Second Passport in Paraguay – Too Good to be True?

June 14, 2014

By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWP

Is getting a second passport in Paraguay too good to be true? This week we found out all the details on the ground in Asuncion.

paraguayThis past week, I was meeting with our partners in Paraguay investigating their residency and citizenship program. We met with government officials in various offices talking about these opportunities and how to best navigate the process.

One of our meetings at the migration office in Asuncion was rather hectic. The office was full of people, officials scrambling around in a panic, and police officers everywhere. On top of that, it seemed no work was taking place, only chaos. We asked the secretary what was going on. That morning, less than an hour before we arrived, Bettina Mueller and her business partner were arrested.

If you don’t recognize that name, don’t worry. It is only recognized in certain circles – like the second passport and immigration circles. You see, Bettina has been promoting second passports in Paraguay and making claims she could provide a passport in less than 1 year. And she delivered.

She was the “fixer” for many of the more well-known promoters of second passports in Paraguay who make that claim. At this point, it is unclear exactly how it was being done, but it appears it was a combination of backdating residency applications with a little “brown bag” money and outright falsification and document forgery.

What is known is Bettina was arrested and when her house was searched, they found many very highly specialized printing machines in her home with boxes of blank passports and numbered government forms. What is also known is that she was falsifying US seals and US authorities’ signatures. Which is why the US Feds appeared with the shiny bracelets you get to wear behind your back.

Now, of course, I was not in the house to know exactly what happened, but I can only speculate that in addition to the blank passports and printing equipment, they also took her files and computers to identify her partners and clients. Up until this point, it was just a nice story about another criminal in a 3rd world country. But now, if you happen to be one of those partners or clients, I would be wiping the sweat from my brow. If you live in the US, you may want to consider booking a one-way flight to a friendlier locale.

This was a very serious arrest. And this will be treated in a very serious manner. Of course Paraguay will prosecute to the full extent of the law, but Paraguay is not the 800 pound gorilla with really nasty teeth and the NSA on their side. There will be examples made. Bettina will be very uncomfortable for a very long time. But it won’t stop with her. Rest assured.

Let me share with you the real process for acquiring Paraguayan citizenship and that elusive second passport.

Step 1. You need to acquire a certified copy of your birth certificate with an apostille from your home country.

Step 2. You need to acquire a police report (or FBI report if American) from every country you have lived in for the past 3 years. You will also need to have that provided with an apostille from the country that issued the police report or FBI report.

Step 3. You will need to appear at the nearest Paraguayan embassy to have the documents from step 1 and 2 legalized for Paraguay.

Step 4. You will need to acquire a Paraguayan visa (if required, based on your citizenship).

Step 5. You will need to open a bank account at a government approved bank with a minimum of $5,000USD deposit. This money cannot be touched until your residency application is approved.

Step 6. You will need to appear in Asuncion for a litany of meetings, notary stamps, health certificates, signatures, etc. (No need to go into detail because you will need to hire someone to facilitate this process since it is virtually impossible to figure out on your own).

Step 7. You wait. This can be anywhere from 3-6 months depending on the government officials’ mood, weather, planetary alignment, or religious festivals. Once approved, you will receive your residence permit.

Step 8. With residence permit in hand, you apply for your id card (cedula). This can take another 1-2 months to produce. You may also get your Paraguayan driver license good for 5 years once you have the cedula.

Step 9. Now you wait again. Three years from the date of issue of your residence permit, you can apply for citizenship. Again, this is a process that necessitates a professional as there are many steps to take in Asuncion.

Step 10. After 6-12 months your citizenship will be approved (barring any issues) making you a Paraguayan citizen. All-in this process takes 4-4.5 years. You do not need to live in Paraguay. You will need to visit Paraguay 2-4 times, depending on a few variables.

If you find someone like Bettina Mueller who bypasses any of these required steps, be wary. This means you are most likely acquiring a second passport in an illegal way putting you and your family at great risk.

