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What are the benefits of an international investment?

Global mobility

Travel legally and with ease to more than 120 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 provide 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 advisors and consultants in Portugal across all critical areas.

Golden Visa Portugal: Qualifying criteria

There are four routes to qualify for in the Golden Residence Permit Programme. Our experts can help pick the right one for you depending on your unique circumstances.

The three most popular routes to Golden Visa residency are:

Benefits of Portugal's Golden Visa Programme

Visa-free travel through Europe and the Schengen area

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Low physical presence requirement – only spend 35 days in Portugal in five years

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No government contribution – 100% of the funds go into your investment

A foreign currency asset that earns rental income

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Irish Immigrant Investor Programme

Although the country is famed for its mighty cliffs, rolling hills and megalithic monuments, Ireland has turned into quite the entrepreneurial paradise as of late – staking a claim as one of the fastest-growing economies in the Eurozone. Today, the country offers a wealth of opportunities when it comes to lifestyle, business and education.
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Irish Immigrant Investor Programme: Qualifying criteria

As a means to encourage economic growth, the Immigrant Investor Programme offers families access to Irish residency in exchange for an approved investment in the country’s rapidly growing economy.

Options are divided into four tracks:

  1. Investment fund

    Particularly popular among investors as it can deliver a return on investment. You’ll be required to invest €1 million into a qualifying fund for at least three years. 

  2. Enterprise investment

    You must invest €1 million into a qualifying Irish enterprise for at least three years. The enterprise can be an existing business, or you can start a new one. The only conditions are that the enterprise must be registered in Ireland, and its headquarters must be located in the country.

  3. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    Under this option, you must invest at least €2 million into one or more qualifying REITs for at least three years. The REIT must either be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange or have already applied for listing.

  4. Donation

    An endowment of no less than €500,000 into a public-benefit project in the fields of arts, sports, health, culture or education. If you invest with five or more other applicants, the individual investment is reduced to €400,000 per applicant.

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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Get Montenegro citizenship through investment

Montenegro might be small, but it has a lot to offer. With its natural beauty overlooking the Adriatic Sea, traditional Venetian villages and friendly locals, this nation is becoming a magnet for tourism and business-focused economic investment. Gain citizenship for life with the right to live and work in the country through Montenegro’s citizenship-by-investment programme.
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Montenegro citizenship-by-investment: Qualifying criteria

Depending on where the selected projects are, you have a choice of the following investment levels:

  1. Invest in Southern Montenegro

    You must invest a minimum amount of €450,000 into the developed area of Montenegro in the southern coastal region or the capital, Podgorica.

  2. Invest in Northern Montenegro

    You are required to invest a minimum of €250,000 in a government-approved development project in the undeveloped northern inland part of Montenegro.

    In addition to whichever option you choose, you must contribute €100,000 in the form of a government fund donation. This will be invested in a “special fund” for the development of less developed areas within Montenegro.

The Montenegro programme is one of the most exclusive, with only 2,000 applications set to be accepted by the government and a planned sunset date of 31 December 2021, it's important to act quickly if you wish to take advantage of the programme.

Benefits of Montenegro's citizenship-by-investment programme

Freedom of movement

Reside, work or study in Montenegro and visa-free travel to more than 120 countries.

Affordable income tax

At 9%, Montenegro has one of the lowest personal income tax rates in the world.

Anticipated EU membership

Montenegro is on track to join the European Union in 2025 as its newest member.

No residency requirement

No physical residency requirement before or after citizenship is granted. Only one visit required after the approval in principle is received.

Access to the US E-2 Treaty Investor visa

The E-2 Treaty Investor visa allows citizens of Montenegro to operate a business and reside in the US.

Quick processing

Foreign investors can obtain a Montenegro citizenship in as short as six months from the date of application.

