Several countries within the EU have introduced the golden visa to beneficial economic effect. As residency visa programmes within Europe compete for international investors more countries are set to join the European Union in the coming years.

Countries who recently joined the EU and are now offering a golden visa for real estate or government bonds include Bulgaria, Hungary and Latvia.

As the EU expands we can expect to see golden visa programmes in the coming years from Turkey, Iceland, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Hercegovina. All these countries are currently trying to join the EU. Free movement rules within the EU allow citizens of any EU country to move throughout the European Union.

Major economies such as Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France and Germany are unlikely to offer investor style golden visas based on real estate investment although invariably offer some form of entrepreneur visa for business investment creating jobs.

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