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Global Immigration by Investment


With increasing globalisation and many individuals' increasing personal wealth, there has been a matching increase in the desire to protect personal assets and the diversity of investment portfolios as well as to ensure financial security for both themselves and their dependants. It is this objective that has become the driving force behind the increasing demand for investment-based immigration options around the world.


This has resulted in an increased number of countries now offering investment based Citizenship Programs, from the USA, to Caribbean nations such as Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Kitts & Nevis, to EU nations like Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta.


High net worth foreign nationals who contribute to these EU investment programs are also granted visa free travel to a number of EU countries, including the UK.


However, the key point to note when considering which investment programme to opt for are the various benefits offered by these investor visas. Clients need to choose wisely as some immigrant investor programmes can have major drawbacks, whilst others offer multiple benefits and can provide an investor and their families with long-term security for future generations.


Please click on the links or map pins above to find out more about the various options, or Contact us today via the Quick contact link above or on +44 20 34754321 for an initial free consultation.

Citizenship by Investment: Antigua and Barbuda
There are three investment options as listed below:

  • Contribute US$ 250,000

The applicant is to make a contribution of US$ 250,000 to the National Development Fund or alternatively a charity approved by the Government;

  • Purchase Real Estate

The applicant is to purchase a real estate worth US$ 400,000 in an approved developed area. The applicant must hold the real estate for a minimum period of 5 years.

Additional Fee Requirement:

The applicant will be liable to pay fees such as taxes, processing fee etc.

  • Business Investment

The applicant is to establish a business as well as invest no less than US$ 1,500,000 in that business.

The applicant is able to invest in and Establish a joint business with one or more person on the basis that each person invests no less than US$ 400,000 each.

The applicant must ensure that the total investment does not fall below US$ 500,000.

In addition to one of the above three options, the applicant must also:

  • Have a clean personal record
  • Have a clean character record
  • Be in good health and have high personal net worth
  • Reside in Antigua along with any included dependants for a period not less than 35 days within 5 years

  • No Capital Gains Tax liabilities for residents
  • No Estate Tax liabilities for residents
  • No taxation on income from other Countries
  • Visa free travel to approximately 130 Countries
  • Visa free travel to the United Kingdom, Canada and countries of the Schengen Area.

More information can also be found on Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment website.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Citizenship by Investment: Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a member state of the European Union and citizenship in Bulgaria means one can live, work, and study in other European member states.

The Bulgarian Residency and Citizenship Program is an attractive option for potential investors because the new changes in the Act governing the Program mean that investors do not have to show any level of competency in the Bulgarian language, nor do they have to give up their current nationality.

There are currently 2 investment options offered by the Bulgaria Investor Programme (there is also an additional Fast Track option):

  • Full Cash Investment

Investor must deposit full amount of €511,292 (approximately BGN 1,000,000) from outside of Bulgaria, into a personal bank account in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian government uses that capital to purchase government bonds under the investor’s name for 5 years. At the end of the fifth year, the Bulgarian government returns the invested €511,292 back to the investor without accrued interest.

Advantage: The Bulgarian government guarantees and secures the investor’s investment so the investor will definitely receive the originally invested €511,292 at the end of 5 years.

  • Loan Investment

Investor must deposit a reduced amount of €180,000. This amount is used to obtain a loan from a chartered Bulgarian bank to make up the outstanding amount and have a total of €511,292. It is a 5 year loan and the investor’s capital of €180,000 is mainly used to cover interest rate and bank fees. Therefore, the investor will not be refunded the €180,000 at the end of 5 years.

  • Fast Track

Under this option investors can apply for Bulgarian citizenship after just 1 year of holding permanent residency (the usual period is 5 years). The investor must invest €511,292 (BGN 1,000,000) in what is known as a Priority Investment Project. This is a risky project which centres mainly on rural and undeveloped parts of Bulgaria. Investor must maintain the investments for a further 2 years after obtaining Bulgarian citizenship.

