Citizenship & Residency
Citizenship by investment
Citizenship by investment programmes may grant immediate citizenship and qualification for a second passport to applicants and their families to a country in which they were not born and where they have had no previous ties. Citizenship by investment is based upon a specified, quantifiable investment in a country’s economy in return for a second passport. The investment may be via real estate investment, government bonds, establishment of a business or contribution to the country’s development fund. Second passports may provide countless international travel possibilities, as well as providing added security in the event of conflict in one’s home state. For this and numerous other reasons, citizenship by investment has proven to be a popular route to pursue.
The commonwealth countries of the Caribbean offer citizenship programmes enabling visa free access for their passport holders to 100+ countries. In addition, applicants may benefit from rapid processing times and multiple investment options. In Europe, the programmes of Cyprus and Malta provide citizenship not just of those countries but the European citizenship benefits that go along with it, including the ability to work, travel and study anywhere in Europe.
Key benefits to obtaining second citizenship:
Increased global mobility
Economic opportunities in key business hubs
Enhanced access to better education and healthcare
Greater security for the family
Residency by investment
Residency by investment provides the right to live in a country and to conduct business, while citizenship enables you to have the same rights as any other citizen of that country, including the right to apply for a passport. Whether residency or citizenship is more suited to you and your family depends entirely on your individual needs.
There are several residency by investment programmes in Europe that grant residency, often through real estate investment but without the requirement to reside. These programmes are especially popular with investors not wishing to emigrate and move their family but require flexibility should the need arise. As well as being more affordable, residency by investment is often accompanied by providing travel freedom across the EU Schengen zone together with access to the country’s education system. Eventually if permanent residency is undertaken by the investor and their family then citizenship of the country can usually be applied for.
frequently asked questions
WHAT IS A CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM?
WHAT IS A SECOND PASSPORT?
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SECOND CITIZENSHIP?
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS FOR CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT?
HOW MUCH DOES CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT COST?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
HOW CAN CITIZENSHIP INVEST HELP ME?
Windsor specializes in advising clients on citizenship and residency. We have vast experience of dealing with high net worth individuals globally and aim to take away the risk and uncertainty when making such a big decision. Windsor personally vets all developers and legal partners before engaging them, so you have the safe knowledge that you are only dealing with the best.
Citizenship by investment can open up a world of possibilities for you and your family. Talk to one of our experts to find out more.
WHAT ARE THE WAYS IN WHICH I CAN INVEST?
DOES MY FAMILY QUALIFY FOR CITIZENSHIP AS WELL?
Many programs cater for full family application. This can include spouse, dependent children and also dependent parents.