How to Become a Citizen of Belize

Two Methods:Find out if you are qualified to get citizenship in Belize.Register as a resident alien after 6 months of living in Belize.

Belize is an English speaking country and member of the British Commonwealth, located on the Caribbean Sea between Mexico and Guatemala. It is home to natural beauty and a tranquil environment that is sought after by many retirees and travelers. While some red tape and patience is required, getting citizenship in this country is not that difficult. Read on to find out how to become a citizen of Belize.

Method 1
Find out if you are qualified to get citizenship in Belize.

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    Citizenship is granted to those born in Belize, and to children and grandchildren of citizens of Belize, whether your grandparent or parent is still alive or not. You cannot become a citizen if either parent is a citizen of a country at war with Belize or has immunity from a legal power in Belize.
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    Marry someone who is currently a citizen of Belize. Residency requirements state that a spouse of a Belizean citizen must live in the country for 1 year before obtaining citizenship.
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    Move to Belize and be prepared to stay. Certain requirements must be met while you are living in Belize to be able to stay there legally. If you arrive in Belize by any method, you will be given a 1 month entry card for free. The card can be renewed monthly for a low fee for up to 6 months. The rate goes up after 6 months.
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    Find out if you need a tourist visa. Citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Caribbean do not have to apply for a visa to get a tourist card, but other citizens do. The Department of Tourism can provide more information about visa requirements, as well as further directions on how to become a citizen of Belize.

Method 2
Register as a resident alien after 6 months of living in Belize.

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    Make sure you have the funds to prove that you can stay in Belize. You are not allowed to work in Belize while you have tourist status, and are required to show proof that you have funds of about $2000.00 a month to spend on living in Belize when you renew your visitor's permit. However, this requirement is not always enforced.
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    Be careful when considering entering the Qualified Retired Persons Program, commonly known as the QRP. This program, operated by the Belize Tourism Board, was created by a government act to attract retirees to Belize. It has been met with criticism by people who applied and went through a difficult approval process or not approved at all. Additionally, time spent living in Belize under the QRP is exempt from the residency requirements needed to become a permanent resident.
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    Fill out the Permanent Residency Application form after living in Belize for 1 year. Requirements include medical testing, a criminal background check, and 2 personal recommendations from Belizean residents who you have known for a year or longer. After this requirement is met, you are able to work in Belize or start a business.
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    Apply for naturalization after living in Belize as a permanent resident for a minimum of 5 years.

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