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Georgia Immigration 2020 Visas & Residence Permits 

Georgia Immigration 2020 Visas & Residence Permits

Georgia 2020.04.13

Georgia is a modern and fast growing country with rich history and traditions, beautiful nature, excellent cuisine, low taxes, low crime rate, and low cost of living. Georgia offers visas, residence permits and tax residency status to investors, property owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, workers and their family members, with a path to citizenship. 


A knowledgeable local lawyer can help you navigate through the immigration process, avoid pitfalls and maximize your chances of success. Legal assistance can be very valuable in the process of purchasing properties, registering businesses, reviewing, certifying and translating documents, communicating with government agencies and tracking your case, obtaining residence cards, tax residence certificates, etc. Please contact us for a free evaluation of your case. 

Legal Guide to Visa, Residence, and Passport in Georgia

#1. Visa

#2. Overview of Residence Programs

#3. Business Owner or Employee (Work) Residence Permit

#4. Property Ownership (Short-Term) Residence Permit

#5. Investment (Permanent) Residence Permit

#6. Family Members

#7. Residence Card (ID Card)

#8. Passport & Visa-Free Travel

#9. Tax Residence for High Net Worth Individuals

12 Reasons for a Georgian Residence Permit

1. Life in Georgia

Georgia is a modern and fast growing country with rich history and traditions, beautiful nature, excellent cuisine. It 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 is a free and open democracy that boasts a uniquely liberal business and trade regimes, low taxes, developing infrastructure and a very low crime rate. Georgia's international rankings are available below.

2. Unrestricted Travel and Activities

A Georgian residence permit grants you 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 without work permits or additional documents. Georgian residents are not obliged to serve in the military.

3. Low Cost of Living

The cost of living  in Georgia is very low compared to other European countries. A list of indicative prices can be found here.

4. Investment Opportunities

There are many ways to make smart business investments in Georgia, for example in tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, real estate or outsourcing. The government offers many incentives and grants, has lowered or made certain taxes non-existent, thus generously lowering the costs of doing business.  

5. Path to Citizenship

Becoming a resident of Georgia gives you and your family a path to citizenship. Georgian passport ranks 53rd in the world (as of 2020) and allows visa-free travel to 116 countries and territories, including EU (Schengen) countries, most of CIS countries, Iran and Turkey.

6. More Freedom and Options

Having a residence permit gives you more freedom and options and can serve as a valuable "insurance policy." Georgia is generally considered an exceptionally safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. If the economic or political situation in your country gets worse you can use your residence permit to move to Georgia with your family. Having a residence permit can help you avoid problems resulting from your country’s foreign policy and domestic regulations (for example, difficulties with banking or increased tax burden). 

7. Extension of Immigration Benefits to Family Members

Georgia grants "residence permits for family reunification" to the family members, including the spouse, sons and daughters, parents, minor, supported or incapable persons under guardianship (custody) of or fully dependent on the residence permit holder. 

8. Consular and Visa Services

If you wish to travel to European or other countries, holding a residence permit may allow you to apply for a visa at an embassy in Georgia. 

9. Fast, Easy and Inexpensive Process

The process of obtaining a residence permit normally takes less than a month. Once your petition is approved you can get your Georgian residence permit in a matter of days. Only minimum documents are required. There is no need to provide police certificates, proof of address, tax returns etc. Government fees are very low even if you use optional fast-track services. 

10. No Tax on Foreign Income

Georgia's taxation of individuals is based on territory and foreign-sourced income is not taxable in Georgia even if you become a tax resident of the country. Tax residence certificates may be available to those who spend in Georgia more than 183 days in a year or, in certain cases, to high net worth individuals. 


Obtaining a Georgian residence permit and establishing stronger ties with Georgia can help you to qualify for a non-resident status in your country of origin or other countries and take advantage of the tax benefits available to non-residents. 

11. Inviting Other Foreigners

Once you become a resident of Georgia you are allowed to file invitation letters for other foreigners to support their visa applications. 

12. Government Assistance

Georgian residents enjoy constitutional rights and freedoms, including rights to work, healthcare, social security, education, property and privacy rights, freedom of speech, conscience, religion and belief. Georgia has a number of social programs for its citizens, including government-financed education and medical treatment, welfare benefits for old, disabled and other classes of socially vulnerable people.

