Residency and Immigration FAQs

Residency and Immigration FAQs

  1. What Type of Residency is right for me and what are the requirements?

Honduras has four types or categories of Residency. They are:

Retirement Residency (pensionado)

This category is for retired foreign nationals who receive permanent, stable pension or retirement income of at least US$1500 per month. Keep in mind that if you receive retirement income from various pension programs, the total received should add up to the amount previously mentioned.

In addition to the general requirements, the primary applicant must also obtain:

  • A legalized/apostilled letter from the pension providers, stating the amount of the pension received monthly.
  • A letter from the Honduran bank where the retirement income will be deposited on a monthly basis, stating the same.

The letter from the pension provider as well as the letter from the Honduran bank must state that the pension is permanent and stable.

Revenue-based Residency (rentista)

According to the Ley de Migración y Extranjería, for this type of residency, applicant must show proof of receiving monthly, permanent fixed revenue of at least US$2500 from legitimate investments, either overseas or in Honduras.

In addition to the general requirements, the primary applicant must also obtain:

  • A certificate showing evidence of assets, securities, or any other means that generate revenue on a monthly basis, supporting documents.
  • A letter the Honduran bank where the revenue/income will be deposited on a monthly basis, stating the same.

The certificate and the letter from the Honduran bank must state that the income is received monthly, is permanent, licit and stable.

Investor Residency (inversionista)

Honduras offers an investor residency to foreign nationals investing in projects in Honduras, providing the minimum investment is at least US$50,000.

For the application process, the investor is required to provide the following, in addition to the general requirements:

  • Feasibility study of the project.
  • Project description including the amount of the investment and proposed timeline.
  • A certificate of deposit for the amount of US$5,000 from the Banco Central de Honduras to guarantee the investment.
  • A letter from the Honduran Secretaría de Industria y Comercio stating that a registration application has been presented by the applicant, or that the applicant is part of the Investors Registry.

Residency for the spouse, grandparent, parent, and siblings of a Honduran citizen

Foreign nationals married to a Honduran citizen are eligible for residence through marriage.

In addition to the general requirements, the applicant must provide:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate of the Honduran spouse
  • Copy of the Honduran spouse’s ID

If the marriage took place abroad, it is preferred that it is registered in Honduras with the Registro Nacional de las Personas (RNP) for residency purposes.

Also eligible for Honduran residency are grandparents, parents, and siblings of Honduran citizens. Proof of the family relationship is required in these cases.

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