Residence permit

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A residence permit[1][2][3] (less commonly residency permit) is a document or card required in some regions, allowing a foreign national to reside in a country for a fixed or indefinite length of time. These may be permits for temporary residency, or permanent residency. The exact rules vary between regions. In some cases (e.g. the UK[4]) a temporary residence permit is required to extend a stay past some threshold, and can be an intermediate step to applying for permanent residency.

Residency status may be granted for a number of reasons and the criteria for acceptance as a resident may change over time. In New Zealand the current range of conditions include being a skilled migrant, a retired parent of a New Zealand National, an investor and a number of others.[5]

Biometric residence permit[edit]

Some countries have adopted biometric residence permits, which are cards including embedded machine readable information and RFID NFC capable chips.[6]

In Georgia[edit]

Georgia (country) offers several types of temporary residency permits, such as work residence permit, for those with a work contract or business in the country, short-term residence permit, based on property ownership, and residence permit for family reunification. There are also other types of residency permits, like, e.g., student residency permit.[7]

In Germany[edit]

See German residence permit

In France[edit]

See Permanent residency in France

In Italy[edit]

In Italy the residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) is released by the state police (Polizia di Stato); it must be requested by the immigrant to be allowed to reside in the country[8] for more than eight days, or more than ninety days if having a travel visa (visto d'ingresso) for tourism. It is not required for European Union citizens.

In Singapore[edit]

See Permanent residency in Singapore

In Ukraine[edit]

In Ukraine there are two types of residence permits: temporary residence permit and permanent residence permit. Temporary residence permit is issued, in general, for a period of 1 year provided that there is at least one of legal grounds for temporary stay in Ukraine.[9] Permanent residence equals to immigration.

In the United States[edit]

See Permanent residence (United States)

In Saudi Arabia[edit]

See Premium Residency

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "residence permit | meaning of residence permit in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English | LDOCE".
  2. ^ "RESIDENCE PERMIT | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary".
  3. ^ "EU Immigration Portal - Already in the EU - European Commission". Archived from the original on 2015-02-20.
  4. ^ "Applying for a UK Residence Permit".
  5. ^ "All visa options for living permanently". New Zealand Government. 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Biometric Residence Permits in the UK" (PDF).
  7. ^ "How To Get Georgian Residency (Legal Residence Permits) - ExpatHub.GE". 20 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Il rilascio del permesso di soggiorno". Polizia di Stato. Archived from the original on October 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Issuance of temporary residence permit".

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