YEREVAN, July 30. /ARKA/. Georgia’s new law on the legal status of foreigners and persons without citizenship takes force on September 1, Georgy Tabatadze, the head of the Georgian foreign ministry’s consulate services department, was quoted by Novosti Gruzia as saying Friday after a meeting with diplomats and representatives of international organizations in the foreign ministry’s building.
Georgia will provide visas to citizens of the countries to which visa regime applies for 180 days, of which 90 days may be spent in the country. Tabatadze said that Shengen visa-issuing process is based on the same principle.
Those foreigners traveling to Georgia for studying and working here and those people coming here for family reunification should apply to Georgian embassies in their countries for longer-term visas. Along with that, resident permits will be provided.
Citizens of European, NATO and CIS countries and some other countries, with which Georgia has bilateral or multilateral agreements, may stay here up to 90 days within six months.
Today’s law allows visitors to stay 360 days in Georgia without visas.
Georgia’s foreign ministry says it will unveil lists of the countries soon.
“Georgia’s decision to regulate and make its migration policy more effective is not designed against any country,” Tabatadze said. “This is a common approach to the citizens of all countries, which is aimed at improvement of migration policy and control over migration flows.” -0---