Welcome to the second episode of our audio guide dedicated to immigration to Paraguay and the services provided by LivinginParaguay.com. In the next 6 minutes, we will discuss immigration policies, the basis for obtaining residency, and the path to citizenship in 2023 for citizens of Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries that do not require a visa to enter Paraguay (European countries, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zeland, Israel, South Africa, Canada USA and south American countries).
In the previous episode, we discussed the types of requests we assist clients with, why people want to move to Paraguay, what goals they can achieve through residency, and the services we offer.
With me is your host, Daniel. I represent LivinginParaguay.com, a top-notch immigration consulting company. We offer the best service on the market for obtaining Paraguayan residency and tailor solutions based on clients’ requests and financial capabilities.
In October of last year, Paraguay introduced a new immigration law. It significantly simplified the process of applying for residency and the path to citizenship. Many sources still reference the old regulations. We often encounter clients who rely on outdated information regarding the basis for applying for residency and more. We want to explain what has changed and why it is now easier to obtain the necessary documents and apply for residency.
In 2023, the simplest basis for obtaining residency and starting the path to Paraguayan citizenship is having the appropriate documents and a personal desire, which is expressed by your presence at the immigration service when submitting your documents. It’s that simple. Essentially, anyone wishing to obtain residency no longer needs to make a $5,000 deposit in the Central Bank of Paraguay, nor do they need to apply for residency based on the status of a qualified professional. All that’s required is the collection of documents from the list and your personal presence. Among the documents you need to obtain in the authorities of your current citizenship are a police clearance certificate, a birth certificate, and a marriage certificate if you are married. If you are divorced, you do not need a marriage certificate. These requirements apply to individuals over 14 years of age. For individuals below this age, only a birth certificate is necessary. All these documents will be retained by the immigration service. The next requirement is for document legalization and apostille. We won’t delve into apostilles, but we’ll focus on the fact that not all countries are party to the Hague Convention. In such cases, legalization is required, as stipulated by your home country.
It’s important to mention that Paraguay considers cases with a criminal record, but it’s a case-by-case situation, and it’s crucial to understand all the nuances.
LivinginParaguay.com is the first company on the market that offers remote document acquisition services for our clients. Subsequently, the obtained documents are either translated into Spanish with our assistance through a notary. This service is included in the cost of any type of contract, and you don’t have to pay extra for it.
So, having these fresh and compliant documents, anyone can apply for residency in Paraguay. We’re not talking about local documents you receive while already in Paraguay as part of the application process. This involves about 15 certificates, and we take care of obtaining them while being with you at every local immigration service office.
Despite the ease of obtaining documents and submitting an application, few people decide to do it themselves. Another nuance that can complicate your path to residency is your current citizenship. Citizens of independent states such as Georgia, Russia, or Ukraine,EU, USA and other countries, for example, do not require a visa to enter Paraguay. Citizens of Armenia, Belarus, or Azerbaijan must obtain a visa for entry into Paraguay. For such clients, we also assist in obtaining a visa, but the cost of this procedure is equivalent to the cost of applying for residency. Therefore, with these clients, we often explore their needs and offer alternative options where obtaining residency and a passport to easily relocate is also possible.
In summary, in Paraguay in 2023, it’s easy to obtain residency, and it’s also easy to get a passport while maintaining your residency and adhering to the law. All of this is the result of Paraguay’s long-term policy aimed at attracting foreigners. For a long time, Paraguay has been attracting migrants, and their traces can be seen in the country, such as in the city of Encarnacion, where you can meet Japanese, German, Ukrainian, or Russian diasporas.
Paraguay also attracts foreigners for economic reasons. For example, there is a 0% tax on your income earned abroad in Paraguay. Previously, there were investment immigration programs in Paraguay that we cannot offer to clients now. However, this policy helped the country attract human capital, investments in the economy, and new specialists. Paraguay has no plans to stop. With a liberal government, a stable society, and economic opportunities, Paraguay is a great country to move to now and in the future.
We were pleased to tell you about the easiest basis for applying for residency. This is Daniel. In the next episode of our audio guide, we will talk about the opportunities provided by residency, the ID card, and Paraguay’s passport. We will also touch on Mercosur countries and the opportunities for travel and living in them, and talk a little about Spain. Join us. Also, remember that you can always ask us questions; we are available on all messengers.
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