Whether you want to set a business up in one of the best countries to do so, get visas to countries such as China and Russia, or just settle down, Georgia is the place where many foreigners end up at some time or another.
If, like I did, you need to get the residency permit, this article will take you everything you need to know and guide you past the mistranslations and outdated information on the official website.
Below are the documents you will need to apply, followed by the process.
What you need to apply
1- Statement of employment or bank statement
You can get this either by getting a job or by volunteering at almost any hostel in Tbilisi. The statement is not a contract, but a document stating your full name, date of birth, passport number and length of time working there. You can ask for any length of time from 6 months to 5 years.
either Georgian, or English or Russian with a notarized translation.
On it, you need to have their 9-digit business number included somewhere and it also needs to be stamped and signed by the person writing it.
This is one route, but the other option is to present a Georgian bank statement with 4000GEL or more in it. Some nationalities are not allowed to set a Georgian account up, like UK citizens. For most people, a bank account is quick and easy to create; just go to one, most easy is TBC, with your passport and the 10GEL fee.
2- Copy of passport data page
A simple photocopy is all you will need.
3- A passport photo
You don’t need to spend money on this. Just one taken with your phone or webcam will do. Make sure it is high resolution (minimum 2MP) or they will ask you to retake it.
4- Proof of legal stay
This is just your entry stamp or visa. Photocopy that page of your passport.
Once you have all of these, go to this site and open a new application. Fill the details in and upload the documents and a link will appear to video call an agent. They will make sure everything is to the required level before asking you to pay online.
Depending on how quickly you need to permit, there are three different prices.
Expect it to take as long as is stated.
You will be given a code to check the status online, but if you provide a Georgian telephone number they will call it when it is ready.
You will be asked to come to the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi (The light grey building which looks like a load of orange peel piled up. Address is 2 Zviad Gamsakhurdia Named Right Bank, Tbilisi 0106, Georgia) in person to submit a hard copy of your statement of employment or bank statement.
Once you know it is ready, go back to the Public Service Hall and pick up a printed letter of approval, which is] sufficient for visa applications while waiting up to 10 days for your shiny residence card – a nice souvenir!
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