Egypt offers several types of residency visas for foreign nationals depending on the purpose of their stay. The most common types of residency permits include:
Tourist visas are issued to foreign nationals who wish to visit Egypt for a short period of time. The tourist visa is valid for a period of 90 days and can be extended for an additional 90 days.
Foreign nationals who are studying in Egypt can apply for a student visa. To obtain this visa, the applicant must provide proof of enrollment in a recognized educational institution in Egypt. The student visa is valid for the duration of the academic program.
Foreign nationals who have been offered a job in Egypt can apply for a work visa. The employer must apply for a work permit on behalf of the employee. Once the work permit is approved, the employee can apply for a work visa.
A business visa is issued to foreign nationals who are visiting Egypt for business purposes, such as attending a conference or conducting meetings. The business visa is valid for a period of 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days.
Family reunion visa
Foreign nationals who have an Egyptian spouse or children can apply for a family reunion visa. This visa allows the foreign national to reside in Egypt with their family members.
Foreign nationals who have been living in Egypt for a certain period of time may be eligible to apply for permanent residency. To be eligible for permanent residency, the foreign national must have a valid residency permit and have lived in Egypt for at least 10 years.
Process for Applying for Residency in Egypt
To apply for a residency permit in Egypt, foreign nationals must submit an application to the Ministry of Interior. The application should be submitted through the General Department of Immigration and Passports.
The following are the general steps for applying for a residency permit in Egypt:
Obtain a visa for entry into Egypt.
Apply for a residency permit at the Ministry of Interior.
Undergo a medical examination to ensure that the applicant is free from infectious diseases.
Provide all required documentation, such as a valid passport, proof of address, and proof of income.
Pay the necessary fees for the residency permit.
Once the application is approved, the foreign national will receive their residency permit.
Documents required for residency application
The documents required for a residency permit application in Egypt will depend on the type of visa that the foreign national is applying for. However, the following documents are generally required:
Copy of the entry visa.
Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.
Proof of income or financial support.
Proof of address in Egypt.
Police clearance certificate from the applicant’s country of origin.
2 passport-sized photographs.
Registration on arrival in Egypt
Foreign nationals who plan to stay in Egypt for longer than 30 days must register with the Ministry of Interior. Registration can be completed online or in-person at the General Department of Immigration and Passports.
Foreign nationals must provide the following information for registration:
Information about the purpose of the stay.
Information about the place of stay in Egypt.
Where to find reliable information
- Immigration and Nationality Authority (INA): The official government organization responsible for processing residency applications in Egypt. Website: http://www.moi.gov.eg/SiteCollectionImages/INA/English/index.htm
- Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt: The official website of the Egyptian embassy in the US. Website: https://www.egyptembassy.us/consular-services/residence-permits/
- Expat Forums: Online communities where expats in Egypt can connect and share information. Examples include: https://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/egyptian/