As of this week, applications for residence permits, which are filed with the Directorate of Immigration, will be reviewed immediately with regard to whether all necessary documents accompany the application.
The purpose of this new procedure is to improve services towards applicants and increase efficiency of the processing of applications.
If documents are missing, applicants will be informed about what documents must be added and instructed to submit the application once the missing documents have been collected. If applicants choose to submit and pay for an application even though the documents are missing, they will receive written instructions on what documents are missing and be given a 14-day deadline for submitting them. If the Directorate has not received the requested documents within the deadline, a decision will be made based on the documents at hand.
Please note that when reviewing the application, it will only be ascertained whether all necessary documents have been submitted but not whether the documents are satisfactory.
It is important that applicants familiarize themselves with document requirements on the Directorate's website. When processing an application, the Directorate of Immigration may also request additional documentation if necessary.
The residence permit unit hopes that the new procedure will be well received and that it helps shortening the processing time of applications for residence permits.