Countries

Quick Countries Comparison

The following are quick comparison list of countries offering “Citizenship-by-investment” vs “Residency-by-investment” programs to third nationals of various countries.

The key difference is “Citizenship-by-investment” programs offer investors direct passport to investors within few months or a year. “Residency-by-investment” aka “Golden visa” or “Investor visa” programs initially offer residency to investors, and then after certain number of years of living, it is possible to apply for the Citizenship and passport (indirect route) through naturalisation. The common route is residence permit converted to PR then PR later converted to citizenship.

Note: UK is not a schengen member country. The visas and residence permits issued by schengen countries to non-EU citizens, is not valid to travel to UK. Therefore a separate UK visa needed. Only EU citizens and EU passport holders can visit UK without visa.

“Citizenship-by-investment” vs “Residency-by-investment”
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The table was prepared assuming you are Non-EU/EEA foreign national who wish to immigrate. Please note that most european country passports require electronic registration prior to visiting USA. Please check with the US embassy. Naturalisation time is total number of years spent living (inclusiv of PR). Some countries require PR status before applying for Citizenship through naturalisation.

Which is the Best Passport?

Well! the answer depends on the reputation of country issuing passport, safety and number of countries one can travel without visa. Take a look below, a quick survey was done using the following factors. You can also download best passport ratings chart (pdf)

  • Rarity – 5 points
  • World reputation – 3 points
  • Visa free countries total – 3 points
  • Country Wealth – 3 points
  • Visiting UK without visa – 1 point
  • Visiting USA without visa – 1 point
  • Visiting Canada without visa – 1 point
  • Total 20 points

Top 5 Results

    1. Monaco
    2. Liechtenstein
    3. Switzerland
    4. Luxembourg
    5. Austria

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* Disclaimer: The information contained herein is just for general information. Visa requirements to countries are subjected to change from time to time with changing governments and international rules. We highly recommend you to check with embassy each time before travelling. We disclaim accepting any responsibility, legal or otherwise, for any errors or omissions.

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    Country Passport Minimum Investment Program Name Processing Time Residency by Investment Real Estate Investment Business Investment Minimum Stay Requirements Permanent Residency (PR) Naturalisation Time for Citizenship EU Schengen Member  UK visa needed  USA visa needed Double Citizenship Visa free travel countries* Passport Reputation (out of 10)
    Austria €3 million to €10 million Citizenship by investment (unofficial) 12 months no no no limit - After 5 years 10 years yes no no yes 169 9.5
    Australia A$ 1.5 million Investor stream 4 months yes   yes 40 days per year After 4 years PR + 4 years no no no yes 168 9.4
    Antigua & Barbuda $ 200,000 (Govt fee $50,000 not included) Citizenship by investment 3 months no yes (minimum $400,000) $1.5 million no requirement - - no no yes yes 133 8.5
    Bahamas $500,000 Economic Investment PR 4 months yes yes yes   Immediate PR 10 years no no yes no 139 8.4
    Belgium € 200,000 Belgium Business  Residence Program (BBRB 3-4 months yes no yes no requirement 5 years 5 years yes no no yes 170 9.5
    Bulgaria € 512,000 Investor visa 7 months  yes no yes - Immediate After 5 years pending no yes yes 150 9.0
    Canada (Quebec) CAD 800,000 Quebec Immigrant Investor Program

    8-10 months

    yes no possible yes 3 years 5 years in total no no no yes 170 9.5
    Czech Republic no program exists             5 years 10 years yes no no yes 164 9.4
    Costa Rica no program exists                            
    Croatia no program exists             5 years 10 years pending no yes yes 142 9.0
    Cyprus € 2 million (real estate) Cypriot (EU) Citizenship by Investment 3 months (Immediate passport) no yes € 5 million none 5 years 8 years no no yes yes 158 9.0
    Denmark no program exists             6 years 9 years yes no no yes 171 9.6
    Dominica $ 100,000 Citizenship by investment 8-10 months no $200,000 - none     no no yes yes 113 7.5
    Estonia no program exists             5 years 8 years yes no no no 159 9.2
    France €10 million French investor program (given 10 year residency)           5 years 10 years yes no no yes 171 9.6
    Finland no program exists             4 years 5 years yes no no yes 172 9.6
    Germany no program exists no 4 months no   € 250,000   5 years 8 years yes no no yes 173 9.8
    Grenada $ 200,000 Citizenship by investment 3 months no $350,000 no       no no yes yes 117 7.8
    Greece € 250,000 (real estate) Greece Golden visa 3-4 months Immediate Residency yes no none Immediate PR granted 7 years yes no no yes 167 9.3
    Hungary € 300,000 (Government bonds) Hungarian Investment Immigration Program 4-5 months Immediate Residency no no none Immediate PR 8 years yes no no yes 163 9.2
    Hong Kong HK$ 10 million Capital Investment Scheme (suspended) 3-5 months Immediate Residency no yes yes After 7 years   no no yes no 152 9.1
    Iceland No such program exists        
      4 years 7 years yes no no yes 164 9.2
    Ireland Irish Immigrant Investor Program €500,000 donation or €2 million (Bonds) or 3 months Immediate Residency possible € 1 million   5 years 5 years yes no no yes 169 9.5
    Italy no program exists             5 years 10 years yes no no yes 171 9.5
    Japan no program exiss             10 years 5 years no no no yes 171 9.4
    Malta Approx € 900,000

