Guide to Residency in Venezuela

How to get residency in Venezuela. A Guide for Expats, Retirees and Immigrants in Venezuela.
Guide to Residency in Venezuela

Obtaining a residency visa in Venezuela is not always, but our Guide to Residency in Venezuela 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 Venezuela
    • Proof of financial solvency
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of criminal record
  • Apply for a Tax Number:
    • Visit the local tax office
    • Fill out the application form
    • Provide the necessary documents
    • Pay the application fee
  • Submit the residency application:
    • Visit the local immigration office
    • Fill out the 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 Venezuela?

“If you plan to stay in Venezuela for an extended period of time, you will need to obtain a valid residency visa. Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a tourist visa first, which can be done at a Venezuelan embassy or consulate. Once you have obtained the tourist visa, you can then apply for a residency visa at the Venezuelan immigration office. You will need to provide proof of your identity, such as a passport, as well as proof of your financial stability, such as bank statements. Additionally, you may need to provide a valid health certificate and a police record,” said one expat living in Venezuela.

“In order to visit Venezuela, 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. Depending on the purpose of the visit, additional documents may be required. In order to obtain residency in Venezuela, foreign nationals must submit an application form, a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, a police record, a medical certificate, and a fee. The application must also include proof of financial stability, such as a bank statement or a letter from an employer. Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued a residency card,” commented one member living in Venezuela.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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