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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 has become one of the most sought-after and successful residency-by-investment programmes.
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Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP): Qualifying criteria

The MPRP allows for the granting of indefinite residency to individuals and their families. The estimated programme timeline is around six months and has a number of requirements which the main applicant must meet, including:

  1. Real estate

    Hold a qualifying property in Malta for five years from the date of issuance of the residency certificate, through either of the following:

    • Purchase of property:
    • A minimum of €350,000 for properties in Malta (€300,000 for properties situated in Gozo and the South of Malta)

    • Lease of property:
    • A minimum of €12,000 per annum (€10,000 for properties situated in Gozo and the South of Malta)

  2. Government contribution

    Make a contribution to the Maltese government of €40,000 for administrative costs and then a further government contribution of either €58,000, if an applicant is taking the property lease investment path, or €28,000, if an applicant is pursuing the property purchase investment path.

  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. Assets

    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 main applicant and family members must also hold full EU medical insurance to the value of €30,000 for an indefinite period.

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

Applicants must meet all four of the following requirements:

  1. Government contribution

    All individuals and families applying to the Malta ESDI programme are required to have held Maltese residency for either 12 or 36 months prior to the submission of their citizenship application. The main applicant’s government contribution amount directly corresponds to the residency time frame followed.

    • The main applicant must make a non-refundable contribution of €600,000 to the National Development and Social Fund, provided that the applicant has held residency in Malta for 36 months.
    • By exception, residency may be reduced to a 12-month period but the contribution for the main applicant will increase to €750,000.

    Please be advised that an additional €50,000 contribution is also applied to each dependant.

    Real estate investment: Property purchase or rental

    All applicants are required to fulfil one of the following property requirements:

    • Purchase residential real estate with a minimum value of €700,000, to be held for five years
    • Lease a residential property with a rental of at least €16,000 per annum for five years
  2. Charitable donation

    A €10,000 charitable donation/philanthropic donation must be made to a Maltese organisation as proof of genuine links and ties to Malta.

  3. Residence

    The main applicant and all adult applicants must have been legally resident in Malta, with proof of genuine links to Malta, for a minimum period of 36 months before the application for citizenship can be submitted. This is reduced to 12 months if the investor has chosen to pursue the expedited timeline.

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.

Family benefits

Citizenship can be passed on to future generations by descent.

Quick processing

Two-step application process with your residence permit issued within 60 days and citizenship applications processed from 36-40 months/12-16 months depending on your chosen timeline.

Dual citizenship

Malta does not impose restrictions on dual citizenship.

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United Kingdom Tier 1 Investor Visa

The UK has long held a powerful political, financial and cultural influence around the world. To this day, the country remains a highly favoured and lucrative business destination for international investors. Living in the UK also offers a unique combination of bustling cities, quaint villages, a beautiful countryside and many historical landmarks.
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Settlement through investment

The country’s Tier 1 immigration programme provides the opportunity to enter one of the top economies and most prominent finance and commerce centres in the world. To qualify, you have to comply with the following requirement.

Tier 1 Investor Visa: Qualifying criteria

For the Tier 1 programme, there is only one investment option

  1. Investment

    You have to invest £2 million in government bonds or share capital of active and trading UK companies.

Benefits of the Tier 1 Investor Visa

Life in the UK

You and your family can live and work in the UK while investing in active UK businesses.

Access to great education and medical facilities

Gain access to the UK education system and one of the best free healthcare services in the world.

Path to citizenship

The £2 million investment puts you on the road to settlement in the UK after five years. Accelerated settlement can be achieved by upping the investment amount: £5 million gets settlement after three years, and £10 million earns settlement after just two. Thereafter you can apply to naturalise as a British citizen.

No language test

You do not need to pass any English language tests or satisfy the maintenance requirements associated with many other visa categories.

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 fastest 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) and the initial application process takes around 24 months. We can ensure you have credible legal advice and consultation, as the steps for your application can be complex and the correct selection of project imperative.

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 $900,000 to be made into a Regional Center in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), which is an investment that is managed by a third party 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 $1.8 million 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 $900,000.

