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Egypt citizenship by investment

The newest programme on the citizenship by investment block, unveiled just as the pandemic kicked off, Egypt joins Jordan and Turkey in providing an attractive economic immigration option especially to HNWIs in the Middle East.

New Zealand lifestyle larry page residency

As google co-founder Larry Page acquires New Zealand residency, we find out why increasing numbers of billionaires are investing in the country and what residency and citizenship options the country offers to ultra high net worth individuals.

dominica secret bay phase 2 villas

Demand for second homes in safe destinations that have fared best during the COVID-19 pandemic is growing from high-net-worth buyers looking to commit to homes in countries with warm climates where life has largely returned to normal.

The UK government lifted travel restrictions in May, opening the door to buyers keen to secure an overseas escape or establish second citizenship based on real estate investment. Recent statistics show that enquiries for property in Portugal rose by 93 percent. A survey of 2,500 overseas buyers showed 90 percent were looking to buy in Spain.

Some island destinations have seized this opportunity to offer new pathways to citizenship for investors or special permits for those working remotely. Dominica has a digital nomad visa – an 18-month residential certificate for those who want to live in the country while working remotely in another. The Caribbean nation's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme had also proved increasingly popular with US citizens who can use Dominican citizenship to travel around the globe.

"The option of securing a second or third home has proven to be a valuable asset for many investors," says Micha Emmett, the CEO of CS Global Partners, a London-headquartered citizenship advisory. "With COVID-19, real estate investment is now often combined with a second citizenship or residency to secure that safe haven for their families."

Dominica's CBI Programme has greatly helped the island's recovery from Hurricane Maria. CBI confers second citizenship to those who invest in the nation's economy and is a route many take to attain greater travel mobility, business opportunities and a Plan B in times of crisis. Main applicants who invest USD$100,000 in the government's Economic Diversification Fund can gain full citizenship of Dominica and the right to work, study and live in the country also known as the 'Nature Isle of the Caribbean'.

Saint Kitts nevis caribbean islands

Following unprecedented demand, Saint Kitts & Nevis' citizenship by programme has extended its popular limited time offer allowing families of four citizenship for a reduced fee of US$150,000. 

Saint Kitts nevis caribbean islands

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.

Find out more about Saint Kitts' citizenship by investment programme by clicking here

sintra portugal

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.

middle east citizenship by investment

When it comes to freedom of movement, the just-released Henley Passport Index Q1 2021 reveals that while Asia Pacific passports deliver the greatest global mobility, the countries offering citizenship by investment programmes continue to maintain and even increase their freedom of movement footprint with four CBI countries ranked in the top 10 most powerful passports.


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