Citizenship

Second citizenship programs have helped countless individuals worldwide.

CITIZENSHIP

Citizens International will shepherd you through the process of gaining second citizenship in a new country whether it be on a shorter Caribbean pathway or a longer road to citizenship in North America or Europe. The timeline can vary between 4 to 12 months or more, and costs range from US$135,000 to US$2,000,000 or more, depending on your chosen country.

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WHY SHOULD YOU OBTAIN
SECOND CITIZENSHIP?

There are over 25 countries with residency or citizenship by investment programs (RCBI) today. The industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and now estimated to be worth over US$30 billion. Events including the decision by Britain to leave the European Union and the 2016 US Presidential election are driving new interest, but the growth of RCBI is truly underpinned by the worldwide growth of wealth, the desire for freedom to travel, to live in multiple jurisdictions, and to have options on all fronts including tax, personal security and lifestyle.

Multiple citizenships provide high performance professionals with a multitude of entrepreneurial options including better tax treatment or even better treatment as a person. Our clients, by and large, desire two or three bases for lifestyle reasons as much as tax structuring. Many investors also see their second citizenships as a safety net from increasing turmoil in the world.

When considering the many faces the future can hold, second citizenship makes sense, and if you have the means to offer yourself and your family multiple citizenships it is one of the most precious gifts you can give.

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REASONS FOR SECOND CITIZENSHIP

WEALTH PRESERVATION

A second citizenship and property investment in another country can be an essential component in an international wealth preservation strategy. With an established history of protecting the privacy of its citizens, the Caribbean has always held appeal to the international elite and developed nations such as Canada offer what many would class as the most attractive lifestyle and citizenship in the world.

PERSONAL SECURITY

On the most fundamental level, second citizenship represents security for your family. With growing food production and green energy sectors, and the natural ingredients for true sustainability in the future, the Caribbean holds significant advantages as a second home region. The security aspects of countries such as Ireland and Canada are self-evident.

BUSINESS

In addition to some very interesting opportunities based around the principal industries in the host country itself, new business opportunities open up to participants in citizenship by investment programs as they can travel abroad more freely and expand their networks into the international elite, a great number of whom spend time in the Caribbean and other second citizenship destinations.

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE

Most citizenship by investment programs are available to the family members of the main applicant. This means that investors can secure a better future for their spouse and children. Second citizenships can offer access to world-class health care,  education and an improved lifestyle.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL

With little or no residency requirement in the Caribbean, a qualified investor and family members can benefit from numerous privileges including visa-free travel to more than 130 countries. For citizens of Malta, Ireland or Canada, residency is required and the passport travel benefits are some of the best in the world.

WHICH CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMS CAN WE ASSIST WITH?

COUNTRY

TIME TO CITIZENSHIP

MINIMUM INVESTMENT
(not including fees)

3-4 months

US$ 100,000

3-4 months

US$ 100,000

3-4 months

US$ 150,000

3-4 months

US$ 150,000

4-5 months

US$ 150,000

13-14 months

EUR 1,100,000

WHICH PERMANENT RESIDENCY PROGRAMS CAN WE ASSIST WITH?

COUNTRY

TIME TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY

MINIMUM INVESTMENT
(not including fees)

3-4 months

US$ 20,000

12 months or more

US$ 200,000

6 months

EUR 1,000,000

2-4 months

EUR 275,000

IS THE CARIBBEAN STABLE AND WILL MY PASSPORT HOLD VALUE?

Stability and value are underpinned in great part by the strength of a country’s economy. Many small economies in the Caribbean, particularly the tourism-dependent economies, have been growing faster in the last three years with GDP growth rates in 2017 averaging 1.7%. Caribbean tourism growth has been outstripping world tourism by a couple of points on average for the last decade.

With its stunning scenery and vibrant cultures drawing visitors from across the globe, it is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and it is increasingly desirable as a base for highly mobile global citizens who live across multiple jurisdictions. 

The Caribbean has an educated workforce and sophisticated financial systems, and is easily accessible from the Americas and Europe. The region has big potential to further develop its services, logistics, agriculture, the “blue economy,” and creative and digital sectors. While the small size of these countries can prove challenging, it also means they can respond quickly to opportunities for innovation and to improve their competitiveness.

The application requirements for new citizens are very strict with multiple U.S.-based diligence companies performing the security work. When considering the many faces the future can hold, the Caribbean holds significant advantages as a second home region and sanctuary, and a growing number of visitors and investors have made the archipelago of tropical islands a first-world paradise and a crossroads of interesting, high performance people.

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THE GROWTH OF WEALTH UNDERPINS THE DESIRE FOR MULTIPLE CITIZENSHIPS AND INCREASED PERSONAL FREEDOM.

Despite the financial crisis (and partly because of the resulting quantitative easing aka. modern monetary theory), global HNWI wealth has more than quadrupled in the last 20 years to over US $70 Trillion in 2019.

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PROGRAMS

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Commonwealth citizenship
Best value of the Caribbean programs
Average 4 months processing time
From US$ 150,000

CANADA

Permanent Residency
Citizenship possible in due course
Entrepreneur Investor Opportunities
From US$ 300,000

DOMINICA

Commonwealth citizenship
Popular option
Average 5 months processing time
From US$ 135,000

GRENADA

Commonwealth citizenship
Visa-free access Europe, Russia & China
Qualify for USA E-2 visa application
From US$ 250,000

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CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLICATION

Compile application and
determine investment route

SUBMISSION

Submit application for review
and due diligence

DETERMINATION

Approval in principle or rejection

CONCLUDE INVESTMENT

Balance of investment and
fees payable

CITIZENSHIP GRANTED

Passport issued

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