In just 60 days and for as low as €250,000, the fastest and lowest cost entry to Europe, international investors have the opportunity to obtain EU residence through the Golden Visa Greece. The country is known for its spectacular views and Mediterranean lifestyle, where famous historical locations, art, and gorgeous metropolis attract tourists from around the globe all year long.

Why choose the Golden Visa Greece

Real estate experts have chosen it as a target for its potential in growing a business by investing in real estate, while having the chance to benefit from the various advantages of acquiring the Golden Visa Greece. Some of these advantages include: the primary applicant and members of his family have access to free healthcare and the prestigious educational system of the country, as well as to travel to the different countries in the Schengen area, such as Switzerland and Spain. In addition, Greece has been labeled as the new hot investment destination for its price drop since the crisis of 2010, offering plenty of top quality real estate in the market at an affordable price.

Options of investment

The different investment options under the Golden Visa Greece which possible international applicants may choose from are:

  • Purchasing real estate of €250,000, to be held for the duration of residence and for a minimum period of 5 years.

  • Lease real estate or timeshare of €250,000 to be held for the duration of residence and for a minimum of 5 years.

Some of the best neighborhoods to buy real estate in the country for a reasonable price are in Kerameikos, Psirri, Exarcheia, and Kypseli, for their easy access to public transportation and its proximity to the famous Acropolis.

Once you have decided which option to choose and the place you prefer to purchase real estate, it is time to determine the use of your new property. The return on rental investment in Greece usually varies between 4% and 6%, which is why many real estate investors that have purchased apartments in the tourist areas, such as the Cyclades (in particular in Santorini and Mykonos), Crete, Rhodes or Porto Heli choose to rent out their properties and become part of the popular Airbnb market. However, if you receive income in the country, you will have to pay for the “non-resident” income tax, wherein property income is taxable at 15% up to €12,000, 35% between €12,000 and €35,000, and 45% for annual rental income above €35,000. Nevertheless, if the duration of the rental does not exceed 90 days per year and 60 days on islands with less than 10,000 inhabitants, owners will not be subject to tax.

Another option for Golden Visa Greece holders is to turn the country into your home, where you will enjoy its amazing climate and marvelous landscapes, while spending an average of 30% less than many other EU countries. Moreover, many have chosen safe and welcoming Greece as their “plan b“, or their retirement haven, as owning an EU residency permit allows the whole family to benefit from its advantages, which include having access to a high standard of schooling and health service for free. This plan B for your family will give you the opportunity to enjoy a more prosperous life, wherein you will be able to choose freely to leave your country and move to Greece when in crisis situations, or in unexpected life-threatening situations that involve the country you are currently residing.

For global investors that may need to keep their investment safe, we offer a full service through the Orience Membership Club.

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The Golden Visa Canada allows entrepreneurs to invest in the Top 1 country for Quality Life in 2020 by becoming permanent residents with the opportunity to enjoy the same benefits as Canadians, which includes free public education and universal healthcare.

As the world’s second-largest country, Canada is a G7 country with one of the world’s best-performing economies, with a diverse business environment that welcomes international investors to relocate their business for a successful outcome. The residency will also be granted to the family members of the investors, as well as the benefits that come with the permit, which include access to an excellent education system with numerous respected private schools and elite universities that will ensure the best performance of their students. As a matter of fact, in the country, there are five of the world’s top 100 business schools.

Canada is known for its high standard of living, ensuring a safe environment due to its low crime rate, and its political and economic stability that backs up its title of the world’s best country to live in given by the UN. In addition, this huge country has an unspoiled environment with strict environmental controls that ensures preserving the variety of natural resources with delightful landscapes of well-reserved forests, mountains, and oceanic coastlines, being the world’s second-largest oil reserves and fourth-largest supply of freshwater.

The Quebec Immigrant Investor, also known as the Golden Visa Canada, will allow you to become a resident of the number one country in quality life by choosing an investment option:

  • Full investment of CAD $1.2 million in a government-guaranteed bond held for a period of five years
  • Financed investment of CAD $350,000 paid to a financial intermediary who purchases the government bonds on behalf of the client.

At the end of the full investment, the money invested will be returned to the investor without any accrued interest (0%). On the other hand, the money invested in fees and interest as a financed investment is non-recoverable as it will cover the full $1.2 million bond purchase.

