Permanent Residency Visas

Permanent residency in UK refers to a person's Visa Status: the person is allowed to reside indefinitely within a country of which he or she is not a citizen. A person with such status is known as a permanent resident.

Depending on the country, permanent residents usually have the same rights as citizens except for the following:

  • they may not vote or stand for public office
  • they may not apply for public sector employment
  • they may not apply for employment involving national security
  • they may not own certain classes of real estate
  • they are not issued the passport of that country (unless otherwise stateless or unable to obtain a passport from their country of nationality, in which case they may be entitled to a certificate of identity instead)
  • they do not have access the country's consular protection
  • they may qualify to apply for citizenship after meeting a specified period of residence

Permanent Residency solutions available for Belgium: