If you are looking to move from the United States to a tropical paradise in the Caribbean, Belize offers many incentives that other countries do not. In addition to the opportunity to explore beautiful beaches and Mayan ruins, living in Belize also has financial advantages for those coming from the U.S. The Belizean government has set up tax policies as incentives for those looking to become new, permanent residents of Belize.
There are three options to live either part-time or permanently in Belize: the Extended Tourist Card; the Qualified Retired Person Program (QRP); and Permanent Residency.
Qualified Retired Persons Program (QRP)
The QRP program is aimed at attracting retirees (or anyone above the age of 45) to Belize. For the prospective retiree who meets the qualifications, the QRP program offers fast-track approved residency and tax-free entry of the retiree’s household goods and motor vehicles. Unlike permanent residency, you need only be physically present in Belize a total of 30 days per year. For more on the requirements and benefits of QRP, click here.
Applications for Belize Permanent Residence are made to the Belize Immigration Department after you have resided continuously in Belize for one year. You may not leave Belize for more than 14 days during this time or your application may be rejected.
Simply fill out the required Permanent Residency Application form, take an HIV test, submit a recent police certificate of no criminal convictions, and provide two recommendations from individuals who have known you for at least one year. These individuals are usually ministers of religion, registered medical practitioners, attorneys at law, Heads of a Government Department or Justices of the Peace.