In order to take care of a secure future, many investors choose countries with Citizenship by Investment programmes to obtain a European passport. Obtaining citizenship through such programmes opens u...Show more
In order to take care of a secure future, many investors choose countries with Citizenship by Investment programmes to obtain a European passport. Obtaining citizenship through such programmes opens up a host of new opportunities for investors and their families. The most popular and sought-after programmes exist in European and EU countries as well as in the Caribbean islands. All investment programmes aim to make it easier for foreign investors to obtain a "second" citizenship, but each has its own peculiarities. Virtually all citizenship by investment programmes offer two options: refundable investment - the purchase of real estate under certain conditions, and non-refundable investment - contributions to public funds, and this option is usually cheaper. Many investors and their relatives dream of obtaining the EU citizenship: doing business in any EU country, better education, security, high standard of living and medicine, visa-free entry to most countries and free movement between Schengen countries - there are many advantages in getting an EU passport, but the conditions are more complicated and more expensive. There are not many countries offering economic citizenship in Europe; apart from well-known Turkish and Maltese programs, citizenship for investment can be obtained in fast-growing Montenegro, the more so because the program is only valid until the end of 2021 and those who are interested in it need to hurry. Also, many investors are looking at investment programmes which allow them to obtain a passport from one of the Caribbean countries. Most Caribbean programmes have very favourable conditions for foreign investors and minimal requirements, but offer many tax benefits and freedom of movement in the form of visa-free entry to most countries in the world.
We have selected the 10 most popular countries with active programmes, which we describe below.