Individuals recognised as refugees or beneficiaries of international protection are granted with a 3-year residence permit, which can be renewed, after a decision of the Head of the Regional Asylum Office.1 In practice, residence permits are usually delivered 1-2 months after the notification of the positive decision. Until then, applicants hold the asylum seeker card, stamped with the mention “Pending Residence Permit”.2
An application for renewal should be submitted no later than 30 calendar days before the expiration of the residence permit. The mere delay in the application for renewal, without any justification, cannot lead to rejection of the application. Language barriers and in particular the need for a proper legal note in case of applications for renewing subsidiary protection status may make the submission of an application difficult without any provision of legal assistance.