Residency by investment 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.
CS Global Partners carefully selected three residency by investment programmes that we recommend to our clients: those of Greece, Portugal and Singapore.
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Citizenship by investment programmes offers the opportunity to legally acquire a new nationality in return for an investment in the economy of the host country. Such programmes confer citizenship status without causing any major disruptions to an investor’s life, provided they pass all the due diligence checks first, make a qualifying investment and provide all the correct documentation.
Just over a dozen countries in the world currently offer citizenship by investment (CBI). There is a higher concentration of CBI programmes in the Caribbean, a region considered the cradle of second citizenship by investment.
There are many benefits to having dual citizenship, including greater global mobility, new economic opportunity, better quality of life, and improved personal security.
CS Global Partners carefully selected six citizenship by investment programmes that we recommend to our clients: those of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and Malta.
As of 1 November 2020, the Cyprus Investment Programme is no longer an option for citizenship by investment. The Programme’s suspension was approved by the Cypriot Council of Ministers following a proposal by the Cypriot Interior and Finance Ministries.
Launched in 2013, the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme offers four routes to citizenship, including the non-profit National Development Fund and an investment in real estate.Learn more
The Spice Island is widely regarded as one of the Caribbean’s friendliest and most beautiful island nations. Grenadian citizenship gives you unrestricted access to the country. A Grenadian passport gives you visa-free and visa-on arrival rights to around 145 destinations.Learn more
Malta is a melting pot of business know-how, experiences, skills and funding that are positively contributing to its society, stimulating business and increasing job creation. Malta’s Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations is suitable for high-net worth individuals who are interested in and relocating to Malta. Licence: AKM-ACCA-21Learn more
Established in 2016, the St Lucian citizenship by investment programme is the newest in the Caribbean. Seeking to incorporate the best from surrounding CBI schemes, it offers many advantages for investors and residents alike.Learn more
Citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis lets you live, work, and study in one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic locations. With a passport from this country, you can gain visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry to over 155 countries and territories worldwide.Learn more
Launched in 2017, Turkey’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is a relative newcomer in the citizenship by investment industry, but it has found significant success among Middle Eastern applicants, particularly from Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Egypt.Learn more
Vanuatu’s Development Support Programme (DSP) is one of two citizenship by investment programmes that coexist in Vanuatu. Established in 2017, the DSP originally conferred only ‘honorary’ citizenship, which afforded successful applicants far fewer rights than those held by native and naturalised citizens. However, the DSP was overhauled in 2018 and now confers ‘full’ citizenship (albeit without the right to engage in political life in Vanuatu).Learn more