Applications for Residency

Find out how to apply for a residence permit in Gibraltar…

Only Gibraltarians and British citizens employed by HM Government can live in Gibraltar without any form of residence permit. All other citizens (EU and non-EU) must apply for a residence permit if staying for longer than six months. A non-Gibraltarian man married to a Gibraltarian woman does not need a residence permit, however, a woman married to a Gibraltarian man does require a permit.

As part of the European Union, Gibraltar affords EU citizens from other countries the right to live and work in the territory. A six-month residence permit is initially awarded on entry, followed by a renewable five-year residence permit if the individual has been successful in securing employment or has started a business.

Non-EU citizens must apply for residency under the Immigration Control Ordinance. Government guidelines state that the individual must be able to purchase a property suitable to accommodate them and their family, be in good health and have suitable financial resources to support themselves, so as not to rely on welfare.

Non-EU citizens can also obtain a residence permit through employment. The work permit for finding employment is granted if there are no Gibraltarians willing or able to complete the work in question.

Note: Spouses and dependents of non-EU nationals with a work permit are not entitled to reside in Gibraltar under the Immigration, Asylum & Refugee 2008 act.

Applications for a residence permit must be made at the Civil Status and Registration Office.

Documentation required

In order to apply for a residence permit, the following documentation is required:

EEA/EU National (Employed)

  • Passport or identity card
  • Employment Training Board registration
  • Proof of accommodation in Gibraltar
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Fee

EEA/EU National (Self-employed)

  • Passport or identity card
  • Employment Training Board proof of registration as self-employed
  • Business registration certificate
  • Certificate from the Department of Social Security
  • Proof of accommodation in Gibraltar
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Fee

Retired or self-sufficient

  • Passport or identity card
  • Proof of income in the form of bank statements or pension payments from a local bank
  • Proof of accommodation in Gibraltar
  • Private medical insurance (retired UK citizens should contact the Department for Work and Pensions and inquire as to their eligibility for transferring their NHS cover to Gibraltar.)

Civilian Registration Card

The Gibraltar Civilian Registration Card is issued with residence documentation for an initial term of one year and can then be renewed every five years. The card is an official EU photographic identification document.

The issuing body is the Civil Status and Registration Office.

Documents required for ID card application

EU nationals:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport
  • Passport photograph
  • Fee
  • Proof of address (only title deeds or rental agreement are acceptable)
  • Proof of income (depending on residence application type) either:

In addition the following are required depending on the applicant’s personal situation:

  • Employed: Employment contract and reference from employer
  • Self-sufficient: Six months of bank statements prior to application or a valid Category 2 Individual Certificate
  • Self-employed: Business Name Registration Act Certificate, Certificate of Registration as a self-employed person, receipt of payment of tax
  • Pensioners: Gibraltar Health Authority card and proof of pension

Spouses and dependants of EU nationals for application:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport
  • Passport photograph
  • Fee
  • Marriage certificate (in English)
  • Birth certificate (in English)

Required by non-EU nationals for application:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport
  • Passport photograph
  • Proof of address  (only title deeds or rental agreement are acceptable)
  • Discretionary permission to reside under Section 19(c) of the Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Act
  • Proof of income

In addition, the following are required depending on the applicant’s personal situation

  • Employed: Valid work permit
  • Self-employed: Business Name Registration Act Certificate, Certificate of Registration as a self-employed person, receipt of payment of tax
  • Self-sufficient: Category 2 Individual Certificate. Receipt of payment of tax

Forms for the registration card application and renewal can be found on the Gibraltar government website.

Non-EU citizens with residency in another European country

Non-EU citizens who have obtained residency in another EU state are still required to apply for residency in Gibraltar.

Further information can be obtained from the Civil Status and Registration Office: