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portugal residency surge chinese

Portugal has seen an increasing number of Chinese and South African citizens rushing to purchase residency and ultimately citizenship in Portugal via the country’s successful residency by investment programme. This comes following a recent announcement that the popular Portuguese areas of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve are set to be removed as investment regions from the programme at the end of this year.

italy residency by investment

In order to attract more foreign investment, the Italian government has implemented changes to its residency by investment (RBI) programme to make it both more attractive and competitive, including slashing some of its minimum investment thresholds by half, and opening it up to third-world country nationals.

porto portugal rebello hotel

South African citizens have the opportunity to invest in the five-star Rebello hotel in Portugal’s second city, Porto, as part of its popular residency by investment programme. For an investment of €350,000, investors can expect to receive 3% returns and a residency permit with citizenship and a Portuguese passport after five years.

montenegro nature

Tapping into the increased appreciation for nature following the digital restrictiveness of the pandemic, the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro, which allows foreigners to invest in property via its citizenship by investment programme, unveils a new global campaign showcasing its natural beauty, from dense green forests and wild mountain rivers, to powdery ski slopes and 117 beaches.

greece resdiency by investment

Following the overhaul and suspension of the citizenship by investment programmes of Malta and Cyprus, respectively, Greece is reviewing its popular residency by investment programme, which has seen a surge of interest in the last few months, with proposed changes including a fee structure aimed at attracting investment to less touristy parts of the country.

lisbon portugal fdi tourism locations

According to fDi’s Tourism locations of the future ranking for 2019/2020, the top 20 nations considered to be ripe for investment include eight countries that currently offer Citizenship or Residency by Investment programmes. Another reason to invest via citizenship or residency, perhaps?

portugal residency citizenship

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.

portugal property investment

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.

digital nomad visas programme citizenship

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.

passport power Q4 index henley global mobility

As international travel resumes following the pandemic, but with Covid restrictions still in place, a new global mobility hierarchy has emerged, according to the just-released Passport Index 2020 Q4 edition. While some of the world's most powerful passports like the US have lost their shine, others have gained global mobility ground.