Residency in Belize
There are 3 options available to you if you are looking to reside full time in Belize.
1. Tourist Visa — Upon arrival, you are issued a tourist visa, which is good for up to 30 days. If you wish to stay longer you can renew this permit for up to 3 months at an additional cost of $25 per month. After this, you have the option of renewing your permit for up to 9 months at a cost of $50 per month. If you will be staying in the country for over 3 months you will need to have an Aids test performed within the country along with documented proof that you have the financial resources to maintain your stay at the equivalent of $1,800 per month.
2. Retired Status — can be obtained by those who can show a monthly income from investments or pension of at least $2,000 monthly. This includes social security and must be substantiated by a Certified Public Accountant along with 2 bank references from the company that is providing said pension. Persons older than 45 years can qualify for this program and this includes all dependents i.e. wife and children under 18 years. Children under 23 can also be included if they were to attend University in Belize. Import duties for household goods, automobiles, boats and airplanes will be waived during a 1 year period upon approval of residency. You can also substantiate this income if you were to deposit this money into a Belize bank account.
All applications must be made through the Belize Tourist Board in Belize City and requirements also include – a certified copy of your birth certificate and each dependent, marriage certificate if married, a certified copy of your police record dated no more than 30 days from your last place of residency, a complete certified copy of your passport including blank pages by a notary public along with a complete and certified medical exam.
The Belize Tourist Board website has applications available for download.
Fees totaling a little over $700 per application must be made payable to the Belize Tourism Board and proof of payment must be attached to your application.
3. Permanent Residency — Basically the same requirements hold for Retired Status as do Permanent Residency with a few exceptions including your right to work to support your resident status requirements and you do not necessarily have to deposit money in a Belize Bank Account, plus you would need to apply to the Belize Immigration and Nationality Department rather than the Belize Tourist Board. Registration fees are higher for Permanent Residency as opposed to Retirement Status and further information and application forms can be obtained at:
Immigration and Nationality Department
Ministry of National Security and Immigration
To acquire Citizenship, applicants must be a resident or have permanent residency status for over 5 years.
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