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What are the benefits of an international investment?

Global mobility

Travel legally and with ease to more than 140 countries worldwide.

Tax benefits

Reduced tax burdens and smart tax planning options.

Financial protection

Having a second passport makes it much easier to open an offshore bank account and provides access to more diverse investment options.

Lifestyle and generational benefits

You and your family will be able to take advantage of all the perks dual citizenship has to offer, such as world-class healthcare and education.

Europe

Golden Visa Portugal

Golden Visa Portugal is a unique residency-by-investment solution. The golden visa not only allows the holder to live and work in Portugal, but also affords you the right to visa-free travel throughout the European Schengen Area. 
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Gain Portuguese residency for you and your family

We have been at the forefront of GVP applications since the programme's inception and are the GVP market leaders. The steps can be complex, but we have key partnerships with legal advisers and consultants in Portugal across all critical areas.

Golden Visa Portugal: New qualifying criteria (2023 update)

There are five routes to qualify for in the Golden Residence Permit Programme as of 19 July 2023.

Please note: none of the current investment categories can be used directly, or indirectly, for real estate investment.

  1. €500,000 unit/share investment

    Capital transfer if a minimum €500,000, intended to the acquisition of units/shares of non-real estate collective investment funds, which are incorporated under Portuguese law, whose maturity, at the time of the investment, is at least five years and at least 60% of the value of the investments is made in commercial companies based in the national territory.

  2. €500,000 donation to research

    Capital transfer of a minimum of €500,000 applied in research activities (non-refundable donation/contribution to a public or private institution of scientific research, integrated in the national scientific and technological system).

  3. €250,000 donation to arts and culture

    Capital transfer of a minimum of €250,000 applied in investment or support to artistic production, recovery or maintenance of national cultural heritage (non-refundable donation/contribution to a project which is presented and approved by both GEPAC and the Ministry of Culture).

  4. €500,000 and job creation

    Capital transfer of a minimum of €500,000 intended for the incorporation of a commercial company with HQ in Portugal, combined with the creation of five permanent jobs.

  5. Job creation

    Creation of a minimum of 10 jobs, with the 10 work posts still active at each renewal (no minimum investment).

Benefits of the GVP

Freedom of Movement

Residency card holders enjoy visa-free access throughout the Schengen area for leisure purposes.

Family benefits

Spouse, minor children, unmarried financially dependant adult children and parents/parents-in-law can be included on your application.

No government contribution

100% of investment funds can be invested into a qualifying investment fund.

Dual citizenship

Portugal does not impose restrictions on dual citizenship.

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Irish Immigrant Investor Programme

On 15 February 2023, the Irish government announced that it would be closing its popular Ireland Immigrant Investor programme (IIP), which offers families access to Irish residency in exchange for an approved investment in the country’s rapidly-growing economy.
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Irish Immigrant Investor Programme: Qualifying criteria

As of the 15 February 2023, the IIP is officially closed. However, the government has allowed a final window for investors to lodge last submissions up until the end of the year.  

Benefits of the Irish Immigrant Investor Programme

No need to relocate to Ireland

Irish residency can be maintained indefinitely, provided you visit Ireland once a year for at least a day.

Fast-growing economy

Ireland is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU and is home to the world’s most successful technology companies.

High standard of living and education

Ireland’s standard of living regularly ranks ahead of Canada, the United States and the UK. Irish universities are ranked in the top 1% of research producing institutions in the world.

Access to the UK and EU

The Irish passport is now the only passport that gives full access to the EU and, with a common travel agreement, allows for permanent residency in the UK.

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Malta Permanent Residence Programme

The newly revised Malta Permanent Residence Programme was originally launched in 2015 as the Malta Residency and Visa Programme and is today one of the most sought-after and succesful residence-by-investment programmes across the globe.
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Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP): Qualifying criteria

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme was originally launched in 2015 as the Malta Residency and Visa Programme and is today one of the most sought-after and successful residence-by-investment programmes across the globe.

  1. Real estate

    Upon receipt of the residency approval in principle, the investor is required to have a physical address in Malta. For the first five years of residency, the real estate requirements are as follows:

    • Via property purchase:
    • Minimum investment of €350,000 (reduced to €300,000 for properties purchased in Gozo and the South of Malta)

    • Via property lease:
    • Minimum annual property rental of €12,000 (reduced to €10,000 for properties rented in Gozo and the South of Malta)

  2. Government contribution

    The investor is required to make a non-refundable contribution to the Maltese government of €40,000 to cover programme administrative costs and then further non-refundable government contribution of €28,000, if the investor is purchasing property, or €58,000 if the investor is pursuing a property lease.

  3. Charitable donation

    A €2,000 charitable donation/philanthropic donation must be made to a Maltese organisation as proof of genuine links and ties to Malta.

  4. Net-wealth requirement

    The main applicant is required to possess capital/assets of not less than €500,000 of which €150,000 must be in financial assets. The net wealth must be retained for life and documentation to support this will be required at each residency card renewal.