  • Investor’s spouse and minor children also granted permanent residency
  • No level of competency required of the Bulgarian language
  • Visa free travel in the EU and the Schengen Area
  • Low rates of corporate and personal tax (flat 10%)
  • No tax in high unemployment areas

 

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Citizenship by Investment: Dominica

The Individual Investor Programme allows for an investor and his family to be granted Dominican citizenship in exchange for the investor’s non-refundable contribution to the economic development of Dominica.

In order to qualify for Citizenship of Dominica the applicant must make a contribution in one of the following four ways depending on the size of the applicant’s family:

Option One:

  • The applicant must contribute US$ 100,000 if they are a single applicant

Option Two:

  • The applicant must contribute US$ 175,000 if they are applying for themselves and one spouse

Option Three:

  • The applicant must contribute US$ 200,000 if they are applying for themselves and one spouse and two children under the age of 18

Option four:

  • The applicant must contribute US$ 200,000 and US $50,000 for each additional dependant under 18 years of age, if they are applying for themselves and one spouse and more than two children under the age of 18

In addition to one of the above four options, the applicant must also:

  • Be interviewed in Dominica
  • Have a clean personal record
  • Have a clean character record
  • Provide a CV
  • Provide information in relation to their business background
  • Provide references for all applicants

The benefit of becoming a Citizen of Dominica is that once Citizenship is acquired it can be passed on to future generations by descent.

More information can be found on the Citizenship by Investment website of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

 

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Citizenship by Investment: Ireland

The Republic of Ireland allows many options for individuals to invest:

 

  • Evidence of good character;
  • Net worth of €2 million (no matter which of the below investment option from the Immigrant Investor Programme is being chosen);
  • Evidence of source of wealth.

There are SIX investment options:

  1. Immigrant Investor Bond: Invest 1 million Euros in the bond at 0% interest rate. Bond has a term of 5 years
  2. Enterprise investment: Invest €500,000 in an Irish enterprise for at least 3 years. Could be an established enterprise in Ireland or one that the investor is starting up. Must be registered in Ireland and have its headquarters in Ireland
  3. Investment Funds: Invest €500,000 in an approved fund (no approved funds exist yet)
  4. Real Estate Investment Trusts: Invest at least €2 million in any Irish REIT which is listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. Can spread the €2 million investment across a number of REITs
  5. Mixed investment: Purchase a residential property worth at least €450,000 PLUS invest €500,000 in the Immigrant Investor Bond. This means a total investment of €950,000
  6. Endowment: €500,000 donation (€400,000 if 5 or more people put their endowments together for one project)

  • This programme is aimed at migrants who have a proposal for a high potential start up in the innovation economy as well as funding of €75,000.
  • These individuals will be granted residency so that they can develop this business.
  • No targets (such as creating new jobs) will be set for these migrants.
  • If more than one person wants to use this programme then each of those persons will have to show access to at least €75,000.

Non refundable fee of €350 for the application.

Permission to reside and work in Ireland will be granted for 2 years initially. Thereafter it will be renewed for 3 further years and permission may then be renewed in 5 year instalments.

Advantages:

No investment is needed until the application has been approved.

 

For more information, please see the Republic of Ireland’s Investor & Entrepreneur Schemes website.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.

 

 



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Citizenship by Investment: Portugal

To be a Citizen of Portugal the applicant will need to show intent as well as meet the legal requirements. The applicant will need to make an application to the Ministry of Justice under Article 7(1) of the Nationality Act and Article 18(1) of the Nationality Regulation and meet the legal requirements as listed below.

The applicant must meet all the requirements listed below in order to be recognised for a right to naturalise.

The applicant must:

  • be of legal adult age or emancipated according to the Portuguese law
  • have legally resided in Portugal for a period of no less than six years
  • have sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language
  • have no convictions for committing crimes which carry a prison sentence of three years or more according to Portuguese law

There are three investments options as listed below:

  • Property Investment

This option requires the applicant to purchase a property or properties worth at least EUR 500,000.

  • Capital Investment

This option requires the applicant to transfer EUR 1 million to a Portuguese bank, or alternatively the applicant will need to invest in a company and hold a share in the company.

  • Create 10 Jobs in Portugal

This option requires the applicant to create a total of no less than 10 jobs in Portugal.