    European Citizenship by Investment

    Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) 3 months no € 350,000 (optional) no none 5 years (waived) 5 years (waived) yes no no yes 167 9.5
    Monaco (Monte Carlo) € 1 million Investor visa 3 months Immediate Residency optional no limit 6 months per year 5 years 10 years yes no no no 151 9.9
    Netherlands € 1.25 million Dutch Investor visa 3 months Immediate Residency   yes yes 5 years 5 years yes no no no 171 9.6
    Poland no program exists             5 years 8 years yes no yes yes 158 9.2
    Portugal € 500,000 Portugal Golden visa 3-4 months yes yes € 1 million 7 days per year After 5 years 6 years yes no no yes 170 9.6
    Romania no program exists             5 years 8 years pending no no yes 149 9.0
    Russia $ 300,000 pending   yes   yes   2 years year 3-5 years no no no yes 102 7.0
    Spain € 500,000 (real estate) Spanish Golden visa 3-4 months yes yes no none After 5 years 10 years yes no no only with spanish speaking countries 169 9.5
    Switzerland CHF 200,00 per year
    Swiss Lump Sum Taxation 3 months yes no CHF 1 million turnover yes 10 years 12 years yes no no yes 169 9.8
    St Lucia $100,000 from Jan 2017 Citizenship by investment 2-3 months no $300,000 $3.5 million none     no no yes yes 121 7.9
    Saint Kitts and Nevis $250,000 (Govt fee $50,000 included) Citizenship by investment 8 months no $400,000   none     no no yes yes 131 8.3
    Slovenia no program exists             5 years 10 years yes no no yes 161  
    Slovakia no program exists             5 years 13 years yes no no yes 162  
    United Kingdom (UK) GBP 200,000 or GBP 2 million UK Entrepreneur or Investor visa (tier-1) 2 months yes no yes 9 months per year for UK passport 5 years 6 years no no no yes 173 9.8
    United States (U.S.A) $ 500,000 - 1 million  EB-5 Investor visa 10 months yes no yes 50% of time in US (2.5 out of 5 yrs) Immediate 5 years no no no yes 172 9.7
    Liechtenstein no program exists             5 years 30 years yes no no yes 161 9.9
    Latvia €80,000 (business) or €250,000 (real estate) Latvia Investor visa (PR) 4 months yes €250,000 €80,000   5 years 10 years yes no no yes 170 9.4
    Lithuania no program exists             5 years 10 years yes no no   159 9.3
    Luxembourg no program exists             5 years 7 years yes no no yes 171 9.5
    New Zealand NZ$ 1.5 million Business Investor Visa 3-4 months Immediate Residency Possible yes 146 days per year 2 years 5 years no no no yes 170 9.6
    Norway no program exists             3 years 7 years yes no no no 171 9.6
    Poland no program exists             5 years 10 years yes no yes yes 158 9.4
    Panama $300,000 Real Estate   Immediate Residency (PR) yes yes     5 years no no yes   125 7.9
    Serbia no program exists             5 years   no no yes yes 110 8.6
    Sweden no program exists             5 years 5 years yes no no yes 172 9.8
    South Korea   F5 PR   yes   no limit     5 years no no no yes 171 9.2
    Singapore SG$ 2.5 million (approx US$ 2 million) Global Investor Program (GIP)   yes no yes   Immediate Permanent Residency 2-6 years with PR no no yes no 169 9.2