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There are two pathways for foreigners wishing to obtain a Temporary or Permanent Resident permit. The first involves initially applying for and obtaining a Visa to Establish Residence. The other is via family reunification.

The Visa to Establish Residence allows the holder to enter Timor-Leste to request a Residence Permit. Foreigners are unable to apply for and be granted a Resident Permit unless they have first been granted this visa, or are granted family reunification as immediate family of a person granted a Resident permit.

Foreigners who have been granted the Visa to Establish Residence and entered the country on this basis may then apply to the Immigration Service in Dili for a Residence Permit. The residence permit cannot be processed on arrival as this service is only available at the offices of the Immigration Service in Dili to those who are within the country.

Further details are in the links below.

See : Visa to Establish Residence
See : Family Reunification
See : Resident Permits
See : Visa application forms