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What is Citizenship by Investment?

Citizenship by Investment is acquiring citizenship in another country by investing in their real estate or government bond market. A more affordable way to gain citizenship is to donate to a government.

Depending on your goals and situation AIM Capital Partners will be able to guide you with the right solution for you and your family.

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What is Residency by Investment?

Residency by Investment typically requires an individual to invest in a government bond, real estate or a business in the country.

What is the main difference between Citizenship by Investment and Residency by Investment?
The main difference between residency and citizenship is that you don’t have a 2nd passport as a resident. There are limitations such as the inability to vote or hold public office positions whereas a citizen can. In certain programmes citizenship can be received after 5 years of residency.
What are the benefits of citizenship by investment? Why do people get 2nd citizenships?
Second citizenship is a wealth planning tool designed to protect wealth, provide greater visa-free travel access and improve the education prospects of young family members. Families worldwide are increasingly looking for backup options should they need to relocate to protect themselves from political instability or future pandemics. Click here to read more about the benefits of second citizenship
Why is Citizenship by investment preferred than residency by investment?
  • Citizenship by Investment programmes do not demand any language or an interview, whereas most residency programmes require applicants to satisfy language and interview assessments before residency can be granted.
  • Citizenship can be acquired within 6 months through Citizenship by Investment programmes whereas Residency programmes require at least 5 years’ residency before applicants can qualify for citizenship.
  • A Residency programme typically requires an applicant to travel to the country in question to submit biometrics and in order to open a bank account. Citizenship by Investment applications, on the other hand, can be completed entirely online.
  • Citizenship is granted for life and is automatically passed down to future children, providing instant security and protection for children born in politically unstable countries.
  • Instant visa-free access to over 140 countries is granted by Citizenship by Investment. Residency programmes do not enhance your visa-free travel access in the short run.
What countries offer citizenship by investment?

Predominantly governments from Europe and the Caribbean have Citizenship by Investment programmes.
The following countries offer Citizenship by Investment Programmes:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • Turkey

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What countries offer residency by investment?

The following countries offer Residency by Investment Programmes:

  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain

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How much does Citizenship by Investment cost?

The cost of Citizenship by Investment is dependent upon the number of people applying per application and the programme being applied to. Governments can change their prices at any time so please contact AIM Capital Partners to give you quotation. As a general overview, government donations start from $100,000.

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What are the advantages of investing in real estate through citizenship by investment?

Donations are the more affordable method in gaining citizenship however investments are still a popular option.

The citizenship by investment industry offers a number of real estate opportunities. The team at AIM Capital has handpicked a range of investment opportunities for the programme, varying from hotel investment shares, freehold apartments and freehold villas. Applicants for the programme must invest in government approved projects in order to qualify for citizenship. The real estate projects in the citizenship by investment market are all regulated by government authorities and all developments are strictly regulated in order to ensure all projects are sustainable in the long run in terms of value, build structure and long-term rental income.

  • An investor can resell their investment after a 5-year period through Citizenship by Investment.
  • Applicants can benefit from the lifestyle of a second home.
  • Large family citizenship applicants may find it more affordable to choose real estate investments.
  • Real estate investment can also be the best route to second citizenship for applicants from unstable regions or countries offering such applicants the option to reside in another country whenever required.
  • From a tax or wealth planning perspective, it is always advisable to invest in real estate. It is important to have a mailing address in a country of second citizenship in order to prove domicile status in a respective country whenever required by foreign authorities.
  • Owning a home in the country of second citizenship makes it easier to open a bank account and demonstrates close ties with the respective country.
Who can apply for citizenship by investment?

Anyone can apply for a Citizenship by Investment however, governments do work with
international intelligence agencies to ensure the vetting process of applicants remains strict and efficient. This prevents criminals from acquiring second citizenships.

General requirements include:

1. Applicant must not have a criminal record or be under investigation for a criminal offence.
2. Applicant must be able to make the full investment amount on approval.
3. Applicant should not have been rejected for a visa from a country which has a visa-free travel agreement with Grenada or Saint Lucia. All visa rejections must be disclosed.
4. Any incorrect information provided will lead to a rejection.
5. Applicant should be healthy and not be diagnosed with a contagious disease.

Is citizenship by investment legal?

Gaining a Citizenship via Investment is completely legal.
These schemes were introduced to help governments develop infrastructure for their nations.

Citizenship by investment Programmes continue to go from strength to strength. Governments work closely with international intelligence agencies to ensure the vetting process of applicants remains strict and efficient. The due diligence process in our industry is one of the best in the world and prevents criminals from acquiring second citizenship. Governments also prioritise the importance of a strong due diligence process in order to protect the national security of their country and the value of their country’s passport.

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