Asylum Seekers and Refugees right to apply for work or other temporary or permanent residence permits under the Immigration Act
In another landmark case brought by the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa on behalf of Dabone and others versus the Minister of Home Affairs and Another (case number 7526/03) an order of Court was issued by the High Court ordering the Minister of Home Affairs to allow asylum seeker permit holders and refugees the right to apply for temporary and/or permanent refugee status in terms of the Immigration Act.
The previous dispensation requires asylum seekers and refugees to give up their refugee status to apply for residency but now this judgment has the effect of allowing such asylum seekers and refugees the right to apply on their asylum seeking or refugee status permits under the Refugees Act. However, the grounds for any of the permits under the Immigration Act still need to be satisfied as is the case for any foreigners.
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