Visa and Residence Permit in Georgia
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Visa and Residency in Georgia
Georgia has one of the most liberal visa regimes in the world for expats, digital nomads, and freelancers. There are very few countries that need a real visa to come to Georgia. Most countries are exempt from visa requirements. You can find the list of Countries whose Citizens may Enter Georgia without a Visa here.
However after getting a Georgian Visa, one may need to obtain a residence permit for various reasons. A residence permit makes it possible for a foreign citizen to enter and stay in Georgia for as long as the residence permit is valid. To obtain a residence permit, a foreign citizen must apply to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. After becoming a resident of Georgia, the government issues a residence card. If a residence permit is temporary and not permanent, you must renew it annually. Also, a residence permit can be granted to family members of a residency holder too.
Several types of residence permits exist for foreigners visiting Georgia. Each has its own term of validity and accompanying list of documents necessary for applying. Below you will find explanation of each in a detailed way.
So, if you are planning to visit Tbilisi, contact us for a free consultation, and we can provide you visa residency support to make your trip/stay in Georgia happen.
Types of residence permits for foreign citizens
Work Residence Permit
A work residence permit is for a foreign citizen coming to Georgia for entrepreneurial or labor activities. Also, for freelancers or persons with a business in Georgia. This type of permission has two main criteria for applicants: 1 – The company’s annual turnover must exceed GEL 50,000 per employed foreigner. In other words a company with two or more foreigner employees must possess turnover doubled or tripled in accordance with the number of employees. 2 – The applicant’s monthly income must exceed Georgian minimum wage by at least five times. After that the residency is issued with the right of temporary residence for a maximum of 6 years.
Short-Term Residence Permit
A Short-term Residence Permit is for a person and his/her family members who, based on the rule established by Georgian legislation, possess property (with the exception of agricultural land), with a market value exceeding USD 100,000 or the equivalent sum in GEL. To clarify family members include a spouse, underage dependent, and/or fully dependent incapacitated person.
Investment Residence Permit
The Investment Residence Permit in Georgia is for a foreign citizen who has invested at least USD 300,000 in Georgia or owns real estate valued at USD 300,000 or more (excepting agricultural land) within the territory of Georgia. In such cases, permits are also issued to the investor’s family members, which include a spouse, underage dependent, and/or fully dependent incapacitated person. Holders of this type of residence permit must present turnover documents annually to government bodies showing that the investment is not dormant. The investment residence permit is valid for 5 years. Therefore if all the investor(s) have satisfied all government needs during the 5-year period, this permit will turn into a permanent residence permit after 5 years.
Permanent Residence Permit
A Permanent Residence Permit is for a foreigner holding a temporary residence permit who has resided in Georgia for the preceding six years. It is also issued to individuals who have had the above-mentioned Investment Residence Permit for five years. The investor can apply for this type of residence permit only after this 5-year period. This type of residence permit is issued for an indefinite term.
Educational Residence Permit
An Educational Residence Permit is for the purpose of study at any educational facility authorized in Georgia. This type of residency is valid temporarily for a maximum of 6 years.
Benefits of Georgian Residency
Foreigners residing in Georgia for at least half a year automatically become tax residents. Georgia employs a territorial tax system, which means the country taxes its residents on Georgian-sourced income only. You pay the lowest tax rates in the world for your locally generated income, as the government will not tax you on your rental income, dividends, capital gains abroad, or any business that you possess abroad.
Low Cost of Living
On Numbeo Cost of Living Index Georgia ranks 13th out of 135 countries, near the bottom, with those boasting the lowest cost of living in the world.
Easy Access To Georgian Banking System
The process for working with banks is more simplified for residents of Georgia. Residency ranks close to Georgian citizenship, and you can apply for your Georgian bank account more easily, without the need for additional safety procedures.
Easy Of Doing Business Environment
According to the World Bank, Georgia ranks 7th in the world for ease of doing business. A minimal number of required procedures for registering a company, low tax rates, and an amazing banking system are cornerstones of the country’s ability to make business easy.
