How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Botswana

How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Botswana

What is Permanent Residency?

Permanent residency is a person’s legal resident status in a country or territory of which such person is not a citizen but where they have the right to reside on a permanent basis. This is usually for a permanent period; a person with such legal status is known as a permanent resident. 

How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Botswana

  1. Complete an application form for residence permit.
  2. Submit the application form to any Immigration office and pay the applicable fees.
  3. Check outcome from the office where you applied.
  4. If application is successful, a residence permit sticker will be stamped in the passport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it easy to get citizenship in Botswana?

An individual who meet the requirements for naturalization as a foreign spouse can apply for a Certificate of Naturalization and become a Botswana citizen. Who is eligible? All foreigners who are married to citizens of Botswana and have resided in Botswana for a period of at least five years.

How do I become a permanent resident of Botswana?

Permanent Residence Application

  1. Resided lawfully in Botswana continuously for at least 5 years.
  2. Be of good character.
  3. Have made significant contributions to Botswana.
  4. Be of good standing in the society.
  5. Have enough means to support oneself and dependents.

How much is residence permit in Botswana?

How much does it cost? The cost to apply for the residence permit is BWP 1500.00.

Can you buy residency in Botswana?

Botswana offers several residency by investment schemes for foreign investors. The eligibility of the applicants depends on a point-based system, developed by the government.

Who qualifies as a permanent resident?

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as “green card” holders, are non-citizens who are lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States.

Can foreigners work in Botswana?

All expatriate workers who wish to take up employment in Botswana need to apply for a work permit. No non citizens of Botswana may engage in any occupation unless they have been granted a work permit for Botswana under the Employment of the Non Citizens Act or are the holder of a certificate of exemption.

What happens if you overstay in Botswana?

14. What is the penalty for overstaying in Botswana, i.e. for more than 90 days? The charge of overstay in terms of the Immigration Act is P100 for each day of overstay.

How long is a Botswana residence permit valid?

You must have a residence permit to stay in Botswana for the required period. This visa is valid for up to five years, depending on the employment contract’s duration. An extension is possible, provided the immigration authorities deem it justifiable.

What is a blue card in Botswana?

The Botswana Blue Card will allow persons who have renounced Botswana citizenship to retain the right to unlimited stay in Botswana. Botswana Blue Card holders will have the right to visit, live and work in Botswana. However, they will not be entitled to Omang and Botswana Passport.

Does a visa make you a permanent resident?

Non-immigrant visas are not usually a path to permanent resident status. Immigrant visas can start the process for permanent resident status, but they do not provide resident status themselves. A green card is a physical card that represents the holder’s right to permanently live and work within the United States.

How many years can you be a permanent resident?

A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551)

Although some Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as Green Cards, contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years. If you have been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for 2 years.