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Benefits of Second Citizenship by Investment – Everything an Investor Should Know

It is unimaginable, but moving through different countries without visas is as much a reality as the sun's rising every day. 

To do that, you need a strong passport or passports! 

Yes, having two or multiple passports is no longer a taboo topic. In fact, it is very much essential for the rich.

Being a high net worth individual, if you do not have a second passport already, then considering citizenship by investment is justified! 

Your freedom of choice can be dramatically increased when you have a second passport and dual citizenship from two different countries simultaneously.

Global mobility and security are the hallmarks of any discussion about citizenship by investment.

With more accessible international travel and a high standard of living, CBI programs are tailored for individuals and families willing to claim financial and personal freedom. It can act as a shield from the restrictive laws of any government. 

Adding a new passport to your portfolio allows you to experience an internationalized version of yourself. 

Citizenship by investment is a perfect gift for your family, as you can transfer citizenship through generations. It is referred to as modern-day insurance for the wealthy.
Citizenship by investment benefits

Second Citizenship by Investment 

Before we go on, let's clear up the confusion about second citizenship. Citizenship by investment programs is a legitimate tool to diversify one's assets and wealth and optimize taxes on incomes earned anywhere in the world. 

These programs benefit the investor, the host countries, and their governing authorities. 

According to IMF reports, a rapid increase in private wealth in emerging economies has led to a significant rise in high-net-worth people interested in mobility and freedom of travel. 

Global travel obstacles have become burdensome, especially after the 2020 covid-19 pandemic. 

Citizenship by investment has become more attractive for affluent people from developing economies to legitimately acquire a second passport which can facilitate international travel in US, UK, Canada, Schengen area, Singapore, Hong Kong and other business hubs of the world.

Most high net worth Russians, Chinese, Middle Easterners and South Asians know the value of having two or more passports. Their goal is to travel the world with the least paperwork and no restrictions or obstacles while saving their time and freedom. 

In this article we will discuss every aspect of how Citizenship by Investment has been a tool for growth and development for both parties at stake. 

Benefits of Citizenship by Investment

The million-dollar truth is that with dual passports, you don't have to bother about what happens if there is social unrest or the government wakes up one morning to raise taxes in your home country. 

If you are from a country whose passport is limited by international sanctions and barriers, having second citizenship can be your lifeline to see through those restrictions and steer yourself out. 

While it helps one to travel free of visa restriction to most destinations, it can also provide immense opportunities in terms of health, education and lifestyle upgrade! These are key factors why CBI programs are a hit among investors worldwide. 

Having said it all, it is time to serve some financial and social advantages which define a high standard of life second citizenship by investment automatically grants-

  • stable currency, 
  • peaceful political environments,
  • peaceful social environment,
  • modern infrastructure, 
  • high literacy rates, 
  • well-regulated financial service sector 
  • investor-friendly government policies
  • optimized taxes and opportunities for business

All of these combined create tremendous potential for both personal and financial growth of a high net worth investor. 

Need to ask more? Of course, you should and hence we have more information to share. Read on.  

Benefits of Second Citizenship by Investment Programs for the Investors

Among several other things, acquiring second citizenship is a wealth preservation tool that can ensure security for you and your finances. In addition, by providing visa-free entry into multiple countries, dual citizenship can give you access to standard healthcare and world-class education. There is nothing new to this statement but more to it. 

  • Full Citizenship Rights

An investor can get full citizenship status without visiting the country before and after application submission by investing in a CBI country. By that, we mean you can use your passport and citizenship documents to access and avail all the benefits and advantages of living, working, and studying in the said country and states, they have corresponding treaties with. 

  • Security Reasons

Citizenship by investment can be a solid backup plan to protect you and your family from the effects of economic instability and social conflict.

Second citizenship in a foreign country can bring life-changing benefits to people from countries who are undergoing social or geopolitical unrest. 

For those who are leaving their country of origin for safety reasons or facing travel restrictions by their governments, a dual passport can be an easy solution. 

Even in no strife, having a passport from countries with sanctions can make a visa for a vacation or business a frustrating experience with lengthy applications and interviews. At the same time, the authorities withhold your passport for weeks. Eliminating such issues, a second passport can also ensure travelers' personal safety. 

  • Optimized Tax Structure

Most countries with CBI programs exempt non-resident citizens, i.e., investor citizens, from paying income tax, except when the income is derived from the host country. 

This low tax regime helps investors to secure their wealth from inheritance, gift, and income tax, apart from saving on tax on foreign income and assets. 

This way, investor immigrants can legally reduce the tax burden, ensuring effective wealth management and protection. In addition, you can easily plan your worldwide income to get tax-free. 

  • Family 

The CBI programs are usually 100% family-oriented. I mean that an investor can extend their application to add other family members as dependents. 

Some citizenship by investment programs allows the inclusion of 6 family members with the main applicant, of course, and additional fees per member are added. In addition, while many investment citizenship programs allow the addition of spouse, children, and dependent parents, Caribbean nations now allow investors to add their extended families to the application.

