FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the most frequently asked questions on residence and international citizenships. Please keep in mind that the requirements may vary as per different countries and only the general questions are answered below. If you have any questions, which need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Which one is the cheapest citizenship program?
Dominica is currently the cheapest of the all countries. It will cost $100,000 plus fees. Additional costs apply for more persons applying.
Which is the fastest EU passport program?
Cyprus within 2-3 months with very high approval rates. Malta takes 12 months.
What are the popular citizenship routes taken by most clients?
50% of our clients prefer donation route, 30% prefer real estate route, 20% prefer Government bonds, as the popular routes for citizenship through investment.
Which is the cheapest real estate citizenship program in Caribbean?
Dominica with USD 200,000 real estate investment for citizenship. St Kitts and Antigua are more expensive – USD 400,000 minimum real estate investment
Are Government bonds better than real estate?
Government bonds purchased against citizenship, yield no interest during the lockout period of 5 years. The entire money will be given back after the expiry without interest and still you keep the citizenship for life without reinvesting. Many clients see this as “risk free” and “safe” investment compared to real estate investment which only be sold off after 5 years with gains depending on the market conditions. Rental yields are usually 4-5% in caribbean property market. So yes, increasing number of our clients are asking for bond option
Which caribbean nation grants passport against business investment, other than real estate?

1. Antigua offers citizenship against USD 1,500,000 million business investment in approved business projects such as resorts, spas, hotels, aquaculture etc as a sole investor (or) a joint investment involving at least 2 persons in an eligible business totalling at least USD 5,000,000 and each of those persons individually invests at least US$400,000

2. St Lucia – Enterprise investment of USD 3,500,000 in business projects.

What is the difference between Caribbean and European schemes?
Caribbean passport programs are cheap and best. European programs are very expensive, plus you have to wait for a long time to get EU passport. If you want to do short trips for stays within 3 months, between UK, Schengen countries, Hong Kong, Switzerland etc, a passport from Dominica or Antigua is more than enough.
Which is the best real estate investment program in Europe?
Portugal golden visa scheme with 500,000 euro real estate purchase. Portugal citizenship in just 6 years for family and children. Spain, Greece have long citizenship wait times.
Which is the best business immigration program in Europe?
Belgium. No residency requirement. Citizenship after just 5 years.
Which country is the best for citizenship?
This is best answered based on safety and reputation of the country. UK, USA, European countries are well respected worldwide and so easily are the best passports to have, based on the country reputation and number of countries to travel without applying for visa. Caribbean passports are also good to have as second passport if you want to travel freely without worrying about applying for visas everytime. Popular Passport Programs – Dominica, St Kitts, Antigua Barbuda, Malta, Cyprus Popular Residency Programs – Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, UK, Canada, USA
We would like to immigrate to Switzerland? Are there any investor programs running in Switzerland
No investor programs currently running in Switzerland. If you have USD 1 million or more, you can apply for swiss residency under business route or retire under lump sum tax. The problem with Switzerland is you have to live 12 years to get Swiss passport or EU citizenship. Another simple route is, apply for citizenship Cyprus or Malta, get EU citizenship for family from them, you can go to Switzerland and live there as EU citizen with equal rights. Of course, this is not restricted to Switzerland, you as EU citizen can live in any 26 schengen member states such as Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain etc..
Do i have to physically move there, if i apply for UK, USA or Canada?
Yes. USA, UK and Canada programs are only interesting if you want to move physically to these countries as they impose impose residency requirements. If you dont like moving there or cant satisfy residency requirements (must spend 9 months every year), then these programs are not for you. Please note US taxes based on worldwide income. After the Brexit, investing in UK not attractive as it was before.
What is the difference between St Kitts and Antigua passport?
The main differences and comparison between the 2 programs is as follows:-

