Naturalisation in Paraguay

Detailed, Step by Step description of the Naturalisation Process, which is the way of acquiring Paraguayan citizenship.
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  1. Permanent Residency obtained at least 3 years prior
  2. Create ties to the country (company, real estate assets, business, good local credit, investment on duly created and active company, job)
  3. Obtaining a tax payer number (mandatory, as it is one requirement)


  1. Request a Criminal background report.
  2. Request Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Updated CV

Obs.: All documents must be Apostilled or legalized.
Once all these documents are obtained and ready, the applicant is ready to come to Paraguay for the

following steps:

  1. Request Residency Certificate – Migrations Directorate (Ready in 5 days)
  2. Health Certificate –
    a) First Doctor’s Appointment to request lab orders
    b) Lab analysis: Blood, heart, STDs.
    c) Bring results to the Doctor for him/her to issue the Health Certificate d) Legalize the Health Certificate with the Ministry of Health
    Total time for this 5-7 days.
  3. Request Criminal Record (Local) 1 day
  4. Request Certificate of Police record . 1 day
  5. Request Certificate of Police record for Foreigners – 1 day.
  6. Interpol Certificate – 48 hours
  7. Life and Residency Certificate – 48 hours
  8. Translation of all documents from country of Origin + legalization of all translations. – 7 days.

10. Write the request with the sponsoring lawyer – 1 day.
11. Make copies of all documents
12. Count all pages for all documents to be presented.

13. Initiate the Naturalization request online. Pay fee (online) . Confirm payment to obtain a case number. (Steps 10, 11, 12 and 13: 1 day)

Once all these has been done, the applicant is ready to appear personally, along with the lawyer, before Supreme Court to request naturalization. After this is done (one morning), the following steps are expected:

1. Taking a test about Paraguay History, Geography, Laws and National Symbols.

After this test is approved, the SC issues orders to various Government offices to request information about the applicant, including a visit to the declared address on the request by a Peace Judge, where the applicant must be present for said inspection. This usually happens 7-10 days after the test was taken.

2. Once all requests of information are responded and sent back to SC, (I usually collect said orders and process them all using a PoA my clients grant me. It usually takes me 5-7 days), SC sends the files to the DA for them to review and ‘recommend’ the applicant as a citizen, or not. (20-30 days)

Observation: The good thing about this is that the applicant will know they were accepted, for sure, at this early stage.

3. Once the files are back to SC, the collecting of signatures starts (9 total, one for each Supreme Court Justice). During this time, I visit the SC building once a week to check on the case status. Collecting these signatures, though, is the longest part, it roughly takes between 2 and 5 years, depending on how ‘strong’ the case is. The process concludes when all 9 signatures are collected, that takes us to our next stage:


1. SC issues a letter accepting the applicant as a citizen and giving dates (about 4 different dates, one date a month), for the applicant to come and swear as a citizen.

2. The lawyer has to sign an acceptance letter with a date of the applicant’s choosing, no longer than 2 weeks after the letter was issued.

3. Once the date to swear as a citizen arrives, the new citizen will have to swear among other new citizens, too. Formal dressing is expected. The Naturalization letter is handed at the ceremony.

4. After swearing in, the new citizen waits for the SC’s different orders (10-15 days) to be registered as a citizen:

a) To the People’s civil registry office, to be registered as Paraguayan (12-15 days)
b) Police’s Identification Office (5-10 days)
c) Migrations Directorate (14-20 days)
d) Ministry of Justice (2 days) – – – – – – – – – -(END OF PROCESS WITH SUPREME COURT)

Once all these government offices issue orders to the Identifications department of National Police, the new citizen can update its cedula to “Paraguayan”. Once the new cédula is issued (7-10 days), the new citizen can request a passport after 30 days.


Permanent Residency in Paraguay

I started offering this service since summer 2014, when a client from the US asked me to come with him to migrations and assist him as an interpreter to complete the cédula (ID card) process. I always felt a bit intimidated by the PR application service, as the list of documents and requirements seemed long and complicated. However, I decided to assist Andrew and give PR a shot.

We went the following morning to migrations to ‘retrieve’ his documents, as his previous service provider had told him that his application was approved. We soon learned that his process hasn’t even started yet because they claimed some documents were either missing or lacking. I felt the need to try and solve the case at that moment, so I asked them to see his application files, and after a few minutes of waiting they let us see the pile of documents. All documents were there. We demanded results ASAP more so because he submitted said application almost a year prior. Back then, Migrations was very efficient and the most time a case would take was 6 months. Andrew and I sorted everything out before he left, and after 2 weeks I had my first PR case approved. 

From that moment on I’ve been honored to assist clients from many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Greece, Holland, Portugal, UK, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, France, UAE, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Canada, USA, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. I have handled over 100 cases for Permanent Residency, and although quite a few of them proved to be a challenge, we are proud to have a record of 100% success rate on all of our cases. 

The way we handle these cases is how follows:

  1. Client makes the first contact requesting information and costs.
  2. We respond with that information plus a step by step explanation of the process.
  3. Client confirms hiring us for assistance.
  4. We run every detail, documents, legalisation and/or Apostille making sure all documents are ready to start the process before Migrations Directorate. 
  5. Once the client is in Paraguay, we complete the paperwork and request of PR within 2-4 days. 
  6. We provide weekly updates on the cases, until the PR request is approved. 

We have many testimonials about our client’s experience hiring with us for this important step. If you are interested on this service or need more information contact us

Temporary Residency-Paraguay

Dear clients/friends. As you might have learned Paraguay has a new Migrations law since October 2022 and it is good news as the process has been simplified for applicants from all over the world! Me and my team are offering the usual outstanding, fast and efficient service for all of our clients.

