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Asylum seekers has until June to renew expired visas online

The Department of Home Affairs are calling on qualifying asylum seekers and refugees to renew their expired visas and status online by 30 June

asylum seekers visa application

Photo: Pride Immigration

Refugees who needs to renew their visas online has until 30 June to apply. On 15 April, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi extended the validity of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses which expired during COVID-19 lockdown.


With the online extension, a holder of an asylum seeker visa or a refugee status can request an extension of visa through email, without having to physically go to a refugee reception office.

When making a request for an online extension, refugees has to send an email to a dedicated email address. Once the email is sent, an asylum seeker will receive a reply outlining the process to follow, a template and list of required documents.

“Once all documents are sent and received at Home Affairs, the Department will consider the request and communicate its decision by email. In cases where a request cannot be processed online and requires the applicant to appear in person at a Refugee Reception Office, a letter stating that will be sent. This letter will also the office name, date and time of their appointment,” the department said.


To request online extension for an asylum seeker or refugee visa you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A signed template that has a permit number, full names and surname, and full contact details (an email address, mobile phone numbers and physical address).
  • Proof of physical address in a form of a utility bill or an affidavit confirming address.
  • A copy of the current visa. If the visa is lost, the client must submit an affidavit confirming that the permit is lost and indicate the previous permit reference number.

Asylum seekers can send their requests for permit extension to the refugee reception office where the last extension was made. 

READ: Home Affairs: Validity of visas expired during lockdown extended