Aliens’ Residence Rules

One of the important directions of the Legal Migration component of the Project is related to monitoring and further development of the legislation on aliens’ residence rules in Georgia. The monitoring of the implementation of the legislation on aliens’ revealed a number of issues that required certain changes or adaptations. Accordingly, the Government of Georgia initiated and adopted a package of amendments to the existing legislation followed by the revision of the respective by-laws. After defining of further priorities and needs of the relevant state agencies – Migration and Citizenship Department of PSDA (under the Ministry of Justice) responsible for the practical implementation of the procedures related to aliens’ residence rules and the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, series of capacity building activities were scheduled and implemented accordingly.

As a first step a workshop ‘Residence rules in Georgia and EU’ was conducted in February 2015 attended by the representative of the main state agencies working on issues related to aliens’ legislation. The workshop was facilitated by Lithuanian and Latvian experts. The workshop was followed by study visits on aliens’ residence rules to Lithuania (April 2015), Sweden (September 2015), Czech Republic (April 2016) and Poland (September 2016). The purpose of the study visits was to develop the capacity of the staff of the Migration and Citizenship Department of PSDA and the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on issues related to EU Member States’ residence rules of aliens, family reunification, asylum, reveal of forged documents, interview techniques, etc.

E-apostille

On 25-26 November 2015, ENIGMMA in cooperation with the PSDA organised a workshop dedicated to experience related to the introduction of e-Apostille shared by experts from the UK and Austria. The workshop was attended by the staff of the PSDA of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, which is one of the main state institutions responsible for issuing apostilles in Georgia, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. A detailed presentation of the e-Apostille systems in Europe and beyond was followed by a discussion on e-Apostille environment planning and implementation, online registry system in Georgia and e-Notary related issues.

As a next step, a study visit to Spain (March 2017) for the representatives of relevant state agencies working on issues related to apostille was organised. The participants of the study visit got familiar with the e-apostille system established in Spain. This practical experience gained from the study visit will help the Georgian counterparts to finally decide whether introduction of e-apostille in Georgia will be feasible.

E-apostille

On 25-26 November 2015, ENIGMMA in cooperation with the PSDA organised a workshop dedicated to experience related to the introduction of e-Apostille shared by experts from the UK and Austria. The workshop was attended by the staff of the PSDA of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, which is one of the main state institutions responsible for issuing apostilles in Georgia, as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. A detailed presentation of the e-Apostille systems in Europe and beyond was followed by a discussion on e-Apostille environment planning and implementation, online registry system in Georgia and e-Notary related issues.

As a next step, a study visit to Spain (March 2017) for the representatives of relevant state agencies working on issues related to apostille was organised. The participants of the study visit got familiar with the e-apostille system established in Spain. This practical experience gained from the study visit will help the Georgian counterparts to finally decide whether introduction of e-apostille in Georgia will be feasible.