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Re: Residency [Re: MisterB266] #385700
08/15/10 04:31 PM
08/15/10 04:31 PM
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We're going to be there for 38 days. Does that mean we're supposed to go to Belmopan and get a stamp? What if we're going to Tikal for a day while we're there. We technically leave Belize and get stamped again coming back from Guatemala. Would that be enough of a break to restart the clock on 30 days? We could/would spend them night if it meant not having to go get a stamp for the extra 8 days. Thanks!

Re: Residency [Re: gabby] #385701
08/15/10 05:09 PM
08/15/10 05:09 PM
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Gabby, when I first got here 5 years ago I tried that. The officers at the Western checkpoint didn't want to give me 30 days on re-entry from Guat. This was standard procedure in other countries, in South America, etc. When you come in tell the officer where you're going to stay. You can then go to the nearest Immigration office, Belize city, Ambergris caye, etc, once 29 days have passed. Belmopan only if you're staying in Cayo.

Re: Residency [Re: beachdude] #385704
08/15/10 05:40 PM
08/15/10 05:40 PM
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I had the opposite happen. Went to Chetumal for a day trip and the officer there gave me a 30 day stamp. When we went to renew the family they asked where my passport was. Told them what happened and they went ballistic and told me the officer at the border was not supposed to do that. I told them to take that up with him not me. They did not see the humor in my response at all!!!

Re: Residency [Re: MisterB266] #385705
08/15/10 06:15 PM
08/15/10 06:15 PM
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San Pedro, Belize
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I think you have to be here for three months before you can apply for a work permit. And both work permit and residency applications have a list of requirements you will have to meet. Bank statements (belize or U.S. banks), you'll have to submit papers for a Belize police record for residency, etc... I have a list somewhere here at the house with the requirements for residency but you can pick the same list up at immigration. For the work permit you'll also have to get a recommendation letter issued from the mayor. These are all things you'll need to get it legit. This is Belize so people have ways of getting things under the table. But legal is always the better and safer way to go.

Re: Residency [Re: hazzyy] #385734
08/16/10 12:16 PM
08/16/10 12:16 PM
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cracked up Offline
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There is no waiting period to apply for for a work permit. The prospective employer is supposed to verify (and prove that they actively searched) that there are no qualifed Belizeans.

Re: Residency [Re: cracked up] #385735
08/16/10 12:24 PM
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