Spain launched its golden visa programme in 2013. An investment of €500,000 in real estate will gain family residency. The Spanish investor visa can be renewed every two years. After five years it is possible to gain permanent residency and after ten years citizenship. It is not necessary to live in Spain to retain and renew the residency visa permit.
The Portugal Golden Visa program has proven to be the most popular scheme in Europe with investors attracted to its flexibility, cost and benefits. Introduced in 2012 this pioneering investment visa effectively launched the concept of Golden Visas taking it mainstream and laying the foundations for other countries such as Spain and Greece to follow. Since then, the Portugal program has been actively promoted internationally attracting over €6.0 billion of inward investment into the economy. As the leading consultancy for the Portuguese Golden Visa we are proud to have advised and assisted more than one thousand investors and applicants from over 150 countries worldwide for the programme since its introduction.
Launched in July 2013 the Greek Golden Visa programme grants a five-year residency visa in return for an investment in real estate. There is no minimum stay requirement and children up to the age of 21 are included in the family application. The visa is granted for five years and renewed every five years if the property investment is retained. It is not necessary to live in the country in order to retain and renew the investor visa. However, citizenship can only be granted after seven years of residency.
The EB-5 visa gives permanent U.S. residency to those investing into government-approved projects across the United States of America. The USA EB5 investment visa can be beneficial as it grants access to the U.S. education system, the right to live, retire, work and study in the USA, the ability to receive investment back upon the completion of the project and residency for the investor, any children (under 21) and their spouse. The main applicant must reside in the USA for 6 months per year.
Certain countries such as China, India and Vietnam now face lengthy retrogression delays through EB5. An effective alternative to the EB5 is the E2 visa. Investment must be “substantial” but in practice is far less than the EB5. The E2 can only be obtained by citizens of countries holding an E2 treaty with the USA. This includes options such as Grenada and Turkey. Investment for citizenship in these countries entitles the holder to apply for an E2 visa, providing they reside in the treaty country first, for a minimum of three years. The route to residency can be faster and cheaper than EB5 in some cases, although a key difference with the E2 is that it is a non-immigrant visa meaning unlike the EB5 it cannot lead to a Green Card.
Canada has a history of residency by investment programs at both the federal and provincial levels. The Quebec Investor Program, which has been suspended as of 2021 and is not currently accepting new applications, was a popular program that allowed high net worth individuals to obtain permanent residency in the province of Quebec in exchange for a minimum investment of CAD 1.2 million for a period of 5 years. Other provinces, such as British Columbia and Ontario, have their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that allow foreign nationals to obtain Canadian permanent residency by investing in businesses or creating jobs in those provinces. Currently the most attractive program available with the lowest investment criteria is the Canadian SUV.
Citizenship through investment is possible in Canada but applicants will need a period of residency first before being eligible to apply. There is no direct Canadian Citizenship by Investment program.
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The Canadian Start-Up Visa Programme (SUV) targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build innovative businesses in Canada that can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global level. Eligible applicants must invest typically from CAD $350,000 into a Canadian “authorized designated organization”. Accredited investors must also demonstrate their net worth with an income of at least $200,000 or proof of $1,000,000 of financial assets.
The SUV programme offers a fast and cost-effective immigration route into Canada that provides Permanent Residency (PR). Unlike other business immigration paths, the PR status is not tied to the success of the business.
Investors can include their spouse and children 21 years of age and younger. Successful applicants can live anywhere in Canada other than the province of Quebec. This programme takes as little as 12 – 18 months.
Following a successful application, investors and their families will be issued Permanent Residency status from day one. Investors must reside in Canada for 730 days (two years) within five years to uphold the PR status. If investors live in Canada for three out of the five years (1,095 days) it is then possible to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Citizenship applicants must demonstrate adequate knowledge of English and/or French and have no criminal record.
***Important Update: The Montenegro Citizenship by Investment programme officially closed in December 2022.***
The Montenegro citizenship by investment programme was launched in 2019. Applicants are able to apply by investing in one of several government approved real estate development projects. The investment element ranges from €250,000 in the northern and central region to €450,000 in the coastal region. An additional government donation of €200,000 is required, plus application and due diligence fees.
