Importance of identity documents for immigration

Identity documents  are as useful for a citizen in his country as for a foreigner living in a host country. Indeed, whether he is in his host country legally or illegally, it is necessary and unavoidable for immigrants to have valid IDs. As a result, it could even be emphasized that it is even more useful for an immigrant to own these documents  than for a citizen of the host country. Obtaining  these various documents of identity that can be a passport, a national identity card, a visa, etc.; may be of relatively great importance to any immigrant.

Passport, The Alpha and Omega of an immigrant.

The passport is necessary and unavoidable for an immigrant, because it is the document that the latter is supposed to have presented to the customs when he leaves his country. But also when entering a foreign country. It contains basic information on the identity of the immigrant such as his photo, date of birth, height, …etc which remain the only formation valid and legal when he is out of his country of origin, because these information is credible both when it is in his country, but also internationally. It also sometimes contains passes and visas that the owner had to obtain to cross certain borders or travel to countries requiring a visa.

It is also mandatory because an immigrant without a passport is necessarily considered a clandestine, which does not mean that the passport automatically confers a regular situation. It is a necessary condition when one is in a foreign territory, whether one is in a regular situation or not. Without a passport in foreign territory, it is true that it is objectively difficult to expel you if you do not want to give your exact nationality, but it is nevertheless possible to put you in custody, or in certain countries like Saudi Arabia, in prison. Without this valuable document, it will be just as difficult to find a serious job because they will demand to know who you really are. However, in some free trade areas such as the Schengen Area in Europe, an identity card may suffice.

The national identity card, a considerable treasure

It is just as essential for an immigrant, because it allows his identification as well as the knowledge of his nationality. This document may, in a free movement area such as the Schengen Area, open doors to him according to his nationality with several privileges. For example, an immigrant whose host country is a member of the European Union and who is himself a citizen of a member country of the European Union, could use his identity card in places where an classic immigrant in to the EU would use his passport.

For this purpose, the national identity card could, outside the country of origin of the immigrant, be of importance to him as a passport. However, we must not forget that it is, as its name suggests, a document that is mostly national. Also, when the immigrant’s country of origin does not have a free trade or free-movement agreement with the immigrant’s host country, the national identity card has little value as compared to that of a passport, and sometimes, has no value at all. In these cases, a passport is mandatory, and usually must be coupled with a visa.

The visa, a tiny nothing at all, but that can be vital for an immigrant

It is he who, coupled with a passport, confers on an immigrant the absolute legality and the incontestable right to meet in his host country. It is he who allows his owner to move on both sides in the host country, and especially, when the migrant’s country of origin does not have a special freedom of movement agreement with the country. land of welcome. Depending on the reason for obtaining it, it can be for a short stay or a long stay, which can be attributed to several types of people, from a simple tourist to a student, from a worker to a political or humanitarian refugee. These different statutes require each type of visa with its particularities and duration, like student visas, tourist visas, etc.

Of course it must be mentioned here, the need for a visa for an immigrant to reach a particular destination depends directly on the strength of his passport, that is to say, the number and nature of countries that can rally without a visa. With a German or Singaporean passport, you can reach more than 150 destinations without a visa. Thus, you may only need a visa for a given destination if the country in question is not among those to which you can only go using your passport. In these countries, the lack of a visa immediately puts you in an irregular situation and therefore, you risking a police custody, a stay in prison or repatriation, and in some cases, all three at once.

Whatever document you need, have it

There are also several other types of identity documents that are important for an immigrant, such as a residence permit, a work permit, a diplomatic pass, a refugee card, a driving license, and so on. which can also, like the traditional identity documents above, prove to be indispensable according to the cases. The possession of identity documents contributes not only to the security of the immigrant in the host country, but also to the improvement of his living conditions, whether in terms of employment, health or other. It is therefore imperative that an immigrant has as many documents  as required and as possible depending on his situation, his status and his host country.

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