Georgia is a country with rich cultural heritage, a strategic location between Europe and Asia and different business and quality of life advantages, starting with a simplified taxation regime as well as the ease of doing business.
Foreign nationals from a number of countries including Germany are allowed to travel visa-free to Georgia and remain in the country for up to one year. However, all foreign nationals who are interested in obtaining Georgia permanent residence, for business or employment as well as other purposes, will need to follow the steps to obtain a residence permit.
Do you wish to relocate from Germany to Georgia? Our team answers some of the most common questions in this article and can assist you with in-depth information on request.
What are the types of Georgian residence permits?
When looking to remain in Georgia for long-term purposes, foreign nationals including German citizens will need to hold a valid residence permit that is issued according to their purpose of stay. The following types of residence permits can be used for Georgia immigration:
- the work residence permit: this is issued to German nationals who wish to take up employed work in the country; it is also used by freelancers;
- the study residence permit: for foreign nationals who have been admitted to a Georgian educational institute;
- the family reunification permit: awarded to those foreign nationals who have a family member who holds a residence permit;
- the investment residence permit: issued to a foreign national who has invested at least 300,000 GEL in the country;
- the permanent residence permit: issued to a foreign national who has resided in the country based on a temporary permit for a number of years.
Our team of agents who specialize in Georgia permanent residence can answer any questions about these types of permits and about the special residence permits that can be issued to foreign citizens for which there is no doubt that might be a victim of human trafficking.
The Public Service Development Agency issues the residence permit within 30 days of submitting the complete set of documents. Our team can help you make sure that your submission is complete and offer more details about the accelerated application procedure. Applicants must note that they also need to apply for a residence card once they obtain the permit and that this is a mandatory step.
What are the steps for obtaining Georgia citizenship?
Obtaining permanent residence in Georgia is the goal of many foreign nationals who choose to come to study or to work in the country, as well as for their family members. However, it is also possible to acquire citizenship through naturalization.
An individual who wishes to relocate from Germany to Georgia needs to comply with the following requirements in order to obtain Georgia citizenship:
- the individual resided for 5 uninterrupted years in the country based on a valid residence permit;
- his Georgian language skills are satisfactory (and he passes a special examination);
- he has knowledge of Georgian law and history (also subject to testing);
- he works in Georgia, is employed, or has opened a business, he has purchased land or owns interest/shares in a Georgian company.
A simplified procedure can take place if a German national has need married to a Georgian citizen for at least 2 years prior to the application (and has been living in the country legally and uninterruptedly during this time). The rest of the conditions for language, law, and history knowledge still apply for the simplified procedure.
An exceptional procedure for granting citizenship can take place when the individual has made an outstanding contribution to the country.
One of our agents specializing in Georgia citizenship can give you more details.
Immigrants in Georgia
Data from the National Agency of Public Registry, belonging to the Ministry of Justice, reveals that German immigrants are among the top ten foreigners who purchase property in Georgia:
- between 2012 and 2016 German nationals bought 837 total types of properties in the country;
- out of these, 556 were apartments or houses;
- 132 purchases were for non-agricultural land and 149 for agricultural land.
In the same period, between 2012 and 2016, a total of 35,565 foreigners registered entrepreneurial or non-entrepreneurial activities in Georgia. 386 enterprises were registered by German foreign nationals during this time.
If you would like to know more about moving to Georgia and the conditions that are in place according to your nationality, please contact our Georgia immigration agents.