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Immigrate to Seychelles

Updated on Tuesday 14th June 2022

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Foreign citizens who want to move to Seychelles can do that on temporary or permanent basis. Apart from obvious reasons like the beautiful landscapes and the fact that the country is a reputed financial center, relocating here comes other advantages depending on the reasons one has in mind.
Persons who want to immigrate to Seychelles can rely on the support of our lawyers who can provide them with the necessary services associated with relocating to a foreign country. We can offer tailored assistance in moving here based on employment or investment.

Types of visas for Seychelles

Foreigners who want to relocate to Seychelles can apply for various types of visas which enable them to first visit the country and then decide for how long they want to live and here and based on that obtain a residence permit.
Generally speaking, these are all the visas available for entering Seychelles:
  1. the tourist visa which can be used for visiting the country, but also for business reasons for stays of more than 30 days;
  2. the transit visa which is available for those traveling from one country to another with a stop in Seychelles;
  3. the work permit which is issued under specific conditions, where one of the most important is securing a job here;
  4. the residence permit which can be obtained through investment or by opening a business in Seychelles.
Not all persons entering Seychelles need visas, however, those who want to stay here for more than 30 days must apply for the tourist visa. For those seeking to live here for longer periods of time, a residence permit is required.
If you plan to immigrate to Seychelles and need assistance, you can rely on the services of our specialists who can help you choose the right type of residence permit.

Types of residence permits for immigration to Seychelles

Foreign citizens aiming to move to Seychelles and obtain residency here must know that there are several types of permits they can obtain. These are:
  • - the gainful occupational permit;
  • - the simple residence permit;
  • - the dependent residence permit;
  • - the permanent residence permit.
Each type of document comes with its own requirements.
If you are interested in setting up an offshore company in Seychelles, our local specialists are at your service.

The gainful occupational permit for Seychelles

Foreigners who want to work or be self-employed in Seychelles should consider applying for a gainful occupational permit. This type of document will enable them to work and live here.
The procedure for obtaining such a permit implies finding a suitable employer who will file for an approval certificate with the Ministry of Employment, and Social Affairs. Following that, the certificate will be submitted by the employer with the Immigration Office. The document must be filed no later than a week prior to the foreign employee starting to work.
What should be noted by those who want to immigrate to Seychelles based on gainful occupational permits is that they first need to obtain these visas, and only after that they can enter the country.

How to obtain a residence permit in Seychelles

A residence permit in Seychelles can be obtained by foreign persons who:
  • - are not prohibited to enter the country;
  • - have family members who already live here;
  • - make a contribution to the Seychelles economy.
However, it should be noted that such a permit does to allow the foreign citizen to work in Seychelles.
If you want to relocate to Seychelles based on a simple residence visa, you can rely on our local advisors.
We can also assist foreigners who want to acquire real estate here.

The dependent residence permit

Spouses and children of foreign citizens who live in Seychelles can move to the country by obtaining dependent passes. The Seychelles residence permit holder must file an application with the immigration authorities alongside various documents that indicate the relationship between the relatives.
If you want to come and live with a family member in Seychelles, you can ask for guidance from our lawyers who can help you.

Investment options for immigrating to Seychelles

Seychelles welcomes foreign investors who want to contribute to the country’s economy which is why the authorities here have created a special program. Residency by investment is available for those can:
  • - invest at least 1 million USD in a domestic business with a legal seat in Seychelles;
  • - invest at least 1 million USD in a company with operations in Seychelles;
  • - citizenship can be obtained after living in the country for 11 years.
For complete support if you want to immigrate to Seychelles, please contact our local representatives who can also help you open a company here.

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Call us now at +230 5252 6703 to set up an appointment with our business consultants in Victoria, Seychelles. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Seychelles.

As a our client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Seychelles.

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