United Kingdom

United Kingdom Citizenship by investment Residency by investment The U.K. has operated an immigration route for investors since 1994. Until 2004, investor applicants had to make the U.K. their main home and were required to hold at least £1 million in the U.K. and to invest £750,000 in U.K. government bonds, stocks or corporate bonds. In…

United States

United States Citizenship by investment Residency by investment The U.S. Immigration Act of 1990 led to the creation of the EB-5 visas for immigrant investors. In 1992, Congress created the Regional Center Pilot Program to increase interest in the program. Regional Centers are business entities that receive special designation from United States Citizenship and Immigration Service…

Canada

Canada Citizenship by investment Residency by investment Canada, a pioneer of residence by investment, launched its Immigrant Investor Program in 1986. In its early days, the program became popular with wealthy residents of Hong Kong, many of them anxious about the agreed 1997 handover from British to Chinese rule. Canada held particular appeal to investors from…

Cyprus

Cyprus Citizenship by investment Residency by investment In 2011, Cyprus introduced Criteria and Conditions for Naturalization of Foreign Investors to allow citizenship by investment. Initially, investments of at least €25 million were required. The program was amended in 2013 and again in 2014 to reduce the minimum investment requirements. Current applicants can chose from one of…

Malta

Malta Citizenship by investment Residency by investment In late 2013, parliament in Malta introduced a bill to amend the Citizenship Act to introduce the Individual Investor Programme, granting citizenship “by a certificate of naturalization to foreign individuals and families who contribute to the economic development of Malta.” The move quickly drew controversy, with the opposition Nationalist…

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by investment Residency by investment In 2012, Antigua announced it would launch a Citizenship by Investment Program, following a taskforce study on potential benefits. The program was officially launched in 2013. To qualify for the program, investors must choose one of the following three options: purchase a property with minimum value of…

Grenada

Grenada Citizenship by investment Residency by investment Grenada reintroduced its Citizenship by Investment program in 2013, having previously operated a similar program from 1996 to 2001. Applicants must invest $350,000 in an approved real estate project, held for a minimum of four years. Another option, not yet ready to receive applications, is to make a non-refundable…

Dominica

Dominica Citizenship by investment Residency by investment In 1993, Dominica became the second Caribbean country to launch a citizenship by investment program. There are two primary investment routes through which citizenship can be granted. Applicants can make a direct contribution of $100,000 ($200,000 for a family of four) to a government development fund or invest $200,000…

St Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by investment Residency by investment The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis operates the oldest recognized citizenship by investment program in the world. In 1984, shortly after gaining independence from the United Kingdom, the National Assembly passed a law to allow granting of non-voting citizenship to those who had “made a…

Global Residence and Citizenship Council announced

Wealth-X accepts the founding chair position for the newly-announced industry association Toronto, October 3, 2014 – The Global Citizen Forum 2014, hosted in Toronto, proved to be a launch platform for significant initiatives. On October 3, 2014, its second day, in front of more than 260 delegates, Mykolas Rambus, CEO, Wealth-X, announced the establishment of…