Studying in Europe is a whole different experience. Each country has a unique culture that is rich in history and tradition but also have a mix of different cultures. Each country boasts of beautiful cities and amazing natural surroundings with many things to experience including the food and lifestyle. Your children can have the possibility to study in the best colleges and universities thanks to the Golden Visa Europe

Ten best countries to study in Europe

United Kingdom

Four of the top ten universities in the world are located in the United Kingdom according to the QS World University Rankings 2022 – University of Oxford (#2), University of Cambridge (#3), Imperial College (#7) and University College London (#8).  There are more than 395 universities and colleges in the UK, with a total of 50,000 undergraduate courses.

University degrees from the UK are respected around the world where the choice of subjects and courses are extensive. Students have work opportunities that are either part time jobs or internships. The university may even help as part of the course that will give one a competitive edge upon graduation.

The UK now grants a post-study visa to stay and work in the UK for a further 2 years.

Portugal

Portugal has one of the best educational systems in Europe. Since the year 2000, the OECD or Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the PISA or Program for International Student Assessment has reported that Portugal is the only country that has been consistently improving its student assessment scores in mathematics, science and literacy and has called Portugal the “rising star of international education.”

Spain

The Universidad Autonoma de Madrid has an excellent global reputation in education and training in research, technology and innovation. Universities and colleges in Madrid offer a wide range of subjects and can combine internships or part-time jobs with academic study.

Barcelona is the only European city with two academic institutions (IESE and ESADE) among the top 10 business schools in the world according to The Financial Times.  Since the founding of the University of Barcelona in 1450, Barcelona has fostered an environment that promotes creativity and forward thinking.

France

France is a multicultural country where international students are welcome. The  tuition rates are attractive despite a high standard of education that is most outstanding in the fields of research and development.

Most of the classes are conducted in French although there are universities and colleges where English is used. Among the 3,500 institutes of higher education in France, The Universite PSL is ranked #44 in the QS World University Rankings 2022, the Institut Polytechnique de Paris #59 and the Sorbonne University # 72.

Germany

Germany has been ranked the 4th most popular destination for international students in the world.  The Technical University of Munich ranks #50 in the QR World University Rankings 2022.  Germany’s universities excel in research and teaching and offer a wide range of courses. Teaching methods include close links between theory and practice and collaboration with companies.  The Ruprecht-Karls Universitat in Heidelberg ranks # 63, while the Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen is # 64 out of 100 top ranked universities in the world.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has one of the oldest and most reputable higher education systems in the world but affordable tuition fees and living expenses. The innovative teaching methods and wide range of degrees taught in English allow the following Dutch universities to rank accordingly – University of Amsterdam #55 and Delft University of Technology #57.

Italy

University of Bologna is the oldest university in Europe and the origin of the western educational system.  Courses in the arts, fashion, design and culture are the most popular in Italy and being offered by IED, Istituto Europeo di Design, Politecnico di Milano where innovation and research are foremost. Thirty universities in Italy were included in 2019 QS World University Rankings.

Poland

Poland is the 6th most liked country for studying because of its affordable tuition and living expenses. It is known for its courses in business, history, international law. Its 400 universities are top-rated in Europe and have programs taught in English and Polish.

Romania

The affordable tuition and living expenses make Romania an ideal place to study. It has numerous academic programs that are taught in Romania, English, Hungarian, French or German where theory and training are combined. Scholarships are available to foreign students.

Greece

Greece has 24 universities and 16 technical universities most of which are public. The top universities are University of Crete, Athens University of Economics and Business, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Ioannina and University of Patras.  Greece boasts of affordable tuition which is free for EU and EEA students.  Courses are focused on philosophy, architecture, politics and history, and medicine.  

Improve the education of your children with the Golden Visa Europe

Of these ten best countries to study in Europe, Portugal, Spain and Greece is a possibility with the Golden Visa Europe.

Golden visa Spain  

  • A minimum investment €500,000 in Spain in prime real estate property
  • Freedom of movement throughout the European Schengen area
  • Excellent healthcare
  • World-class school and universities including the two if the best business schools in the world
  • A healthy lifestyle that is based on the Mediterranean diet
  • A relaxed, unhurried pace of life.