    Your investment must create at least 10 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 own the shared ownership property for a minimum of five years before selling on 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 of a minimum amount of $150,000. 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 throughout the Schengen area to over 140 countries, including the EU, the UK and China.

Access to the US E-2 Treaty Investor visa

The E-2 Treaty Investor visa allows citizens of Grenada to operate a business and reside in the US.

Quick processing

Foreign investors can obtain citizenship in as short as six months from the date of application.

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.

Australia

Australia’s Provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 188)

Renowned for its winding waterways, endless sunshine and world-class beachfronts, Australia has long been a hub for expats – and it’s easy to see why. The country’s cities consistently rank at the top for liveability and combined with its burgeoning job market and strong economy, it’s no wonder why so many choose to have a go at life in the land Down Under. Today, the country offers a variety of options for those interested in the Business Innovation and Investment Visa. Separated into two stages – first provisional and then permanent – this visa allows investors willing to make a significant contribution to the Australian economy to live and work in the country.

Provisional residency through investment

The subclass 188 visa has five streams available through the Department of Home Affairs' Business Innovation and Investment Programme, each requiring different levels of business experience and offering various benefits.

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Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188): Qualifying criteria

  1. Business Innovation Stream (subclass 188A)

    This visa is for those wanting to establish a business in Australia or develop and manage an existing one. You must have already owned a successful business that had a turnover of at least AUD 500,000 in two out of the four fiscal years immediately before applying. You must be under the age of 55 and also have a total net personal and business worth of at least AUD 800,000.

  2. Investor Stream (subclass 188B)

    To qualify for this visa, you must be under the age of 55 and have had a successful career in business ownership or investment management. Before the visa is granted you must make a designated investment of at least AUD 1,5 million into an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia.

  3. Significant Investor Stream (subclass 188C)

    This visa does not have an upper age limit. To qualify for this visa, you must invest at least AUD 5 million into complying significant investments in Australia and wish to maintain business and investment activity in Australia.

  4. Premium Investor Stream (subclass 188D)

    To qualify for this visa, you need to invest at least AUD 15 million into complying premium investments in Australia and must maintain business and investment activity in Australia.

  5. Entrepreneur Stream (subclass 188E)

    To qualify for this visa, you must be under the age of 55 and have a funding agreement from a third party for at least AUD 200,000 to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity.

Benefits of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)

Life in Australia

Work, operate a business or study in Australia.

Pathway to permanent residency

Become eligible for permanent residency by applying for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888).

Family benefits

Include your family members in your application to join you in Australia. They will receive full work and study rights.

Travel potential

Travel in and out of Australia as much as you wish while the visa is valid.

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Australia’s Permanent Business Innovation and Investment visa (subclass 888)

The Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 888) visa is a permanent residency visa for those who hold a four-year provisional subclass 188 visa and are looking to continue to own and manage a business or investment activity in Australia.

Permanent residency through investment

The subclass 888 visa continues its five streams on from the subclass 188, available through the Department of Home Affairs' Business Innovation and Investment Programme, each requiring different levels of business experience and offering various benefits.

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Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888): Qualifying criteria

  1. Business Innovation Stream (subclass 888A)

    This permanent visa lets you continue to own and manage a business in Australia. To apply for the subclass 888 visa under this stream, you must:

    • Hold the 188 Provisional visa in the Investor Stream for the four years prior to making your application
    • Have maintained a designated Australian investment for at least four years
    • Have lived in Australia for two of the past four years
  2. Investor Stream (subclass 888B)

    This permanent visa lets you continue your investment and business activity in Australia. To apply for the 888 visa under this stream, you must:

    • Hold the 188 Provisional visa in the Investor Stream for the four years prior to making your application
    • Have maintained a designated Australian investment for at least four years
    • Have lived in Australia for two of the past four years
  3. Significant Investor Stream (subclass 888C)

    This permanent visa allows you to continue maintaining your investment and business activity in Australia. To apply for the 888 visa under this stream, you must:

