Statement concerning the ‘Law of Georgia on Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons’

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has actively observed the substantial progress achieved by the Georgian government institutions involved in migration policy development and implementation over the recent years. The latest accomplishment in this field has been demonstrated by the adoption of the 'Law of Georgia on the Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons,' which entered into force on 1 September 2014.

The adoption of the new law creates a new reality in Georgia by establishing a new regulation of the Georgian visa policy, in particular. It is very important to not impede the influx of foreign nationals to Georgia who may play a positive role in the economic, demographic, social and cultural development of the country; however, it is just as crucial for the state to regulate all migration-related issues effectively, including a comprehensive response to irregular migration. Therefore, during the law-drafting process, the establishment of such a balanced approach was the top priority for the Georgian government. The new law constitutes a common approach to visa policy and immigration processes in the country and sets out the rules and regulations to control the legal entrance and residence of foreign nationals in Georgia while also adhering to the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of Georgia as well as universally recognised principles and norms of International law.

Bringing these regulations in line with the EU-Georgia Visa Liberalisation Action Plan contributes to the establishment of the legislative, policy and institutional framework in compliance with European standards. This will also enable the Georgian government to avoid or significantly decrease unregulated migration flows and ensure the implementation of effective, efficient and targeted Georgian migration policy.