Please note that a new Immigration Act will enter into force on 1 January 2024.

The procedure for applications for residence and permanent residence permits submitted before the entry into force of this Act will be suspended between 1 January 2024 and 29 February 2024.

Under subsection (2) of the Act, between 1 January 2024 and 29 February 2024:

  1. applications for residence permits, except applications for residence permits issued in the national interest,
  2. applications for a permanent residence permit and for a residence card under this Act, except applications for a national residence card issued in the national interest

may not be submitted”.

Again this means that between 1 January 2024 and 29 February 2024 1. applications for residence permits may not be submitted.

According to the legisltation, the validity of residence permits and permanent residence permits expiring between 1 January 2024 and 29 February 2024 is automatically extended until 30 April 2024.

For further information, we recommend that you visit the website of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing: