Residence permit must be requested online
As of October 15, foreigners must file a residence permit request online at www.vz.juspol. sr. The launch of this digital service of the Immigration Office (VZ) took place on Thursday.
Acting director at the Ministry of Justice and Police (Juspol) Humphrey Tjin Liep Shie pointed out that VZ online is a new development at the Immigration Office. “We are one of the first government agencies that will handle a portion of the processes online,” said the acting director who added that the new system is aimed at speeding up the process and to make it more transparent. The VZ online system is also aimed at preventing corruption. Tjin Liep Shie pointed out that actual corruption can be reduced with this system as it can be monitored by management. The new system significantly limits the contact between the front desk worker of the department in question and the clients so that all of the documents can be process in an objective manner. He pointed out that if there is no contact, there also is no opportunity to speak with people individually and to give them a pat on the back or to promise them something in exchange for their services. “We will never be able to prevent corruption entirely but this system limits the number of people that process the residence permit request. The people have been screened thoroughly,” said Tjin Liep Shie who applauded this milestone. The deputy director at the Immigration Office, Rachelle Groenveld, pointed out that a residence permit request currently takes place in Dutch but that the ministry also wants to provide this service in English, Portuguese and Mandarin. Groenveld explained that it takes 14 working days to process a residence permit request. After a person has filed a residence permit request, he or she will receive an email telling him or her if the request is complete or not. The email is then used as evidence to prove that the request is being processed. Groenveld thinks that the applicant could get a residence permit after 75 working days.