Europe

  1. Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda recognizes dual citizenship, which can prove advantageous for business expansion and tax relief. Other benefits include the following:

  • Application processing within three to four months.
  • Inclusion of dependent children under 26 and dependent parents or grandparents over 65.
  • No requirement to travel to Antigua & Barbuda during the application process.
  • No interview, education or managerial experience required.
  • Visa-free travel to more than 100 countries, including the Schengen zone, the U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore and more.
  • No tax on worldwide income.

Benefits for Permanent Residents

  • Free movement within the Schengen zone after Bulgaria becomes a member state.
  • Access to high-quality health care in Bulgaria and the EU.
  • Conditional tax exemption on world income.
  • Benefits for Citizens
  • Unrestricted right to live, work and study in Europe.
  • Right to own land in any EU country.

QUALIFICATIONS

Offered in accordance with the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act, the Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship includes a fast-track citizenship option. It is also one of the fastest programs to lead to residence.

To qualify for residency or citizenship, applicants must fulfill one of the investment options below in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Be a non-EU citizen.
  • Possess a valid passport or another foreign travel document.
  • Provide documents supporting the source and origin of invested funds.
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • Attest the power of attorneys and the investment agreement.
  • Make the minimum statutory trips to Bulgaria.
  1. Hungary

As a member of the European Union and the Schengen zone, Hungary is among the 30 most-visited destinations on the planet. The country is perfectly located in the centre of Europe and boasts a rich and diverse culture of music, film, food and literature, as well as universal health care. Established in 2012, the Investor Residency Bond Program offers applicants a host of advantages:

  • Inclusion of qualifying family members, including parents, without age restrictions.
  • No requirement to travel to Hungary. Applications can be lodged at the respective Hungarian Consulate.
  • Fast processing leading to EU permanent residency for life in under 30 days.
  • No physical residency requirements.
  • Fully guaranteed investment returned in full after five years.
  • Free movement throughout Europe’s Schengen zone.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • The Investor Residency Bond Program does not have any set criteria for applicants in terms of personal net worth or management experience. However, the Hungarian administration officers reserve the right to request an interview meeting with the applicant, which can be exercised at random.
  • During the initial due diligence and application stages, the financial intermediary and the Hungarian authorities will follow standard know-your-clients and anti-money laundering procedures. Main applicants must provide a set of standard documents proving their source of income and accumulation of personal net worth.
  • Investment Options: Full Investment & Financed Investment
  1. Portugal

Portugal boasts a rich and diverse culture, Mediterranean climate, and a safe and stable setting ideal for raising families, conducting business or travelling. Investors find many opportunities in Portugal’s secure and fast-developing market, including the following:

  • Residence visa waiver for entering Portugal.
  • Live and work in Portugal.
  • Visa-free travel within the Schengen member states.
  • Permanent residency after five years as a temporary resident.
  • Citizenship after one year as a permanent resident.
  • Inclusion of family members, such as spouse or partner, dependent children and dependent parents.

QUALIFICATIONS

Portugal’s Golden Resident Permit Program is offered in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Department of Consular Affairs and the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (AICEP).Aimed at attracting foreign direct investments to the country, the program yields a residency permit in Portugal to non-EU investors who fulfill one of the investment options below and meet the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that investment funds originate from abroad.
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • The main applicant’s property is not frozen within the boundaries of the EU.
  • Pay application and processing fees where applicable.
  • Enter Portugal for the first time on a valid Schengen visa.
  • Meet or exceed the minimum stay requirements. (Seven days for the first year, 14 days for subsequent two-year periods.)
  1. Cyprus

Cyprus boasts a rich and diverse culture, mild Mediterranean climate, and a safe and stable setting ideal for raising families. Investors also look at Cyprus for business and investment purposes, recognizing numerous investment opportunities. The benefits of the Cyprus program are plenty:

  • Fast-track procedure. Approval of citizenship application within three months;
  • Simultaneous submission of residency and citizenship applications.
  • No physical residence requirements. The only requirement is one visit every seven years.
  • No language requirements.
  • Parents qualify for citizenship provided they own a house valued at €500,000 + VAT or own a share of €500,000 in a residential property of the main applicant.
  • Civil unions eligible to submit applications.
  • No obligation to relinquish current nationality.
  • Low tax rates and free trade within the EU.
  • Unrestricted right to live, work and study in Europe.
  • Right to own property in an EU member state.
  • Strategic geographical location forming a bridge between the EU, Middle East and North Africa with direct access to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Safest country in the world with a population under 5 million.
  • Excellent education system as well as first-rate health care.
  • An outstanding holiday destination.

QUALIFICATIONS

Offered in accordance with the Civil Registry Laws 2002-2013, the Naturalization of Investors by Exception Scheme is one of the fastest to lead to residence and citizenship in Europe.

To qualify for citizenship, applicants must fulfill one of the investment options below and hold it for three years in addition to meeting the following criteria:

  • Possess a valid passport
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • The main applicant’s property is not frozen within the boundaries of the EU.
  • Be a resident before being granted citizenship (hence the simultaneous application for both residency and citizenship for non-residents).
  • Own a permanent private residence in the Republic of Cyprus with a purchase price of at least €500,000 plus applicable VAT.
  • In the case that one chooses to invest in residential properties only and one of the residential properties is priced at least €500,000, then the total investment amount must be €2 million.
  1. GREECE

A Mediterranean paradise. Greece and the Greek Islands are known for their natural beauty, historical sights, picturesque islands, friendly people, delicious food, rich culture and a climate that is ideal year-round tourism.

Greece is also one of the safest countries in the Mediterranean region and has a strategic position which makes it a gateway to European Union

LEGAL BACKGROUND OF THE RESIDENCE PERMIT

Law 4251/2014 of the Greek parliament offers residence permits and access to the Schengen zone to non-EU citizens and their family members (spouse, children up to the age of 21 and the ascendants of the spouses) who buy property in Greece, the value of which must equal or exceed €250,000. The purchase may be performed by an individual or a legal entity.

KEY FACTS

  • Acquisition of a property of €250,000 in Europe’s most strategic location (at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa).
  • Full family permanent residency (spouse, children up to 21 and parents of the spouses).
  • No minimum stay requirement.
  • EU Schengen visa travel. Travel directly to all Schengen Countries.
  • Exceptional investment opportunity due to the multiyear low prices.
  • Excellent health-care and education system.