Residency Visa

Please read this information carefully before you complete your application.

  • Who should use this form?

Use this form if you are in Vanuatu or outside of Vanuatu and are applying for a visa to reside in Vanuatu for more than 12 months. There are six different grounds on which a residence visa may be granted. The main applicant must satisfy the criteria of one of the grounds outlined below to be eligible for the grant of a residence visa. Evidence as specified on the visa application checklist must be provided.

You may include your spouse (married or de-facto) in your application. You may include dependent children in your Residence visa application unless you are applying for a Residence visa as a Self-Funded Resident.

1. Partner

  • You are married to or are living in a genuine, de facto relationship with a Vanuatu citizen, or

  • you were married to or living in a genuine de-facto relationship with a Vanuatu citizen at the time of his or her death and either have children that are citizens of Vanuatu, or were in that marriage or de-facto relationship for at least 5 years.

2. Child

  • You are the dependent child of a Vanuatu citizen.

3. Employee

  • You are an employee, or have accepted employment, from a business operating in Vanuatu for a period of at least 12 months.

4. Self-funded resident

  • You have an income certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu of at least 250 000 vatu per month, or 500 000 vatu per month if you are including your spouse or de-facto partner in your application,

  • or If you were the holder of a residence permit on the basis of being a self-funded retiree prior to 7 February 2011 have an income certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu of at least 150,000 vatu per month, or 300 000 vatu per month if you are including your spouse or de-facto partner in your application.

5. Foreign Investor

  • You have been issued with an approval certificate by the Vanuatu Investment and Promotion Authority (VIPA) as a 'foreign investor', and

  • If the foreign investor certificate issued by VIPA indicates that you will be operating a business in Vanuatu, a business license issued by the relevant official body.

6. Land Owner

  • You have leasehold ownership of a property in Vanuatu with a value of 10 million vatu or more, and

  • you have an income certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu of at least 250 000 vatu per person included in the application.

  • Only one form needs to be completed by the applicant and any family members who intend to accompany the applicant to Vanuatu.  You may include your spouse (married or de facto) in your application.  You can include a dependent child in your application if you are applying on the grounds of being a Partner, Child, Employee, Foreign Investor or Land Owner. You cannot include a dependent child if you are applying on the grounds of being Self-Funded.

  • The exact visa application charge must accompany the application in Vatu, by bank cheque made out to Vanuatu Immigration or via international money transfer, if you are outside Vanuatu when you apply.

  • Residents must be willing to abide by the following general visa conditions:

  • The visa holder must comply with all laws of Vanuatu;

  • The visa holder must not behave in a manner that is prejudicial to peace, good order, good

  • government or public morality in Vanuatu; and

  • The visa holder must inform Vanuatu Immigration of any significant changes in his or her personal or financial circumstances.

And the following specific visa conditions: 

  • Partner Residence visa: the main applicant must continue to be legally married to, or in a de facto relationship, with the same citizen of Vanuatu on which basis the visa was granted, unless the citizen of Vanuatu is deceased.

  • Child Residence visa: the main applicant must continue to be a dependent child of a citizen of Vanuatu.

  • Employee Residence visa: the main applicant must continue to be an employee of the business  operating in Vanuatu on which basis the visa was granted and the visa holder has been given  permission to commence or continue working in Vanuatu under the Labor (Work Permits Act)  [CAP 187].

  • Self-funded Residence visa: the main applicant continues to receive the monthly required income.

  • Foreign Investor Residence visa: the main applicant continues to hold valid foreign investor approval certificate issued by VIPA and a valid business license issued by the relevant official body if conditional on issue of VIPA approval certificate.

  • Land Owner Residence visa: the main applicant continues to receive the monthly required income and continues to have leasehold ownership of the property concerned.

  • Please complete the form by printing clearly in block letters. All dates should be shown in the format: dd/mm/yyyy (eg 20/08/1980).

  •  Please post the completed and signed visa application form with certified copies of  relevant documents (listed on the visa application checklist) and the correct visa application charge to the address below. 

