Before the permit expires, the Asylum Seeker reports to the Refugee Reception Office for:
- A second interview is conducted by a Refugee Status Determination Officer (“RSDO”).
- The RSDO proceed with a fair adjudication of the application, decides on claims for asylum application and provides reasons for the decisions. The RSDO must on conclusion of the status determination hearing grant asylum or reject the application as manifestly unfounded, abusive, or fraudulent; or refer any question of law to the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (“SCRA”).
- When granted refugee status, a refugee is generally issued with a section 24 permit, which allows such person to remain for a specified period of 2 years in South Africa, and it is renewable upon expiration of its validity after the review process by an RSDO. In this case, the refugee must write a letter requesting the extension of his or her refugee status.
- The refugee permit holder is also allowed to work and study in South Africa whilst the permit is valid.