If you intend to immigrate to Lebanon for some reason, you need to apply for a visa, residence permit, or citizenship. Before doing so, it is important to consider all the nuances of these procedures in advance. You can contact us for legal advice to ensure your success in obtaining a visa or applying for permanent residency.
Types of Lebanese visas
The most common Lebanese visas are:
• Tourist visa to Lebanon. Issued only to people entering Lebanon for tourism or recreational purposes. This type of visa can be obtained either upon arrival or in advance at the embassy.
• Business visa to Lebanon. Issued to foreigners who are traveling for business purposes such as meetings, conferences, etc.
• Work visa to Lebanon. This type of visa is a resident visa. You will need an employer in Lebanon who can apply for your work permit at the Immigration Office of the Ministry of Labour.
• Transit Visa to Lebanon. Issued to foreigners who intend to travel through Lebanon to reach a third destination country.
• Lebanese Resident Visas. These are long-term visas, such as work visas. They are issued to foreigners who intend to live in Lebanon temporarily or permanently, either to work, study, reunite with a family member, or for retirement.
Required documents for a visa to Lebanon
When you apply for a visa to Lebanon at the embassy, you must submit the following documents along with your application:
• A visa application form.
• Valid passport.
• A copy of your passport.
• Residence Permit. This applies only if you are not a citizen of your country of residence.
• Recent passport-size photo.
• Bank statement for the last three months.
• Proof of residence in Lebanon.
• Proof of return ticket.
• Confirmation of employment. The letter should include your position and salary.
Additional documents regarding the reason for your trip
Visa for participation in vocational training:
• Official invitation.
• A detailed itinerary of the training program.
For student visa to Lebanon:
• A letter of admission to a Lebanese educational institution.
• Proof that you have sufficient funds to pay your tuition.
For a work visa to Lebanon:
• A pre-approval letter from the Ministry of Labor.
• Additional documents on a case-by-case basis.
If you are either a student or married to a Lebanese citizen (more than one year), have a work permit, or have a lot of money in the bank, you can apply for a temporary residence permit (one year) or a permanent residence permit (three years).
Birthright: being born in the Republic of Lebanon does not give you citizenship.
A child whose father is a Lebanese citizen is considered a Lebanese citizen.
A child born in Lebanon to a foreign mother without the recognition of the Lebanese father receives the nationality of the mother.
All children of Lebanese origin born outside Lebanon must be registered with the Lebanese embassy, otherwise, the child will not be automatically granted Lebanese citizenship.
BY NATURALIZATION: Lebanese citizenship can be obtained if the following condition is met:
- The person has applied for and received a decree from the Lebanese Council of Ministers. Naturalized citizenship cannot be acquired otherwise.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED.
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: To voluntarily renounce Lebanese citizenship, a person must send a letter of renunciation to the nearest Lebanese embassy or consulate. The embassy will send the renunciation to Lebanon. The embassy will notify the person if the renunciation is approved.
Lebanese citizenship that has been voluntarily renounced can be restored if the reasons for the renunciation no longer apply.
INVOLUNTARY: Grounds for involuntary loss of Lebanese citizenship are:
• A person in the service of a foreign country.
• The person commits a crime against the security of the Lebanese state.