When you arrive in Belize, you are granted a 30-day visa. This applies to all visitors across the board. This same visa can be renewed for up to six months at any immigration office for a cost of $12.50 U.S. per month. If you want to stay beyond the initial six months then you will be required to apply for a work permit.
Permanent Residence in Belize
Some may desire permanent residence in Belize. The first requirement for this status is that you have stayed in the country continuously for one year. The exceptions to this are retirees who have a regular income source and professional/skilled people or investors with at least $25,000 in hard currency ready to invest here. Persons who are retiring, professional, skilled, and investing can pretty much get their permanent residency card as soon as they arrive.
The fee to apply for permanent residence fee is $100.00 U.S. and a deposit between $100.00 and $1,200.00 U.S. (depends on the nationality of the applicant) must be left. The deposit can be refunded 3 years after the date residency is granted. The residency application form must be submitted with two passport-sized photographs of each family member. The photographs need to be signed by the Justice of the Peace and endorsed by the submitters.
Belize Retired Persons program
The Belize Retired Persons program makes a way for citizens in the United States, Canada, and U.K. to retire in Belize with residency provided they can prove a pension of at least $1,000.00 U.S. per month. If the income is from other sources outside of Belize, it must be at least $2,000.00 U.S. per month.
This program is not necessarily only for retirees. You can actually be an artist, writer, or photographer and set up an office in Belize and qualify for residency here too. As long as the work you do is not sold in Belize you can operate a tax free business and get permanent residency here.
Residency is especially appealing to those looking to stretch their pension dollar as the money will go a long way here.