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Best Residence and Citizenship Investment for South America

November 13th, 2016   •   Investment, Investor Visa, Residency   •   Comments Off on Best Residence and Citizenship Investment for South America   

south-america-citizenship-residencyWhat are the best investment programmes for residents and citizens of South American countries to consider for alternative citizenship and residency?

La Vida has witnessed high demand from South America in the last two years in particular from Brazil and Argentina and Europe has proven popular as a destination.

Both Spain and Portugal offer residency visa programmes through investment of €500,000 in real estate. With the Spanish and Portuguese languages each is popular with Argentinian and Brazilian residents. Acceleration to permanent residency and citizenship is also possible due to the historical connections. Both programmes allow the freedom of travel within the EU Schengen visa zone but they are also highly desirable location for South Americans to relocate.

Closer to home there are several options in the Caribbean. Five countries now offer a second passport for investments of typically between $400,000 – $600,000 all costs considered. Holders of these passports (St Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia) have access to the EU Schengen zone for up to 3 months. Likewise travel to the UK is straightforward on such a passport.

Investors need to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each programme. La Vida can advise on this and provide a selection of real estate investment options for investors and their families to qualify.

Top 20 Countries

January 12th, 2015   •   Investor Visa, Lifestyle   •   no comments   

2014 was a busy year for La Vida for enquiries for golden visas. Portugal was a popular programme because of the flexibility to apply for citizenship at a later date. Cyprus was in demand for clients needing immediate citizenship. St. Kitts remains a firm favourite for second passport seekers but mainly for freedom of travel rather than residency. Spain was popular for enquiries and for investors wanting to physically live in another country. But many clients found other programmes far more suitable for investor visas once we had advised the options and alternatives. In fact most people who contact us initially considering one particular country usually change their mind once we have explained the programmes in full.

Top of the list for many people are freedom of travel (in particular Schengen zone), education for children and a potential second passport. The main reason for wanting a second residency is often for insurance against future unknowns. Most people require an investment with the intention of renting it out for rental income while some do look to live full time in the country.

Golden Visa Top Countries

The top 20 countries currently for enquiries regarding investor visas, residency and citizenship are:

1. Pakistan
2. India
3. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
4. South Africa
5. Saudi Arabia
6. Lebanon
7. Hong Kong (China)
8. Bangladesh
9. Egypt
10. Brazil
11. Jordan
12. Turkey
13. Australia
14. Qatar
15. Russia
16. Malaysia
17. Singapore
18. Iraq
19. Kuwait
20. Nigeria

Other popular countries for golden visa enquiries include USA, Canada and the UK.