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By Collecting all Obligatory Documentation
We lay the groundwork, provide you with the list of necessary documents. Then authorize them in state institutions and governmental organizations. We liaise with notary services and other required entities to get the work done for you.
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We will be your representatives in governmental and private entities. You will receive our personal assistance during the residence application filling process in Public Service Hall.
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We will facilitate your residence permit and track the whole process, including preparing additional requested documents from public and private service agencies, providing necessary information for you and finalizing the process successfully.
How Do I become a Resident of Georgia?
Steps for getting a Georgian Residence permit
Document Preparation Process
Our experienced consultants are more than happy to help you choose the exact form of residence permit suited to your needs. We will tell you exactly what you need to be eligible for different types of residence permits. Afterwards, we collect all the documents you need to apply for the residence permit in the Public Service Hall.
Applying for a Residence Permit
With our authorized representative you can then submit your application to the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi. We present all the necessary documents and request your residence permit in Georgia.
Public Service Development Agency issues residence permits within 30 days after receiving a complete set of documents. They may request additional documents during the process. Our representative will take care of collecting these additional documents as well. In 10 to 30 days you will have your residence permit – almost equal to Georgian citizenship. Welcome.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Become A Resident Of Georgia?
Receiving any type of residence permits automatically means your legal residence in Tbilisi. Please see steps and procedures above.
How can I obtain a permanent residence permit?
Permanent residence is for a foreigner with a temporary residence permit who has resided in Georgia for six years or a foreigner with an investment residence permit residing in Georgia for 5 years and seeking its extension.
Is a residence permit equal to Georgian citizenship?
It is almost equal to Georgian citizenship. As a resident of Georgia you possess all the rights and advantages that a citizen of Georgia does. The only difference is you do not have a Georgian Passport or enjoy a visa free regime with those countries granting as much to Georgian citizens.
Can I become a citizen of Georgia?
Almost mission impossible. You are eligible for Georgian citizenship after 10 years of short-term residence in Tbilisi, Georgia. In addition to the residence requirement, you will have to show basic knowledge of the Georgian language, history, and law. You must own real estate, a job, or your own business in Georgia. A Georgian passport allows visa-free travel to 114 countries, including EU/Schengen countries, most of CIS countries, Ukraine, Iran and Turkey.
Is dual citizenship allowed in Georgia?
Yes, in some cases it is possible.
Is it possible to obtain a residence permit by investing in an existing business as opposed to a New One?
Yes. You can invest in various businesses. The main thing here is to consider the bottom line of the investment amount in order to receive the permit. The investment residence permit is granted for an investment of a minimum of USD 300,000, as stated above.
Does Georgia Possess Minimum Investment Requirements?
In some cases, yes, it has. If you are going to work in or from Georgia, to study here, or to stay in Georgia for at least 183 days, then you do not need any investment for your residence permit. In other cases, you need to invest a different amount of money in order to receive a permit.
How Long Is My Residence Permit/Residence Card Valid?
Residence permits and cards in Georgia has time limit of 6 months to 1 year and are extendable for 5 more years with a maximum total of 6 years. After this, residents can request a permanent residence permit.
What Are the Minimum Investment Requirements When I Buy Real Estate For My Residence Permit?
If you would like to get short-term residence, you have to own real estate. The minimum value of the property should be USD 100,000.
Can I apply for residence during my tourist visit ?
Yes, you can, but take into account that you must have at least 40 days left on your visa.
How long does it take to get a residence permit?
How fast you will prepare the needed documentation depends on you and on our helping you. However, after the application has been made, a residence permit is granted in 10 to 30 days.
Can I Get Residence Remotely Or Am I Required To Be Physically Present?
You are required to be physically present in Tbilisi, in the Public Service Hall. However, you don’t need to be in Georgia in order to prolong your existing residency.
Does company registration automatically grant the residence permit?
No, It does not. It certainly helps, but it does not guarantee it automatically.