Golden visa comparison – Portugal, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Malta, Cyprus, Hungary, UK, USA

Golden Visas are residency by investment programs granting immediate permanent residency to foreign investors given against investing into government approved investments such as bank deposit, property purchase or investment in business that create jobs. Unlike  citizenship by investment programs, investors only qualify for citizenship (does not come immediate) after living several years in the country, speaking local language and fully integrating to the culture.

Golden visas are estimated to be $5 billion dollar market yearly and golden visa programs currently running in Portugal, Spain, United States (EB5), United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, Belgium, Hungary etc..

Portugal, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States are very popular golden visa programs among chinese and russian investors.

Please see the quick comparison of the golden visa programs below..

Golden visa comparison

Golden visa Portugal Spain Greece Belgium Hungary Switzerland Ireland United Kingdom United States Latvia Netherlands Italy Malta Cyprus Australia New Zealand
ARI Golden visa Spanish golden visa Greek residency program Belgium investor visa Hungary residency bonds Swiss investor visa / Lump sum Irish Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP)  UK Entrepreneur Scheme  EB-5 investor  Latvia investor visa  Foreign investor scheme  Special investment visa  Malta global residence programme  Investor stream  Investor stream
Minimum investment  €500,000  €500,000  €250,000 €200,000 €300,000 closes 31.03.2017 $1,000,000 €1,000,000  £200,000 $500,000 €250,000 €1,250,000  €2,000,000 €250,000 €300,000  A$1,500,000 N$1,500,000
Processing time  60 days  60 days  60 days  60 days  60 days 60 days  60 days  15 days 15 months 30 days  30 days  30 days  60 days  60 days  90 days  60 days
Residency requirements  7 days  none  none none  none none  none  9 months / year  2.5 years  none  none  none  none  none  40 days  none
Issued document  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals Residence permit valid for 2 years  Residence permit  Residence permit Green card  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Residence permit valid for 2 years with periodic renewals  Visa  Visa
Qualifying investments  Business, Real estate property, Research & technology, Art, Culture, Public interest, Job creation, Investment funds Business shares, Real estate Real estate, Business investment Business enterprise Hungarian government bonds Business enterprise, Retirees  Philanthropic donation, Irish government bonds, Irish enterprises, Real estate trusts Bank account, Government bonds  Business enterprise with job creation Business, Real estate, Bank account Business enterprise, Bank account, Venture funds Italian company, Government bonds, Public interest charity donation Malta Government bonds, Real estate property Cyprus residence scheme  Business investment activity  Bonds, equity in firms, Commercial property
Permanent residence (PR)  immediate  immediate  immediate  immediate  immediate  10 years  5 years  5 years  immediate  immediate  immediate immediate  immediate  immediate  2 years
Naturalisation time for Citizenship  6 years  10 years  7 years  5 years  8 years 12 years  5 years  6 years  5 years  9 years  5 years  10 years  5 years (scheme does not qualify for citizenship)  8 years  5 years  5 years
Visa free travel  Schengen   Schengen   Schengen   Schengen  Schengen   Schengen  Ireland  United Kingdom  USA  Schengen Schengen  Schengen  Schengen  Cyprus only (no schengen access) Australia New Zealand
 Family and children  yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes   yes

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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