The requirements are how follow:

  1. Criminal background check certificate (either legalized or Apostilled)
  2. Birth Certificate (either legalized or Apostilled)
  3. Marriage Certificate (either legalized or Apostilled)
  4. Divorce Sentence (either legalized or Apostilled)
  5. Valid Passport
  6. Tourist Visa (except for MERCOSUR countries)
    This Visa can be bought upon arrival at the airport for citizens from: United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For all the other countries you can either apply at a Paraguay consulate in your country of origin or we will drive you to Argentina, prepare all the paperwork and assist you at an extra cost.

Once here in Paraguay:

  1. We will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you to your booked accommodation
  2. We will drive you to all government offices to process the local required documents
  3. We will process other documents in an efficient and timely manner
  4. We will translate all documents for you beforehand
  5. We’ll get in line and make appointments beforehand so these visits are brief and you can go back to enjoy and get to know Asunción!
  6. Your time is one of our highest priority! we will do everything we can to make the process as smooth and fast as possible.
  7. Once the Temporary Residency Application is submitted, we guarantee approval between 14-20 days. However, at the moment of submitting this residency you’re granted a Precarious Residency (valid for 3 months). We process the cedula once the Temporary Residency is approved/issued and this can take up to 2 weeks.

We also have the option of Driver’s License on the first visit! Send us a message and let’s start planning your next step on diversification in Paraguay!
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Paraguay Residency for Chinese Nationals

We are launching our Temporary and Permanent Residency programs for Chinese clients!

We have exclusivity program for Chinese Nationals (among other countries) and we guarantee smooth process and approval. 

Send us a DM today and let’s begin! 

LL & Team

Assisting a new Client

Mr. Robert Zierl contacted me a few months back about obtaining a document on his behalf. Before contacting me he thought he could only get it in person, which was also challenging due to Covid-19 flight restrictions.

With the proper authorizations, knowledge of the process and right connections, I was able to obtain said document, process it in 2 days and send it to Europe. Mr. Robert was very happy and satisfied with my services and this is what he had to say about the experience:

“Lorena helped me to find my parents’ marriage certificate from Paraguay. It could be very difficult without her: with good communication and fair prices! So thank you very much for everything!” Robert Zierl

Thank you Mr. Robert for trusting me with this important endeavour. It was my pleasure and honor assisting you!


Real Estate in Paraguay

When I started assisting Expats visiting Paraguay, at the beginning mostly US citizens, one of the first services I provided was Consulting on Real Estate Investment. Eight years after, I have a 100% success rate on closing and securing these deals. The learning process was not easy, and we faced challenges along the way, including dishonest ‘sellers’. I am proud to say I was able to mitigate these problems and successfully closed over 100 deals. So contact me if you are interested on investing and mostly, securing your money. We will protect you and take care of you.

Assisting a News Organization

One of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I had was with The Japan Times. Having been hired to assist them for a Special Report about the Opportunities in Paraguay, it was very educational and new for me. But after 3+ months of office work, I was honoured to receive a great reference letter from them. I’d like to share this with all of you. Here’s what my Project Manager wrote:

To Whom It May Concern:

The Japan Times

This letter is my personal recommendation for Lorena Laterra. Until just recently, I have been Lorena’s immediate supervisor of 3 months of extensive work in Paraguay. Lorena assisted me in as a project assistant and made sure things were done on time and the right way. I found her to be consistently pleasant, tackling all assignments with dedication and a smile.

Besides being a joy to work with, Lorena is a take-charge person who is able to present creative ideas and communicate the benefits toward the team as well towards the clients and people that we are in touch with. She has successfully developed several connections for our project that have resulted in increased productivity. During her tenure, we saw an increase productivity and time management in the best possible way. The success of the project was a direct result of the communications and intermediations implemented by Lorena.

Though she was an asset to our project, Lorena was also extraordinarily helpful in other areas of the project. In addition to writing an translating interviews and paperwork, Lorena assumed a strong role in setting up meetings, inspiring and motivating others in the team.

I highly recommend Lorena for employment, projects and as a potential partner even. She is a team player and would make a great asset to any organization.


Seth Onal Project Director

GLOBAL INSIGHT for THE JAPAN TIMES sonal@global.insight.net

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Lorena Fought For Me

Lorena Laterra was my interpreter and guide through finishing the immigration process for permanent residency in Paraguay. Although, I initially thought that I would only need her to interpret for me, she was able to fix the problems that my previous immigration guide has created in my application. Specifically, immigration said documents were missing that were not.

Lorena fought for me as if I were family or an old friend. We were able to fix the minor error that was in my application.Lorena obviously enjoys her profession, and she exceeded my expectations. I will refer others to Lorena every opportunity I get.

– Andrew

Courteous and Friendly yet Firm

I met Lorena in 2016 when I traveled to Paraguay for 2 weeks to apply for residency.
She has had a great deal of experience in helping people through the process. She is competitively priced but always provides a great service. She was amazing in helping me. Within very tight time frames she was able to help me find a place to rent, get a cell phone service and bank account before I had even completed my residency. When I returned to Paraguay to live I obtained my residency after the estimated three months wait.

I have worked with Lorena since meeting her in 2016. During that time she helped me complete a contract on a house in Asuncion and was able to refer me to a good contractor She liaised with all the renovations as I am not fluent in Spanish. She dealt with many issues concerning third party contractors. She has managed my home and affairs in PY for the past four years as I am often travelling. Over the years we have known her we have been introduced to many of her clients. She enjoys facilitating friendships along with providing a great service .

She has always provided a high level of service and is very honest in her estimates of time frames. I have enjoyed watching her approach to the people she works with. She is extremely courteous and friendly yet firm. She follows up on any issues promptly.

– Michelle