Aside from choosing from the two options for investment, the investor must demonstrate knowledge and business experience and provide the documents that support the source and origin of the funds. The investors (along with their families, if applicable) should have lived in Canada for at least 3 years preceding the application to be qualified for citizenship. The Golden Visa Canada can lead investors to Canadian Citizenship, which grants visa-free access to 171 countries from around the globe; the whole family will be eligible to visit majestic beaches from the Mediterranean to Latin America, have a taste of international traditional delicacies, and experience multiple cultures with the Canadian passport. After 3 to 4 years the investor and his family can apply for Canadian citizenship, as long as they also possess a good level of English and/or French, have no criminal record, and have acquired knowledge about the right and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as an understanding of Canada’s history, values, institutions, and symbols; this will ensure that the international investors and their families adapt to the strong sense of community that Canadians have, as according to OECD, Canadians trust their fellowmen.

After you have compared and chosen from the different options with the help of professionals that will guide you to the most suitable option for you and your family, here are the expected government fees for the application for your residency:

  • Government application Fees – CAD $15,235 for the principal applicant and family members
  • Federal Government Fees – the permanent resident application processing fees will cost more or less $1,750 depending on the number of children ($150 each); the right of permanent residence fee will cost $980 for the applicant and spouse; children are exempted from this fee.

As you become a citizen of the country through the Golden Visa Canada, you will now be part of one of the safest countries to live in. This life-long investment will benefit the investor and his family with business opportunities in the number 1 country for the best quality of life.

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The Spanish residency-by-investment-program or the Golden Visa Spain offers and grants the right to legally reside, work, and live in Spain in exchange for an investment in a property (or properties properties) for a minimum of €500,000. Due to its history and affinity with Spain as a former colony, the Golden Visa Spain is very popular with Philippines.  As an investment with value added benefits, it sets one up for a better-planned future and comes in handy should the unexpected occur. Particularly for those with family and loved ones, it is a potential source of additional recurring income. In the following article we are going to tell you the all you need to know to get the Golden Visa Spain.

Essentials about the Golden Visa Spain

The Spain Golden Visa program is gaining popularity every year. Spain broke the record number of visas in 2018 for the fifth consecutive year. The Spain Golden Visa program was enacted within the framework of the Law to support entrepreneurs and their internationalization. With the intention of promoting and incentivizing foreign investment in Spain, Law 14/2013 was enacted, aimed to support entrepreneurs wanting to relocate to Spain. The law also establishes the different immigration benefits that a Filipino citizen can obtain by making a significant capital investment in Spain. It is thought to be for investors, entrepreneurs, highly qualified personnel, R&D&I training and intra-enterprise transfer. According to Spanish nationality law, the residence permit may lead to a permanent residency permit. Permanent resident card for 10 years then leads to Spanish passport citizenship. That also grants one citizenship within the European Union. Filipinos and citizens of other former Spanish colonies may be eligible to obtain a Spanish passport as early as two years after receiving the first residency visa.

If you are from the Philippines, the most practical way to obtain the Spanish Golden Visa is to make an investment of €500,000 (Philippine Peso 28.5M PHP) in real estate in Spain. To be eligible for the Golden Visa, the applicant must:

  • be a Non-EU citizen
  • over 18 years old
  • an International investor
  • present a no criminal record in any of the places you have lived in
  • have no previously rejected Schengen visas
  • have the necessary resources to face the expenses during your residency
  • have valid health insurance

Alternatively, one may invest a minimum of €1M (57M PHP) in shares in a Spanish company or bank deposits.

Main benefits of the program

The Spanish Golden Visa offers a lot of benefits. Equivalent to Residence Permits, the primary applicant and their whole family (spouse, children under the age of 18, older dependent children legally or economically dependent on parents, dependent ancestors) are permitted to live in Spain. As residents of Spain, you and your family members can leverage Spain’s premier health and education system. The Golden Visa Spain will give your children the opportunity to learn in a school that leads the world rankings. Spain has been updating its educational system through new and innovative teaching methodologies to offer the best quality education to its Spanish and foreign students.

They will also be entitled to enjoy the privileges of traveling freely within the Schengen zone without the customs checks and to all Schengen zone countries visa-free up to 90 days in a 180-day period.

Additionally, one does not need to live in Spain to renew the Golden Visa. Should one choose to live in Spain, you become eligible for permanent residence after five years. The Spain Golden Visa is also a pathway to Spanish citizenship. Typically, you can apply for citizenship after ten years of residence. However, this timeline is shortened to two years for citizens of former Spanish colonies.

It is a sound and wise decision to apply for the Spanish Golden Visa once you have invested the required amount. You have to be committed to making the investment, although it does not necessarily need to be finalized. The earliest you are permitted to apply is three months in advance of your intended trip to Spain. You can apply for a Spanish Golden Visa from your country of residence, by submitting your application at the Spanish embassy or consulate. You can also file a visa application for a Golden Visa directly in Spain if you are here with another valid visa.

