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Residency Visa

Please read this information carefully before you complete your application.

  • Who should you 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.
  1. Child
  • You are the dependent child of a Vanuatu citizen.
  1. Employee
  • You are an employee, or have accepted employment, from a business operating in Vanuatu for a period of at least 12 months.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Leasehold holder
  • 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 Labour (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.
  • Leasehold Holder 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.

Note: You can find the checklist to your application form using the following links and also under application forms, Visa forms.

New Residency checklist Renewal Residency Checklist
Child checklist Child Checklist
Self Funded Checklist Self Funded Checklist
Partner Checklist Partner Checklist
Leasehold Holder Checklist Leasehold Holder Checklist
Foreign Investor Checklist Foreign Investor Checklist
Employee checklist Employee Checklist

Follow the link below to download the Residence Visa application form.

Click here to get application form.