New regulations impact work and residence permits

16 Apr 19



What is the change? The National Immigration Authority has announced new regulatory provisions for Guatemalan visa and residence permits.

Key points:

  • New requirements for Category “C” visa applicants. Category “C” nationals applying for visas must now submit criminal and/or police records from the countries where they have resided over the last five years.
  • Locally sponsored employment. Guatemalans sponsoring foreigners must register with the sponsor registry of the Guatemalan Immigration Institute.
  • Work permits. When applying for a residence permit, the employee must submit a legalized copy of the work permit to the Guatemalan Immigration Institute within three months of the adjudication of the work permit.
  • Temporary residence. Foreign nationals applying for a temporary residence permit must attach a job offer letter specifying the conditions of work—such as length of the contract, form of remuneration and work location—to the application.
  • Temporary residence for investors. When applying for a temporary residence for investors, applicants must indicate the economic activity in which they will engage, and will need to present documentary evidence that the investment is greater than US$100,000.
  • Permanent residence. Foreign nationals who have held a temporary residence permit for at least five years will be eligible for permanent residency.
  • Tax filing. Temporary residents must submit their tax solvency document annually to the Office of Immigration Affairs. Failure to comply may result in fines.
  • Entry and exit. All foreign nationals applying for a residence permit in Guatemala must obtain a single- or multiple-entry visa (valid for 90 days, non-renewable) when leaving the country during the processing of their residence permit.

Analysis & Comments: Companies should take note of the new provisions, as they may add additional application requirements and increase processing times for work and residence permits.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.