An asylum seeker is a person who has fled their country of origin and is looking for recognition and protection as a refugee in South Africa. As an asylum seeker, your application is still under consideration.
A refugee is a person who has been granted asylum status and protection in terms of the Refugee Act of 1998. The refugee permit is valid for two years. You can apply for a permanent residence permit if you have lived in South Africa for more than five years on a refugee status permit.
Violet is now 17 and Michael is 21, but their births were never registered and that means the siblings are stateless, joining, thousands of people living in South Africa with no citizenship and birth rights.