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Egypt - Apply for a Refugee Visa

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To be eligible for consideration for a Refugee program, an applicant must meet the definition of a refugee. A person outside of his/her country of nationality or outside his/her habitual residence, who is unwilling or unable to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In addition, he/she must be able to establish that he/she is not already firmly resettled in a foreign country and must fall within certain refugee processing priorities.

  • According to section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
  • A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.


  • People resettled in Egypt as refugees or who have been granted asylum can apply for their spouse or minors and it should be within two (2) years.
  • Those adjusted to permanent resident after previously having had the status of refugee or asylum

You must receive a referral to the Refugee Admissions Program for consideration as a refugee

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  1. Beneficiaries must meet the normal standards for refugees regarding excludability.
  2. Applicant must have received his / her status through adjudication not derivative basis.
  3. Should be filled within two years.
  4. Beneficiaries are spouse, children under 18 and even if not married.
  5. Asylum seekers must prove that they have a well-founded fear of future persecution for instance based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and/or political opinion.;
  6. The persecution must either be carried out by the government or a group the government cannot control.
  7. A person who is granted political asylum may remain in the Egypt indefinitely and may apply for #permanent residence after one year;
  8. Dependants above eighteen (18) years apply independently;
  9. Conform to all laws and regulations of the country;
  10. Conform to all measures taken for the maintenance of public order;
  11. Should not engage in activities which may endanger state security, harm public interest or #disrupt public order;
  12. Should into engage in any political activities;
  13. Should not undertake any activities against another country;
  14. If engaged in gainful employment, one is obliged to pay taxes accordingly.

Required Information

  • Detailed information of applicant;
  • Contact address
  • Date of birth of applicant
  • Relationship details with beneficiary
  • Details of beneficiary
  • Age of beneficiary
  • Nationality


  • Applicant files a refugee relative petition along with documents verifying relationship for instance marriage certificates and birth certificates;
  • Documents are viewed by the authorized office to confirm relationships and eligibility;
  • After viewing documents are either approved or rejected;
  • If approved, the application is then forwarded to the immigration office or appropriate embassy.
  • Beneficiaries are interviewed to verify identity.

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Required Documents

  • Identification cards
  • Marriage certificates
  • Birth certificates


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Valid for 2 years then a renewal is required.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

The process usually takes 3 to 6 months

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Manpower and Immigration

DR. Nahed ElAshry img

Address 3 Youssief Abaas St Nasr City Cairo

Phone no. 22609366 - 22609368 - 22618019

Fax 22618019



Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Nabil Fahmyimg

Address Masbero-Kornish El Nile St.Cairo

Phone no. 25749817

Fax 25748822



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Information which might help

The processes enable beneficiaries to:-

  • Stay in Egypt indefinitely
  • Work and study in Egypt
  • Enroll in any schemes for some social services like health-related care and expenses
  • Access certain social security payments
  • Apply for Egyptian citizenship (after you have lived in Egypt for four years)
  • Propose family members for permanent residence
  • Attend Arabic language classes.
  • If you are a refugee in the Egypt and want your family members who are abroad to join you, then you can do so by filing a separate application thereafter.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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