What has changed
Effective February 16, 2016 personal documents such as Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificate, and Criminal Record Certificates must be appostilled/legalized by the issuing country and a copy is to be submitted for new and renewal applications. Previously, Appostilled personal documents were not required.
Who is affected?
What to expect
- All clients whose Permanent Residence applications are yet to be submitted.
All the Residence Permit applications (new and renewals) which have yet to be filed, must have personal documents (like Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, and Criminal Record) apostilled/legalized by the issuing country for both the assignee and dependents.
Additionally, the online Residence Permit (new and renewal) application system is not working as of February 15, 2016. Due to this, Residence Permits cannot be filed until authorities implement a new system/process online.
What you need to do
- Applicants must take into account the time needed to have personal documents appostilled/legalized by the issuing country.
- Emigra Worldwide will regularly check with the authorities on the implementation of the new system and will update clients accordingly.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.