Checklist
1
Residence Application Form – completed and signed by you and each person included in your application aged 18 years and over
2

Visa application charge paid (per applicant):

  • If you or a person included in your application seeks to be granted a visa for 1 year & is aged 18 years or over 57,600 Vatu
  • If you or a person included in your application seeks to be granted a visa for 3 years & is aged 18 years or over 158,400 Vatu
  • If you or a person included in your application seeks to be granted a visa for 5 years & is aged 18 years or over 259,200 Vatu
  • If you or a person included in your application seeks to be granted a visa for 10 years & is aged 18 years or over 426,000 Vatu
  • If you or a person included in your application is aged less than 18 years, for each year they seek to be granted a visa 2,880 Vatu
3
If you are in Vanuatu: Valid Passport of you and each person included in the application; or  If you are outside Vanuatu: certified copy of bio-data page and all used passport pages of you and each person included in the application Note: Passport must be the one you will use on entry to Vanuatu  
4
2 recent passport sized photographs of you and each visa applicant included in your application with names of the person on the back of their photograph
6
Deposit of a Security – equivalent to the cost of an air ticket from Vanuatu to your country of nationality or another country that you are permitted to reside in, including airport taxes. A Security is required for each person included in the application
7
If a person included in your application is aged under 18 years: certified copy of birth certificate* 
8
If you or a person included in your application is married: certified copy of marriage certificate*  
9
If you or a person included in your application has been widowed: certified copy of death certificate* 
10
If you or a person included in your application has been divorced: certified copy of divorce certificate*
11(a)

Partner

If you are applying for a residence visa on the basis of being married to, or living in a marriage like (‘de-facto’) relationship with a person of the opposite sex who is a citizen of Vanuatu:

  • If married: certified copy of marriage certificate*;
  • If in a de facto relationship: 
  • statutory declaration* by you and your partner indicating when the partnership commenced and where, that the relationship is ongoing and to the exclusion of all others; and
  • evidence that the you and your partner have been living together such as a lease agreement, rent receipts, utility and phone bills, bank statements*
11(b)

Child

If you applying for a residence visa on the basis of being a dependent child of a citizen of Vanuatu: 

  • certified copy of birth certificate*
  • certified copy of your Vanuatu citizen’s birth certificate or citizenship certificate
11(c)

Employee

If you are applying for a residence visa on the basis of being an employee of a business operating in Vanuatu:

  • a letter from your Vanuatu employer indicating that they will employ you, subject to you being granted a visa or a copy of your employment contract 
11(d)

Self funded Resident

If you are applying for a residence visa on the basis of being self funded:

  • evidence of income of at least 250 000 Vatu per month or 500,000 Vatu per month if you have included your partner in the application, certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu; or
  • if you were the holder of a residence permit on this basis of being a self 
    funded retiree when the Regulations commenced: income of at least 150,000 Vatu per month or 300 000 Vatu per month if you have included your partner in the application, certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu.
11(e)

Foreign Investor

If you are applying for a residence visa on the basis of being a foreign investor:

  • the original or certified copy of your approval certificate as a foreign investor issued by VIPA; and
  • the original or certified copy of your business licence issued by the relevant official body if VIPA certificate indicates a business licence is required 
11(f)

Land Owner

If you are applying for a residence visa on the basis of being the owner of property in Vanuatu:

  • a land lease and title transfer document indicating that you have leasehold ownership of a property/properties in Vanuatu; and
  • a valuation by a local bank chartered accountant, indicating that the property/properties are valued at a minimum of 10 million Vatu ; and
  • an income of at least 250 000 Vatu per month per person included in the application, up to a maximum of 1 million Vatu per month certified by a bank operating in Vanuatu 

12

Medical check form for each applicant over 18 years of age completed and signed by the applicant and the registered medical practitioner who undertook the health examination*.

13

Police clearance certificate(s) for each applicant over 18 years of age. A police clearance certificate must be provided for each country the applicant has lived in for 12 months or more in the past 5 years*.