RESIDENCY ONE facilitates the acquisition of residency, immigration and citizenship through investment. We make what looks like an expensive and difficult option, affordable and complex free. With clients from more than 150 countries worldwide and over 18 program options, we understand your reasons and we have the best solution for your needs.
In an increasingly global yet uncertain world, investing for second residency and citizenship has seen a surge in demand. Today’s Golden Visa has become an essential requirement for many high net worth families. Let us help you achieve your goals.
Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment programme is one of most cost-effective CBI offerings in the Caribbean. There are two main investment routes that applicants can apply through. The first is by making an economic contribution (donation) to Dominica’s National Development Fund. The second option is available by investing in various Government approved real estate projects. The programme requires a minimum investment of $100,000, plus fees.
Saint Lucia offer one of the most cost-effective Citizenship by Investment programme offerings in the Caribbean. There are three main investment routes that applicants can apply through. The first is by contributing (donating) to Saint Lucia’s National Development Fund. The route requires a minimum donation of $100,000, plus fees. The second option is by investing in government approved real estate projects, from $200,000. The third route, is a five-year investment in Government Bonds. See below for more details on each route.
Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment programme was introduced in 2013 and offers a low-cost entry for a second citizenship and passport. Applicants from all countries are welcome but are subject to strict due diligence checks. The programme attracts many high-net-worth investors from all over the world looking to increase their family’s global mobility and obtain the security of a second citizenship in Grenada. Successful applicants will be granted Grenada citizenship, a certificate of naturalisation and a passport which will enable them to gain visa-free travel to more than 153 countries worldwide. Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment programme has helped bring substantial foreign investment to the country, funding government-sponsored projects as well as boosting the general economy and creating jobs for local people.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme offers two main investment paths. Applicants can obtain citizenship and a passport through a donation route or by investing in government approved real estate projects. The government requires a minimum donation of $250,000 to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC) or a minimum real estate investment of US$400,000. In addition, related government application fees, agency costs and due diligence fees apply.
* St Kitts significantly increased their investment levels on 27th July, 2023. The previous SGF or LTO are no longer investment options for St Kitts citizenship.
IRELAND GOLDEN VISA OVERVIEW
Ireland introduced its original investor visa programme in 2012, which is officially known as Ireland’s Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP). The programme was enhanced in 2013 and it now offers the opportunity for applicants from outside the European Union to gain Irish residency through investing a minimum €1.0 million in an Approved Investment Fund.
The Irish golden visa programme was made available to stimulate investment in Ireland and offer residency to dynamic business professionals with a proven record of success. This is an ideal programme for High-Net-Worth families seeking residency in Europe and will be particularly attractive to businessmen, entrepreneurs and those seeking a top level of education for their children at world class universities. product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment programme was first launched by the government in 2013. The programme helps Antigua attract direct foreign investment to the country, boosting economic growth across the nation and fund key community-focused projects and infrastructure. High-net-worth individuals and their families from all over the world apply for the programme to increase their global mobility and obtain a ”Plan B” passport. Successful applicants will be granted Antiguan citizenship and a passport which will enable them to gain visa-free travel to more than 161 countries worldwide.
Second passports through investment have become increasingly popular over the last decade, offering a range of benefits to individuals and families. By investing in a second citizenship by investment program, people are able to gain access to better travel options, improved economic opportunities and greater financial freedom.
Citizenship-by-investment programs grant individuals and their families instant nationality in exchange for an investment into the country’s economy. This can be achieved through various investments such as real estate, government bonds or donations to government funds. Depending on the country’s requirements, applicants need to meet certain criteria before they can be eligible for their second citizenship and passport. Once approved, they will receive a full set of rights and privileges that come with being a citizen of that country. This can include access to consular protection abroad or visa free travel around the world.
We shall assist you in the country of choosing to grant immediate citizenship to applicants and their families once the application process and required investment is complete. That means qualification for a second passport and hence their incredible popularity amongst our clients for the international travel possibilities they present.
RESIDENCY ONE recognises you have choice when choosing your agent and representative. Country boundaries and physical location offer few restrictions as to where your agency needs to be based. It’s not necessary to meet your consultant in order to commence business. But with this in mind it is still important to do your checks and due diligence on who you want to work for you. We have listed below many of the questions we recommend you ask about any business you are thinking of engaging to represent you for residency or citizenship through investment.