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Cameroon - Apply for a Residence Permit

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A residence permit is an identification document issued to foreigners in Cameroon giving them rights to resides in a country for a definite period.

Following are procedures on how to apply for a residence certificate.


A Residence permit is given to foreign nationals who wishes to stay in Cameroon and are 18 years old and above.

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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. Fill in the application form.
  2. Submit the form along with all the required documents.
  3. Pay all necessary fees.

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Required Documents

  • Photocopy of your passport (has remaining validity of 3 months)
  • Appropriate Visa
  • Certificate of residence issued by the administrative authority or the Commissioner of Police territorial jurisdiction
  • Criminal record
  • Tax certificate or receipt of payment of the withholding tax, or, a photocopy of the license as valid for the current fiscal year
  • Payment of stamp duty set by the Finance Act
  • Reason for staying in Cameroon

For Renewal

  • Former residence card (has remaining validity of 1 month)
  • Proof of Residence
  • Completed renewal form


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A residence permit is valid for 2 years and may be renewed.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Yaounde, Cameroon


Cameroon Embassies and Consulates Abroad

Contact Numbers of Foreign Embassies in Cameroon

Cameroon Diplomacy Website

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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

  • Cameroon Diplomacy:


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