Foreign Nationals, who intends to reside in Georgia for a long time, it is essential that you apply for the Georgia Immigration VISA.
There are different kinds of Georgia Immigration VISA, but the application procedures are the same for all. The only the slight difference is the requirements for the VISA application.
This article is a complete guide on how to apply for the Georgian Immigration VISA.
Georgia Immigration VISA
It is quite obvious that there must be a reason for your Immigration, as this will determine the kind of Georgia Immigration VISA you will apply for.
Before you apply for the VISA, you have to check and confirm if your Country needs a VISA to enter Georgia.
Nationals of some Countries are exempted from the Georgian VISA. They can enter Georgia, VISA-free for Tourism, Business, studies etc. and stay for up to one year.
The following Countries can enter Georgia VISA-free ;
Any European Union Country*
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Chile (up to 90 days in a 180-day period)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Iran (only up to 45 days)
- New Zealand
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia*
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- The United Kingdom British Overseas Territories **
- United States
- Uruguay (only up to 90 days)
- Vatican City
*Citizens of the EU, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia may enter with simply their ID.
**Only applies to citizens of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Turks, and Caicos Islands.
In addition, you can be exempted from the VISA if:
- You have a VISA or residence permit issued by an EU, EFTA, or GCC Country, or from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States.
- You may stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
- VISAs and residence permits issued by Overseas Territories of EU Countries are also included, except those issued by Anguilla, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha.
- You are a member of the Georgia Diaspora, but have a passport issued by a Country who is subject to Georgia VISAs. You may stay VISA-free for up to 30 days.
- You have a diplomatic or official/service passport issued by China, Egypt, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran and Peru.
- You have a United Nations laissez-passer (up to one year).
Keep in mind: Since you’re Applying for immigration VISA, you will need to get a residence permit when you arrive Georgia.
Required Documents For Georgia Immigration VISA
When applying for the VISA, you are to submit the following documents;
- The printed-out Georgia VISA Application Form; You have to complete the form online, print it, and sign it.
- Your passport, which has been issued in the last ten years, and has at least two blank pages. The passport must be valid for at least three more months from the time you intend to depart Georgia.
- Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the duration of your stay, such as:
- Bank statements from the last six months
- A letter confirming your salary
- Pay slips, etc.
- Confirmed round-trip ticket.
- Travel health insurance, covering the entire duration of your stay.
- Proof of accommodation in Georgia.
- Proof you have paid the Georgia VISA fee.
- Passport-size pictures, in line with Georgia VISA photo requirements. The picture you attach when applying for a Georgia VISA, should have the following specifications:
- Dimensions: 5 mm length x 4 mm width
- Resolution: 300 DPI
- Taken in front of a white or off-white background
- It must be taken recently (no older than six months) and reflect your current appearance
- You must be staring straight ahead at the camera
- You must not have glasses on
- You must not have any headgear. Only head coverings for religious purposes are accepted, and only when they do not obstruct the face
- The picture must be of high quality – there cannot be any under-, or over-exposure, shadows, or glare.
- Any other documents depending on your purpose of Immigration
Georgia Immigration VISA – Application Procedures
There are two ways in which you can Apply for the VISA;
- Applying at the Georgian diplomatic mission (embassy/consulate) or
But you cannot apply for an Immigration VISA via the e-VISA system, this is because the e-VISA is only for short stays or visits.
Applying At The Embassy/Consulate
If you’re going to apply for the VISA at the Georgian Embassy or Consulate, you will first of all complete an e-application through the E-application system, so that you can book an appointment, and know the specific Embassy or Consulate, you will have to lodge your application (the application form and other documents).
You can complete the E-application here.
You will have to upload a picture (size: 5 mm length x 4 mm width, resolution: 300 DPI). Make sure the picture follows the exact requirements described above, or the program will not allow you to upload it.
After the E-application, and knowing where you should submit your application, you should proceed to gathering your documents. The documents you will need are listed above.
Submit all the supporting documents for the VISA and pay the VISA fee. The Georgia VISA fee is €20. You have to make the payment at the Bank Account of the Georgia Consulate or Embassy, in which you will submit your documents. You can check where to submit the VISA fee payment here.
When you arrive Georgia, you have to get a Residence permit. You should apply for a Residence Permit from the Georgia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or the Public Service Hall of the Georgian Ministry of Justice.
Residence Permits for Georgia are usually issued for a period of one year, and can be renewed annually.
Within one month of receiving your Residence Permit, you have to apply for a Residence Card at a local office of the Public Service development agency or Public Service Hall.
Note: A D5 immigration VISA is processed within 10 calendar days