While we frequently talk about the benefits of offshore business, bank accounts, investments and getting a second passport, you don’t want to risk your personal liberty by getting tossed behind bars because you were impatient. Trust me, I was personally in the Asuncion migration office when this transpired, and this will not end well for Bettina Mueller, her second passport promoters, or any of her clients. I am certain if they have not already be flagged by the US and the Mercosur countries, they soon will be.

There are faster second passport programs out there, but they cost a lot more money. Paraguay offers visa-free travel to 130 countries as well as being one of the Mercosur nations giving you access to most of South America. It is an excellent passport and the ease and cost of acquiring it is very low. You just need to be patient.

We have an excellent partner in Asuncion who works with clients from around the world providing this service. This person does business the right way. I watched it with my own eyes. I watched how they are connected with the right government officials, how they are efficient and professional and how they go out of their way to make sure you have a great experience.

This information is offered for all of our GWP Insiders subscribers as well as our paid consulting clients. We will be accepting new members for GWP Insiders in the couple of weeks so keep an eye out. In the meantime, if you want to schedule a consultation for this, or our asset protection and offshore service, click here.

Until next time, live well.

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  3. Hi there

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    Thank you for your mail and interest in the Paraguay Passport and Citizenship
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    We want to confirm that physical presence of the applicant in Paraguay is not
    a requirement.
    Citizens of Paraguay have the right to live and work in any of the
    Mercosur
    South American countries
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    free opportunities for traveling with the Paraguay passport are excellent as
    listed below and includes all European countries,all of Central and South
    America
    along with most of Asia & Africa:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Paraguayan_citizens

    When a visa is required ( USA or Canada) it is easily obtain. We can arrange
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    $2,000 and have it delivered with the documents (optional)

    The processing time required to
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    Total order cost is $3,900 and a $1,900
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    family package.
    Payment is only accepted via bank wire transfer.

    All orders include:

    – naturalization certificate ( proof of citizenship)
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    Filho & Carvalho Immigration Consultants

    Calle D. Norte, Ave. 4da. Este II

    David, Chiriqui – Panama

    fax 507.775.2011

    http://www.diplomaticsecondpassport.com

    filho.carvalho@hk8.gs

  4. Hi folks,
    This is just a courtesy comment to all who are interested in obtaining permanent residency in Paraguay. I followed up on Mr. Casey’s advice in the summer of 2015 by going to Paraguay and personally meeting the recommended attorney. I went with all necessary documentation and USD cash in hand sufficient to pay attorney’s fees and the opening of a local bank account. I was impressed with the attorney and decided on the spot to move forward. My process was immediately put into motion. The attorney has a team of folks who handle various aspects of the process, the most demanding of which seems to be the presentation of the applicant in person along with all his documents to the necessary government offices located at various locations around the city. I cannot remember exactly how many offices we had to visit but it could have been more than twelve – it was a lot, and the process took several days to complete. One office is Interpol. If you have advanced degrees and/or professional designations get the certs apostilled because this may elevate your standing in the approval process. Everything went according to plan and I received my residency along with cedula about twelve months later. Pls do not ask any follow up questions in this thread as I will not be monitoring it nor will I respond. The point of this post is to verify that legitimate candidates with clean records and professional credentials can indeed achieve PR through this process and Mr. Casey’s recommended attorney is completely honest and legitimate.

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  7. I am from Palestine can I get PR in Paraguay.
    How much it we’ll cost for family.

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  10. Do you have to live in PY during the 3 years you are waiting to apply for citizenship?

    • If you want to get approved for citizenship you need to show a connection to the country. You will definitely need to spend significant time there, but there is no hard rule on number of days in the country.

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  12. Immigration in Paraguay

  13. Hello, everyone, i am Bilal from Algeria I live in Malaysia I am interested in applying for Paraguay’s citizenship.
    since there is no Paraguay embassy in Malaysia ,neither Algeria ,what step I should do ?how I start ?
    dehiribilaldh1984@gmail.com contact me via email, please

  14. Kindly share details via email and process to proceed pls.

    Tx

  15. Know of any good fixers left that can do this fast track?
    emailbox110 AT gmail dot com

    • We do not “fast track”. We do it the legal method approved and written into the constitution. You can contact us thru the site contact us page.

