Residency by Investment Programmes

Residency by Investment (RBI) offers you the opportunity to legally acquire permanent residency status in another country in return for an investment in its economy. Permanent residency is a visa status that allows the bearer to legally live, work, go to school and access healthcare in the host country. Having permanent residency can eventually lead to citizenship by naturalisation, provided the resident has lived in that country for a certain number of years.

There are more Residency by Investment programmes than those offering citizenship. The largest concentration of such programmes are within the European Union, commonly referred to as golden visa schemes. This is because the EU is where many investors tend to carry out business or relocate to.


The Canada Start-Up Visa Program allows approved investors to obtain a permanent residence status in Canada, while building certain businesses in Canada and creating jobs for Canadians. 


Under the Greece Golden Visa Program, Non-EU/EFTA foreign nationals can obtain a residence permit with a real estate investment 



Italy’s Investor Visa enables non-EU foreign applicants to receive residence of Italy in return for a qualifying investment. 


Non-EU/EFTA foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment in the country are eligible to apply for a residence permit. 


Portugal launched its Golden Residence Permit Programme in October 2012. Successful and longstanding, the Programme is now considered the most established of its kind.


Singapore grants permanent residence status to eligible investors who drive growth in the country’s economy. 


Non-EU/EFTA foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment in the country are eligible to apply for the Golden Visa Programme. 


Non-EU/EFTA foreign nationals who are not gainfully employed in Switzerland can obtain a Swiss residence permit if they agree to pay a minimum net annual tax. 

United Arab Emirates

The UAE Golden visa is a long-term residence visa which enables foreign talents to live, work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits. 


The USA EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program offers foreign investors a pathway to US permanent residency and citizenship, provided they invest significant capital and create jobs in the US. 

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