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.

GOLDEN VISA

Portugal

€280K

GOLDEN VISA

Greece

€250K

EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR

United States

$900K

TIER1 INVESTOR VISA

United Kingdom

£2M

INVESTOR VISA

Netherlands

€12M

INVESTOR VISA

Germany

€100K

IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM

Ireland

€400K

GOLDEN VISA

Spain

€500K

INVESTOR VISA

Australia

A$15M

QUEBEC IMMIGRANT INVESTOR

Canada

$265K

INVESTOR VISA

New Zealand

N$3M

GOLDEN VISA

Italy

€500K

INVESTOR VISA

Cayman Islands

$1M

INVESTOR VISA

Monaco

€1M

IMMIGRANT INVESTOR SCHEME

Bulgaria

€512K

GOLDEN VISA

Cyprus

€300K

GOLDEN VISA

Latvia

€100K

TIER1 INNOVATOR

United Kingdom

£50K

GOLDEN VISA

Malta

€135K

GOLDEN VISA

France

€300K

ELITE VISA

Thailand

€135K

GLOBAL INVESTOR PROGRAM

Singapore

S$25M

Q&A

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)

Vanuatu ($130K)

Dominica ($100K)

Grenada ($150K)

Popular Golden Visas

Portugal (€280K)

Greece (€250K)

Germany (€80K)

Spain (€500K)

United Kingdom (£2M)

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