What is the change? Guatemala’s National Immigration Authority has published new immigration filing fees for 2019.

What does the change mean? Effective Jan. 7, government fees will increase for applicants filing for residence status and certification of immigration records.

  • Effective date: Jan. 7.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work and residence permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers sponsoring applicants in any of the above categories.

Background: Fees for some key categories are as follows (all rates in U.S. dollars):

Services Previous rate New rate (effective Jan. 7)
Ordinary passport, valid for five years $30 $50
Visa for an individual who has a residence application being processed $15 $25
Multiple-entry visa for an individual who has a residence application being processed $100 $100
Request for an extension of residence $25 $25
Temporary residence $300 One year: $200

Two years: $300

Three to five years: $300

Permanent residence $500 $700; permanent residence for Central Americans is $500
Transfer of a visa to another passport $15 $15
Annual immigration fee for permanent residents $40 $40


Legalization of documents $25 $25
Certification of immigration records $5 $10

The payment for immigration fees is made in quetzales at the daily exchange rate calculated and published by the Central Bank of Guatemala.

Analysis & Comments: Companies should take note of the increased fees and adjust their budgets if necessary.

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.