Benefits of the MPRP

Global mobility

Physical relocation to Malta is possible but not mandatory. Residency in Malta requires no annual minimum days spent and offers visa-free travel throughout the Schengen area.

Family benefits

Residency for four generations of family members.

Affordable European residency option

Currently offers a very competitive and affordable programme compared to other European residency programmes.

Second residence solution

For countries that do not allow dual nationality, a second residence opens up global opportunity.

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Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (ESDI)

This unique island in the centre of the Mediterranean boasts crystal clear waters, fossil embellished cliffs and a remarkable history for its residents to enjoy. As Malta is a member of the EU, citizens have the right to move and reside freely in any other EU country. Citizenship granted through this programme is valid for life and can be passed on to future generations by descent.
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Malta ESDI: Qualifying criteria

The Malta ESDI investment requirements are made up of four key criteria:

  1. Real estate
  2. Prior to lodging the initial application for residency, the investor is required to have a physical address in Malta. The address must be retained throughout the residency period and for the first five years after the Maltese citizenship has been granted. The real estate requirements are as follows:

    • Via property purchase: Minimum investment of €700,000
    • Via property lease: Minimum annual property rental of €16,000
  3. Government contribution
  4. The investor is required to make a non-refundable contribution to the Maltese government as follows:

    • Main applicant: €600,000 (standard timeline) or €750,000 (expedited timeline)
    • Dependant family members: €50,000
  5. Charitable donation
  6. A €10,000 charitable donation/philanthropic donation must be made to a Maltese organisation as proof of genuine links and ties to Malta.

  7. Residence
  8. The main applicant and all dependants must have held legal temporary residency in Malta, with proof of genuine links to Malta, prior to being eligible to proceed with a citizenship application. This residency can be retained, largely through absence, and the programme offers two different timelines:

    • Standard timeline: residency to be retained for a minimum of 36 months.
    • Expedited timeline: residency to be retained for a minimum of 12 months.

Benefits of the Malta citizenship-by-investment programme

Freedom of movement

Reside, work or study in any of the EU countries and Switzerland, and travel visa-free to over 180 countries, including the USA and Canada.

Family benefits

Citizenship can be passed on to future generations by descent.

Expedited route to citizenship of EU member country

The application comprises a three-state process, initial residency application, citizenship eligibility application and final citizenship application. The initial residence permit can be issued within 60-days and citizenship can be applied for after 12 months/36 months of residency, subject to your chosen timeline.

Dual citizenship

Malta does not impose restrictions on dual citizenship.

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Greek Golden Visa

The Greek government launched their Golden Visa programme in 2013 with the aim to stimulate foreign direct investment, boost the real estate market, and attract affluent individuals and families to Greece.
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Greek Golden Visa qualifying criteria

Real estate investment

As of 1 August 2023, there are two different qualifying price categories of real estate investment for the Greek Golden Visa:

  • Minimum investment of €500,000 in prime areas (central, northern and southern suburbs of Athens, the city of Thessaloniki, and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini)
  • Minimum investment of €250,000 in all other areas of Greece and on all other islands

There are, however, no restrictions as to the type of property you can buy and so investors can purchase residential and/or commercial properties and can even buy land. In addition to this, property usage is not limited and so it is possible to enjoy leisure use of the property, opt for short term rentals or put a long-term tenant in place.

It is important to note that the property does need to be held indefinitely in order to retain residency rights.

Outside of prime areas, an investor can choose to purchase multiple properties to meet the €250,000 minimum investment threshold, or they can purchase real estate in excess of the minimum threshold in order to run multiple family Golden Visa applications off of the same property, i.e., one investment at €500,000 could support two family applications.

Differing itself from other global residency and citizenship-by-investment programmes, the Golden Visa investment does not have to be purchased solely in the name of the main applicant but can be owned 50/50 with a spouse.

Benefits of the Greek Golden Visa

Freedom of movement

Residency card holders enjoy visa-free access throughout the Schengen area for leisure purposes.

Residency for the whole family

You can include your spouse and children under the age of 18 as dependants. Adult children under the age of 21 can be included if they are unmarried and financially dependant on you. Parents can also be included without needing to prove dependency.

Quick processing

The Greek Golden Visa is simple, efficient, and uncomplicated. The whole process can therefore be completed in as little as four to six months.

No minimum annual stay requirements

No annual minimum stay requirement to maintain residency status.

Our expert advisers can help you find the right programme for your goals and and take you through the entire process.

US & Caribbean

The United States EB-5 Immigrant Investor programme

The US EB-5 visa is a route to permanent US residency for those looking to make a significant investment in the USA. It’s currently the most direct route to obtain a green card for you and your family.
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Green card through investment

The EB-5 visa rewards investors and their family (spouse and dependants under the age of 21) with a green card (permanent residence). As the application process can be complex, and the investment project selection of paramount importance, we assure that you receive credible legal advice and provide full guidance on this journey.

EB-5 citizenship-by-investment: Qualifying criteria

For the EB-5 programme there are two qualifying investment options. Our immigration specialists can help you choose the one that’s right for you.

