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Guide to Residency in Martinique

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Establishing residency in Martinique can be challenging. Here are some helpful tips for expats, retirees, and nomads.

Obtaining a residency visa in Martinique is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Martinique gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents to apply for residency status in Martinique. This includes a valid passport, proof of address, proof of financial means, and a criminal record check.
  • Complete the residency application form. This can be found on the Martinique government website.
  • Submit the application form and all necessary documents to the local prefecture. This can be done in person or by mail.
  • Pay the applicable fees. This can be done in person or online.
  • Attend an interview with the local prefecture. This is to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Wait for the decision. The prefecture will notify the applicant of the decision within a few weeks.
  • If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a residency card. This card must be renewed every five years.
  • Apply for a tax number.
    • Visit the local tax office.
    • Complete the tax number application form.
    • Submit the application form and all necessary documents to the tax office.
    • Wait for the decision. The tax office will notify the applicant of the decision within a few weeks.

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What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Martinique?

"If you plan to stay in Martinique for an extended period of time, you will need to obtain a long-term residency visa. This visa is typically valid for up to five years and can be renewed. You will also need to provide proof of identity, such as a valid passport, and proof of financial stability, such as a bank statement. Additionally, you may need to provide proof of health insurance and a criminal background check," said one expat living in Martinique.

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"Visa requirements are needed for long stays and and most depend on where you are from. The prefecture can take time, but everyone's situation is different. There is no American embassy, yet there are representatives from time. To time here. Paper work can seem like years on months. But the process isn't too difficult," commented one expat living in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

"Be sure you have your visa to stay before you come. Long stay visa are your ticket here. Do things legally and there should be no problems. Carte de séjour, take time, and that can be real hassle! You must either have a job, or family member here to to stay. Be sure your fully prepared," mentioned one expat living in Martinique.

"In order to visit Martinique, foreign nationals must obtain a visa from the French Embassy or Consulate in their home country. The visa application process requires applicants to submit a valid passport, a completed application form, two passport-sized photographs, proof of financial means, and a return ticket. In order to obtain residency in Martinique, foreign nationals must apply for a long-term visa at the French Embassy or Consulate in their home country. The application process requires applicants to submit a valid passport, a completed application form, two passport-sized photographs, proof of financial means, proof of accommodation, and a medical certificate. Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a long-term visa, which will allow them to stay in Martinique for up to one year. After one year, the applicant must apply for a residence permit in order to remain in the country," said an expat in Martinique.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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