What has changed
Effective from May 21, 2015, Residence Permit applications for Dependents are being processed by civil authorities at the Migration Directorate. Previously they were processed by the jurisdictional police departments.
Appointments in advance are required to file for an initial residence permit and appointments will now be scheduled with the Migration Directorate via their new online system. Those who had existing appointment dates will have to reschedule and there is no preference for those who already had a prior appointment scheduled. Renewal applications may now be filed online and personal presence is not required at the time of filing.
Previously, an appointment had to be scheduled to submit a new or a renewal Residence Permit application and personal presence was required.
Who is affected?
What to expect
- Residence Permit applicants
Initial Residence Permits must be filed in person with the Migration Directorate. Appointments to file can be secured by completing an application form on the Migration Directorate website, which will then be brought to the appointment along with other supporting documents.
For renewal applications, a prior appointment and personal presence is no longer required at the time of filing. The renewal application is filed online once the Work Permit renewal application is obtained.
Foreign nationals with residence permits that are still valid will not be required to schedule an appointment to file the renewal application. The renewal application is to be filed within sixty (60) days before the date of expiration. If the residence permit has already expired, the applicant may be required to schedule an initial appointment.
What you need to do
- Please expect initial delays and appointment backlogs as the authorities transition to this new process.
- Emigra Worldwide can submit Residence Permit renewal applications online on behalf of dependents and can schedule an appointment for the initial Residence Permit application.
Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients
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