  1. Passive investment

    The most popular of the two options, a passive investment requires a minimum of $800,000 to be made into a Regional Center in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), which is an investment that is managed by the Regional Centre and is pre-approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    This investment must also create 10 full-time employment opportunities for US workers.

  2. Active investment

    You are required to make a minimum investment of $1,050,000 in a new or existing commercial enterprise that was established after 29 November 1990. If you’re investing in a TEA, your minimum investment will be $800,000.

    Your investment must create at least 10 direct jobs for US workers and you must play an active role in the day-to-day management or policy formation of the enterprise.

Benefits of the EB-5 investment programme

Qualify for a green card

Permanent green card holders may live and work in the USA and can enjoy almost all the same benefits as US citizens. 

Live anywhere in the USA

You may live, study, work, build a business and retire anywhere in the USA, not only in the state where you invest.

High standard of living

America has one of the highest standards of living in the world with a world-class education system and medical facilities.

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Investor requirements

There are no specific investor requirements regarding business training and no points system. The source of funds can be a gift or inheritance.

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Grenada's citizenship-by-investment programme

Grenada has a lot to offer its residents, with its lush tropical island lifestyle and beautiful white sand beaches. The process of gaining Grenadian citizenship is fast, easy and you don’t have to forfeit your current citizenship.
This is an ideal route for families looking to gain a second passport. Financially dependent adult children up to the age of 29, parents over the age of 55 and single siblings with no children may also be included in the application.
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Grenada citizenship-by-investment: Qualifying criteria

To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the due diligence requirements and be able to meet one of the following options:

  1. Investment

    A minimum amount of $220,000 for the purchase of an approved business or property from a government-approved real estate project. You must hold the shared ownership property for a minimum of five years at which time you are able to sell it onward to  another CBI investor.

    There is an additional government contribution of $50,000 for a family of up to four persons. Each additional dependant incurs a $25,000 contribution, with the exception of dependent parents ($50,000) and siblings older than 18 ($75,000).

  2. Donation

    You can make a one-time non-refundable donation, starting at a minimum amount of $150,000 for a single applicant. This donation will go to the National Transformation Fund (NTF), a government fund created with the aim of developing the economy of Grenada.

Benefits of Grenada's citizenship-by-investment programme

Global mobility

Visa-free travel to over 140 countries, including the EU, Schengen area, the UK, China, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Family benefits

Adult children up to the age of 29, parents over the age of 55 and single siblings with no children may also be included in the application.

No residency requirement

No physical residency requirement before or after citizenship is granted and no need to visit Grenada during the application process.

Tax benefits

Grenada has a source-based income tax with no wealth or inheritance tax. There are no taxes on the repatriation of profits.

Our expert advisers can help you find the right programme for your goals and take you through the entire process.

Get Mauritian residency through investment

Mauritius may be renowned for its snow-white sands, swaying palms and sapphire waters; but what sets this Indian Ocean island apart from your standard, far-off beach utopia is its high standard of living, modern infrastructure, efficient public services and political and social stability – what’s not to love?
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Mauritius residency-by-investment: Qualifying criteria

The Mauritius investment programme permits the investor and family members to obtain long-term residency status.

Real estate investment

There are currently four different qualifying real estate investment schemes available to investors:
  1. Minimum property investment of $375,000 in a project within the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) – existing IRS projects usually compromise of a variety of luxury residential properties, such as villas, townhouses, penthouses, apartments, duplexes and serviced plots of land, which are attached to a leisure and/or commercial space such as a golf course, a marina a restaurant, or a boathouse.
  2. Minimum property investment of $375,000 in a project within the Real Estate Scheme (RES) – RES projects are typically smaller than IRS projects and must be on a freehold land (less than 10 hectares) and usually also compromise of luxury residential properties such as villas, penthouses, duplexes and apartments.
  3. Minimum property investment of $375,000 in a project within the Real Development Scheme (PDS) – the PDS is more flexible than both the IRS and the RES in terms of size and type of property. It was designed to bring greater social and economic benefits to localised communities. Projects and properties within the PDS are subject to strict environmental and ecological impact regulations.
  4. Minimum property investment of $375,000 in a project within the Smart City Scheme (SCS) – SCS projects comprise residential units such as villas, penthouses, duplexes, and apartments within any of the Smart Cities. The Smart City concept was designed to promote a balance of work, life and play. Smart Cities consist of large-scale mixed-use developments in cosmopolitan urban areas with smart technology, state of the art connectivity, smart modern transportation options and pioneering innovation at their core. Residential estates offer substantial and environmentally friendly living.

There are no restrictions as to property usage, so it is possible to enjoy leisure use of the property, opt for short-term rentals or put a long-term tenant in place.

It is important to note that the property does not have to be held indefinitely to retain residency rights.

Benefits of the Mauritius residency programme

Straightforward residency

A simple, efficient and uncomplicated process to indefinite permanent residency. The process can be completed in as little as six to eight months.

Residence for the whole family

The programme can cover investors, their spouses, children under the age of 24 as well as parents and/or parents-in-law

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No physical presence requirement

No annual minimum stay requirement to maintain residency status.

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