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10 countries where you can buy citizenship, and how much it costs

To obtain citizenship of a foreign state, it is not necessary to get married or become a refugee. At least in ten countries of the world for it can be quite officially paid.

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Why do you need a second citizenship

Some countries offer their passport in exchange for financial investments, writes Life hacker. This may be a non-refundable contribution that you simply make for the benefit of the state, or an investment. In the second case, in a few years you will be able to return the investment, perhaps even with interest. But the amount required is much larger than with a non-refundable fee.

There are at least four reasons to get a second passport.

1. Travel without problems. Citizenship of another country can provide you with a visa-free entry to the states where it is not so easy for Russians to get the right to visit.

2. Do business more efficiently. Offshore zones provide special conditions for business. The company is easier to register, tax payments are reduced. In this case, the organization can work anywhere outside the offshore zone, so geographically you are not tied to the country. Registering a company in another state protects against raider seizure.

3. Protect yourself from harassment. If you are persecuted in your homeland for political or economic reasons, you can quickly “evacuate” to the country of which you are a citizen and legally live there.

4. Get an education in another country. The second passport greatly simplifies admission to many universities in the world. So, if you are a citizen of a country - a member of the European Union, studying at universities in Europe will cost you much cheaper, if not free of charge.

Where to buy a second citizenship

The Professional Wealth Management (app of the Financial Times newspaper) ranked countries that grant citizenship in exchange for investment. In determining the leaders and outsiders in the publication took into account freedom of movement, standard of living, minimum investment, the need to stay in the country, terms for obtaining citizenship and other factors.

1. Dominica

Cost of citizenship: from 100 thousand dollars.

An island nation in the Caribbean is considered an offshore zone. There are several extinct volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and beaches. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture.

To get a passport of Dominica, you do not need to visit the island at all.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Donate 100 thousand dollars to a government fund. But for the family will have to pay extra. So, if you have a spouse, the free payment will increase to 175 thousand dollars, for two children up to 18 years you will have to pay 25 thousand more.
  • For three years to become the owner of the property, investing in it at least 200 thousand dollars.

2. Saint Kitts and Nevis

Cost of citizenship: from 150 thousand dollars.

The country occupies two islands in the Caribbean. Like most of its neighbors, St. Kitts and Nevis makes money from agriculture and tourism. This is an offshore zone.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Make a contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund, from which the social sphere is financed: 150 thousand dollars per investor, 175 thousand - if the spouses apply for citizenship, 195 thousand - for a family of four.
  • Donate from 250 thousands of dollars to the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund.
  • Buy a property worth from 400 thousand dollars and own it for at least five years.

3. Grenada

Cost of citizenship: from 150 thousand dollars.

The state in the Caribbean earns mainly on tourism. This is an offshore zone.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Contribute to the National Transformation Fund 150 thousand dollars; for a 200 thousand dollars a passport will receive a family of four.
  • Invest 400 thousand in real estate and own the object for at least four years.

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4. Antigua and Barbuda

Cost of citizenship: from 100 thousand dollars.

The state is located on the islands of the same name in the Caribbean. The country belongs to offshore zones, so the conditions for doing business here are favorable. Income tax has been abolished in the country since 2016.

To obtain citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda, you do not need to pass exams for knowledge of the language or history of the country. It is also not required to reside permanently on the islands, it is enough to spend five days there in five years.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Make a donation of 100 thousand dollars to the National Development Fund.
  • Invest in a property approved by local authorities of at least 400 thousand dollars and own it for at least five years.
  • Invest in business no less than 1,5 million dollars.

5. Saint Lucia

Cost of citizenship: from 100 thousand dollars.

The state is located on the eponymous island in the Windward Islands of the West Indies between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country has several protected natural areas, there are rare samples of flora and fauna. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture. This is an offshore zone.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Contribute 100 thousand to the National Economic Fund (165 thousand - for spouse residence, 190 thousand - for a family of four).
  • Buying a property is not cheaper than 300 thousand dollars and owning it for at least five years.
  • Purchase government bonds in the amount of 500 thousand and own them for at least five years.
  • Invest in a business project from 3,5 million dollars, while creating three jobs directly on the island.

6. Vanuatu

Cost of citizenship: from 160 thousand dollars, taking into account all fees.

The Republic of Vanuatu is located on the 83 Islands in the Pacific. Here is a humid tropical climate, the rainy season lasts from November to April. There are practically no mammals on the islands. It is a poor state and one of the least developed countries in the world. It is considered an offshore zone.

How to get citizenship

  • Contribute to the government fund 160 thousand dollars per person, 185 thousand - for a couple.

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7. Cyprus

The cost of citizenship: from 2,5 million euros (about 3 million dollars).

The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union. The country is located on an island in the Mediterranean. Tourism is well developed here, many Russian-speaking people, relatively low taxes.

How to get citizenship

Buy housing is not cheaper than 500 thousand euros (almost 590 thousand dollars) and fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Invest in real estate 2 million euros (2,3 million dollars) for three years.
  • Buy on 2 million euros of Cyprus commercial financial products (stocks and bonds will do).
  • Invest 2 million in a business that creates at least five jobs for EU citizens.
  • Combine options and invest 2 million euros in several directions at once.

8 Malta

The cost of citizenship: from 816 thousand euros (about 960 thousand dollars).

The island state in the Mediterranean Sea is part of the European Union, it earns mainly on tourism. This is one of the centers for learning English.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill all conditions:

  • Make a non-refundable contribution to the state fund: 650 thousand euros (760 thousand dollars) for the investor, according to 25 thousand euros (almost 30 thousand dollars) for spouses and minor children, according to 50 thousand (almost 59 thousand dollars) - for adult children and parents.
  • Invest in government bonds 150 thousand euros (almost 180 thousand dollars.).
  • Buying a house in Malta is not cheaper than 350 thousand euros (about 410 thousand dollars) or rent at least 16 thousand euros (almost 19 thousand dollars) per year.

9. Turkey

The cost of citizenship: from 1 million dollars.

Turkey practically does not need representations. This is a tourist country with a dynamic economy. The Citizenship for Investment program began in 2017.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Buying a property is not cheaper than 1 million dollars (one object or several) and owning it for at least three years.
  • Put on deposit in a Turkish bank at least 3 million dollars and do not touch the money for three years.
  • Invest in the country's economy at least 2 million dollars.
  • Create a minimum of 100 jobs.

10. Bulgaria

Cost of citizenship: from 512 thousand euros (more than 600 thousand dollars).

Bulgaria earns on agriculture, services and tourism. The country is a member of the European Union.

How to get citizenship

Fulfill one of the conditions:

  • Invest in securities from 512 thousand euros, obtain a residence permit, apply for citizenship in five years. You can shorten the procedure by doubling the amount.
  • Put on deposit in a local bank at least 512 thousand euros and not withdraw them for five years.
  • Invest 512 thousand euros in patents and inventions protected by the Bulgarian trademark.

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