Zimbabweans who fled to South Africa to escape turmoil in their home country in 2008 have now had their amnesty status withdrawn by the South African government.
Around 100,000 have filed for residence, but up to a million Zimbabweans are thought to be living in South Africa.
Many who have applied for a more permanent legal status say that the process is fraught with challenging paperwork and sudden deadlines.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Finighan reports.
Source: Al Jazeera