There are following types of residence permits prescribed by Georgian law:
- Work residence permit is issued to persons coming to Georgia for entrepreneurial or labour activities as well as to freelancers
- Study residence permit is issued to persons coming to Georgia to study at authorized educational institutions;
- Residence permit for family reunification is issued to family members of a foreigner holding a residence permit and/or person who has been granted a status of a stateless person in Georgia. Family members include: a spouse, child, and a parent, also an underage or incapacitated person being fully dependent and/or being under their care (guardianship);
- Residence permit of a former citizen of Georgia is issued to a foreign citizen whose Georgian citizenship has been terminated;
- Residence permit of a stateless person is issued to a person whose status of a stateless person has been established in Georgia
- A special residence permit is issued to a foreign citizen who, based on a reasonable doubt, might be a victim of human trafficking. Such instances are specified in the Law of Georgia on Combating Human trafficking. a special residence permit is also issued to a foreign citizen who has written endorsement from a member of the government of Georgia, asking to issue a temporary residence permit to the person. it can also be issued to a foreigner subject to expulsion, after 5 years since he/ she was granted the right of temporary stay, and to the citizen of a foreign country who has a status of Compatriot residing abroad;
- A permanent residence permit is issued to a spouse, parent, and child of citizen of Georgia; also to a foreign citizen who, holding a temporary residence permit, has resided in Georgia during the preceding 10 if the person lived in Georgia for educational purposes or medical treatment or spent some time working at the diplomatic mission or at an equivalent representative office, this period cannot be counted towards the pre-requisite six-year term;
- Investment residence permit is issued to a foreign citizen who invested at least Gel 300 000 in Georgia. This provision is prescribed in the Law of Georgia on Promotion and Guarantees of investment. in such cases, residence permits are also issued to the investor’s family members, which include a spouse, underage dependent and/or fully dependent incapacitated person.
- Temporary residence permit is issued to a foreigner, who according to the Law of Georgia on the elimination of Domestic Violence, Protection of and Support to its Victims, has been recognized as a victim of domestic violence;
- A short-term residence permit is issued to the person – and his/her family members – who, according to the rule established by Georgian legislation have the right to immovable property (except for agricultural land), with the market price above USD 35 000 equivalent in Gel.
A foreigner may acquire Georgian citizenship in accordance with the following regulations:
- Award of Georgian Citizenship as an Exception
The President of Georgia may award Georgian citizenship as an exception to a citizen of a foreign country who has a special merit before Georgia or when granting Georgian citizenship to him/her is in State interest
- Award of Georgian Citizenship under simplified procedure
A person married to a Georgian citizen, who legally and uninterruptedly lived in Georgia for five years before the submission of application may awarded Georgian citizenship under the simplified procedure if he/she:
a) Knows the state language within the established limits;
b) Knows basics of the history and general principles of the law of Georgia within the established limits.
The Commission on Citizenship Issues assesses the compliance of a person’s knowledge of state language, basics of the history and general principles of the law of Georgia with established limits.
- Award of Georgian Citizenship under ordinary procedure
You must be a person of full legal age, legally and uninterruptedly residing in Georgia for at least 10 years before the date of submitting an application for citizenship of Georgia; know the state language within the established limits, know basics of the history of Georgia and general principles of law within the established limits. You must have a job or/and own real estate in Georgia, or must be engaged in entrepreneurial activities in Georgia, or have shares in an enterprise in Georgia. The Commission on Citizenship Issues assesses the compliance of a person’s knowledge of state language, basics of the history of Georgia and general principles of the law with the established limits