The following countries offer citizenship via investment:
The Commonwealth of Dominica
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
You must use a person authorized by the Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU):
Republic of Malta
Warning, never trust any citizenship program promoted by a third-party, the Internet is full of scams. Work with official government offices and websites only.
Edit: Henley & Partners designed the programs for Malta, Nevis, and Antigua; they are reputable.
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Aside from economic citizenship, you can gain citizenship of some countries by birth right or descent. Finally there’s the most traditional way: get married. Marriage almost always requires a period of permanent residence, usually expedited (e.g. 2 years in the Republic of Costa Rica).
There are some countries where getting citizenship is not that hard. Here is a list of these countries :
In order to become a British citizen, you have to be at least 18 years of age, have no criminal record, and know English and details about life within the UK. You also must live in the country for at least 5 years before you apply for citizenship and spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during this period.
If you want to become one of the country’s citizens, then you must respect some rules. For instance, you have to live in France for at least five years before applying for citizenship. This is also the same number of years you must spend within the country before being able to apply for permanent residence, which is renewable. While you could do this over and over again, you wouldn’t have the same rights as the rest of the citizens.
If you want to become a citizen of Sweden, you must be at least 18 years old, have no criminal record, permanent right of residence and have lived within the country for at least five consecutive years. The number goes down to two years if you’re already a citizen of another Nordic country.
If you want to become a citizen here, you need to hold a residency permit for at least five years before applying. Although in the past the country’s laws indicated that you had to renounce your other citizenship when applying for Czech nationality, they have waived this rule, following the trend within the European Union concerning this matter.
You also need to be proficient in the language, but after five years of living in a foreign country you’re bound to learn a thing or two. Otherwise, we’re sure there are classes you can take. Having a clean criminal record is also important when applying for citizenship here
If you want to move and become a citizen of Romania, you need to tick a few things off the list. You need to be at least 18 years old, prove that you have legal opportunities for a decent living, have a clean criminal record and speak Romanian, with minimum knowledge about the local culture. You must know the national anthem and constitution if you want to have a chance to get citizenship. You must also live in Romania for at least 5 years before applying.
There’s also a fast track for getting your citizenship in Romania, which is why it takes the 5th place among these easiest countries to get citizenship in EU. For instance, the time can be cut in half if you’re a well-known personality abroad, a citizen of the European Union, or have invested over €5 million in Romania.
In order to become a citizen here, you have to live in the country for at least five years before writing the application. You also need to have a clean record, proof of a steady job and to know your way around the language.
In Bulgaria there’s also the option of investing financially in the country and cutting some years off the waiting period. This is a pretty good option for entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses into Eastern Europe, while also trying to relocate. The benefits vary depending on the investments, but one of the guarantees seems to be the right to permanent residency.
Becoming a citizen of Finland comes with a few conditions, much like in all other countries. You need to have at least five years of continuous residence or a total of seven years since the age of 15. You’ll also need to know Finnish, Swedish or the Finnish sign language. Having dual citizenship is permissible in Finland, so you don’t need to worry about renouncing your original one. But you mustlove saunas.
Some countries with the citizenship through investment are as follows :
As the least expensive of the Caribbean countries, you can become a citizen of Dominica by investment a minimum of $100,000 in the country – the form of investment can include buying a property.
There is no residency requirement and the country allows dual citizenship.
A travel document from Dominica gets you visa-free travel to only 91 countries, making it the 41st most valuable travel document.
St. Kitts and Nevis
For a non-refundable contribution of $250,000 to the local sugar industry, or a minimum investment of $400,000 on a property is all it takes to become a citizen of this Caribbean island.
You never need to even visit the country or take a citizenship test – after paying the money or for a property, you’re a new passport holder and are good to go.
The St. Kitts passport will get you visa-free travel to 132 countries, with Brazil being recently added to the list, ranking it as the 24th most valuable passport.
Unfortunately, in November of 2014, Canada announced it would no longer allow St. Kitts citizens to enter without a visa.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda announced its citizenship investment programme in 2013, with similar parameters to the St. Kitts and Nevis model – a $400,000 property investment or $200,000 charity donation.
Also like St. Kitts, the passport gives you visa-free travel to 132 countries and is ranked 24th.
Grenada reopened its citizenship by investment in 2014, having closed it from 2001 through 2013.
The current version requires an investment of $250,000 in an approved real estate project.
A second passport from Grenada allows access to 110 countries, including the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Panama, and most British Commonwealth nations – it does not give visa-free travel to Canada or the US.
For those with a spare two days and £150,000, Bulgaria is a viable option for a second citizenship.
Unlike other European schemes allowing foreigners to buy property in exchange for a residency visa or citizenship after 5 years, for a Bulgarian passport all you need to do is transfer the funds to a Bulgarian bank and then visit the country to ‘claim’ Bulgarian rights.
This European country offers a fast track passport, but for a larger €650,000 sum.
Like Bulgaria, Maltese citizenship gives you the right to live and work anywhere in the European Union and to travel visa-free to the United States. Malta and the US have a Visa Waiver program, which operates a bit differently from other systems.
However, the program is capped at 1,800 passports and there’s a requirement to “reside” in Malta for a reasonable amount of time over the year.
There are ONLY 8 OFFICIAL citizenship by investment program in 2016:
Caribbean: St Kitts, Dominca, Grenda, Antigua, St Lucia
EU: Cyprus, Malta
(Bulgaria has a fast-track citizenship solution through residency by investment, that requires also at least 1 year residency and that is not a citizenship program)
Without prior residence requirements, you can get the citizenship only in St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, Antigua, St Lucia. In Malta, the residency requirement is 1 year, in Cyprus 3 months. There are some solutions to decrease these time frames, but according to the laws, it’s a must.
There are several other countries where you can buy easily and affordable citizenships, mainly in Africa, however these are not official citizenship programs, so take care with fraudsters.