10 things you need to know about second citizenship

August 20th, 2017

Maybe you have heard about second citizenship programmes, but do people actually invest in them? Which people? How much? Is citizenship-by-investment really popular? Why do countries even offer citizenship-by-investment? Why do investors invest? If you have these questions, you’re not alone. So let’s get myth-busting and break down the top 10 things you need to know about second citizenship.

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How much does your current passport limit your travel?

August 1st, 2017

Moving around the globe without restrictions is something many people take for granted. Some citizens can travel to 150+ countries with ease, thanks to their highly-ranked passports. For others, the number is less than 30. How your passport ranks can have a huge impact on your personal and professional life, affecting everything from where you go on holiday to the agility of your business. So let’s look more closely at the implications of limited global freedom – and then explore how second citizenship can offer a potential solution.

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Six frequently asked questions about second citizenship

July 18th, 2017

Citizenship-by-investment is one of the most important decisions you may ever make. But if you have been considering investing in second citizenship – and who can blame you – you’re probably overwhelmed with some of the following questions; Can I afford it? How long does it take? Is second citizenship even legal? And the biggest question of all: is it worth it? So read on for the answers about citizenship-by-investment, to help you decide whether it is right for you.

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Cypriot second citizenship: tailor-made for the elite

The investment path to secure Cypriot citizenship is very varied, as long as you invest at least EUR 2m in total, plus nominal professional fees. True, this isn’t a route for those on a budget but the programme is tailored towards wealthy individuals for whom speed is a key factor. Because Cyprus lets you get ahead, fast. So let’s look more closely at the returns you can expect from your investment.

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Residency or citizenship – which is the better long-term investment?

June 19th, 2017

Second citizenship is making waves as a must-have investment item, but the options can be confusing. An online search reveals a minefield of information. Terms are bandied around with little explanation as to what they mean, let alone whether they meet your needs. Enough. In this piece, we demystify the two most popular types of programme – citizenship-by-investment and residency-by-investment – and consider which best fits your specific requirements.

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Calculating the ROI on your second citizenship investment

June 5th, 2017

Second citizenship has merits, but maybe you’re not sure how it stacks up against other investments. Or perhaps you have been considering second citizenship for a while but you’re not totally convinced. After all, stocks and shares seem more traditionally quantifiable. Well, second citizenship is quantifiable too. Citizenship-by-investment programmes don’t mean a leap of faith – you can weigh their worth just as you would any other investment. So let’s look at the six key areas where you can find real ROI on second citizenship.

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Top European citizenship-by-investment programmes

If you’re thinking of investing in second citizenship, why not consider Europe? The Caribbean programmes might be the grandfathers of second citizenship but Europe is home to 15 of the 20 most desirable passports according to the 2017 Nomad Passport Index. This was based on the criteria of visa-free travel, taxation, global perception, ability to hold dual citizenship, and overall freedom. Great news for Europeans. Not so great for the 90% of world citizens who are non-European. But you don’t have to settle. And here’s why.

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Top Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes

What comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean? Crystal clear waters and sleek superyachts? Incredible sunsets over white, sandy beaches? Lazy, sun-drenched days? Those are all definitely true, but the Caribbean isn’t just an amazing holiday destination.It’s also the home to many of the world’s earliest, and most enduringly popular, citizenship-by-investment programmes. So let’s dive into why the global elite spend a reported USD 2bn on second citizenship each year, and why the Caribbean remains the undisputed capital of these kinds of investments.

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Am I eligible for a second passport – and should I get one?

April 10th, 2017

Second passports are the talk of the international investment community. If you’re considering this venture, chances are the following two questions have come up at some point: am I eligible, and is it a good move for me? There are over 20 citizenship-by-investment programmes available with options to suit every unique circumstance, and securing a second passport can be as simple as securing any other investment. In this article we break down the programmes by region to help you explore whether second citizenship is the right step for you.

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Why do countries sell their citizenships – and who is buying?

March 31st, 2017

The first citizenship-by-investment programme was introduced in 1984 by St. Kitts and Nevis and since then many other nations have joined the party. The Caribbean may be the kingdom of the second passport, but economic citizenship is offered far outside those climes – including in much of the EU. So why do many nations sell citizenship, and who is buying it?

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