  • The Applicant must maintain the funds for at least 5 years
  • Funds used for investment must be from abroad
  • The applicant must have no criminal convictions/records

The applicant will obtain permanent residency after 5 years and the applicant will qualify for citizenship after 6 years.

More information is available at the website of the Portuguese Immigration & Borders Service.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Citizenship by Investment: St Kitts & Nevis

In order to qualify for Citizenship of St Kitts & Nevis the applicant must make an investment in one of the following two ways:

This option requires the applicant to invest at least US$ 400,000 in an approved real estate development and related fees and taxes.

Requirements for Investment Option One:

  • The applicant is required to purchase a real estate
  • The applicant must maintain ownership of the real estate for at least five years from the purchase

This option requires the applicant to contribute to the public charity known as the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

The applicant is a single applicant then the applicant must contribute no less than US$ 250,000; this contribution is non-refundable.

In addition to the public charity contribution the applicant must also pay a government fee and due diligence fee of US$ 7,500.

If the applicant is applying with dependants, the fee structure is listed below:

  1. US$ 300,000 Public Charity contribution for no more than 3 dependants (a spouse and minor children under the age of 18;
  2. US$ 350,000 Public Charity contribution for no more than 5 dependants (a spouse and children);
  3. US$ 450,000 Public Charity contribution for no more than 7 dependants (a spouse and children);
  4. US$ 50,000 for each additional dependant after 7

The applicant will also be liable to pay US$ 4,000 per dependant over the age of 16 years as a due diligence fee.

  • Once the applicant acquires citizenship the family can benefit from full citizenship
  • No tax liabilities
  • No direct person tax liabilities
  • Visa free travel to more than 120 countries worldwide
  • Visa free travel to all EU countries
  • Able to maintain dual citizenship

More information can be found at the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment website.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Individual Investor Programme: Malta

The Individual Investor Programme allows for an investor and his family to be granted Maltese citizenship in exchange for the investor’s contribution to the economic and social development of Malta.

Being a citizen of Malta means the investor can travel, work, and reside in all the EU countries.

  • Investor must be 18 or over
  • Investor must submit proof with his application of being resident in Malta for 12 months immediately before being issued a naturalisation certificate
  • Clean criminal record
  • Medical report confirming that the investor and his dependants are in good health and not suffering from a contagious disease
  • An affidavit of support from the investor confirming financial responsibility of each over 18 dependant
  • Make a contribution of €650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund
  • Investor must also purchase a property in Malta worth at least €350,000 which must be held for at least 5 years; OR If the investor does not wish to purchase a property, he must lease a residential property in Malta at an annual rent of at least €16,000. The said leased property cannot be let or sublet
  • In addition to the above 2 requirements, the investor must also invest at least €150,000 in stocks and bonds to be held for at least 5 years
  • Spouse (additional contribution of €25,000 to the National Development and Social Fund)
  • Minor children under 18 (additional contribution of €25,000 for each child to the National Development and Social Fund)
  • Dependant children between 18-26 (additional contribution of €50,000 for each adult child to the National Development and Social Fund)
  • Dependants over 55, i.e. parents (additional contribution of €50,000 for each adult child to the National Development and Social Fund)

More information can be found on the Hungarian Government’s HRBP website.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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Residency Bond Programme: Hungary

The Hungary Residency Bond Program (HRBP) was introduced by the Hungarian Government in late 2012 after the amendments of the Immigration Act of 2007 were successfully adopted by the Hungarian Parliament.

HRBP is an investment residency program, which offers preferential immigration treatment to non-EU residents.

After investing at least EUR 250,000 under the Investor Residency Bond Program, a residency permit valid for 6 months will be issued initially to the investor and his close family members (spouse and children under 18 years old).

Afterwards, this permit can be converted to a permanent residency (card is valid for 5 years and renewed automatically).

Investors may obtain a permanent residency card for a lifetime by investing in the governmental residency bond issued by the Hungarian Debt Management Agency.

