Tanzania: Class A, B and C Residence Permits Must Be Replaced
All foreign nationals holding Class A, Class B and Class C residence permits are required to submit their residence permits to regional or district immigration offices for replacement. Current residence permits will cease to be valid on December 31, 2012. The Immigration Department has not specified the reasons for the mandatory replacement, although the purpose may be to help identify fraudulently issued residence permits.
Tanzanian immigration offices have been accepting permit replacement applications since August 1, 2012. Foreign nationals who hold Class A, B and C residence permits issued after August 1, 2012 should be exempt from this requirement. However, as this group was not specifically addressed in the public notice issued by the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Tanzania, individuals with residence permits issued since that date are advised to confirm with their local immigration offices whether they are required to take any action.
Applications for permit replacement are currently being accepted and residence permit holders are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid potential delays. The application for a replacement residence permit is identical to an initial residence permit application, but does not require an application fee. Application forms for replacement residence permits are available at the Immigration Department headquarters in Dar es Salaam, at the head immigration office in Zanzibar, at all regional and district immigration offices in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, and on the Tanzania Immigration Department’s website.
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