It is an excellent arrangement, but, before sending your application to be part of the program, you should consider the following factors:
1. Rules Of The Country You Seek To Invest In
To invest in an alternative residence or citizenship is an investment that probably only the wealthy in the society can afford. The motivation lies in the fact that their home countries are considered as unstable economies, and that the governments and politics are changing or do not hundred percent stick to democratic values. If we transfer this to the new country, this means of course you must understand the rules set by the country you intend invest in as well. For instance, Cyprus has outlined new rules for the cyprus citizenship by investment. The new rules require the citizenship investor to spend a certain minimum time in Cyprus before he can receive his Cypriot passport. The collective investment option, which enabled five collective investors to invest only 2.5 million euros, instead of 5 million euros if invested as single investor will be abolished. Last but not least the examination period will be (artificially) extended. You must keep such rules and conditions in mind when choosing an alternative citizenship investment program.
2. Quality Of The Nationality
As outlined by Citizen Lane, one of the best citizenship advisors globally, go through the database of the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index and check the quality of nationality or citizenship you intend to apply for. You will note that there are internal and external factors influencing the index. Evaluate them, then determine the suitability of the investment. Engage an experienced global consultant to get the best program, and not someone who just wants to sell you “his” program.
3. Wait Time
Besides the country rules, extra attention should be given to the wait time. For instance, rules on citizenship St. Kitts & Nevis have been revamped to reduce the wait time. As a result, there is an increased market for second citizenship in the country. The shortest wait time you will experience in Vanuatu. The applications can be processed in Vanuatu in usually within one or two months. The reason is quite simple, it is a small not very much advertised citizenship program, which results in a zero queue and fast processing. A further reason of fast processing lies within Vanuatu’s praxis of a pre approval procedure: Before accepting applications the Vanuatu citizenship commission asks the applicants to submit passport and police clearance certificates (certificate of no criminal record), in order to conduct a check against international blacklists and wanted lists.
4. Overall Citizenship Costs
As mentioned above, the alternative citizenship and residency programs are investments. You should do your research on all costs related with the investment. You should think about if the investment is guaranteed, e.g. in through a real estate investment or by any other security. You should be aware of the country’s economy and it’s potential in future. You should of cause also consult a citizenship and residency advisor who id independent from investment opportunities and also countries. Depending on the country you intend to invest in and of the chosen citizenship lawyer you will pay fees of 15,000 US$ to 35,000 US$ on top of the investment. Investment amount range from 200,000 US$ in Vanuatu to 450,000 US$ in St. Kitts & Nevis for a real estate investment including government fees.
5. Business Opportunities In The Country
If you are investing in alternative citizenship or residency for business reasons, you should have carried out your due diligence on the opportunities available in the country. The opportunities should offer good returns on investments made.