Golden visa Portugal

  • A minimum investment of €500,000 in real estate property
  • Travel visa-free within the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and 186 other countries
  • Includes family members
  • Renewable every two years with no residency requirements
  • Citizenship is possible in 5 years
  • Allows holder to live, work, and study in Portugal

Golden visa Greece

  • A minimum investment of €250,000 in real estate property
  • Five-year residency after which one can apply for the citizenship program
  • The right to live, work and study in Greece
  • The entire family is eligible
  • Visa-free travel to Schengen zone
  • Good quality of life
  • High standards of education
  • Free and equal access to the Greek Healthcare System

The European country with the most number of beautiful beaches is Spain followed by Greece and Portugal – countries that fortunately offer the Golden Visa.

 Top Five Most Beautiful Beaches in Europe:

  1. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera

Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.  The Playa de Ses Illetes (The Beach of Small Islands) is located in the peninsula of Es Trucadors in the northern part of Formentera Island. The sand there is almost pink and is simply a mix of fine white sand and  coral residue.

The small islands are Illa des Ponent, Illa de Tramuntana, Escull des Pou, Illa Rodona, Escull d’ en Paia, Raco des Palo and the most famous, Espalmador.

The secret of these crystalline blue waters is the posidonia oceanica, an aquatic plant that is spread throughout the Mediterranean Sea. This plant (and not a seaweed) produces a large quantity of oxygen that increases the transparency of marine waters, one indicator of a healthy ocean.  This ecosystem is of great ecological importance and protected by the European Union.

The deliberate absence of umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and man-made structures make these beaches ideal to visit although they are not without people. Entrance and exits to the beach are monitored and limited to a specific number of people.

Transport to the beach is controlled to minimize pollution. From Ibiza, it is a ferry ride away.

Windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, stand up paddling or snorkelling are some of the activities allowed on Playa Ses Illetes.

Juan y Andrea and Es Moli de Sal are two of famous exclusive and expensive restaurants found on Playa Ses Illetes.

  1. Calla Macarella, Menorca

Menorca is on of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.  Calla Macarella is a horseshoe-shaped cove set in a deep rocky inlet of limestone hills covered in pine trees. The limestone hills are dotted with caves, hollows and cavities that continue underwater. Snorkeling is therefore a favorite activity in Calla Macarella.  The beach does not get too crowded because of its remoteness and has facilities like lifeguard services, toilets, showers and a good restaurant by the white sand beach.  Marcarelleta is smaller beach on the next cove.golden visa spain

  1. Praia da Arrifana, Portugal

Praia da Arrifana is a shell-shaped bay surrounded by craggy, black schist sea cliffs that shelter it from cold winds and waves from the north.

It is located in Algrave’s wild, wind-whipped west coast. The high waves from the Atlantic Ocean make Praia da Arrifana a great place for surfing.

While development is controlled, there are cafes, bars, restaurants and hostels in the village high on the cliffs looking out to Atlantic Ocean. The ruins of Fort Arrifana are located nearby. A highly protected area, the beach can only be reached on foot. 

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  1. Navagio Beach, Greece

Navagio Beach is also called or Smuggler’s Cove or Shipwreck Beach because of the rusting hulk of the MV Panagiotis, a smuggler’s ship that ran aground on the beach in October, 1980 after being chased by the Greek Coast Guard right into cove for smuggling in cigarettes, booze and possibly humans.  It is an exposed cove on the coast of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands. This sandy strip can be reached only by boat.

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  1. Myrtos Beach, Kefallonia

Myrtos Beach is a mile-an-a-half long arc of dazzling white sand located on Kefallonia Island in the Ionian Sea. It sits between the feet of two mountains, Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros and is surrounded by cliffs with lush vegetation. Its pure and natural beauty attract beach lovers all year round. 

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The Golden Visa Portugal

The Portuguese experience and lifestyle can be yours through the Golden Visa Portugal for a minimum investment of €500,000. 