Properties Qualifying for Residence


Owning property will qualify you for residence if the market value of the property, as assessed by a qualified appraiser, exceeds $100,000. The average prices in the capital Tbilisi are around US$900 per sq.m., with properties in the center closer to US$1,500. Prices are slightly lower in the second largest city, the seaside resort Batumi. Rental properties are generally more profitable in Tbilisi which hosts tourists all year round, whereas Batumi is popular in summer.

FAQ on Residence in Georgia and Armenia

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about residence programs and responses for two jurisdictions: Armenia and Georgia. Questions focus on applications that are based on business ownership and investment in real estate. There may be other ways to qualify for residency (work, studies, etc.)


Armenia

Georgia

Business Owners and Investors

Can I obtain a residence permit by setting up a new business or investing in an existing business?

Yes

Yes

Are there minimum investment requirements? 

No

No, unless you apply for a permanent permit in which case the minimum investment is $300,000

Are there minimum income requirements?

No

Yes, around $315 per month per applicant

Are there minimum sales or turnover requirements?

No

Yes, around $15,000 annually per applicant

Do I need a work permit?

No

No

Are there restrictions on the type of business I can do?

No

No

Do I need to rent office premises or hire local staff?

No

No

Do I have to register a business and pay business taxes?

Yes

Yes

What is the validity of the residence permit?

Short-term (one year), long-term (five years) or special (ten years), all extendable

Up to five years, extendable for up to six years

Real Property Owners

Can I obtain a residence permit by purchasing real property?

Yes, provided that you use it as rental property and register a rental business

Yes

Are there minimum investment requirements? 

No

$100,000, or if you apply for a permanent permit, $300,000

General Questions

Can I apply for residency while I am on regular (tourist) visa?

Yes

Yes, unless visa is expiring in less than 40 days

After how many years I can be eligible for a permanent residence permit? 

Armenia does not issue permanent residence permits

After six years (five years if you invest more than $300,000 and meet certain turnover requirements)

After how many years I can be eligible for a passport?

Three years

Ten years

Is dual citizenship allowed?

Yes

No

How much are the government fees for obtaining a residence permit? 

$210-300

$70-150

How long does it take to get a residence permit?

30-60 days

20-40 days

Do I have to provide any of the following?

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 - Police clearance certificate

No

No

- Medical check certificate

Yes

No

- Bank account statement

No

No, unless used to prove income

- Proof of address

No

No

- Proof of source of income

No

No

- Birth certificate

No

No

- Military records

No

No

- Fingerprints

No

No

Am I required to be physically present in the country to: 



 - file the application for residency?

Yes, unless applying for special residence permit

Yes

- obtain the residence permit?

No

Yes

Is there normally an interview with the immigration officer?

Yes

No

Can family members also qualify for a residence permit?


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 - Spouse, son or daughter, parent

Yes

Yes

 - Brother or sister, grandparent or grandchild

Only for long-term and special residents

No

 - Other dependents

No

Yes

Do I have to pay personal taxes to the country after becoming a resident?

No

No

Do I have to serve in the military after becoming a resident?

No

No

If my application for residence gets rejected can I reapply?

Yes, after one year

Yes, anytime

Can the rejection be appealed in court?

Yes

Yes

Georgia and Armenia Overview

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Area SQ.KM.

29,700

69,700

PopulatioN

2,962,000

3,714,000

Capital:

Yerevan (1,075,000)

TBILISi (1,114,000)

Religion:

christian (94.8%)

christian (88.1%)

lANGUAGE: 

Armenian

georgian

LITERACY RATE: 

99%

99%

Climate:

SUMMER 33C

WINTER 4C

SUMMER 31C

WINTER 8C

Currency:

DRAM ($1 = 491 AMD)

LARI ($1 = 3.18 GEL)

Average Salary:

$387

$415

GDP Growth:

7.6%

5.1%

GdP per capita:

$4,173

$4,763

Unemployment:

18%

12%

Inflation:

1.7%

4.3%

Georgia and Armenia in International Rankings

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