Golden Visa / Residence by Investment (RBI)
What is RBI?
Residence by investment (RBI) schemes offer a permanent residency against investment in property, government securities or businesses. RBI schemes offer a path to future citizenship usually after five years depending on the country. Portugal, Greece, Malta and Latvia are the most popular european RBI schemes. Most schemes do not require investors to live or move permanently in the country.
Several terms co-exist to describe RBI schemes, they are commonly known as Investor visas, Immigrant investor program (IIP), and Golden visa.
Real estate investment is the most popular choice for many..
United States EB-5, Canada, Australia are very popular among rich and wealthy from China. Chinese are the most consumers of the RBI market with over 90% of the share.
RBI schemes were designed to attract foreign capital and business people by providing the right of residence and citizenship in return. These are also known as Golden Visa program. The concept is relatively new and was only brought to the focus around 2006.
Rise of Immigrant Investor Schemes
- 1990 – United States
- 1986 – Canada Quebec
- 1994 – United Kingdom
- 2009 – Bulgaria
- 2010 – Latvia
- 2012 – Portugal
- 2013 – The Netherlands
- 2014 – Spain, Malta, Greece
- 2017 – Italy
RBI/Golden visa market is currently valued at $10 billion and expected to growing at a pace of 20% annually. The property markets in Spain, Portugal, Greece have recovered from the slump five years ago and prices are increasing at a steady rate.
EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR
TIER1 INVESTOR VISA
IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM
QUEBEC IMMIGRANT INVESTOR
IMMIGRANT INVESTOR SCHEME
GLOBAL INVESTOR PROGRAM
We have compiled some quick summary of questions related to citizenship by investment. Read more in FAQs page
What is Citizenship By Investment (CBI)?
CBI is widely used short form or acronym for “Citizenship By Investment”. CBI schemes legally allows foreign investors to obtain a new fast track nationality with passport purely on investment alone.
How many countries offer citizenship for investments?
As of today, more than 10 countries in Europe, Caribbean and Pacific legally grant citizenship for investments.
How much it costs to get a passport?
Prices start from $100,000. Additional costs include due diligence fee and lawyer fee. These costs increase the more family members you add.
What are the investment routes available?
CIP regulations allow Donate to state fund ($100K) or Invest in Real estate ($200K onwards) or buy government securities (bonds). Donation is the most popular route for many of our clients.
How much time it takes to get citizenship?
Processing times vary between countries. Please expect 2-3 months, if all documents are in order.
What is the history of citizenship by investment?
The History of CBI goes back to 1980’s. St Kitts and Nevis is the birthplace of Citizenship by investment. This tiny caribbean nation enacted citizenship legislation to acquire citizenship for investments in 1984. In 1980’s many pacific island countries operated citizenship for sale schemes.
Popular CBI Schemes
St Kitts Nevis (150K)
Saint Lucia ($100K)
Popular Golden Visas
United Kingdom (£2M)