Lastly, as an investment decision, each client should carefully undertake due diligence on both the planned investment and the service provider they choose to work with. It is also wise to seek a professional opinion on the potential tax exposure in both their current country of residency and in Spain. If you have any doubt, do not hesitate to ask. We will be happy to help you throughout the process

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According to the CBI Index, a rating system designed to measure the performance and appeal of global by investment (CBI) programmes across a diverse range of indicators and published by the Financial Times, Dominica citizenship by investment it is the first choice for investment applicants. For the fourth consecutive year, Dominica has ranked on the first position in the index.

Dominica offers one of the most prestigious programmes all over the world. With an easy, efficient and quick process, international investors can get the second passport in only three months. Moreover, this permit allows visa-free travel to 139 countries.

Another great strength of the Dominica’s citizenship by investment programme is that it is eligible for the entire family. This means that not only the main applicant, but also spouse, children and parents can benefit from all the advantages.

Additionally, it offers a good tax regime and there is no physical residence required.

What you need to know about Dominica?

Dominica, officially the Commonweatlh of Dominica, is a beautiful island, kwon as ‘the nature island of the Caribbean’ for its green forests which stretch from shore to shore. Introduced in 1993, this citizenship by investment programme offers many advantages and it is a very attractive option for those who are looking for a second passport.

Investment options to get the Dominica citizenship by investment permit

To get the Dominican citizenship the are two different options. The first one, is a donation to the Economic Diversification Fund, which funds are used for public and private projects, where a need is identified, such as the building of schools, hospitals or other infrastructures.  The amount of money it varies depending on the number of dependents included. A single applicant has to pay US$ 100.000. An applicant and spouse, US$ 175.000, and an applicant, spouse and two children US$ 200.000. The second option is a US$ 200.000 investment in real estate in a government approved project.

It is important to highlight that, as same as in other citizenship by investment programmes, the main applicants and their dependents must have a clean criminal background.

Once you have decided which investment option you prefer, our team will help you in all the acquisition process. We prepare all the necessary documentation and help you to fulfill it. Then, we review all the information and present it to the competent authority. Once the government has reviewed, checked and approved all the information you receive a pre-approval.

Why it is important to have a plan B or a second passport?

Our specialists agree that having a second passport it is a very good idea, not only during crisis situations. Having a plan B gives you, and your family, the assurance that you are on a more stable stage and gives you political, economic and social independence from your country of origin. Moreover, it gives you, and the rest of applicants, more freedom to travel between different countries in the world.

If you are interested on the Dominican citizenship by investment programme or any other Caribbean programme, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will guide you to choose the permit that best suits on your needs. Moreover, remember that you can apply for any programme without leaving your country.

An amendment (2015) to the Portuguese ‘Law on Nationality’ allows Sephardi Jews descendants of inquisition-era deportees from Iberian Peninsula to obtain the Portuguese passport/citizenship.

However, on May the Socialist Party presented an amendment to change the original law, and proposed that only the Jewish descendants who have lived in Portugal for two years would get the citizenship permit. According to the Socialist Party, those changes would begin in 2022. This measure would surely restrict the number of people who could apply for the programme; nowadays there are no requirements to get the citizenship.

But last week, the Socialist Party withdrew the proposed after receiving many pressures from the Jewish community in Portugal, alongside with Jewish organizations all around the world. Some critics also said that the amendment anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist.

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If you want to get the Portuguese citizenship or you are interested in other citizenship or residence programmes, do not hesitate to ask. You can apply for any programme without leaving your country. Contact us.

Source: Times Jerusalem / The Jerusalem Post

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the importance of having a plan B, this means having an alternative plan during crisis situation or what is the same, having a residence or citizenship in another country. In the next post we are going to talk about why having the Caribbean citizenship it is such a good idea.

A one-time contribution of $100,000 can grant the investor a lifetime citizenship and the opportunity to travel to more than 100 countries without the need of any additional visa.

Increased demand for Caribbean citizenship

Caribbean citizenship is one of the most attractive and profitable options that we have for you and your family. You can choose between different programmes and get your second passport and enjoy the investment advantages that these options offer you.

The warm weather and fine scenery of the Caribbean make it the perfect place for people that loves summer vibes all year long. The more than 7,000 islands that form the Caribbean archipelago have become a great opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs that want to grow their careers, for the thousands of tourists that visit the islands every year make the Caribbean a wise bet for its great potential in the long-term.