      • Bob I didnt mean to sound shady there but really will be looking for a fixer that can get the residency in about a year and a half. I wont need it before than and im trying to finish a degree in electrical engineering first. The part i need help with is getting it done in spite of a felony…so yes shady in that regard.
        What does the investment actually get you in Paraguay…anything you can make a living on or is that money set aside “to be invested”?

        • With a felony you will never get residency in Paraguay.

          • never is a long time…lol…we will see…just began my search so who knows..
            Well appears you have no alternate solutions then or suggestions.
            People in my field are in demand so if not there I can always try a place or two otherwise.

          • Paraguay and Panama are the 2 easiest and least stringent residency options in the world. And neither will accept anyone from any country with a felony on their record no matter what profession. You must provide an FBI report (if American) or a police report (if non American) with notary and apostille. If there is any felony (and sometimes even misdemeanor) they won’t even accept the application.

          • Thanks for the feedback. Im not looking for financial reasons and I already work in my field. I’ll figure it out.

      • please help me with the process and fees.

        regards
        salman

  16. Hi ….it’s zeeshan from Pakistan….can I you please tell me the whole process of getting Paraguay PR

  17. abdul samad says:

    Filho Carvalho
    5:23 PM (17 hours ago)

    to me
    Dear Customer

    We have received the expected confirmation from Asuncion and are ready to
    proceed with the Paraguay Passport and Citizenship program for a single
    applicant at your earliest convenience.Most of the supporting documentation
    required for order processing is arranged locally including the police
    certificate and official
    Spanish translations.From the client we require a copy of their valid passport
    or government issued picture ID along with a copy of their birth
    certificate.Also
    required is the $1,500 minimum advance deposit,payable via bank wire transfer
    in the account listed below provided by our local government contact.

    —-
    Beneficiary name: Johnatan Rodriguez
    Beneficiary account number: 201000048859
    Beneficiary bank: Banesco Panama
    Beneficiary bank address: Marbella Calle Aquilino de la Guardia y calle 47
    city: Bella Vista
    country: Panamá
    Beneficiary bank SWIFT: BANSPAPAXXX
    Beneficiary address: 160 Avenida Bolivar Centro
    city: Porlamar country: Panama
    —-

    There is a 10% discount for orders paid fully in advance (optional).When using
    this option the total order cost will be $3,500.
    Once payment has been completed,please confirm the name of the sender,sending
    bank and country of origin for immediate processing.
    The remaining $2,400 balance is due once the order has been completed
    and delivered to the client (30 days).Delivery can be arranged through
    official channels ( locally in Asuncion /Paraguay Embassy or Consulate closest
    to the client)
    which should leave no doubts regarding their authenticity.Alternatively
    it can be arranged via courier (DHL) if requested.
    The clients also have the opportunity to verify the documents for 3 business
    days
    after completion before paying the $2,400 remaining balance.
    The photos will be required once the naturalization process has been completed
    in Asuncion and documents are ready to be issued.

    Size

    Minimum: 35mm x 45mm
    Maximum: 38mm x 50mm

    Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed
    Shadows from the head must NOT appear in the background
    ‘Red eye’ in photographs is not acceptable
    A clear contrast is needed between facial features and background

    Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable

    thank you for your business

    Roberto Carvalho

    Filho & Carvalho Immigration Consultants

    Gompertstraat 121/5

    Paramaribo, Suriname

    Phone/Fax (597) 42-4811

    http://www.diplomaticsecondpassport.com

    carvalho@executivemail.co.za

    THIS IS WHAT I THINK ITS FRAUD OR RIGHT.????? Please HELP ME

  18. Denny Devilla says:

    I was wondering about the Dominican Republic are their any programs out their , please drop an email to smiconcepts@aol.com if any one knows of anything.

  19. I’m in the process of using your contact to go through the process in the legal manner. However there are some conflicting/unusual requirements/information just to get ready to go to “Asuncion for a litany of meetings, notary stamps, health certificates, signatures, etc.” Appreciate any help/direction you can offer.

