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
If St Vincent and the Grenadines' opposition NDP party were to win in the forthcoming election on November 5, it could mean the unveiling of yet another - the sixth - Caribbean-based Citizenship by Investment programme.
From 2021, Portugal’s popular residency by investment programme, which offers an affordable route to Portuguese citizenship and EU membership and which has seen a record number of applications in 2020, will change its conditions, allowing applicants to invest in real estate only outside of Porto, Lisbon and the popular Algarve region.
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.
The youngest citizenship by investment programme, Montenegro’s CIP, which has seen a 142% surge this year, has recently extended its portfolio of approved development projects to offer economic citizens 11 investment options, with everything from a 5* hotel room in a popular ski resort to a luxury residence in the Med’s best marina.
Following Saint Kitts & Nevis' recent announcement that it will reopen for tourism on October 31, the Caribbean island, which boasts the world's most established CBI Programme, has outlined the entry and travel requirements of its phased reopening and listed the hotels and resorts that are open.
With the aim of reassuring tourists, residents and potential citizens as to Caribbean island Dominica's safety, the Discover Dominica Authority has unveiled a Safe in Nature campaign, providing managed experiences within a travel bubble that comprises everything from accommodation and transport to spas, restaurants and activities.
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.
Since the pandemic kicked in earlier this year, not only have a record number of US citizens registered an interest in citizenship by investment, they have shown one of the biggest nationality spikes in CBI programme applications over the past nine months. So why exactly are Americans in pursuit of a pandemic passport?
When it comes to securing economic citizenship, high-net-worth individuals are looking increasingly for Citizenship by Investment programmes that allow them to include their families, both immediate and extended. And the CBI Programmes are responding, with many adjusting their dependent criteria to cater to client demand. So which CBI countries are family friendliest?
For the first time, Malta has emerged as the best Citizenship by Programme in Europe, according to the CBI Index 2020. However, with the country’s programme having reached its cap of 1,800 and with its re-launch following new rules and guidelines from October 1, will the new iteration continue its upward trajectory?