As data shows, second passport demand has increased due to the coronavirus and some Caribbean countries, like Saint Kitts and Nevis are offering good discounts to get new citizens. Those are the main benefits of having de Caribbean citizenship:

  • Visa- free travel to different countries: depending on the programme you choose, you have access to different countries around the world
  • Eligible to your family: Not only you can benefit from the program but also your family (spouse and children)
  • Good tax regime: No personal income tax and corporate tax incentives
  • Minimal presence: Normally, there is no physical residence required

Discover the different programs and find the one that suits you best

You can choose between different citizenship programmes according to your preferences. We offer:

If you are interested in any of the following programmes, do not hesitate to ask. Our team will manage all the procedures and documentation so you do not have to worry about anything. Moreover, remember that you can apply for the programme without leaving your country. Contact us!

 

Located in the Caribbean, Barbados is a paradisiac island of 439m2 and a population of 285.000 (2019). The capital, Bridgetown, contains 1/3 of the country’s population. But, why it is now famous this small island?

Last week, prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, announced that the government is developing a 12- month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a special visa, for remote workers who want to work in the beautiful and stunning beaches on the island.

As the Prime Minister explained “this visa, which is in the final steps of development, allows people from the United States, Europe, and Latin America to come and do their jobs digitally and, at the same time help the island’s economy by bringing in additional tourism dollars for local business”.

The island reopened for tourism last Sunday and every visitor is encouraged to take a Covid-19 test and bring the results with them to present upon arrival.

Other Caribbean citizenship

If you want to get your second passport and enjoy the investment advantages that these exclusive areas offer you, we can help you. Our team will guide you to choose the best program for you and your family in one of those fantastic countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Vanuatu

Caribbean citizenship is one the most attractive and profitable options that we offer you. Remember that you can apply for the programme without leaving your country. Our team will manage all the procedures and documentation so you do not have to worry about anything. Contact us.

Source: Harpersbazaar.com and cntraveler.com

Timothy Harris, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, announced last week that the government is going to apply a time-limited reduction to the citizenship programme, from 3rd July until 31st December. The main difference is that the citizenship donation to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) has been reduced from USD 195,000 to USD 150,000 per family.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the politicians have decided to temporally reduce the family minimum contribution as a way to find creative ways to stabilize the economy and consolidate growth.

What you need to know about Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

Saint Kitts and Nevis are two paradisiacal islands located in the west of Antigua and the south of Anguilla, both from volcanic origin and covered in tropical rainforest. The islands gained its independence in 1983 from the Great Britain but Queen Elisabeth II is still the head of the state. Tourism is the economic mainstay.

Citizenship programme: investment options and benefits

Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship programme offers different ways to get one of the most affordable and fastest second passport in the Caribbean in only 2 months, allowing visa-free travel to 151 countries.

These are the two options, donation or investment, if you want to get the Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship:

  • USD 150,000 donation to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) for a single applicant and the same amount for a family up to four members.
  • USD 200,000 investment in real estate in a government approved project.

If you apply for the citizenship programme you can benefit from different advantages:

 Visa-free travel to 151 country: access to 151 countries which include the Schengen area, Hong Kong, Singapore or the UK

  • Family: the entire family is eligible to the programme (spouse, children, parents or grandparents)
  • Good tax regime: no personal income tax and succession or inheritance tax
  • Presence: no physical residence required
  • Fats process: fastest Caribbean programme

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If you are interested in the Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship programme, do not hesitate to ask us. Remember that you can apply for the programme without leaving your country. Our team will manage all the procedures and documentation so you do not have to worry about anything. Contact us.

Dominica is a beautiful island, known as ‘The nature island of the Caribbean’ for its green forests which stretch from shore to shore. Introduced in 1993, the Dominican citizenship by investment programme offers many advantages and it is one of the most famous Caribbean citizenship by investment in the world.

Now, and thanks to the citizenship by investment funds, the Dominican government is building around 5.000 new hurricanes-proof homes, 14 polyclinics, new hospitals and many other community facilities, to face up the hurricane damages from 2017.

By contributing to the Economic Diversification Fund under Dominica’s citizenship by investment Programme, international investors get the country citizenship and they indirectly collaborate to make a better country. Dominica is well known for using funds from CBI Programme to make visible investments.

How to get the Dominican citizenship by investment?

There are different options to get the Dominican citizenship:

  • Donation (single applicant) to the Economic Diversification Fund. The donation amount may vary according to the number of dependents included.
  • Investment in real estate in a government approved project

Main benefits of the programme

Get the second passport in only 3 months, allowing visa-free travel to 139 countries.

  • Visa-free travel to 139 countries: Access to 139 countries including the UK, Singapore and the European Schengen countries.
  • Entire family is eligible for the programme: Citizenship passport for the main investor, spouse, children and parents.
  • Good tax regime: No personal income tax and corporate tax incentives
  • Presence: No physical residency required

Orience International by your side

If you are interested in the Dominican citizenship programme do not hesitate to ask us. We also offer other Caribbean citizenship programmes that you may be interested on. Contact us.

Source: Prnewswire