Belize Investment Residency

There are two types of Residency status in Belize. If you are looking for residency status in Belize, you can apply to be a Permanent Resident or Temporary Resident.

Permanent Residency is applied when a person (or persons) wants to make Belize their home and will be staying in Belize for a long period of time. The applicant has plans to reside and live in Belize.

Temporary Residency can also be granted to people looking for status in Belize and show they have invested in Belize. A temporary resident can be a person who has made a substantial investment in Belize (often Belize Real Estate) but, due to commitments outside Belize, cannot meet ordinary Permanent Residence restrictions.

Belize Residency

 

Temporary Residency & Investment Residency

Temporary Residence status is given for a period of only one (1) year and becomes renewable at the end of that given period. If someone is applying for the investment residency, they need to show every year that the investment has remained in Belize.

The “Temporary Investment Residency” allows investors in Belize to obtain residency if they show they have invested over $500,000 BZ ($250,000 US) in Belize. This is most commonly done through real estate. The reason it is called “Temporary” is that you have to show every year that the money has remained in Belize.

For persons applying for Temporary Residence in Belize, you are required to

  1. Show evidence of investments in Belize valued at not less than five hundred thousand Belize Dollars – BZ$500,000 ($250,000 US)

Belize Currency

 

Temporary Residence Requirements

  1. Copy of Receipt of Acceptance (Provided by Immigration Department upon submission)
  2. Completed Application form
  3. Letter stating reasons for applying for Temporary Residence
  4. Complete Copy of Passport
  5. Police Record (From Belize)
  6. Police Record from last country of residence (no longer than 6 months from date of issue)
  7. A medical certificate, HIV, VDRL, and TB results
  8. Evidence of place of residence in Belize, i.e., rental/lease agreement with a current utility bill showing the applicant’s name and same address OR property title with property tax                   assessment
  9. Evidence of investments in Belize officially valued no less than $250,000 US ($500,000 BZ) and where available.
    1. Real Estate Ownership
    2. Business bank statements
    3. An official valuation of equipment and buildings to be used in business/investment
    4. Company Registration Certificate
    5. Articles of Association and/or Summary of Share Capital.
    6. Trade license in Belize
    7. Belize Social Security Registration
    8. Belize General Sales Tax Registration – Belize Business Tax Assessment
  10. Income Tax Letter
  11. Recent Bank Statement (If Applicable) Statement must show transactions to Belize/banking activity in Belize
  12. Marriage Certificate (If Applicable)
  13. (3) Passport-size Photographs
  14. Social Security Card (If Applicable)
  15. Contribution History from Social Security or Declaration stating non-contribution and why.

 

Inclusion of Spouse

  1. Complete Copy of Passport
  2. Police Record (From Belize)
  3. Police Record from the last country of residence (no longer than 6 months from the date of issue) 4. Medical Certificate, HIV, VDRL, and TB results
  4. Income Tax Letter
  5. Recent Bank Statement (If Applicable) Statement must show transactions to Belize/banking activity in Belize
  6. Marriage Certificate
  7. Letter of Financial Support
  8. (3) Passport-size Photographs
  9. Social Security Card (If Applicable)
  10. Contribution History from Social Security (if applicable)

 

Inclusion of Children

  1. Birth Certificate Copy
  2. Complete Copy of Passport
  3. Police record (From Belize. (If the minor is 12+years)
  4. Police Record from last country of residence (no longer than 6 months from date of issue if child 12+ years)
  5. Medical Certificate (All minors), HIV, DRL, and TB results (If the minor is 12+ years)
  6. (3) Passport-size Photographs
  7. School Letter
  8. Letter of Financial Support
  9. Notarized Letter of Authorization/Consent from the parent not making the application and
  10. Notarized copy of ID If not in Belize.

 

Belize is one of the easiest countries in the region to obtain residency. There are quite a few ways you can apply and get residency and the route will depend on your personal circumstances. When you land in Belize, you are issued a 30-day tourist visa. You can stay in Belize as long as you want as long as you renew the tourist visa.

Belize Tourism Visa Information

 

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