People who are on Myanmar’s blacklist and Myanmar nationals who took up citizenship abroad will not be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency in Myanmar, General U Maung Maung Than, director-general of the Department of Immigration and National Registration told Mizzima December 3.
“The relevant ministry, in cooperation with experts, will scrutinise applications for Permanent Residency, we cannot predict how long this will take, as it will depend on a case by case basis,” he said.
Myanmar citizens who received political asylum in foreign countries, are on the blacklist, or are refugees will not be granted the five-year Permanent Residency status, he said.
About 6,000 people are on the nation’s blacklist for economic and political reasons, Minister for Immigration and Population, U Khin Yi told Mizzima on September 1.
The process will be introduced as of December 29, with a one-off application fee of US$500 (K500,000) and a $1,000 annual fee for successful candidates.
Permanent Resident status will expire after a period of five years but an extension to that period can be applied for.
The process for the new five-year Permanent Residency status is to be ran separately from other visa or passport application processes, he said. Civilian experts and officials from the Ministry of Immigration and Population will evaluate all applications.
Officials will interview candidates; who may be intellectuals, former Myanmar citizens, foreign investors and foreigners with close relations to current Myanmar citizens, to evaluate their application for permanent residency.
“Big investors and intellectuals who meet international standards will be given priority,” said General U Maung Maung Than.
Those granted Permanent Residency will be required to pay taxes, and if they buy real estate, they will have to pay real estate taxes in accordance with the Myanmar Condominium Law.
The processing of Permanent Residency applications will be carried out at the former passport office on 37th Street in Yangon’s Kyauktada Township.