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Egypt issues decision on collecting residency fees

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Thursday issued a decision regarding the collection of residency fees in the US dollar or its equivalent, while granting foreigners residing illegally a grace period to legalize their residency within Egypt.

All foreigners applying to the General Administration of Passports, Immigration and Nationality to obtain the right of residence for tourism or non-tourism must submit a receipt indicating that they have transferred the equivalent of (residence fees – late fines – costs of issuing a residence card) in US dollar or its equivalent currencies, the decision stipulates.

Foreigners residing in the country illegally must also legalize their status and residence provided that there is a host of Egyptian nationality, within three months from the effective date of this decision.

This comes in exchange for payment of administrative expenses equivalent to US$1,000, deposited in the account designated for this purpose in accordance with the rules and procedures laid out by the Interior Ministry.

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