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Egypt Extends Deadline for Expats to Settle Military Service Position

The Egyptian government has extended the deadline for Egyptian expats to settle their military service position from September 13 to October 13, 2023, in response to major popular demand.

Minister of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Soha Gendy announced on Thursday that the extension was in response to major demand among Egyptian expats.

“The initiative serves Egyptian students abroad who need to settle their military service status in order to obtain identity cards and passports, and to complete the necessary residency procedures,” Gendy said.

She added that the initiative to settle the military service status of Egyptian expats, which was launched in July 2023, is a reflection of the Egyptian government’s concern for its citizens living abroad facing problems with their military service status, which could prevent them from returning home or from leaving again if they return, due to conscription requirements.

All Egyptian men between 18 and 30 who are eligible for compulsory military service must serve for a period between one to three years, based on their level of education.

There were 14 million Egyptians living abroad in 2021, according to the latest government estimates.

Registration for settlements for Egyptian expats opened on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website on 14 August, 2023.

The initiative is available for male expats aged 19-30 who are eligible for conscription as well as expats over the age of 30 in need of settlement.

Applicants must submit a photocopy of their National ID card; a photocopy of their passport; a military service identification number (if applicable); proof of date of exit from Egypt; and proof of current country of residence.

The settlement fee of $5,000 or its equivalent in euros must be deposited to the Abu Dhabi branch of Banque Misr.

Source: Ahram Online

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