How to Obtain a Long-Stay Visa and Resident Permit in Cameroon

Planning an extended stay in Cameroon for work or other purposes? Securing the right visa and resident permit is essential. This guide provides a detailed overview of the process and documentation required to obtain a long-stay visa and then a resident permit in Cameroon.

Step 1: Obtaining a Long-Stay Visa

Before you can apply for a resident permit, you must first obtain a long-stay visa. This visa is necessary for extended stays and is required to start the process of legal residency in Cameroon. Below are the documents you’ll need to apply for a long-stay visa:

  1. Passport Copy
    • Ensure your passport is valid for at least one year.
    • Provide a clear photocopy of the identification page.
  2. Invitation Letter
    • Submit an invitation letter from a host in Cameroon, detailing the purpose of your stay.
  3. Yellow Fever Vaccination Card
    • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory.
  4. Flight Reservation
    • Include a copy of your flight reservation, indicating your arrival date in Cameroon.

Step 2: Obtaining a Resident Permit

With your long-stay visa in hand, you can proceed to apply for a resident permit to legally reside in Cameroon. This permit is necessary for longer stays and to engage in activities such as employment. Here are the documents required:

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  1. Physical Valid Passport
    • Present your original passport, which should be valid for the duration of your stay.
  2. Signed and Approved Labor Contract
    • Provide a labor contract that has been signed and approved by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training (MINEFOP) and is still valid.
  3. Valid Long-Stay Visa
    • Your long-stay visa must be for more than six months and still valid.
  4. Police Clearance Certificate
    • Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (Non-Conviction) issued within the last three months.
  5. Parents’ Names
    • Submit your parents’ names as part of the personal information required.

Additional Tips

  • Visa First: Remember, you need to obtain the long-stay visa before you can apply for a resident permit.
  • One-Year Multiple Entry Visa: It’s advisable to obtain a one-year multiple entry visa, as it qualifies you for a resident permit application.
  • Verify Requirements: Always check with the relevant Cameroonian embassy or consulate for any updates on requirements.
  • Prompt Submissions: Ensure all your documents are up-to-date and submit your applications promptly to avoid any delays.
  • Professional Assistance: Consider professional services if you need help navigating the complexities of visa and permit applications.

Advantages of Securing a Long-Stay Visa and Resident Permit

  • Legal Residency: Enables you to legally reside in Cameroon and engage in activities like employment or study.
  • Multiple Entries: With a one-year multiple entry visa, you can leave and re-enter Cameroon without reapplying for a new visa each time.
  • Compliance: Ensures you are compliant with Cameroonian immigration laws, avoiding any legal issues during your stay.

Let OpenHub Consulting Assist You

The process of obtaining a long-stay visa and resident permit can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At OpenHub Consulting, we provide comprehensive support to ensure your application is complete and meets all requirements, streamlining the process for you.


Contact us today at OpenHub Consulting for expert assistance in obtaining your long-stay visa and resident permit in Cameroon. Visit our blog at OpenHub Digital for more insights on residency and visa regulations in Cameroon.


Following these guidelines and seeking professional help, you can successfully secure your long-stay visa and resident permit, making your extended stay in Cameroon smooth and legally compliant. For personalized advice or any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!

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