    • Hold the 188 visa in the Significant Investor Stream
    • Have held a complying investment for at least four years
    • Have lived in Australia for 160 days in the past four years
  4. Premium Investor Stream (subclass 888D)

    For you to be able to apply for the Premium Investor Stream of the 888 visa, you must:

    • Have held a Provisional 188 visa in the Premium Investor Stream for at least one year and be nominated by the Commonwealth government
    • Have held a complying premium investment continuously for at least one year
  5. Entrepreneur Stream (subclass 888E)

    To apply for the 888 visa under this stream, you must:

    • Have held your Provisional 188 visa in the Entrepreneur Stream for at least four years prior to making an application
    • Have evidence that demonstrates a successful record of your entrepreneurial activities in Australia

Benefits of the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)

Medical insurance

Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.

Pathway to citizenship

If eligible, the 888 subclass opens up the opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship.

Family benefits

You and your family can work, study and live in Australia as permanent residents for five years.

Travel benefits

Travel to and from Australia any time within five years of the visa being granted.

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. 

There are several different routes to residency, and you’ll have to meet one of the following requirements:
  1. Real estate investment

    A non-citizen is eligible for a residence permit through the acquisition of a qualifying property in a government approved scheme at a minimum investment of USD 375,000.

    • Residency status for the investor and family members will remain valid for as long as the property is owned. 
    • If the non-citizen would like to be professionally active in Mauritius, they would need to apply for residency via one of the Occupational Permit paths as indicated below. 
  2. Occupation permit

    An occupation permit is a combined work and residence permit which allows foreign nationals to work and reside in Mauritius under three specific permit categories, namely investor, professional and self-employed.

    1. Investor permit

      An investor is defined as a shareholder and director in a company incorporated in Mauritius under the Companies Act 2001.

      • The minimum investment required into the company is USD 50,000
      • An investor permit holder is initially granted residency for 10 years
      • For the purposes of renewal after the initial 10 years, the company should generate a minimum gross income of MUR 4 million per year as from the third year after initially obtaining the investor permit
    2. Professional permit

      A professional is defined as an expatriate employed by a company incorporated in Mauritius to deliver professional services

      • A professional should earn a basic monthly salary of at least MUR 60,000 per month, except for professionals working for an ICT company where the basic salary should be at least MUR 30,000 per month
      • A professional permit holder is initially granted residency for three years or as per the duration of the employment contract
    3. Self-employed permit

      A self-employed person is defined as a non-citizen engaged in a professional activity registered with the Registrar of Businesses under the Business Registration Act 2002. A self-employed person operates a one-person business, working exclusively for his own account

      • The minimum investment required into the business activity is USD 35,000
      • A self-employed permit holder is initially granted residency for 10 years
      • For the purposes of renewal after the initial 10 years, the business activity should generate a minimum gross income of MUR 800,000 per year as from the third year of registration
  3. Retired permit

    A non-citizen who is aged 50 years or above may apply for a retired permit to immigrate to Mauritius

    • A retired non-citizen should make an initial transfer at least USD 1,500 from his/her personal bank account in his/her country of residence at time of application to his/her personal bank account in Mauritius. Thereafter the retired non-citizen should transfer at least USD 1,500 monthly or a sum by instalments amounting to at least USD 18,000 annually during a period of 10 years
    • A retirement permit holder is initially granted residency for 10 years
  4. Permanent residence permit

    Permanent residency is initially granted for 20 years. This permit is an initial extension to the three categories of occupational permits (investor, professional, self-employed) or to the initial retirement permit with stricter financial conditions to be met.

Benefits of the Mauritius residency programme

Straightforward residency

A simple, efficient and uncomplicated process to residency, which can lead to a renewable 20-year permanent residency permit. Initial permit can be approved in just three 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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Very low capital outlay for retirement visas

USD 1,500 monthly or a sum by instalments amounting to at least USD 18,000 annually

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Low physical presence requirement

No physical residency requirement and no minimum number of days required to maintain residency status

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