Comprehensive information about each country and their citizenship and residency by investment programs.
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
CBI Guide reports on global
citizenship by investment
There are currently 15 citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs operating around the world – from the Middle East to the Caribbean.
CBI Guide brings you detailed analysis of all of the CBI opportunities so that you can make an informed decision regarding your second passport or golden visa opportunity.
Days to obtain a second passport for Vanuatu, making this CBI Program the quickest worldwide
The highest number of countries for visa-free access offered by any CBI Program comes courtesy of Malta
The number of months potential applicants must first spend in Malta before citizenship is granted
The literacy rate of Grenada, which offers world-class education as part of its CBI Program
The number of years Saint Kitts & Nevis’ CBI Program has been running, making it the world’s longest running
The CBI Programs of Saint Lucia and of Dominica require the least amount to secure citizenship
With the aim of providing residency and citizenship by investment support to HNWIs in Morocco, RIF Trust, part of the Latitude Group, has followed its recent expansion into China with the opening of an office in Morocco
Located on one of the world’s best beaches, five-star luxury resort Kimpton Kawana Bay on the Caribbean island of Grenada offers citizenship investors the chance to not only secure Grenada’s powerful passport, but also hassle-free ownership of a title deeded studio or suite with the potential for a very attractive return on investment.
The Residences at Secret Bay, a luxury resort in Dominica approved as a property investment by the country's world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme, has reported that 27% of its CBI contracts in 2020 came from African nationals. Industry experts forecast the number to rise to 35% in 2021 as Nigeria, the continent's fastest-growing market, continues to seek second citizenship.
The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, a dual-island Caribbean nation that pioneered Citizenship by Investment with its programme unveiled nearly 40 years ago, has been encompassed in the Caribbean Journal's ranking of the region's best islands to visit in 2021. Good news for investors wishing to acquire citizenship of the country via investment in a government-approved tourist property.
According to the Caribbean Journal, Saint Kitts & Nevis was included due to its "uncrowded, calm and beautiful" nature – elements enticing for seasoned travellers. St Kitts and Nevis also boasts the lowest coronavirus rate in the Caribbean, reporting only 34 total cases and zero deaths. This makes it the perfect off-the-grid destination for American holidaymakers.
Before the pandemic, St Kitts and Nevis enjoyed a thriving tourism sector with a popular cruise season. The nation soon welcomed one million cruise passengers for two years consecutively, and it was recognised as a marquee destination by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. In recent years, St Kitts and Nevis have quickly become a popular destination for travellers and those seeking second citizenship.
With the coronavirus pandemic still imposing global lockdowns and triggering uncertainty amongst investors, many Americans are looking to acquire alternative citizenship as a 'Plan B' to protect their families from future unpredictability.
"COVID-19 has unveiled the weaknesses of Governments and their ability to deal with a crisis. Having a Plan B for one's family is worth a lot than the actual cost of investing in a safe, happy country," says Micha Emmett, CEO of CS Global Partners, London-headquartered legal advisory and marketing firm.
Under its Citizenship by Investment programme, St Kitts and Nevis welcomes high net-worth individuals and their families to become citizens after investing in its economy. Established in 1984, it is the longest-running CBI Programme in operation and is acknowledged within the industry as a 'Platinum Standard' brand.
Once successfully passing the multi-tiered vetting checks, applicants can invest in the Sustainable Growth Fund – the fastest and most straightforward route to a second citizenship. After gaining citizenship, investors gain access to a wide range of benefits including visa-free travel to 156 destinations across the world, the right to live and work in the country, and the ability to pass citizenship down for generations to come. A single applicant must only make an investment of US$150,000 to unlock a range of life-transforming benefits which also include a second home in a safe paradise.
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Following the announcement last year that Portugal’s highly successful residency by investment programme was removing Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve as property investment options, with the aim of increasing investment in low-density areas, the Portuguese authorities have further announced this will become effective on July 1, 2021.
While choosing a citizenship by investment programme based on a country’s shoreline isn’t recommended, among a sea of CBI Programmes that are similar in nature, the beauty of its beach could be the deciding factor. Enter Grenada’s Grande Anse and Antigua & Barbuda’s Pink Sand Beach, deemed two of the world’s best beaches.
Could Portugal’s recent record number of Residency by Investment programme applicants be attributed to the country’s quick handling of the pandemic? Or is it Portugal’s EU membership and powerful passport making it so popular? Or could it be the country’s first-class medical and educational offerings, relaxed pace of life, ideal climate, and affordable and speedy route to citizenship, that has garnered it so much pulling power.
The pandemic has brought with it the opportunity to work remotely and the desire to reside somewhere pandemic-free. And with tourism-dependent countries desperate to replace lost dollars, a flood of digital nomad visa programmes has hit the market in recent months, extending the portfolio of opportunities offered by the global citizenship and residency by investment industry.
Ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world, remote South Pacific island Vanuatu combines high levels of wellbeing with a low carbon footprint and a culture of inclusion, and it’s one of the last places on Earth with no confirmed Covid cases. And for just US$130,000, foreigners can become citizens in just 45 days. So why wouldn't you?
In July 2020, the tourism-reliant Caribbean island of Barbados unveiled a 12-month visa to attract remote workers, and then in September, announced its intention to become a republic next year. With the pandemic having hit its tourism sector hard, could Barbados be revisit its plan from 2016 to launch a citizenship by investment programme?
While, predictably, the pandemic has triggered a sharp increase in demand for citizenship by investment, unpredictably, coronavirus has changed the who, why and where of the CBI landscape, with applicants from unexpected countries surging, reasons for economic citizenship changing, and some CBI countries really standing out from the citizenship crowd.
As one of just three Citizenship by Investment Programmes worldwide (and the only one in the Caribbean) that allows its citizens to enter, invest and work in the US via the E-2 Investor visa treaty, Grenada’s CIP is proving increasingly popular with HNWIs, especially from India and China, where there is increased private wealth.