  • Education

Second citizenship can provide access to world-class educational systems abroad to investors and their family. 

The best part is an investor can also take advantage of lower domestic tuition fees. Sometimes, investors or family members can avail of full scholarships and get free education at the best universities abroad.

  • Asset Protection Offshore

CBI programs give investors legal ways to protect their assets and wealth from uncertain situations. It is also an excellent way to diversify one's wealth portfolio by decentralizing property and supporting a politically stable country with a stronger currency. 

  • Business Expansion

CBI program supplies important benefits to those seeking more investment options abroad. By obtaining a citizenship though investment, immigrants can gain visa-free access to various destinations for business and recreation without via barriers. This can create new opportunities and prospects to spread your investments, enhance operations, limit costs, boost profits, and much more.

  • Speedy Procedure-

Caribbean countries usually maintain speedy 2 to 4 months of processing of citizenship applications. Dominica is the fastest among all the existing CBI countries, which grants citizenship in over 120 days and is also very affordable compared to other programs. 

Moreover, including dependent children and visa-free travel to over 139 countries make these quite appealing to investors. 

  • No Residency

There are no physical residency requirements for any Caribbean citizenship by investment programs. As such, there is no need to travel to the host country to apply for citizenship or make an investment. These CBI programs are ideal for busy entrepreneurs who have little time to spare.

Exception Antigua & Barbuda is the only country asking the investor to spend at least five days in every 5 years to hold the citizenship

Benefits for Countries Providing Second Citizenship by Investment

Most of you are already familiar with the benefits of investing in a second residency or citizenship. 

Knowing the positive effects of an investment for citizenship within the host country you are applying is also interesting.

It is no secret that Citizenship by Investment helps governments generate significant revenue for the said country's development. As a whole, it is estimated that the RCBI industry is likely to cross US$ 220 million by 2025. 

Most advantages of CBI revenues in small nations like the Caribbean countries are similar across the board. 

Most of these countries use the foreign revenues generated through CBI programs in the government's budget to encourage transparency, and the earnings remain in public view.

Utilizing this foreign exchange in communities' betterment, infrastructure, and other development projects is the primary focus of the Caribbean and other Mediterranean CBI countries. 

According to official statements, the CBI revenue has contributed significantly to the GDP of countries like Dominica. 

For example:

  • After the hurricane devastated St Kitts and Nevis in 2017, the nation launched a hurricane relief fund to raise funds and utilized its revenue in the nation's recovery after the natural disaster in 2020. 
  • St Lucia's economy got a severe jolt. To secure the economy from the effects of pandemic, the country launched a Covid-19 relief fund. 

The bottom line is that citizenship by investment programs has provided a lifeline to these countries for a smooth sail through hard times, focusing on rebuilding community resources and protecting their future by strengthening the economy.

Considering the success stories of the small island nations of the Caribbean countries offering citizenship by investment, more countries are designing their versions of citizenship by investment programs.

You may want to check this out- Turkey Government Raises the Price for its Foreign Citizenship Investment Program

Benefits for Future Generation

Citizenship by investment is a perfect gift for your family, as you can transfer citizenship through generations. It is referred to as modern-day insurance for the wealthy.

Once an investor applicant receives the certificate of naturalization or citizenship and passport, the main applicant and all dependents on the application are granted citizenship officially for life. Citizenship granted in exchange of investment is not subject to revocation, and each country's law legally protects it. 

The passport must be renewed every 5 or 10 years as per each country's law, and the right can be passed down to all future generations unless one wants to renounce it for whatever reasons!

Additional Facts-

The Caribbean citizenship by investment countries are currently offering the most cost-effective but valuable citizenship and passports for individuals and families. 

With visa-free access to up to 157 countries, a Caribbean passport is appreciated among investors worldwide.

  • St. Lucia has the cheapest citizenship program for an individual.
  • Antigua and Barbuda is the cheapest citizenship program for families.
  • St Kitts and Nevis are the most potent Caribbean passport when it comes to visa-free travel.
  • Turkey, Grenada, and Montenegro have an E-2 treaty with the US. So if you become a legal citizen of the three, you can apply for an E-2 non-immigrant visa to the United States.

Also, read this Mistakes That Can Get Your Second Passport and Dual Citizenship Revoked

Some basic but universal requirements for eligibility for any of the CBI programs-

Applicants age above 18 years

  • Zero criminal record
  • Declaration of the source of income
  • Thorough due diligence check
  • Investment in real estate, bonds, national economic fund, government-approved development projects, establishing a business creating employment.

Other than these, most programs require medical reports as proof of good health and the absence of any contagious health complications.

Every country with a CBI program may have specific additional requirements depending on program requirements. However, it is crucial to check with your own country of origin if they allow dual citizenship and a second passport before taking a step in this direction.

Also, do not get trapped by the promises agents make, instead, hire professional lawyers and legal advisory firms to provide you with residency and citizenship solutions.

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