    1. I have spoken to personnel at the consulate with jurisdiction over my state and they were ok with me sending documents with the apostille to be legalized using UPS with a money order and not being there in person (documents arrived at the consulate today). Hope this works, as your summary above seems to indicate that I need to physically be there.

    2. “You must apply for a tourist visa in person (or by secure messenger) at the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington, DC, or the nearest Paraguayan consulate, and you must pay a fee.” Seems odd, I’ve been to several countries including China and Vietnam and neither required this? Are you familiar with any company or person who qualifies for the “Secure messenger” title and fee?

    3. I found the information below about how to lose your nationality if you “Have an unjustified absence from the Republic of more than three years (as determined by a court).” Is it possible that all the time and money spent to do it the correct, legal way will still be lost “someday” when “someone” decides your absence is unjustified?

    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/paraguay.html

    Paraguay does not recognize dual nationality for its citizens. According to Article 150 of the Paraguayan Constitution, naturalized Paraguayans may lose their nationality if they have an unjustified absence from the Republic of more than three years (as determined by a court), or by voluntary adoption of another nationality.

  20. Lonejack says:

    Bobby Casey’s comment:

    “Which is why the US Feds appeared with the shiny bracelets you get to wear behind your back”.

    So, I can understand why Paraguayan law enforcement is involved, but why are “U.S. Feds” making the arrest?

    • Forged US docs

      • Lonejack says:

        According to other reports Mueller and her business partner were German citizens with permanent Paraguayan residency. The charge seems to be fabricating Paraguayan passports and citizenship application forms. Even if U.S. documents were among those being forged, what would give American FBI agents the legal authority to arrest German citizens residing in a sovereign country other than the U.S?

        • In my opinion the agents have no legal authority to do this, but it still happens every day. I have countless stories of Americans being arrested by US agents on foreign soil.

          • Lonejack says:

            Yeah, I agree. My question was rather simple-minded in retrospect. Of course the American ZOG does whatever it wants wherever it wants in order to advance its hegemonic agenda…for now.

            Regards.

  21. screw you says:

    I knew your pathetic self would delete my comment, lying con man bastard.

  22. Thank you for an honest retelling of an incident that is sure to send shockwaves. People who take shortcuts lose far more time than they saved if they go to prison.

  23. Jason Rogers says:

    Jeff Berwick’s TDV passport agent in Paraguay (Claudia Bettina Muller) was recently arrested for fraud and selling fake documents and selling paths to citizenship that did not legally exist.

    Basically there is this guy named Nicholas Peter Rubini who was told by Berwick’s TDV passports that he could get an expedited Paraguayan passport in just 6 months (an option that legally does not exist) in exchange for $30,000. To this end TDV Passports arranged a meeting with their local agent in Paraguay Claudia Bettina Muller. After Muller flaked out on Rubini, Rubini contacted the police who subsequently raided Muller’s residence and seized a load of fake documents. Needless to say now the police probably have a list of anyone who was idiotic enough to pay TDV $30k for their Paraguay passport option and will soon find themselves in trouble too.

    Here are the links to the stories, they are from Paraguayan and German (Muller is a German) news services. If you can’t read them, use Google translate.

    http://www.abc.com.py/edicion-impresa/judiciales-y-policiales/cae-alemana-que-conseguia-documentos-en-forma-ilegal-1253781.html

    http://wochenblatt.cc/nachrichten/paraguayischer-pass-in-sechs-monaten/24585

    Conveniently the Paraguay option has disappeared from the TDV passports page, whereas just a few days ago it used to feature prominently.

  24. You know this is bs, no one you could ever find has acquired citizenship in Paraguay as a foreigner. All foreigners can get is residency, and even that can be taken away if you stay away for over 2 years. You are charging money for your “connection”, when neither you nor your connection knows even one person who has acquired a legit Paraguayan passport.

    • Not true Hobo. I personally know more than a dozen people who have acquired citizenship in PY as a foreigner. Your information about having your residency taken away is also false. You should google search the PY constitution and read about citizenship. The law is very clear it cannot be taken away except under extreme cases of criminal activity. Once you are PY resident you have it for life.

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