20 Countries Offering Residency or Citizenship by Investment

Updated on Friday 19th February 2021

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The number of countries offering residency or citizenship by investment has increased substantially in the last few years once governments have seen how many investors they can attract by offering various facilities.

There are more than 30 countries offering citizenship or residency by investment programs, however, our golden visa specialists have stopped at 20 most interesting countries currently offering citizenship or residency by investment.

We invite you to read below about the top 20 countries currently offering citizenship or residency by investment with the mention that we can help you obtain a second passport in some of these countries.
 

Top 20 countries in which you can obtain citizenship or residency by investment in 2021


Here are the top 20 countries in which residency or citizenship by investment in 2021 is available:
 
  1. Malta stands out as the most interesting country in Europe as it has both a citizenship and residency by investment program;
  2. Cyprus is another appreciated country which offers citizenship by investment (it has one of the oldest programs in Europe);
  3. Greece has also entered the list of European and EU countries to offer residency by investment to foreign citizens;
  4. the United States of America is the first country to have enabled a visa for foreign investors and thus the first residency by investment program;
  5. Canada has also enabled a residency by investment program which provides for very advantageous conditions;
  6. moving to South America, Columbia is one of the most important residency by investment destinations;
  7. Brazil which is the largest country on the continent has also enabled a residency by investment program;
  8. Dominica is the perfect destination for those interested in obtaining citizenship by investment in the Caribbean;
  9. The UAE has also added itself on the map of residency by investment programs with Dubai, one of the most desired cities to live in in the world;
  10. returning to Europe, Latvia is one of the small countries which offer to offer residency by investment;
  11. Italy has become one of the most desired destinations by foreign investors interested in multiple investment options;
  12. Spain is also one of the most interesting residency by investment options for non-EU citizens looking to immigrate;
  13. Hungary has recently entered the list of countries to offer residency by investment against a minimum amount of 268,000 euros;
  14. Belgium also offers residency for investment to those interested in acquiring a property worth at least 313,000 euros;
  15. Saint Kitts and Nevis are among the Caribbean Islands to offer cheap citizenship by investment for only 400,000 US dollars or 300,000 euros;
  16. Mauritius is one of the preferred destinations for wealthy individuals who can now obtain residency by purchasing a property there;
  17. Montenegro has entered the list of countries to offer citizenship by investment at very affordable costs in 2017;
  18. Turkey is also a country in which foreign citizens can relocate based on a citizenship by investment scheme;
  19. the United Kingdom has various types of visas for those looking for residency by investment;
  20. Ireland is one of the most prolific economies in the EU and in which residency by investment is available for approximately 600,000 US dollars.

If you are interested in buying a golden visa, our specialists can help you obtain residency or citizenship in some of the countries presented in our top 20 countries which offer such programs.
 

How to choose a country for buying citizenship or residency by investment in 2021?


There are several elements which can help you identify which of the 20 countries currently offering citizenship or residency programs are, among which:
 
  • decide on whether you want to move to a non-EU or an EU country based on such a program;
  • the amount of money you are willing to invest (the minimum amount starts at 200,000 US dollars);
  • choose if you want to bring family members along and how many of them (some programs allow for extended family members to immigrate);
  • decide on the type of investment you want to make – buy a property, start a business or purchase financial instruments.

Here is some statistics which can help you choose:
 
  • the Irish Investor Immigrant Scheme generated 46 million euros to the country’s budget in 2018;
  • the Greek Golden Visa Programs has generated 350 million euros to the budget in 2018, 46% more than in the previous year;
  • the EB-5 program in the US brought 5-times more people in the last 10 years compared to the regular immigration policies;
  • in Europe, golden visa approvals in Portugal increased by 44% by the half of 2019.

Those who want to buy citizenship in 2021 have various programs to choose from. While some of them have suffered a few changes, among which that of UK which now also targets EU citizens, others have remained unchanged.

Around the world, in 2021, it is possible for other countries to join these 20 countries that offer citizenship by investment given the positive impact such schemes have on the economy. However, in order to obtain updated information, we kindly invite you to discuss it with our agents.

For complete information on the 20 countries currently offering residency or citizenship by investment, please contact our golden visa agents.