Residence Permit is one of the main grounds for a foreigner for legal stay in Georgia. Based upon the appropriate grounds, Residence Permit shall be issued with the right of temporary or permanent residence. More information about residence permit can be found at the Public Service Hall, well known for its ”one-stop-shop” services.
In order to obtain residence permit, you can apply to any territorial branch of the Public Service Hall, or register an online application. In this case you need to fill in an electronic application form, upload necessary documents electronically, contact Remote Service Operator and express your will online to get a residence permit.
The following types of residence permit are issued in Georgia:
- Labor residence permit is issued in accordance with the rule prescribed by law to exercise the entrepreneurial or labor activities in Georgia;
- Educational residence permit is issued for the purpose of study at any educational facility authorized in Georgia;
- Residence permit with the purpose of family reunification is issued to family members of a foreigner holder of Residence Permit;
- Residence permit of a former citizen of Georgia is issued to a foreigner whose Georgian citizenship has been terminated;
- Residence permit of a stateless person is issued to a person whose status of a stateless person was established in Georgia;
- Investment residence permit is issued to a foreign citizen who invested at least USD 300 000 equivalent in GEL in Georgia. This provision is prescribed in the Law of Georgia on Promotion and Guarantees of investment. In such cases, residence permits are also issued to the investor’s family members, which include a spouse, underage dependent and/or fully dependent incapacitated person;
- Temporary residence permit is issued to a foreigner who has been awarded a status of a victim subject to the law of Georgia “On Elimination of Domestic Violence, Protection and Support of Victims of Domestic Violence”;
- Short term residence permit is issued to a foreigner and his/her family members, if the foreigner owns a real estate (except for agricultural land) in accordance with the regulations prescribed by law of Georgia, the price of which exceeds USD 100 000 equivalent in GEL.
- Special Residence Permit is issued to:
- A foreigner, when there is a reasonable assumption that s/he may be a victim (suffered) of trafficking;
- A foreigner, when the written initiative regarding issuance of a temporary residence permit is presented by a member of the Georgian government;
- A foreigner who could not be deported and accordingly temporary identification card has been issued and 5 years have passed from issuance of the temporary identification card;
- A foreigner holding a status of compatriot.
Getting residence card
Any person who has been granted a residence permit, shall obtain a residence card and register living address, i.e. place of residence at a corresponding branch of the Public Service Hall. It is compulsory to complete address registration within a month after entry into Georgia. More about address registration see here.
Types of residence card
There are two types of residence cards: permanent and temporary.
A temporary residence card is issued to temporary residence permit holders, refugees and holders of humanitarian status. More information see here.
A holder of a temporary residence permit is registered on the basis of personal application.
The first time applicant for a temporary residence card must submit:
- Conclusion on granting a temporary residence
- Two biometric photos
- Identity document of foreign citizen;
- Birth certificate (in case of a minor).
A permanent residence card is issued to persons who are awarded permanent residence permits on the basis of the Agency’s conclusion. More information see here.
The first time applicant for a permanent residence card must submit:
- Conclusion on granting a permanent residence permit or/and status of a stateless person;
- Two biometric photos
- Ground of registration
- Identity document (ID card or passport of foreign citizens, birth certificate, et cetera);
- Receipt certifying the payment of service fee.