Benefits of a Golden Visa Portugal:

  • The right to live in Portugal, a member of the European Union
  • Visa-free travel throughout the European Union
  • Visa-free travel to 185 countries
  • Available for you and your family
  • Residency requirements only 7 days in the first year and 14 days in the 2 years after obtaining residence permits
  • Excellent educational system

 The Greek Golden Visa

The Greek experience and lifestyle can be yours through the Greek Golden Visa for a minimum investment of €250,000. 

Benefits of the Greek Golden Visa:

  • The right to live in Greece
  • The entire family is eligible
  • Visa-free travel to Schengen zone
  • Good quality of life
  • High standards of education
  • Free and equal access to the Greek Healthcare System
  • Approved within 60 days and does not require the applicant to live in Greece.

The Spanish Golden Visa

The Spanish experience and lifestyle can be yours through the Spanish Golden Visa for a minimum investment of €500,000. 

Benefits of Spanish Golden Visa:

  • The right to live in Spain, a member of the European Union
  • Visa-free travel throughout the European Union
  • Visa-free travel to 185 countries
  • Available for you and your family
  • No minimum stay requirements
  • Excellent educational system

 

Greece is often referred to as the seat of Western civilization. These ancient islands have been blessed with the Aegean, the Ionian and the Mediterranean seas and boasts of beautiful sun-drenched landscapes. Enjoy the best of the country with your Golden Visa Greece.

The ten best places to visit in Greece to experience the Greek lifestyle are the following:

  1. ATHENS

Athens is the capital of Greece and in the 5th century BC, the center of an ancient and powerful empire. It is a mix of the modern and historical.

A modern subway system, wide freeways, spotless streets and well-manicured parks exist along with the Acropolis on which stands the Parthenon, the magnificent temple to Athena, and the Temple of Erechtheum among many others. Here too stands the New Acropolis Museum, an archeological museum dedicated to the findings on the Acropolis.

In and around Athens can be found the hills of ancient Agora where the Temple of Hephaestus can be found, Olympia where the Temple of Zeus still proudly stands, the historical neighborhood of Plaka and the National Archeological Museum, one of the most important museums in the world dedicated to ancient Greek art.

  1. CRETE

The Palace of Knossos is the most fascinating historical site in Crete. Knossos was the Bronze Age capital of the Minoans, an ancient and sophisticated civilization that ruled vast parts of the Aegean.  The palace holds an extraordinary wealth of frescoes, sculptures, jewelry and structures that attest to this.

The Cretan cuisine is the healthiest in the world.  It’s rural tavernas produce their own meat, cheese, olive oil, herbs, raki and wine, and they catch their own seafood.  Recipes are often passed down through many generations.

  1. DELPHI

Delphi is a small Greek town and a sacred site that overlooks a vast grove of olives that lead down to the Gulf of Corinth. It is where the Sanctuary of Apollo, home to the ancient world’s most renowned oracle is located.

  1. RHODES

Rhodes Old Town is Greece’s medieval town that is surrounded by a double ring of high walls and deep moat. It’s history and culture have been shaped by the Classical, Ottoman and Italian occupation.

It is a living museum that has cobbled alleyways, soaring archways and lively squares that give this town its medieval feel. The ancient Knight’s Quarters, Jewish Quarter, the Turkish Quarter are worth visiting.

  1. PATMOS

It is in a cave in Patmos where St. John, the beloved apostle of Christ, received the apocalyptic visions that are recorded in the Book of Revelations in the Bible.

It is also one of the best places to experience the Easter celebrations of the Greek Orthodox Church. The island comes to life with fireworks, dancing in the streets, goats roasted in outdoor pits, and plenty of ouzo. The celebrations begin on the evening of Good Friday with a candle-lit procession of flower-filled biers through the streets and ends on Holy Saturday night where shouts of Hristos Anesti (Christ is Risen) are heard throughout the town and eggs dyed a bright red are cracked.

  1. CYCLADES

The Cyclades are a group of Greek islands peppered with dazzling white villages and blue-domed churches, interesting archeological sites and lovely beaches.

The islands of Mykonos, Ios, Delos, Andros, Amorgos, Santorini, Donousa, and Anafi from myth and Hollywood are just a ferry hop away from each other.