  1. St. Kitts needs more processing time (6-12 months) compared to Antigua (3-4 months)
  2. St Kitts passport has initial validity for 10 years while for Antigua 5 years.
  3. Saint Kitts Nevis (SKN) has no residency requirement – however, Antigua/Barbuda (A&B) requires the applicant to spend an average of a week per year (just 5 days over 5 years) over the duration of the validity of their first passport. Hence you would have to be 5 days in Antigua within the next five years. You can chose when and how long as long as the total will be at least 5 days. Antigua requires an applicant to swear an oath of allegiance either in A&B or at an official A&B locations around the world (e.g. embassy or consulate office). This can be done upon a trip to Antigua.
  4. Antigua & Barbuda has access to 130 countries visa-free, St. Kitts & Nevis has 131. The difference lies with the following 6 countries. Antigua has visa free travel to Ukraine and South Africa (SKN does not). St. Kitts & Nevis has visa free travel to Tonga, Israel, Bangladesh and Argentina (Antigua does not)

What is the difference between caribbean passports?
We will see the main differences between CIP programs from Dominica, St Kitts, Antigua, Grenada, St Lucia

  St Kitts & Nevis Antigua & Barbuda Grenada St Lucia Dominica
Minimum Investment $250,000 one time non-refundable $200,000 to $250,000 (LTO) one
time non refundable
$200,000 (one time non
refundable)
$200,000 non refundable (one
time)
$100,000 non refundable
(one-time)
Processing Time 6 months 2 months 2 months 2 months 6 months
Residency Requirements None 5 days none none none
Passport validity 10 years 5 years 5 years   10 years
Real Estate Investment $400,000 one time $400,000 one time $300,000 $300,000 $200,000
Personal visit not required not required not required not required not required
Renounce previous citizenship no no no no no

Difference between caribbean passports based on visa requirements.

  Saint Kitts Antigua Grenada St Lucia Dominica
United States visa required visa required visa required visa required visa required
Canada visa required  visa free visa required visa required visa required
United Kingdom visa free visa free visa free visa free visa free
EU Schengen visa free visa free visa free visa free visa free
Egypt evisa / voa visa required voa voa voa
South Africa visa required visa free visa required visa required visa required
Brazil visa free visa required visa free visa required visa free
Argentina visa free visa required visa free visa free visa required
South Korea visa free visa free visa free visa free visa free
Australia visa required visa required visa required visa required visa required
New Zealand visa required visa required visa required visa required visa required
Israel visa free visa required visa free visa free visa free
China visa required visa required visa free visa required visa required
Cuba visa free visa free visa free visa free voa
Russia visa required visa required visa required visa required visa required
Ukraine visa required voa visa required visa required visa required
Singapore visa free visa free visa free visa free visa free
Hong Kong visa free visa free visa free visa free visa free
Thailand visa required visa required visa required visa required visa required

* Voa = visa on arrival. Please note the visa requirements might change time to time.

What programs involve 100% recoverable real estate investment?

Portugal, Spain – EUR 500,000 real estate investment (golden visa)

Cyprus – EUR 2.5 million real estate investment (EU passport)

Antigua and St Kitts – $400,000 Real estate

Dominica – $200,000 real estate

Grenada – $300,000 real estate

St Lucia – $300,000 real estate

Greece – EUR 250,000 real estate

 

Please note that additional costs are involved in addition to the real estate

investment.

Do these programs have minimum residency requirements?

It depends on the country you apply. Here is the quick summary..

 

Belgium – None

Portugal – 7 days per year

St Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia – None

Antigua and Barbuda – 5 days.

Cyprus – None

Malta – 12 months

UK – 9 months per year residency requirement to apply for british passport after 5 years

USA – Spend atleast 50% of time in US if you want US passport after 5 years.

Canada – 3 years of residence (inkl of 2 year PR) to apply for Canadian passport.

Switzerland – 10 years for PR and 12 years for Swiss passport.

