10 May 2021 by Employment Law Alert

Verification and extension of asylum seeker visas and refugee status

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, extended the validity of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses which expired during the lockdown to 30 June 2021.

The online extension service of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses started on 15 April 2021.

Qualifying asylum seeker visa holders and refugees are expected to renew their expired visas and status online on or before 30 June 2021.

Qualifying asylum seeker visa holders and refugees are those applicants whose visas and statuses expired during lockdown.

Holders of an asylum seeker visa or a refugee status can request an extension of visa validity through email. This means that the applicants can submit online applications without having to physically go to a refugee reception office.

Applicants are expected to send applications to the refugee reception office where last extension was made. The following are the relevant branches and email addresses where asylum seeker visa and refugee status applications must be sent:

  • Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Refugee visa extensions

Email Address:
DTRRC.Extension24@dha.gov.za  

Asylum seeker visa extension

Email Address:
DTRRC.Extension22@dha.gov.za

  • Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

Refugee visa extensions

Email Address:
CTrrc.extension24@dha.gov.za

Asylum seeker visa extension

Email Address:
CTrrc.Extension22@dha.gov.za

  • Musina Refugee Reception Office

Refugee visa extensions

Email Address:
MusinaRRC.Extension24@dha.gov.za

Asylum seeker visa extension

Email Address:
Musinarrc.Extension22@dha.gov.za

  • Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Refugee Reception Office

Refugee visa extensions

Email Address:
PERRC.Extension24@dha.gov.za

Asylum seeker visa extension

Email Address:
PERRC.Extension22@dha.gov.za

  • Durban Refugee Reception Office

Refugee visa extensions

Email Address:
DurbanRRC.Extension24@dha.gov.za

Asylum seeker visa extension

Email Address:
DurbanRRC.Extension22@dha.gov.za

The Department of Home Affairs also accommodates persons or organisations intending to verify the validity of a visa that was issued online. Below is a list of branches and email addresses where enquiries may be sent to:

  • Desmond Tutu

ASMverifications@dha.gov.za

  • Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) PERRO

verification.perro@dha.gov.za

  • Durban RRO

verification.durban@dha.gov.za

  • Musina RRO

verification.musina@dha.gov.za

  • Cape Town RRO

verification.ctrro@dha.gov.za

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