August 13, 2017

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Permanent residency rules for foreigners to be relaxed

Vice President U Henry Van Thio urged officials to seek ways for easing restrictions on permanent residency for foreigners in accordance with international practices.
The Vice President made the remarks at a meeting of the Management Committee for Permanent Residency of Foreigners in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday that discussed the relaxation of some rules and regulations for permanent residency.
“It is necessary for participants to discuss required amendments for rules and regulations for permanent residency of foreigners in Myanmar in accordance with international standards,” the Vice President said.
In addition, the Vice President added that the committee was reformed on 25th August this year so that it could comprehensively review requirements for permanent residency of foreigners in accordance with existing laws and international norms.
Rules for permanent residency of foreigners in Myanmar, which is made up of 17 chapters covering 46 provisions, were issued by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population on 18th November, 2014, according to the Vice President.
In accordance with the rules, the Central Committee for Implementation of Permanent Residency and work committees has been receiving applications for permanent residency since 29th January 2015, with 262 out of 350 applicants granted permanent residency so far. Five applicants have been rejected, 15 applicants will be interviewed and applications of 68 others would be processed soon, the Vice President said.
Afterwards, the Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe reported to the committee on preparations for amendments of the rules and regulations.
Myanmar has introduced the permanent residency system to create opportunities for foreign investors and experts who need to stay for a long term in Myanmar and for former citizens and their dependents.—Myanmar News Agency

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