Amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens – Immigration

Mongolia: Amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens

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Amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens

On December 31, 2020, the plenary session of the State Grand Khural (Parliament) adopted new amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens, and these amendments entered into force on June 1, 2021.

Content of the amendment

The description

MAIN CHANGES

The conditions for single entry and exit visas have been changed The requirements for a single entry and exit visa, before a foreign citizen enters Mongolia, have been reduced from 90 days to 150 days.
E-Visa Foreign citizens wishing to travel to Mongolia can apply for an electronic visa at https://evisa.mn/. The relationship related to the issuance of electronic visas is governed by the Procedure for Determining the Mongolian Visa Category and Service Fee and the issuance of Mongolian visas. The invited persons / citizen and legal person / foreigner can contact https://eimmigration.mn/ for 11 visa-related services.
No need to apply for a visa Foreigners with a Mongolian residence permit no longer need to apply for an entry visa when returning from another country.
The classification of visas is determined by the government. The Government of Mongolia has the right to determine the classification of Mongolian visas, the amount of visa fees and to approve the procedure for issuing Mongolian visas. Certain types of visas are issued to foreign citizens for the purpose of crossing the border. Day visas can be issued at the border for the purpose of promoting tourism and this type of visa only applies to border tourists.
Creation of the visa application center. The Visa Application Center will receive the visa application and forward it to the visa issuing authority accurately and promptly by a legal entity approved at international or local level to conduct such activities in that country.
Creation of a unified database for visa and registration information. Mongolia will have a unified visa, registration and information database for foreign citizens, which will include the following information:
  • Information on Mongolian visa application, visa issuance and visa denial,
  • Information on entering the border with Mongolia,
  • Information on the temporary visitor, residing in Mongolia for official or private purposes,
  • Information on those suspended, expelled, released from expulsion from Mongolia and
  • It consists of a paper document and electronic information about foreign citizens, such as those declared unfavorable in Mongolia.

The information in this database can be compiled and developed electronically, and this information can be exchanged with other government databases and shared with authorities.

The expulsion of a foreign national may be refused for certain reasons.
  • Having entered the territory of Mongolia with invalid or falsified documents;
  • His residence permit expired but he did not leave Mongolia;

Based on the conclusion of the State Inspector for Foreign Nationals, if the alien who committed the above-mentioned offense is a victim of personal circumstances, family poverty, human trafficking, or for respectful reasons health, or if there is a threat of torture by extradition, the head of the state administrative body responsible for foreign nationals decides whether to release them from deportation.

The registration and control of foreigners has been improved.
  • When a foreign citizen enters the country, the border guard organization must obtain non-overlapping physical data and register it in the unified database of foreigners crossing the state border.
  • The state administrative body responsible for foreign citizens’ affairs issues a non-overlapping registration number to a resident foreign citizen for official or private purposes, including information such as abbreviation of country of birth, date of birth and sex. This registration number will be used by government agencies to provide government services.
  • Citizens, legal persons and organizations that provide accommodation to foreigners must register them with the state administrative body responsible for foreign citizens’ affairs within 48 hours, this can be done electronically.
The reasons for refusing to cross the Mongolian border have multiplied. A foreign citizen cannot be admitted to cross the Mongolian border if they have a visa that does not specify the purpose of their visit to Mongolia or the purpose of their visa does not correspond with the exact purpose.
Residency permit The issuance or extension of the residence permit of a foreign citizen may be refused or revoked in the event of revocation of the passport of a foreign citizen or its other similar documents by the competent authority of the state concerned.
The following provisions are no longer valid:
  • The inviting party must submit an application for a diplomatic or official visa for a foreigner to the central administration of the state in charge of foreign affairs, and an application for an ordinary visa to the administration of the state in charge of foreign nationals.
  • Visas can be diplomatic, official or ordinary.
  • The validity period of multiple entry visas for foreigners residing in Mongolia for official or private purposes is determined by the duration of the residence permit.
  • Exit-entry visas issued to foreigners residing in Mongolia for official or private purposes are valid for up to 180 days after leaving Mongolia.1

With this amendment, Mongolia’s visa regulations have become more advanced and more in line with international standards.

Footnote

1 Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens -://www.legalinfo.mn/law/details/211

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