Kosovo abolishes temporary residence permit with Albania

“Abolition of the temporary permit (with Albania), according to this agreement, means the removal of the criteria provided in the relevant law for foreigners to be provided with a temporary residence permit,” Gashani explained. [Shutterstock/motioncenter]

Kosovo’s government has approved the International Agreement with the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania on the abolition of temporary residence permits, Albania Daily News reported.

The draft agreement is in the spirit of common interests in the framework of bilateral cooperation and aims to revoke the temporary residence permits of both signatories, said Kosovo’s Deputy Interior Minister Blerim Gashani.

“Abolition of the temporary permit [with Albania], according to this agreement, means the removal of the criteria provided in the relevant law for foreigners to be provided with a temporary residence permit,” Gashani explained. 

“Through this agreement, the signatory parties, at the moment of notification of temporary residence in the territory of the other party, must complete the notification form,” said the deputy minister, noting that in this case, the relevant internal affairs ministry must give a residence permit within 30 days to the citizen of the other party who has issued the residence permit.

“In this way, the citizens of the signatory parties, at the moment of notification of temporary residence, can stay in the territory of the other state for up to five years for any of the following reasons: for family reunification, pre-university education and higher education, scientific research, victims of human trafficking,” Gashani added. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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