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A residence permit[1][2][3] (less commonly residency permit) is a document or card required in some regions, allowing a foreign national to reside in a country for a fixed or indefinite length of time. These may be permits for temporary residency, or permanent residency. The exact rules vary between regions. In some cases (e.g. the UK[4]) a temporary residence permit is required to extend a stay past some threshold, and can be an intermediate step to applying for permanent residency.

Residency status may be granted for a number of reasons and the criteria for acceptance as a resident may change over time. In New Zealand the current range of conditions include being a skilled migrant, a retired parent of a New Zealand National, an investor and a number of others [5]


Biometric residence permitEdit

Some countries have adopted biometric residence permits, which are cards including embedded machine readable information and RFID NFC capable chips.[6]

In FranceEdit

In ItalyEdit

In Italy the residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) is released by the state police (Polizia di Stato); it must be requested by the immigrant to be allowed to reside in the country[7] for more than eight days, or more than ninety days if having a travel visa (visto d'ingresso) for tourism. It is not required for European citizens.

In SingaporeEdit

In UkraineEdit

In Ukraine there are two types of residence permits: temporary residence permit and permanent residence permit. Temporary residence permit is issued, in general, for a period of 1 year provided that there is at least one of legal grounds for temporary stay in Ukraine.[8] Permanent residence equals to immigration.

In the United StatesEdit

In Saudi ArabiaEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ "Applying for a UK Residence Permit".
  5. ^ "All visa options for living permanently". New Zealand Government. 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Biometric Residence Permits in the UK" (PDF).
  7. ^ Release of Archived 2009-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^