status in the Republic
  • Certification from the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs that applicant will remain a refugee indefinitely.
  • An affidavit regarding aliases used for refugee status application(s) by principal applicant or family members, if applicable.

Documents Required

SECTION 27(D) - REFUGEE

Family members may apply together with the main applicant.

Note: all documents issued by the issuing authority of the country of origin shall be original or certified copies and where applicable translated into english, which translation shall be certified as a correct translation by a sworn translator.

Applicants must renew their temporary resident visa whilst awaiting the outcome for permanent residence permit
  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older, if applicable. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid refugee status for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • Marriage certificate or proof of relationship in respect of a spouse accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic (Islamic marriages entered into within the Republic are not considered), if applicable.
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse, if applicable.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be In respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s), if applicable.
  • Affidavit in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Proof of five years continuous refugee status in the Republic.
  • Certification from the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs that applicant will remain a refugee indefinitely.
  • Affidavits with regard to aliases used by the applicant and family members; and
  • A sworn affidavit in the case of documents issued by the country from which he or she fled not being available.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

SECTION 27(D) - SPOUSE FOR A REFUGEE PERMIT HOLDER

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older, if applicable. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid refugee status for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • Marriage certificate or proof of relationship in respect of a spouse accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic (Islamic marriages entered into within the Republic are not considered), if applicable.
  • Divorce decree to prove the dissolution of a marriage in the case where a party was a spouse in the previous marriage or the death certificate of the deceased spouse, if applicable.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s), if applicable.
  • Affidavit in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Proof of five years continuous refugee status in the Republic if applicable.
  • Certification from the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs that applicant will remain a refugee indefinitely if applicable.
  • Affidavits with regard to aliases used by the applicant and family members; and
  • A sworn affidavit in the case of documents issued by the country from which he or she fled not being available.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

SECTION 27(D) - DEPENDENT FOR A REFUGEE PERMIT HOLDER

  • VFS appointment letter.
  • A duly completed DHA-947 form online. Handwritten forms will not be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Payment of the application fee of R1350. If the application fee was paid to VFS bank account or the mission, an original bank payment receipt, where the application fee was paid using the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), receipt for each applicant.
  • Present a valid original passport in respect of each applicant and passport photograph for all applicants one year of age and older, if applicable. A recent, passport-type, full face photograph bearing the names of the applicants on the reverse side thereof. (Machine-type or instant photographs are not acceptable).
  • A valid refugee status for temporary sojourn at the time of application in respect of each applicant, if the application is made in the Republic.
  • Proof of financial support to each other.
  • Proof of parental responsibilities and rights or written consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent or legal guardian, as the case may be In respect of dependent children accompanying the applicant or joining the applicant in the Republic.
  • Unabridged birth certificate, or extract from birth record for applicant(s), if applicable.
  • Affidavit in the case of the applicant who has changed his or her name, surname or sex.
  • Original Police clearance certificate issued by the police or security authority in each country where the relevant applicant resided for 12 months or longer after attaining the age of 18 years except for South Africa, in respect of criminal records or the character of that applicant, which certificate shall not be older than six months at the time of its submission: (Provided that the certificate shall not be required from a foreign country in the case of renewal or extension of a visa)
  • Biometric enrolment fee applicable: Yes
  • Radiological report (not required in respect of children under the age of 12 years or a pregnant woman). The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Medical report for all applicants. The certificate must not be older than six (6) months at the time the applicant submits an application.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if that person travelled or intends travelling from or transit through a yellow fever endemic area: Provided that the certificate shall not be required where that person travelled or intends travelling in direct transit through such area or where an application is made in the Republic.
  • Proof of five years continuous refugee status in the Republic if applicable.
  • Certification from the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs that applicant will remain a refugee indefinitely if applicable.
  • Affidavits with regard to aliases used by the applicant and family members; and
  • A sworn affidavit in the case of documents issued by the country from which he or she fled not being available.
  • Present yourself for biometrics at the visa facilitation centre.

Processing Time

All temporary visa applications accepted at the Visa Facilitation Centre will have a minimum average processing time of 8 - 10 months for the decision to be returned from Department of Home Affairs. You can track your application online on VFS Global website to determine status of your application.

Visa Fees

Category

DHA Application Fee

VFS Service Fee

27 (d) Refugee

0

1350

Premium Lounge (Optional Service)

 

 500


All fees are inclusive of VAT and to be paid in South African Rand. Above listed fees are non-refundable once the application is received by VFS Global and Department of Home Affairs.

Once all supporting documentation is available as per the documentary checklist kindly proceed to complete the online application form. You will be required to pre-pay a minimum amount of R1350 in order to secure and schedule your appointment online.

Payment to secure your online appointment can be made in three methods:

  • Online payment via Debit/Credit card through the secure online portal
  • Pre-payment at Standard Bank by downloading and completing the online generated bank receipt and depositing the cash into the nearest Standard Bank
  • EFT payment through the secure online portal

Note- When selecting the pre-payment option, after payment has been done you are required to visit your online application form after 3 working days to proceed to schedule your appointment.