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
To help promote Vanuatu and the benefits of its Citizenship by Investment Program, The Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau (VIMB), through its Dubai office, is working with AI-powered Travel Assistant company, Eddy Travels.
At a time when more people have been looking to get away from it all (for longer or for good), those nations viewed as safest and less developed with great standards of living have thrived. Just ask St Kitts & Nevis – the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the off-the-beaten-track destination for wellness retreats.
The recent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines has seen neighbours Dominica offer assistance and support to evacuees.
The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (‘MPRP’) officially came into force on 29 March 2021 as per Legal Notice 137 of 2021. The Residency Malta Agency (the ‘Agency’) was also officially set up on that day as per Legal Notice 136 of 2021.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has launched a digital currency, known as DCash. This has been implemented by St Kitts and Nevis in its drive to deliver a digital transformation.
St Kitts and Nevis is one of the first Eastern Caribbean nations to embed the pilot currency which is considered legal tender and offers a safer, faster and cheaper method for making payments.
According to the Governor of the ECCB, Timothy Antoine, the initiative's goal is to increase opportunities for inclusion, create growth and business opportunities.
Currently, the Eastern Caribbean dollar is the currency of all seven full members and one associate member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). It has been pegged to the United States dollar since 1976.
The ECCB partnered with Bitt Inc to develop the digital version of the EC dollar.
Bitt delivers digital currency
“Bitt is very proud to provide the ECCB with our full stack of digital currency management systems to enhance the financial services within their member countries,” said Bitt CEO Brian Popelka.
Akilah Byron-Nisbett, the Minister of St Kitts and Nevis' Information and Communication Technology, said digital transformation would boost the economy and make the country a world leader in digital delivery. To reflect that commitment to digital, Prime Minister Dr Hon. Timothy Harris announced the implementation of an online process to submit applications to its Citizenship by Investment Unit.
Established in 1984, the St Kitts and Nevis CBI Programme has undergone significant transformations in recent years – including updated due diligence checks. The government is also aiming to attract more families.
Since launching in June 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, CBI Guide has just hit a significant milestone – hitting more than 2 million unique page views.
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.