Deadline Extension for Filipino ‘Illegals’ in Egypt to Fix Residency Status

(From left) The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) and the Pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Menkheres) in Giza are visible in the background as a tourist walks at the promontory of the Cairo Citadel overlooking the skyline of Cairo and its twin city of Giza on February 19, 2024. AFP PHOTO
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In a recent advisory posted on Facebook, the Philippine Embassy in Cairo has reminded Filipinos who are illegally staying in Egypt that they have until March 15, 2024, to legitimize their residency status. This extension was granted by the Egyptian government, allowing foreigners residing illegally in Egypt to correct their residency status.

The original deadline for this process was December 15, 2023, but Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly issued Decree No. 3326/2023 in August 2023, extending the grace period. This new deadline gives individuals more time to comply with the necessary requirements and avoid any legal consequences.

According to the embassy’s advisory, foreigners seeking tourist and non-tourist residence permits must provide evidence of payment for all relevant fees, such as residency fees, late fines, and residence card issuance. These fees should be paid in US dollars or equivalent foreign currencies.

The embassy emphasizes that, until there are official announcements amending existing laws, all Filipinos in Egypt must obtain work permits and licenses from the Ministry of Manpower and its affiliated offices. It is important to note that there are no work visas or permits being issued to foreigners who wish to work as household workers in Egypt.

Additionally, the embassy advises Filipinos to always keep their passport with them and not to allow their employer or sponsor to keep it for any reason. It is essential to have personal possession of your passport at all times for identification and travel purposes.

Ensuring the legitimacy of residency status is crucial for Filipinos living in Egypt. By complying with the necessary requirements and obtaining the appropriate permits, individuals can avoid legal complications and enjoy a more secure and stable stay in the country.

It is essential for Filipinos to stay updated with any further announcements or changes in the law regarding residency status in Egypt. The Philippine Embassy in Cairo is a valuable resource for information and assistance, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to them for any concerns or inquiries.

As the March 15, 2024 deadline approaches, Filipinos in Egypt should take immediate action to legitimize their residency status. By following the guidelines provided by the embassy and ensuring compliance with Egyptian laws, individuals can protect their rights and enjoy a peaceful and lawful stay in the country.

Source: The Manila Times

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