This South American country of contrasts that is locked in by its bigger neighbours Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia, offers the perfect opportunity for a new start for those who seek adventure and something different. 

Though the country is still developing in many ways, it has also accomplished some remarkable things. Almost 100% of the country’s energy comes from hydroelectric plants and 94% of the adult population is literate, more than most other countries in South America. Paraguay is also one of the original 51 UN members and joined in 1945. 

Agriculture provides a living for about half of Paraguayans, but the government is taking measures to stop deforestation and protect the natural resources of the country. 

When you move to Paraguay, you’ll be welcomed by a subtropical climate and a rich culture. The economy is growing quickly as well as local industries. Many immigrants in Paraguay work in the industrial sector or as English teachers. The country offers the unique experience of really getting away and embracing a new culture that is not yet spoiled by tourists, and where the expat community is still relatively small. 

Things to keep in mind in a place that is so different from other places? Most Paraguayans speak Spanish, but the official language is Guarani. Confrontations are best to be avoided and people are quite reserved in public. 

Immigrants from all countries can apply for a permanent residence permit in Paraguay. The country needs skilled workers, investors and professionals and has opened its doors to expats. 

The application process will generally take about 70 days and applicants must have a clean criminal record, health check and some documents that must be applied for in Paraguay. The foreign documents that are required must be translated to Spanish. 

A work permit can be obtained with a sponsorship from a local company. The work permit is bound to one employer and profession. 

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Here are some of the ways to live in Paraguay:

Through investment:

  • If you make a $5,000 bank deposit into a Paraguayan bank or purchase local real estate, you can apply for Paraguay residency and citizenship after three years.  You do not need to relocate to Paraguay to maintain residency.

Through your Family:

  • If one or both of your parents are citizens of Paraguay, you can live in Paraguay and become naturalised citizen when you reside in the Republic permanently.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Paraguay, you are probably eligible for residency. You can apply for citizenship after living  in Paraguay for a period of 3 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Paraguay:

Through your Family:

  • If you were born in the Republic of Paraguay, you are most likely a citizen of Paraguay.
  • If one or both of your parents are citizens of Paraguay, you can live in Paraguay and become naturalised when you reside in the Republic permanently.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Paraguay, you are probably eligible for residency. You can apply for citizenship after living  in Paraguay for a period of 3 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Through investment:

  • If you make a $5,000 bank deposit into a Paraguayan bank or purchase local real estate, you can apply for Paraguay residency and citizenship after three years.  You do not need to relocate to Paraguay to maintain residency.

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The passport for Paraguay allows you to travel to 125 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 66.

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