Passport shopping – Citizenship for Sale in 7 Countries

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In today’s capitalist world, money can literally buy anything, not limited to passports. In case you haven’t heard the news, there are 7 countries, “selling their citizenship” for six  or seven figures ($$$$$$) and you can be their citizen in just about few months.

Passport shopping is a $2 billion dollar industry. The truth is Governments are embarrassed to advertise their citizenship schemes as  “passport shopping” or “passports for sale”,  instead marketed under a nicely coined name “citizenship-by-investment”. According to their program rules, only wealthy, talented, and high net worth investors can apply for their Citizenship by Investment programs (CIP).

I will show you the countries offering citizenship by investment programs and how you can become a second country citizen, in no time.

You have to remember that there are additional fees involved such as Government fee, Due diligence fee, lawyer fee etc. than the minimum amount quoted below.

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A word of caution with the these citizenship programs:

  1. You cannot apply for any of these citizenship programs if you have a visa denial by any country, which has visa waiver agreement with the country you are applying. (eg. Italy is a schengen country which has denied your visa only and you want to apply for St Kitts or Antigua program) You must have successfully received the refused visa.
  2. You must not have any criminal background and pass due diligence test done by the Governments

To my surprise, many clients applying for citizenship programs, so keen to apply for citizenship, not aware where that country exists in a map. For proper guidance, i am including google maps (might take a while to load)

St Kitts and Nevis

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Minimum Investment
SIDF Donation $200,000
Real Estate $400,000
Processing time 3 months
Visa free travel countries

Saint Kitts & Nevis Passport – Visa free travel countries

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Antigua & Barbuda

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Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andryn2006/

Citizenship by Investment
NDF Donation $200,000
Real Estate $400,000
Processing time 2 months

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Antigua & Barbuda passport - Visa free travel countries

Antigua & Barbuda passport – Visa free travel countries

Malta

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European Citizenship by Investment
1. Donation € 650,000
2. Real Estate optional
3. Government Bonds €250,000
 Total :(1 + 2 +3 + other fees) €900,000
Processing time 3 months
Malta passport - Visa free travel countries

Malta passport – Visa free travel countries

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Cyprus

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European Citizenship by Investment
Real Estate €2,000,000
Processing time 2 months
Cyprus passport - Visa free travel countries

Cyprus passport – Visa free travel countries

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Dominica

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Citizenship by Investment
NDF Donation $100,000
Real Estate $200,000
Processing time 4 months
Dominica passport - Visa free travel countries

Dominica passport – Visa free travel countries

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St Lucia

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Citizenship by Investment
NDF Donation $100,000
Real Estate $350,000
Bonds $500,000
Business $3,500,000
Processing time 2 months
Saint Lucia passport - Visa free travel countries

Saint Lucia passport – Visa free travel countries

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Grenada

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Minimum Investment
Fund Donation $200,000
Real Estate $350,000
Processing time 2 months
Grenada passport - visa free travel countries

Grenada passport – visa free travel countries

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But why people want a citizenship in another country?

Here is why: Consider these scenarios, where

  1. Mr. Ahmed, millionaire lives in UAE, frequently travels to Germany to do business. He is so tired of applying for schengen visa now and then. He wants to travel without visa. A passport from Antigua or St Kitts or better European citizenship will help him to achieve his goals.
  2. Mr. Mohammed, a billionaire and tycoon, living in Kuwait, wants to immigrate to Europe for education of his children and wants a quick citizenship solution in Europe. He can apply for Cyprus investing €3,000,000 euros in real estate and become EU citizen in 3 months. He does not need to live in Cyprus after getting the passport.

But why citizenship through investment rather than naturalization?

Citizenship through investment is quicker within months (issued passport), whereas naturalization takes lot of time (you must live in a second country for over 5+ years and satisfy residency requirements and wait for citizenship). Residency requirements are waived under the citizenship-by-investment program.

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Balakrishnan Prabhu

Mr. Balakrishnan Prabhu is the founder of Corpocrat magazine. He is also the founder of Best Citizenships (BC), assisting wealthy individuals with with global citizenship and residency programs in Europe. His other interests are Linux, Machine learning, Wordpress, etc. You can contact him here