Europe, North America, and the Caribbean have launched immigration
by investment programs tailored to wealthy individuals seeking overseas
residency or a second nationality and passport. Also known as "golden
visas" these programs offer foreign investors multiple pathways
through which to obtain permanent residency and - if desired - citizenship.
The common goal of the issuing country is to secure direct foreign
investments to spur local economic growth.
Qualified applicants include international business executives, investors, public figures / VIPs, and private citizens who meet the minimum application requirements.
Reasons for obtaining an alternative residency or citizenship include a better quality of life, international tax planning, and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.
Foreign investors must meet certain conditions before they may apply, and these conditions differ from program to program. Besides having the financial means to fulfill a program's minimum investment levels, applicants must generally demonstrate a clean criminal record and proof of health insurance.
The actual due diligence process varies by country. Please contact us for a detailed checklist of all qualifications for the program in which you are interested.
Asset protection and tax
More flexibility and freedom
Better quality of life healthcare,
education, and security
Business and family security
Immigration by investment programs have become very popular in the
last few years. The most common reasons include travel benefits
and the peace of mind of having a second passport should living
conditions at home become unstable.
Residency programs offered by European countries, for example, are
valued especially by business executives. EU residency allows for
convenient, visa-less travel across the Schengen Area, a group of
26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration
controls at their common borders.
Citizenship programs, on the other hand, go a step further: becoming
a citizen of a European country, for example, allows for visa-free
travel to over 160 countries, including the USA and Canada. Compared
with the applicant's homeland, citizenship in Europe might also
mean retirement in a safe country with a warm climate, a better
education for the applicant's children, and a better quality of
life for the family. In addition, applicants may also enjoy a higher
level of personal security, income tax advantages, and the freedom
associated with having multiple passports. Once citizenship is granted,
the applicant may live, work or study in any of the member countries
of the European Union.