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Top 5 Jurisdictions for Citizenship Through Investment


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Wealthy individuals can apply for citizenship through investment in various jurisdictions. Many high-net-worth investors opt to apply for citizenship through investment in order to maintain a “safe refuge” in the event of war or political crisis, as well as for free travel and tax planning purposes. This article will address the top five jurisdictions for applying for citizenship through the investment process.

1. Dominica

Dominica is officially considered as the Commonwealth of Dominica. Located in the Caribbean, Dominica is notorious for its natural parks, tropical rain forests and waterfalls. The following listing describes the basic factors involved in investing in Dominica.

  • The minimum investment amount is $100,000.
  • The investor will receive visa free travel to 119 countries including Hong Kong and Schengen Area countries.
  • The processing time is 3-6 months.
  • The freedom to work and study in the UK as a commonwealth citizen.
  • There are no residency requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on an investor maintaining dual citizenship.

2. Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a two- island country located in the center of the Leeward Islands.  It is one of the Caribbean’s affluent countries due to its developed tourist industry and offshore financial services. The following listing describes the basic factors involved in investing in Antigua and Barbuda.

  • The minimum investment amount is $200,000.
  • The investor will receive visa free travel to 134 countries including Canada, Singapore and the UK.
  • The application processing time is 3-4 months.
  • There are no restrictions on an investor maintaining dual citizenship.
  • Full citizenship can be granted for the applicants’ family members
  • Applicants’ Family members must stay in Antigua and Barbuda for a minimum of 35 days within 5 years.

Formation of International Business Company in Antigua & Barbuda

International Business Company in Antigua and Barbuda - politically stable jurisdiction for offshore companies and international banking. Antigua and Barbuda IBC is tax exempted company with high level of confidentiality and no tax treaties with EU countries. A common use of Antigua and Barbuda IBC is holding of shares, personal investments, international import and export, shipping and professional services.

3. Saint Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis is located in the Leeward Islands, which is a federal two-island country located in the West Indies. This two-island country is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, with regard to population as well as land area. The following listing describes the basic factors involved in investing in St. Kitts and Nevis.

  • The minimum investment amount is $250,000.
  • The investor receives visa free travel to Schengen, UK which is considered an “internal border” with a common visa policy established by 26 European countries who have abolished passport and border control in that area.
  • The process toward obtaining a second passport and secondary citizenship is simple.
  • There are no residency or tax requirements.
  • The investor and family immigration process is easy.
  • There are no restrictions on an investor maintaining dual citizenship.

4. Malta

Malta, officially considered as the Republic of Malta is an island country located in Southern Europe. Malta is an archipelago which is a group of islands scattered in a body of water. This country is comprised of seven islands which are located in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is 80 km south of Sicily. The following listing describes the basic factors involved in investing in Malta

  • The minimum investment amount is approximately €1,000,000.
  • The investor will receive an EU Passport.
  • Processing time for the passport is 3 – 4 months.
  • The investor is required to donate at least €650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund as well as €150,000 toward Government bonds.
  • The applicant will receive the passport after a period of 12 months.
  • The investor also receives visa free travel to over 180 different countries.

5. Cyprus

Cyprus, officially considered as the Republic of Cyprus is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Of all the islands in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is the third largest and most populated. It is also a member state of the European Union. The following listing describes the basic factors involved in investing in Cyprus

  • The minimum investment amount is €2,000,000.
  • Full citizenship can be granted for the applicants’ family members
  • Investors receive an excellent European Passport with visa free travel to 150+ countries globally.
  • It is required that the investment property is maintained for a term of 3 years. After that time period, the investor is free to sell the real estate.
  • There is no minimum residency requirement for investing in Cyprus.
  • Investors will receive their Cyprus citizenship and passport within 3 – 4 months.

Formation of Limited Liability Company in Cyprus

Easy and quick formation of Limited Liability Company within European Union with low corporate tax rate of 12,5%, zero taxation on dividends for holding companies and benefits of double taxation agreements with 44 countries worldwide. Cyprus LLC is an ideal solution as EU intermediary or holding company, as well as regional headquarter.

So, there you have it; these are our top five jurisdictions for applying for citizenship through investment. Starting Business offers a comprehensive range of immigration consultancy services and practical solutions for high-net worth individuals and their family members for obtaining second citizenship or residency programs in these reputable countries.

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