8 common mistakes when applying for a residence permit

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8 common mistakes when applying for a residence permit

One of the most popular topics among expats is a residence permit in the country you plan to move to. Find out more about the top common mistakes when applying for a residence permit and typical mistakes in different countries around the world

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Migration laws differ from country to country. Understanding the rules of obtaining a residence permit can be quite difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the laws and regulations. Even a small mistake can lead to delays in processing the document, refusal to issue a permit and, in certain cases, deportation.

When applying for a residence permit, it is important to consider many factors. Most expats tend to make common mistakes. In our material, we will talk about 10 common mistakes that can be made during the preparation of documents. Check yourself before you go to the migration service.

Mistake #1. Send an incomplete package of documents

Providing incomplete information is a very popular mistake among expats. Usually, the procedure for submitting an application for a residence permit requires submitting a large package of documents - an application, application forms, grounds for obtaining a permit, confirmation of sufficient financial support for residence in the country, etc. The absence of any required documents or forms may result in delays, refusals or even rejection of the entire application.

Before submitting an application for a residence permit, carefully read the requirements and list of documents for the selected type of permit, and also check whether you have a complete package of documents. Be sure to contact the Migration Service if they have any questions about your application.

Mistake #2. Send documents without translation

A very common mistake that foreigners often make when submitting documents to countries where the official language is different from the expat's native language. Usually, birth certificates, marriage certificates and educational documents are required to submit an application. It is these documents that most often require translation.

To avoid this error, make sure that all necessary documents are translated into the official language of the country where the application is submitted. It is important that the translation is accurate, complete and certified by a professional translator.

Mistake #3. Send a statement without a signature

The applicant's signature certifies that the information provided is correct and true. That is why declarations without a signature in the required fields may be rejected. Before submitting the documents, review the application form carefully and ensure that all required fields are filled in, including the signature section. We also advise you to pay attention to the samples and follow the instructions when filling out the documents.

Mistake #4. Do not pay the consular fee

Quite often, expats forget to pay the consular fee - the fee for processing documents and obtaining a residence permit - or pay the wrong amount. Therefore, be sure to check the instructions, learn in detail about the amount of the fee and available payment options.

We draw your attention to the fact that it is very important to add a fee receipt to the package of documents to confirm the payment of the fee.

Mistake #5. Miss the deadlines for submitting an application or extending a permit

Missing a deadline can result in your application being delayed or rejected, so it's important to be organized and aware of all important dates.

Also, when renewing your residence permit, it is important to apply before your current document expires. Keep in mind that in some countries it can take several months to process an application for a permit extension, so it's a good idea to do it in advance. Being abroad without valid immigration status is illegal and can result in serious consequences, including fines and deportation.

Mistake #6. Non-compliance with the criteria for obtaining a residence permit

In order to apply for a residence permit, an expat must meet certain criteria. Failure to meet these requirements may result in the application being rejected. Before submitting your application package, it's important to read the requirements carefully and make sure you meet them.

Mistake #7. Accidentally provide false information

Even accidentally providing false information can have serious consequences for the expat, including not only the rejection of your application, but even legal action. Therefore, carefully read all the questions in the questionnaire. If you do not understand a section, consult a specialist. Provide only accurate and truthful information. In the event that you suddenly realize that you have made a mistake, try to correct it as soon as possible by informing the relevant authorities or submitting a corrected statement.

Mistake #8. Non-compliance with medical requirements

Some countries have specific medical requirements that must be met before a residence permit can be obtained. Failure to meet these requirements may result in the application being rejected. It is important to review the health requirements and make sure they are met before submitting your application package.

Typical mistakes when issuing a residence permit in specific countries

In addition to general inaccuracies, it is important to consider mistakes that can be made when issuing a permit in a certain country. For example, quite often when moving to Canada, expats forget to provide the following documents:

- Evaluation of educational certificates (ECA);

- Language test results;

- Certificate of criminal record;

- Confirmation of availability of funds.

The reason for the rejection of a Green Card in the USA can be not only a mistake or an incomplete application, but also the lack of necessary vaccinations.

The procedure for obtaining a residence permit in Germany has many features, the most common mistakes made by expats are:

- Do not register your residential address before moving.

- Failure to purchase an appropriate health insurance policy.

- Come to an appointment at the migration service without an appointment.

- Forget to add a photo to the application.

Igor Usyk - Head of Legal Department at Visit World

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