South Africa: Press Release on status of former Angolan refugees

Published: 17/Nov/2016
Source: Scalabrini Centre (Cape Town)

Statement issued on behalf of Non-Profit organisation, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town to former Angolan Refugees still living in South Africa on expired Angolan Cessation Permits – a small window is now open for these Angolans to attempt to regularize his or her stay by submitting an application for permanent residency as detailed below.

Following a year of legal steps and negotiations between the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (SCCT) and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding the legal status of former Angolan refugees in South Africa, the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba, has agreed to consider and determine applications for permanent residence in terms of section 31(2)(b) of the Immigration Act for all former Angolan refugees who were issued temporary Angolan Cessation Permits (ACP) and who were unable to legalise their documentation once these ACP permits expired.

Download press release from Scalabrini Centre website.

Download Court Order outlining the process by which all former Angolan refugees with expired ACP permits may apply to the Minister for permanent residence on special grounds.

Themes: Nationality and Refugees
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2016