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Trinidad and Tobago – Residency

Types of Residency in Trinidad and Tobago

For foreign nationals seeking to move to Trinidad and Tobago, there are several types of residency available. These include:

Temporary Work Permits

A temporary work permit allows an individual to work in Trinidad and Tobago for a period of up to one year. The work permit is issued by the Ministry of National Security and requires a sponsor in Trinidad and Tobago.

Student Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to study in Trinidad and Tobago can obtain a student permit, which allows them to study in the country for a period of up to one year. The permit can be renewed each year as long as the individual remains enrolled in an accredited educational institution.

Permanent Residency

Permanent residency in Trinidad and Tobago can be obtained through several different routes, including:

Marriage to a Trinidad and Tobago Citizen

Foreign nationals who marry a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago can apply for permanent residency after three years of marriage.


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Investment

Individuals who invest in Trinidad and Tobago can apply for permanent residency. The investment must be at least TT$1,500,000 (approximately USD $220,000) and must create at least five jobs for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

Retiree Program

Foreign nationals who are over the age of 50 and have a guaranteed income of at least USD $2,500 per month can apply for permanent residency under the Retiree Program.

Professionals

Individuals who possess skills and expertise that are in demand in Trinidad and Tobago can apply for permanent residency under the Professionals program.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to work in Trinidad and Tobago can apply for a work permit. Work permits are issued by the Ministry of National Security and require a sponsor in Trinidad and Tobago.

Applying for Residency in Trinidad and Tobago

The process for applying for residency in Trinidad and Tobago depends on the type of residency that the individual is seeking. In general, the process involves the following steps:

  1. Determine the type of residency that you wish to obtain and ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for that type of residency.

  2. Gather all necessary documents, which may include a passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), police certificate, and medical certificate.

  3. Submit an application to the Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Division. Applications can be submitted in person or through the mail.

  4. Wait for your application to be processed. Processing times vary depending on the type of residency and other factors, but can take several months.

  5. If your application is approved, you will be issued a residency permit that allows you to live and work in Trinidad and Tobago.

Documents Required for Residency in Trinidad and Tobago

The specific documents required for residency in Trinidad and Tobago depend on the type of residency that the individual is seeking. However, some common documents that may be required include:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Police certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Educational certificates and transcripts
  • Proof of income or financial support
  • Proof of investment (if applicable)

It is important to check the requirements for the specific type of residency that you are seeking to ensure that you have all necessary documents.

Registering with Government Departments in Trinidad and Tobago

Foreign nationals who obtain residency in Trinidad and Tobago are required to register with several government departments, including the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR), and the Ministry of National Security.

Resources for Information on Residence in Trinidad and Tobago

  • For reliable, up-to-date information on residency in Trinidad and Tobago, individuals can consult the official website of the Ministry of National Security (https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt/).
  • Additionally, individuals can consult a qualified immigration attorney for personalized advice and assistance with the residency process.


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