By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijan's State Migration Service identified as many as 1,709 foreigners, who violated residence legislation and rules of temporary or permanent stay in the country in February.
Thirteen foreigners were issued with new documents instead of lost ones for the temporary and permanent residence in the country, while 128 foreigners were fined and their residence was legalized.
As many as 1,240 foreigners were given 48 hours to leave the country, while 328 citizens of other countries were expelled under an administrative order.
The State Migration Service received 9,377 appeals in February for extension of stay of foreigners and stateless persons, applications for permits for temporary and permanent residence, as well as acceptance, rejection and restoration of citizenship, granting refugee status and citizenship, as well as granting permits for self-employment in the country or its extension.
Moreover, the Service reported 37,104 appeals in connection with the registration of the place of residence in February.
Foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan for a period exceeding three days should register with the Migration Service in accordance with national legislation dated 2013.
A copy of the person's ID should be submitted to the Migration Service personally, via mail, or email within 3 days. This service is free and application forms are available at the Migration Service, post offices, and at www.migration.gov.az.
The Migration Service will immediately register foreigners at place of their stay and present written notification to the receiving party within 1 working day.
Foreigners can be registered for the period allotted by their visas, or for 90 days under the visa-free regime.
After changing the place of residence, registration must be renewed. These easy steps can exempt visitors from penalties and deportation.