  1. METEORA

Meteora is famous for its massive pillars of rock that rise heavenwards and topped by ancient Byzantine monasteries.

Built in the 14th century by monks fleeing persecution, they were accessible only by rope ladders. Today, can be reached by steps carved into the rock. Six of the twenty four monasteries remain open to resident monks and visitors in this World Heritage site.

  1. THESSALONIKI

Thessaloniki is a Greek port city that is filled with the ruins from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman structures.

It is a university town with a vibrant cultural and art scene, and a lively nightlife.

  1. HYDRA

Hydra can only be reached by sea and has no airport and no cars.

This charming stone village of white-gold houses is tucked into a natural cove that hugs the mountainside. All sorts of boats fill Hydra’s quays and quaint cafes and taverns fill the harbor.

  1. CORFU

Since the 8th century, this island the ancient Greeks called Kerkyra has been prized for its untamed beauty and strategic location and has been fought over by ancient armies.

It was known for its learning and artistry thanks to the influence of the Venetians, French and British who ruled the island before it was united with the rest of Greece in 1864.

The Greek Golden Visa

The Greek experience and lifestyle can be yours through the Golden Visa Greece.  For a minimum investment of €250,000, through a real estate purchase for private ownership or rental, one can avail of a five-year residency after which one can apply for the citizenship program.

The Golden Visa Greece allows the holder the following benefits:

  • The right to live in Greece
  • The entire family is eligible
  • Visa-free travel to Schengen zone
  • Good quality of life
  • High standards of education
  • Free and equal access to the Greek Healthcare System

The Golden Visa Greece is approved within 60 days and does not require the applicant to live in Greece. Apply for your Greek Golden Visa right away.

 

The Human Development Index (HDI) developed by the United Nations ranks Spain as the 5th best country in the world to live in.  Spain has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the North and the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast that provides Spain with a pleasant climate throughout the year that is beneficial to its agricultural products. If you are looking for a country that provides a healthier and relaxed lifestyle, then Spain is the country and the Golden Visa Spain the ticket to a healthier and relaxed lifestyle.

The Golden Visa Spain requires a minimum investment of € 500,000 in a real estate market that is diverse and has the potential for capital gains in the years to come.  After five years of living in the country, permanent residency can be obtained and after ten years, citizenship. This program is perfect for those who wish to live full time in Spain or simply maintain a second residency in Europe but without a path to citizenship and live a healthier and relaxed lifestyle.

Live a healthy life in Spain

The Golden Visa Spain also allows for the healthier lifestyle Spain is becoming known for.  A 2018 study by the Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that Spain would surpass Japan as the country with the longest life expectancy by 2040.  Spanish people have a life expectancy of 83.2 years.  A 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index showed that out of 169 countries, Spain is the healthiest nation in the world.

Health experts attribute this longer life expectancy and overall health and wellness to the Mediterranean diet that Spaniards have been following for many generations, and an excellent healthcare system.  Other factors like the good weather and a relaxed lifestyle have contributed to Spaniards’ health and wellness.

The Mediterranean diet is the high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, a moderate consumption of dairy products and wine, and a low consumption of meat products.  The freshness of the produce which are mostly home grown and therefore have less traveling time also contribute to the success of this diet.

The traditional preparation and cooking techniques that Spanish cooking is known for also contribute to the Spaniards’ health and wellness.  These techniques have changed very little over time and passed down from generation to generation.

Climate and temperature also have a big impact on one’s health.  Spain’s constant sunlight encourages people to be more active and outdoors.  Sunlight increases the body’s vitamin B levels that can prevent cancer, boost the immunity system, keep bones healthy and strong and provide higher energy levels.

Spaniards have developed a lifestyle that is relaxed in comparison to that in the rest of Europe or the US.  There is less concern for time and Spaniards are never in a hurry.  Meals are leisurely and mostly never alone, and serve as a time to take a break, catch up and refuel that may include a few minutes of siesta or light sleep.  Many shops, cafes, restaurants and business establishments close during the hottest time of the day and open again when it is cooler and stay open until late in the evening.

