Portugal has proved to be the most popular destination in Europe for investors seeking a golden visa. Full residency is granted but there is no requirement to reside. Citizenship can be applied for after six years.
The Portuguese golden visa is a central feature of the government’s drive for international investment. With the country returning to growth the real estate market offers exciting prospects for the years ahead.
Cyprus offers citizenship for investment levels of €2.0 million in real estate which is one of the big attractions of this programme. A Cypriot passport allows freedom to travel, study, work or live throughout the European Union.
Cyprus also offers residency through investment of just €300,000 allowing full family qualification. The investor visa is flexible with no requirement to live in the country.
Spain is a firm favourite for many clients considering real estate investment to obtain a golden visa. One of the larger economies in Europe offering an investor visa programme.
Invest from €500,000 in real estate to gain the Spanish golden visa. This provides a flexible residency option. Permanent residency and citizenship can be applied for at a later stage subject to certain stipulations.
Greece offers a residency visa through property investment but eventual citizenship is not available to foreigners. Greece is a member of the EU Schengen visa zone and has no minimum stay requirement.
Prospective investors need to carefully consider the status of the economy in Greece, the real estate market and related property taxes. Greece offers a higher risk investment than other European nations.
Malta offers an Individual Investor Program which is appropriate for our very high net worth clients. In addition to committing to a residence in Malta for five years the scheme requires investment in government approved funds and instruments.
The Malta visa scheme leads to citizenship within one year for suitable applicants, a passport from an EU country and hence the freedom to live anywhere within the EU. The total investment required is typically in excess of €1.2 million.
The citizenship by investment programme for Grenada is one of the newest programmes available to investors. The Grenada passport offers visa-free travel to over 70 countries including the UK.
Grenada offers a low investment threshold. Applicants need invest just $250,000 in a government approved real estate project and maintain the investment for at least 4 years.
The citizenship by investment programme for Antigua and Barbuda provides a second passport to investors offering visa-free travel to over 100 countries including the UK, EU Schengen zone and Canada.
There are several options for investment to gaining citizenship in Antigua including real estate investment of a minimum $400,000.
The St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the oldest of its kind in the world. Established in 1984 the program grants citizenship through real estate investment to qualified applicants.
The government requires investment of $400,000 plus related government and due diligence fees. St Kitts offer visa free travel to over 120 countries. An ideal choice for a second passport.
The St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the oldest of its kind in the world. Established in 1984 the program grants citizenship through real estate investment to qualified applicants. The government requires investment of $400,000 plus related government and due diligence fees. The investment must be in designated real estate projects and the investment can be sold after five years. Saint Kitts and Nevis has no tax on overseas income or capital and a second citizenship may complement existing tax planning and wealth protection strategies. Citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis enjoy visa free travel to over 120 countries including the EU Schengen visa zone, the UK, Ireland and Switzerland.
- Investment of $400,000 in real estate (or $250,000 SIDF donation)
- Applicant fee $30,000, Spouse $5,000, Children $2,500.
- Government processing fees of $50,000 per person (under 18, $25,000)
- Due diligence fees per person: $7,500, $2,000 children, $4,000 age 18-25
- Citizenship and second passport
- Visa free travel to EU Schengen and UK
- Right to reside on the island
- Tax free
- Dependent children up to the age of 30 years old can be included
- Dependent parents from the age of 55 years old upwards can be included
- No visit required
* Costs are for guidance only. Please contact us for a specific family quote.
The St. Kitts program is ideal for investors needing a second passport for travel and ease of access to many countries. The European golden visa programmes are more suited to those wanting frequent European travel, residency and potential EU citizenship.
Investment must be in designated real estate projects. La Vida offers investment in a five star resort run by one of the most exclusive hospitality brands in the world. A $285 million project by a very luxurious brand. The property is fully furnished and the resort offers an onsite casino, restaurants, spa, and beach clubs. Sitting on Half Moon Bay and just a few minutes from Basseterre and Turtle Bay projected rental returns are 2-5% based on 50% occupancy. The owner is entitled to 5 weeks usage each year. Enquire here.
It is critical to gain the right advice from the start to avoid costly mistakes. Every visa scheme is different and in our experience every client situation is different too. Your needs, objectives and your family profile. Contact us to ensure your choice is the right one. Our advice is free for clients buying property through us.
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