Which programs have high refusal rates?
Malta, St Kitts have high refusal rates. All applicants are subjected to rigorous diligence checks, failing which application will be refused.
What is the difference between a Visa and Residence permit (RP)?
Visas are issued for short term stays maximum 90 days with one,two or multiple entries. Residence permits have long term residency status valid for 3 months or more, with unlimited entry/exit status. Visas can only be renewed at the consulate/embassy in home country, whereas RP can be renewed in that country which issued your RP.
What is the difference between Residence permit (RP), Permanent residency (PR) and Citizenship?
Resident permits are issued for immigrants for the purpose of “long term residency” (more than 3 months) and its validity is time based (1 or 2 years), whereas citizenship gives absolute freedom in the country to live indefinitely, with equal rights to work and vote. PR status given to immigrants who had uninterrupted living 5 years or more. PR cards have 5 or 10 year validity periods and can be prolonged thereafter. You may NOT be absent from the country more than 180 days holding PR, which is not the case with RP. RP holders, unlike PR, are free to enter and exit country anytime. No restrictions imposed on being absent from the country. Please also note that if you hold a citizenship or PR, you may be taxed on worldwide income, which is not the case with RP holders.
Can i make a personal visit?
We can arrange meetings in Dubai,London or Zurich, to discuss your requirements. We ask you to schedule an appointment by using this contact form
What are the advantages getting second citizenship in Europe?

  • Visa free travel to EU schengen countries.
  • Strong Business presence in EU
  • Tax planning
  • Rich lifestyles and high standard of living.
  • European residence (2nd home)

Are there restrictions on who can apply?
No but if you are national of Somalia, North Korea, Yemen you cannot apply for certain programs.
What are the eligibility conditions for the programs?

  • No criminal record and good character
  • No involvement financial fraud
  • Good financial status.
  • Pass due diligence and background checks.
  • Excellent business background
  • Good references from lawyers, bankers

What services you provide with residence and citizenship?

We offer the following services to our clients in Europe and Caribbean.

  • Business & Company formation
  • Real estate consulting
  • Housing Accomodation
  • Residence permits
  • Immigration, Passport and citizenship services
  • Tax planning and fiduciary services
  • Investment advice
  • Assistance with government and municipality formalities

Is dual citizenship allowed?

While most developed countries have no restrictions on dual nationality, others prohibit dual citizenship, it depends on where you live and sometimes as per laws of your home country, you may need to give up one citizenship to acquire other. Please keep in mind that in certain countries like Saudi Arabia, it is illegal or criminal offense to hold dual/multiple citizenships. US allows having dual nationalities or multiple citizenships, but US citizens have to pay taxes irrespective of where they live..

Dual Citizenship Allowed

Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, South Africa (requires permission) , Egypt(requires prior permission), Greece, France, Finland, Germany (requires prior permission), Iraq, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, Sweden, Slovenia, Syria, Serbia, Armenia, Lebanon, Malta, Spain ( allows only with certain Latin american countries), Tonga, Phillipines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka (by retention), Pakistan (accepts only with16 countries), Portual, Turkey (requires permission)

Dual Citizenship Not Allowed:

Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan ,Burma, Bahrain, Botswana, Japan, China ,Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji,India,Indonesia, Ecuador, Estonia, Iran, Poland, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Japan, Peru, Kuwait , Kenya, Kazakhstan, Chile, Kiribati, Poland, Korea, Kuwait, Denmark, Latvia, Singapore, Slovakia, Ecuador, Lithuania, Solomon Islands ,Fiji ,Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Romania, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela, Norway, Zimbabwe, Mauritius,Myanmar,Nepal

The above list of countries are not definitive, please refer to the following websites for more information.

http://www.immihelp.com/citizenship/dual-citizenship-recognize-countries.html

http://www.sgwiki.com/wiki/Dual_citizenship

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_citizenship

For professional advice, please consult a embassy or lawyer in your home country on immigration and citizenships with respect to dual nationality.

Please also see this country comparison page to know countries which have no restrictions on dual citizenship upon granting citizenship.

Is personal visit required?
It depends on the country you apply. No personal visit required for St.Kitts. But we insist our clients for personal visit.
What are the fee and costs involved?
Fee and costs involved will vary on case by case basis. Please contact us and we will send you a quote.
Do you have refund policy?
yes, we do have clear refund policy and it will be clearly specified in the contract agreement less all applicable fees.

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