Georgia Residence Visa 2018-01-24T06:35:52+04:00

Georgia Immigration Visas & Residence Permits

Country Overview

Georgia Map

Georgia has a strategic location in the Caucasus region and is a primary spot for investors who want to access both the European and Asian markets. The country boasts a uniquely liberal business and trade regimes, attractive visa and immigration policy, low taxes and developing infrastructure. Since March 2017 holders of Georgian passports can travel visa free to EU/Schengen countries.

Key Numbers

  • Area – 69,700km2
  • Population – 3,714,000
  • GDP (2016) – USD 14,32 B
  • GDP per capita (2016) – USD 4,079.8
  • Average monthly salary – USD 393

Residency by Investment Programs

Tbilisi Property

To qualify for a permanent (investor) residence permit you will need to set up a business and invest 300,000 laris (around USD 116,000) in bank deposits, real estate, commercial loans or other assets in Georgia.

Short-term residence permits are issued to owners of real estate who purchased an apartment, house, development land or any other residential or commercial property (non-agricultural) worth USD 35,000 and higher. A short-term residence permit is valid for one year, extendable by another 5 years and convertible into a permanent residence permit at the end of the 6-year term, provided that the investment remains in place.

You can obtain a work residence permit if you set up a business or freelance in Georgia and have around USD 3,000 on a bank account in Georgia. A work residence permit is issued for a term of up to one year, extendable by another 5 years and convertible into a permanent residence permit at the end of the 6-year term, provided that the business remains active and generates revenue.

Residence PermitPermanent (Investor)Short-Term (Property Owner)Temporary (Work)
ValidityPermanentOne year, extendableOne year, extendable
RequirementsInvest in bank deposits, real estate etc.Invest in real estateSet up a business or freelance
Minimum InvestmentGEL 300,000 (USD 116,000)USD 35,000Approx. USD 3,000
Government Fees
GEL 180-300 (USD 68-113)GEL 210-410 (USD 79-155)GEL 210-410 (USD 79-155)
Timeline20-30 days10-30 days10-30 days
FamilySpouse, minor child or incapable dependentSpouse, minor child or incapable dependentSpouse, minor child or incapable dependent
CitizenshipAfter 5 yearsAfter 5 yearsAfter 5 years

Real Estate & Bank Deposits

Typically an investor makes the choice between investing in real estate or bank deposits. As of January 2018 interest rates on bank deposits were up to 4% on deposits in US dollars and 12% on deposits in local currency – lari.

As to real property, the average prices in the capital Tbilisi are around USD 900 per sq. m., with properties in the old center closer to USD 1,500. Prices are more or less similar in the second largest city, the seaside resort Batumi.

Benefits

Tbilisi Georgia

A Georgian residence permit grants its holder the right to unrestricted stay in the country and the right to engage in any lawful activities, such as doing business, working, studying or simply retiring. A holder of a residence permit may invite other foreigners to Georgia. Residents enjoy all the constitutional rights and freedoms, including right to work, healthcare, social security, education, property and privacy rights,  participation in political and public associations, freedom of speech, conscience, religion and belief. Georgian residents are not obliged to serve in the military.

Georgia is a modern and fast growing country with rich history and traditions, beautiful nature, excellent cuisine. The cost of living is low compared to other European countries. A list of indicative prices can be found here.

Passport & Visa-Free Travel

Georgia Passport

You may apply for a Georgian passport after five years of residence in the country. In addition to the residency requirement you will have to show that you have a basic knowledge of Georgian language, history and law, and that you have real property, a job or own a business in Georgia.

Georgian passport ranks 53rd in the world (as of 2018) and allows visa-free travel to 99 countries, including EU/Schengen countries, most of CIS countries, Iran and Turkey.

Georgia does not allow dual citizenship. If it is revealed that you are a citizen of another country your Georgian passport may be revoked.

Family Members

If you hold a Georgian residence permit your family members also can apply for residence permits for family reunification.  Under Georgian immigration law only spouses, minor children (under 18) and legally incapable or disable persons dependent on the main applicant are treated as family members. A residence permit for family reunification is issued if documents are submitted showing the kinship (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate) and availability of financial means (income or savings) to support the family members.

Steps and Procedures

 Permanent (Investor)Short-Term (Property)Temporary (Work)
Step 1Obtain a visa, unless exemptedFind properties to invest inObtain a visa, unless exempted
Step 2Visit Georgia in personObtain a visa, unless exemptedVisit Georgia in person
Step 3Register a businessVisit Georgia in personRegister a business, unless freelancing
Step 4Open a bank accountOpen a bank accountOpen a bank account
Step 5Transfer funds to the bank accountTransfer funds to the bank accountTransfer funds to the bank account
Step 6Place a term deposit with the bankFinalize the purchase of propertyApply for and get an immigrant visa
Step 7Obtain audit report and reference lettersObtain an audit reportApply for residency
Step 8Apply for residencyApply for and get an immigrant visaApply for and collect the residence permit
Step 9Apply for and collect the residence permitApply for residency
Step 10Apply for and collect the residence permit

Immigration Visas

Obtaining an Immigration Visa before Applying for a Residence Permit

As a general rule, only holders of immigration visas (D category) are allowed to apply for residence permits, unless you apply for a permanent (investment) residence permit which can be obtained as long as you have a lawful status in Georgia (e.g. as a short-term visitor). Also, an immigration visa is not required for citizens of countries who are allowed to stay in Georgia visa-free for one full year. The list of these countries is available here.

