THE Refugee Status Determination Officer HOLDS THE DISCRETION TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE APPLICANT’S ASYLUM APPLICATION BASED ON THE INTERVIEW.
THE Refugee Status Determination Officer (RSDO) CAN MAKE ONE OF THREE DECISIONS:
If the application holds substantial grounds as provided by the applicant, the asylum seeker will be issued with a section 24(3)(a) permit under the Refugees Act. Depending on how the Refugee Reception Officer makes its final decision, the permit may be extended for a duration of two to four years. An approval of this application, allows the asylum seeker to apply for a refugee ID and travel document.
If claim rejected as manifestly unfounded.
Within 5 days of rejection, the RSDO must provide the applicant with a rejection letter stating reasons why his / her application was rejected. The full written reasons must also inform the applicant of his right to an appeal challenging the RSDO decision to the Standing Committee on Refugees Affairs (SCRA). The applicant is given 14 days to prepare a written representation to SCRA to review his or her application. Continue reading
Three stages are involved
when applying for:
a refugee permit in South Africa
When applying for Refugee permit in South Africa
process after entry into South Africa
decision regarding Refugee application
First phase – After entry in the Republic
Upon entry in South Africa, a person identifying him or herself as an asylum seeker is granted an Asylum Transit Permit.
This permit is valid for 14 days (five days under the new law – still not clear what the exact current practice is) and allows the holder to lodge an application with the refugee reception office, to make an application for asylum in terms of section 21 of the Refugees Act. Continue reading
Undisputed one of the global hot topics of the present day world; refugees, their impact on societies and how best to deal with them.
Which steps are to be taken by those seeking for a legal status after being forced to leave home?
Europe is faced with a so labelled ‘refugee crisis’, emergency meetings with the senior leaders of Western states have been regularly conducted over the past year to form action plans on dealing with the influx of asylum seekers.
Also one may argue that differing political opinions within the United Kingdom concerning the appropriate manner in which to deal with refugees has been an important factor leading towards Brexit. No need to further emphasize that dealing with people whom are seeking the protection of another state is an essential topic nowadays; all countries need to ensure that their refugee policy is carefully drafted.
Also in the African context the topic remains very high on the priority list. South Africa, being the most developed country in the Southern African region, attracts many refugees as well as ‘’gold seekers’’. Continue reading
If refugee status has been granted, the applicant is then issued with a section 24 permit.
This individual will then be granted a refugee identity document subject to them having lived in the Republic for a period not less than two years.
As soon as an asylum seeker has refugee status and applied for a South African travel document he may also travel freely.
If an asylum seeker travels with his own countries passport –even with status- he then availed himself with the protection of his country.
The refugee can also change his status and apply for a temporary residence visa when he fulfills the requirements of the immigration act.
If refugee status has been rejected, the asylum seeker returns to his home country or can be deported. Continue reading