Citizens

Change of format for residence permits for third-country nationals

From 17 December 2020, the format for residence permits for third-country nationals will be adapted to incorporate enhanced security features.  

The adaptation of the format of residence documents:

  • concerns third-country nationals to whom a residence permit is issued from 17 December 2020;
  • does not concern:
    • European Union (EU) citizens and family members of an EU citizen who are third-country nationals: their documents (registration/residence certificate, residence permit, etc.) keep their current format;
    • residence permits produced before 17 December 2020. These permits continue to be issued to their holders after 17 December 2020.
Residence permits produced before 17 December 2020 remain valid until the expiry date indicated on the residence permit. It is not planned to replace these permits.

The procedure for applying for and issuing residence permits remains unchanged.

Further information on the application procedure can be found in our information pages.

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