Enjoy one of the bests healthcare systems of the world with the Golden Visa Spain  

The Spanish healthcare system is one of the best in the world.  It guarantees universal coverage and free healthcare access to all Spanish nationals regardless of economic situation or participation in the social security network and offers private or public healthcare services. The Spanish healthcare system is decentralized with service delivery organized at the regional level.   This means not only a faster and more efficient service delivery but also availability in the remotest rural areas.

So, if it a healthier and relaxed lifestyle you are seeking, then Spain and the Spanish Golden Visa is for you.

 

Many countries in the world offer the possibility to foreign entrepreneurs to obtain a residency permit through the Golden Visa program. This program grants the applicant and his family the opportunity to live, work and study in the country that offers the program in exchange for an investment in real estate. The visa-holders will be eligible to benefit from the many advantages that come from this program, such as the possibility to visit other Schengen countries without the need of an additional visa if the Golden visa you acquire is in Europe. Moreover, the peak benefit of a residency permit is that you can enjoy living in some of the world’s healthiest cities.

Investment options to obtain the Golden Visa

The number of international investors that are interested in the Golden Visa is increasing for the affordability and advantages that will be granted to the whole family. One of the main reasons a Golden Visa is attractive is for the advantages that come from living in the country in particular. For instance, Spain offers this visa program for a real estate investment of a minimum of €500,000. The cities of Madrid and Valencia are the top 1 and 2 in the list of World’s Healthiest Cities in the World, and the great public and private healthcare system of the country might be one of the reasons. The process for this residency option typically takes 60 days and does not require any length of stay in Spain in order to benefit from all rights granted by it, as long as the investor chooses among these investment options:

  • A real estate investment of a minimum of €500,000
  • A €1,000,000 investment in shares or business of Spanish companies
  • A €2,000,000 investment into Spanish government bonds
  • A fund transfer of €1,000,000 into a Spanish bank account

After residing in Spain for 5 years, the golden visa-holders can be eligible to obtain the permanent residence, and after 10 years, the spanish citizenship.

What are the cities that offer a healthier quality of life?

After the spanish cities, on top 3 and 13 on the list of the 20 healthiest cities in the world are two portuguese cities: Lisbon and Porto. The country also offers a Golden Visa program for international investors that want to buy a property in the country and receive a residency permit in exchange. The best investment options for this visa are a purchase of real estate for at least €500,000. Once you receive your golden visa, you will be able to move to the safest country in the world. For both Golden visas in Spain and Portugal, the lifestyle is led by a Mediterranean cuisine famous for being rich in Omega-3 and its fresh ingredients. Also, with these visas you can enjoy freedom of movement through the Schengen Zone and visit other European countries.

In the top 4 and 10 in the list of the healthiest cities in the world we find Vienna in Austria and Zurich in Switzerland respectively. These European countries also offer a Golden visa, but the method of investment is different than in the previous countries. To acquire these golden visas you must invest in something which would create jobs and have an impact on the economy of the country. Also, with these visas, as well as in the other European Golden Visas you can enjoy freedom of movement through the Schengen Zone and visit other European countries.

How can help you Orience International

If you are planning to move to a healthier city in Europe, our experts in Orience International will help you and give you advice on what is the best investment option for you and your family.

The process for the application of the Golden visa in one of the previous programs mentioned earlier starts with the submission of the required legal documents as well as the residence application. Once your residence application has been examined and approved, you will be issued a residence permit that will allow you to enjoy the advantages that come from living in one of the top 20 Healthiest Cities in the World, specially during these times whereas health is a top priority.

 

It’s not just a job; it’s a lifestyle, a way of maintaining a harmonious balance between work and travel. The pandemic has accelerated the implementation of teleworking and the decentralization of large and small companies, so when it becomes possible to travel freely again, more people will decide to become digital nomads. All you need is a laptop and a good Internet connection to work from anywhere in the world. Most digital nomads move several times a year to get around visa restrictions or avoid scorching summers and freezing winters, but there is always a starting point. Beyond sticking a pin in a desired location on the world map, there are other ways to choose a first destination, and Greece can be this destination thanks to the Golden Visa Greece.