  • The Program provides permanent residency status in Hungary for the whole family; main applicant, spouse and children under 18
  • The investment period is limited to only a five-year period while the right of residency is life-long
  • The residency card allows visa free travel to the Schengen Area and stay 90 days within any given 180 days without limitations
  • Very short processing time, as little as 8 working days
  • Living and working are permitted within Hungary, and possibility of permanent residency in all EU countries after 5 years
  • No obligatory physical residency requirement
  • Possible Hungarian Citizenship after 8 years continuous residency in Hungary and with demonstrated Hungarian Language skills

More information can be found on the Hungarian Government’s HRBP website.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.

 



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The UK Investment Programme

The United Kingdom is one of the most attractive countries for the people who wish to live a stable life, work in a multicultural environment, study in most respected educational institutions or do business internationally.

The current investment threshold is £2 million.

  • Eligibility

You must have at least £2,000,000 investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

You must:

  • be 16 years old to apply for this visa
  • be able to prove that the money belongs to either you or your husband, wife, unmarried or same-sex partner

Your funds must be:

  • held in 1 or more regulated financial institutions
  • free to spend (‘disposable’) in the UK

Your money can be in the UK or overseas when you apply.

  • Evidence of investment funds

You’ll need to provide evidence showing that you have the required investment funds.

Your own money

If you’re using your own money to invest, you should be able to show:

  • how much money you have and where it’s being held
  • where the money came from if you haven’t had the money for at least 3 months (eg you inherited it from a relative)
  • that the money can be transferred to the UK and converted to sterling (if it’s not already in the UK)

Your partner’s money

You’ll need to provide:

  • a certificate of marriage or civil partnership, or in the case of unmarried or same-sex relationships, proof that you are in a long-term (at least 2 years) relationship
  • a statement from your partner confirming that they will allow you to control the funds in the UK
  • a letter from a legal adviser stating that the declaration is valid

  • Eligibility

You must have access to at least £200,000 investment funds to apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.

Your funds must be:

  • held in 1 or more regulated financial institutions
  • free to spend (‘disposable’) on business in the UK

You must also:

  • meet the English language requirement
  • be able to support yourself during your stay
  • be at least 16 years old
  • Sharing investment funds

You can form an ‘entrepreneurial team’ with one other Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicant and share the same investment funds.

This will allow both the main applicants and their dependants (under the age of 18) entry to the UK for an initial period of 3 years and a further extension of 2 years.

  • Evidence of investment funds

You must provide the following evidence to show you have access to the appropriate investment funds:

  • an official letter from each financial institution holding the funds
  • for money held in the UK only, a recent personal bank or building society statement from the UK financial institution holding the funds, which confirms the amount of money available to you or your entrepreneurial team
  • for money provided by a venture capital firm, seed funding competition or UK government department, a recent letter from an accountant confirming the amount of money made available to you or your business
  • Funding from a third party

You must also provide the following evidence if any third parties have contributed funds toward your application:

  • confirmation they’ve made the money available for you to invest in a UK business
  • a letter from a legal representative (independent from those providing funds) confirming the signatures on the declaration are valid
  • evidence that you can support yourself
  • you must prove that you have enough personal savings to support yourself while you’re in the UK.
  • outside the UK – you’ll need £3,310

Your personal savings must have been in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply.

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

In order to qualify for citizenship, the Investor client must first obtain the ILR status, then will be eligible to apply for Citizenship within 1 year provided that his family satisfies the residence requirements.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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The USA Investment Programme

The United States welcomes investors from various foreign countries who invest substantially in the economic development of the country, by creating jobs and businesses.

  • Each investor must contribute a minimum of $1,000,000 of capital into the new business, with the exception of $500,000 for investments in certain “targeted” areas
  • The investor must prove his capital comes from a lawful source
  • The new business must create a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for a period of 2 years for each foreign investor

  • No English language requirement
  • No age restriction
  • No minimum education requirement
  • No management or business experience requirement
  • No strict net worth requirement
  • Investor and family can keep their home country passports
  • Investor and family can live, work or retire anywhere in the United States
  • Children can attend any public school or university for the same cost as US citizens
  • Investor and family can travel internationally
  • Eligible to apply for citizenship after 5 years

More information can be found on the website of US Citizenship & Immigration Services.

For further information or a free consultation, please contact us on 0203 475 4321 or click on the quick contact link above.



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