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A new residence card has been issued in Georgia since 1 August 2011. A residence card is a main document that proves citizenship and identity of a person. A new residence card is a high-tech counterfeit-resistant identity document. It includes an embedded microchip which apart from the address contains personal information analogous to that of the old residence card.

Getting residence card

Any foreigner who has been granted a residence permit, also, a refugee and a holder of humanitarian status shall obtain a residence card regardless of their age.

A new residence card may be obtained at a corresponding branch of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall.

If along with obtaining a permanent residence card, an applicant gets registered at his/her living address, he/she must apply to that office of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall, which serves the corresponding territory.

Types of residence card

There are two types of residence cards: permanent and temporary.

A temporary residence card is issued to temporary residence permit holders, refugees and holders of humanitarian status.

A permanent residence card is issued to persons who are awarded permanent residence permits on the basis of the Agency’s conclusion.

Permanent residence card

The first time applicant for a permanent residence card must submit:

 

  • The Agency’s conclusion on granting a permanent residence permit or/and status of a stateless person;
  • Two photos (photos may be taken in branches of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall for 3 GEL per set);
  • Ground of registration (a minor aged under 16 years is registered at living address of parents, guardian or other legal representative and therefore, the ground of registration is not required);
  • Identity document (ID card of foreign citizens, birth certificate, et cetera);
  • Receipt certifying the payment of service fee.

Renewal of card

The following documents must be submitted to renew a card:

  1. Permanent residence card to be renewed;
  2. Two photos (photos may be taken in branches of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall for 3 GEL per set);
  3. Receipt of payment of service fee;

 

Grounds of renewal of card:

  • Change of domicile (except in cases when a person holds a new ID (residence) card);
  • Expiry of term;
  • Change of name or surname;
  • Inaccuracy in the data;
  • Unfit to be used (wear, damage or loss)

Temporary residence card

A holder of a temporary residence permit is registered on the basis of personal application.

The first time applicant for a temporary residence card must submit:

  1. The Agency’s conclusion on granting a temporary residence permit or status of a stateless person or/and a conclusion of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia on granting a refugee status or/and a humanitarian status;
  2. Two photos (photos may be taken in branches of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall for 3 GEL per set);
  3. Identity document of foreign citizen;
  4. Birth certificate (in case of a minor).

 

Note: Holders of refugee and humanitarian status do not undertake the registration.

Grounds of cancellation of residence card

A residence card is cancelled:

 

  • After a year of expiry of the term established by the law for the document, if during this period it has not been handed over to a holder;
  • When the Agency learns about a ground of cancellation of card (expiry of term; change of name/surname; damage; or inaccuracy in the data);
  • If applicant submitted a forged document which was revealed after the issuance of card;
  • When residence permit has been terminated;
  • When a refugee/humanitarian status has been terminated (on a temporary residence card);
  • In case of change of data when adopting a child;
  • In case of change of data when establishing paternity.

Terms and fees

Term                             Fee

 

Tenth business day                30 GEL

Fifth business day                 40 GEL

Third business day                50 GEL

Second business day              60 GEL

The same day                         65 GEL

A temporary residence card is issued for the duration of the term of validity of temporary residence permit.

 

  • A temporary residence card to a refugee is issued for three years;
  • A temporary residence card to a holder of humanitarian status is issued for one year.

 

Note: A fee is charged only for the issuance of a temporary residence permit to a stateless person.

 

Discounts

The following categories of people are exempt from a residence card fee:

  • Members of socially vulnerable families with the rating score up to 70 001 units;
  • Participants of the World War II;
  • Students of authorized higher educational institutions, whose status can be verified in the database of the Agency, are eligible to 10 GEL discount;
  • Students, who have already enjoyed a 10 GEL discount but want to obtain a document anew, are eligible to 3 GEL discount.