IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Iraq’s Ministry of Interior has issued a new regulation that visa approval letters will automatically expire after 90 days of their issuance date.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals need a letter of approval to apply for and “activate” a multi-entry visa after they enter Iraq so that they may travel in and out of the country. The new policy applies to all letters of approval issued Dec. 19 and later and means that foreign employees have three months after their letter’s issuance to apply for a multi-entry visa
Background: Previously, letters of approval were generally issued with a validity of six months or one year, allowing foreign nationals to travel to Iraq and activate their multi-entry visas any time during that period.
BAL Analysis: The Ministry of Interior is rolling out numerous changes and the new rule is consistent with other recent changes, including new penalties for late visa activation and for visa overstays.
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