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Article 16
After a foreign professional who engages in professional work in the State has been approved for permanent residency by the NIA, their spouse, children under the age of majority, and children over the age of majority who are unable to live independently due to physical or mental disability, having legally and continuously resided in the State for five years, being present for an average of more than 183 days each year, may apply to the NIA for permanent residency if they meet the following requirements:
1. Having no bad character, and having no criminal case recorded on a police criminal record certificate.
2. According with the national interests of the State.
After a foreign special professional has been approved for permanent residency by the NIA under Article 14 Paragraph 3, their spouse, children under the age of majority, and children over the age of majority who are unable to live independently due to physical or mental disability, having legally and continuously resided in the State for three years, residing for an average of more than 183 days each year, may apply to the NIA for permanent residency if they meet the requirements set out in each subparagraph of the preceding paragraph.
Where the permanent residence permit of a foreign professional or foreign special professional as referred to in the preceding two paragraphs is revoked or repealed under the provisions of Article 33 Subparagraphs 1 to 3 and 8 of the Immigration Act, the permanent residence permits of their spouse, children under the age of majority, and children over the age of majority who are unable to live independently due to physical or mental disability, shall be revoked or repealed together therewith.
An application for permanent residency under the provisions of Paragraph 1 or Paragraph 2 shall be made within two years after the end of the applicant’s period of residence and stay.