IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Iraqi federal government has established new rules for foreign nationals who are late to file required visa “activation” and medical exams upon arrival in-country.
What does the change mean? The grace period has been extended from seven days to 15 days for foreign nationals to activate their multi exit-entry visas, but the late penalties will apply per diem and can reach up to 5 million dinars (about US$4,200). Previously, a flat penalty of 100,000 dinars applied. Now, 100,000 dinars will be levied immediately after the 15-day deadline and 10,000 dinars per day thereafter, but not to exceed 5 million dinars.
Background: Foreign nationals entering Iraq for work on a multiple-entry visa must complete “visa activation” procedures soon after arriving in Iraq by obtaining a multi exit-entry visa. Under the new policy, they will have 15 days from entry to present their passport with verified medical exam results (blood work for Hepatitis B and C and HIV) to the Ministry of Interior in order to obtain the multi exit-entry visa sticker. The sticker allows employees to exit and re-enter Iraq as many times as needed within the visa validity period.
BAL Analysis: Although the grace period has been lengthened, companies and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply for the multi exit-entry visa as soon as possible upon arrival to avoid penalties and delays to the work permit process.
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