How to Get an Immigration Visa

If you need an immigration visa you can apply for it at Georgian embassies abroad. It is also possible to obtain an immigration visa at the Georgian Foreign Ministry in Tbilisi, provided that the applicant has at least 45 days before his/her lawful status expires.

Requirements for Obtaining an Immigration Visa

If you need an immigration visa you will have to submit documents showing 1) purpose of visit 2) sufficient financial means 3) proof of accommodation 4) travel and health insurance. Owners of real estate do not have to provide these documents. Instead, they must show a certificate of ownership of real estate.

Immigration Visa Categories

Immigration visas are issued to foreigners coming to Georgia for work and business (D1), freelancing (D2), family reunification (D4) as well as to owners of real estate worth $35,000 and higher (D5).

Timeline and Cost

An immigrant visa is normally issued within 30 days. Owners of real estate can get a D5 visas in 10 days. The government fees for obtaining an immigration visa are around USD 20.

Short-Term Visas

Nationals of 98 countries can travel to Georgia visa-free. The list includes EU countries, CIS countries, Gulf countries, Iran (45 days), Lebanon etc. You can check the full list here. In addition, holders of visas or residence permits of around 50 countries (EU countries, Gulf countries, USA, Australia, Canada etc.) can also travel to Georgia visa-free. The list of these countries is available here.

Other foreigners will have to obtain short-term visas before entering Georgia. It is not necessary to deal with embassies as short-term visas can be obtained electronically (e-visa). Generally it is not possible to get a visa on arrival (at the border). Short-term visas are not subject to extension, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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  • Invitation letter

  • E-visa application

  • Permanent residence permit

  • Temporary residence permit

  • Company registration

  • Bank account opening

Why Choose Us

  • Experience & professionalism

  • Long-term relationship with clients

  • Transparent fees. No hidden charges

  • Fluency in English

  • Easy & secure online payments

  • Licensed lawyers

FAQ

How long does it take to obtain a residence card? 2018-01-17T06:12:14+04:00

After your residence permit application is approved you will get a residence card in 10 business days if you pay the regular fee of GEL 30 (USD 12). However, it is possible to speed up the process if you pay a fast-track service fee:

  • GEL 40 (USD 16) – fifth business day
  • GEL 50 (USD 20) – third business day
  • GEL 60 (USD 24) – second business day
  • GEL 65 (USD 26) – same business day
How long does it take to have the residence permit application approved? 2018-01-17T06:06:02+04:00
 Permanent (Investor)Short-Term (Property Owner)Temporary (Work)
10 daysN/A410 GEL (161 USD)410 GEL (161 USD)
20 days300 GEL (118 USD)330 GEL (130 USD)330 GEL (130 USD)
30 days180 GEL (71 USD)210 GEL (83 USD)210 GEL (83 USD)
What is the penalty for overstaying the visa? 2018-01-17T05:58:54+04:00

If the overstay is less than 3 months the amount of fine is GEL 180 (around $71). A longer overstay is punishable by a fine of GEL 360 (around $142).

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Latest News

In 2017 the President of Georgia granted citizenship to 3,000 foreigners who applied under regular procedure for naturalization. Moreover, 8 foreigners acquired citizenship by exception for outstanding contribution to Georgia. Out of these 8 foreigners 3 were citizens of Russia and another 3 were German citizens. 3,000 Foreigners Receive Georgian Citizenship in 2017, GeorgiaToday (Jan. 11, 2018).

With the visa-free regime with the European Union/Schengen zone, which came into effect on March 28, 2017, the Georgian passport has made 15 steps forward from the previous ranking. Georgian citizens can now travel visa-free to 99 countries. Georgian Passport Takes 15 Steps Forward in International Henley & Partners Ranking, Agenda.ge (Jan. 9, 2018).

Currently, Georgian citizens can stay in Ukraine visa-free for 90 days in a 180-day period but they do need a passport to cross the border. Under the new initiative, travelers will only need an electronic ID card to enter the territory of the other country. Georgia has a similar travel regime with Turkey. It is not yet clear when the new travel regime will come into effect. Georgia, Ukraine Working to Launch Bilateral Travel with ID Cards Only, Agenda.ge (Dec. 27, 2017).

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