The residence permit team is now busy processing applications for residence permits for students for the next school year.
How long will it take to process your application?
The Directorate tries to process all applications before the beginning of the semester but we can only guarantee for the timely processing of applications submitted with all required supporting documents before June 1st.
Please note that the Directorate of Immigration does not accept applications electronically. Applications must be mailed to our postal address or delivered to a drop box in the Directorate’s lobby (from 8 to 16 on week-days).
You can check which applications are already being processed on our web's processing time page. If you submitted your application later than the date displayed, your application is not being processed yet.
Contacting the Directorate per E-Mail or telephone to check the status of your application will not accelerate the processing of your application. We will contact you if documents are missing and when the permit has been granted.
What can you do to accelerate the processing of your application?
- Make sure you submit all the necessary supporting documents with your application, a list of the required supporting documents is available here.
- Make sure the supporting documents you submit meet the Directorate’s documentation requirements.
In particular, make sure the criminal record certificate you submit was issued by the highest authority competent to issue such certificates in the respective country. The certificate must state that the information in the certificate stems from national databases, not only databases in certain areas (for example, in certain regions or states of a country). For students from the US this means that an FBI criminal record certificate is required, students from Canada must submit an RCMP certificate and students from Thailand must submit a certificate issued by the Royal Thai Police.
- Make sure your means of support is satisfactory and that you submit sufficient documentation on your secure means of support.