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Simplified Immigration procedures: What Foreigners and Businesspeople should know

7 May, 2015 Magazine Georgian Journal, 7-13 May 2015 № 18(381). Article by Sandro Samadbegishvili, lawyer at MKD   

New immigration policies in Georgia, which took effect in September 2014, have instigated significant debate and dissatisfaction not only among foreigners visiting and residing in the country, but also throughout Georgian companies employing expats and persons engaged in the tourism business. Most consider the legislative amendments significantly stricter in their regulations, which create unreasonable complications for foreign citizens wishing to enter Georgia and obtain residence.

When justifying the new rules, Georgian authorities referred to obligations undertaken in the course of the visa liberalization dialogue with the EU and the necessity to regulate migration through obtaining additional information about why people come to Georgia. Despite this, the government of Georgia has now taken a number of measures to simplify immigration procedures with the goal of finding a better balance between the interests of the state and foreign nationals.

The newly introduced rules primarily concentrate on establishing a facilitated regime for tourists, business visitors and nationals from visa-exempt countries who intend to reside in Georgia.
Therefore, to what should businesses and foreigners direct their attention in this regard? Comments are provided by Sandro Samadbe- gishvili, a lawyer with Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD) law firm which employs a staff of professionals with an international outlook and extensive expertise in providing legal services in Georgia.

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