Guide to Obtaining Residency in Lebanon

Looking for guidance on obtaining residency in Lebanon? Discover the steps involved and read advice from expats, nomads, and others already in Lebanon.
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Obtaining a residency visa in Lebanon is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Lebanon gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency application:
    • Valid passport
    • Proof of address in Lebanon
    • Proof of financial means
    • Proof of employment
    • Proof of health insurance
  • Apply for a Tax Number:
    • Visit the local tax office
    • Fill out the application form
    • Provide the necessary documents
    • Pay the application fee
  • Visit the local municipality office:
    • Fill out the residency application form
    • Provide the necessary documents
    • Pay the application fee
  • Visit the local police station:
    • Fill out the residency application form
    • Provide the necessary documents
    • Pay the application fee
  • Wait for the residency application to be processed
  • Receive the residency card

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

“If you plan to stay in Lebanon for a while, you will need to obtain a valid residency permit. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa before entering the country. Once you have arrived in Lebanon, you will need to register with the General Security office and obtain a residency permit. This permit will need to be renewed periodically,” said one expat living in Lebanon.

“In order to visit Lebanon, foreign nationals must obtain a visa prior to their arrival. The process of applying for a visa involves submitting an application form, a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, and a fee to the nearest Lebanese embassy or consulate. Depending on the purpose of the visit, additional documents may be required. In order to obtain residency in Lebanon, foreign nationals must submit an application form, a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, and a fee to the nearest Lebanese embassy or consulate. Depending on the purpose of the residency, additional documents may be required. The application process may also involve an interview with a consular officer. Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a residency permit, which must be renewed every year,” commented one member living in Lebanon.

Joshua WoodJoshua 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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