Why choose Greece as your workplace

There are very special places for digital nomads all over the globe, from cutting-edge tech cities to medieval villages to beach resorts. However, they must all have some characteristics in common. The first, and essential, is a good Internet connection.

It is also very important that there are suitable places for the development of the activity, such as shared workspaces, cafes with free wifi or places that offer the possibility of organizing events and social gatherings through the networks.

Thirdly, it is essential that the destination offers visa facilities: some countries allow you to apply for residence visas in exchange for investment. One of the most popular is the Golden Visa Greece, since the Hellenic country meets all the above-mentioned characteristics.

What is the Golden Visa Greece

The current Golden Visa Greece is a residence visa for investment, which is granted to non-EU citizens who wish to make a significant contribution to the Greek economy.

Greece offers several investment options, but the most common is through the purchase of real estate worth at least 250 thousand euros.

Greece is an easy country to travel to and from, and as a member state of the Schengen Treaty, it allows short-term visa-free travel for residents of many countries. Moreover, digital nomads holding a Golden Visa Greece, in addition to being able to live freely in Greece indefinitely, will be able to travel to other Schengen countries for periods of up to 90 days without needing to apply for any extra visa.

Greece is a place of fascinating natural and architectural beauty, and many freelancers travel to the country for a great selection of scenic locations from which to work. Greece offers stable Internet connectivity, especially in major cities, as well as coworking spaces and free Wi-Fi in cafes. Greece is a year-round holiday destination. Famous for its crystal-clear waters, pebble beaches and one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, the country offers a unique atmosphere that many nomads are keen to explore.

The special Golden Visa Greece for nomads

The Greek government plans to introduce a special visa for digital nomads. The plan, which will be realized soon, follows a common agreement reached between Greece’s migration and foreign ministers to help remote workers through this innovative new trend. The government’s aim is to create an organized and attractive environment for people who choose this advanced way of working.

In addition, the digital nomad visa could be combined with tax incentives, which would attract permanent investments. Currently, 5G networks are already operational in major Greek cities (and will also reach some Greek islands) and tax incentives are targeted at those moving to Greece.

Greece is a very safe country that enjoys a low cost of living index. The country has long been a vacation destination for Europeans who flock to Greece for its year-round sunny and warm climate. It is a democratic and developed country with an advanced economy and a high quality of life. Working in Greece is like having an office in a museum. The country is full of historical sites such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and many others. A relaxing beach time is guaranteed on the islands, and Elafonisi in the southwest of Crete is one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe.

 

A big number of foreigners are choosing Portugal as their new home is increasing, thanks to obtaining the Golden Visa Portugal. The perfect Mediterranean weather combined with the low cost of living in the country attracts tourists from around the globe to turn a short-term vacation into a long-term stay through the Golden Visa Portugal

Portugal affords you a great quality of life without giving up on certain luxuries, for a full meal in a local restaurant you could spend less than €5, which is surprisingly low-priced compared to other countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, or the UK. Portugal is indeed the best choice for people that want to live in the part of Europe that offers an ideal Mediterranean lifestyle: warm summers and mild winters, splendid beaches, and spectacular gastronomy.

Why getting the Golden Visa Portugal is a good idea

Another reason why foreigners easily decide on moving to the country is for the lack of a language barrier – Portuguese people are good English speakers, which is an important factor to consider for expats to feel comfortable moving to a new place. This makes meeting new people and making friends with the locals an easier task than in other countries, plus you will have the opportunity to learn and practice your Portuguese with native speakers!

Additionally, there is a large community of international entrepreneurs from around the globe that are residing in the country, which has made the capital of the country, Lisbon, the center of a huge digital and tech startup melting pot for international entrepreneurs to share their knowledge and develop their business. Moreover, if you visit the airport frequently for work or leisure, the capital of Portugal, despite not being a major city in Europe, offers the perfect hub for bargain flights across the globe for an economical price.

The presence of different cultures within the country, especially in the food scene, allows foreigners living in Portugal to easily adapt to their new home. The local cuisine is known to be amazing, but it’s the fact that you can have some of the best Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Austrian and Nepalese food in the country that makes expats forget about their homesickness. Economical, multicultural, and delightful gastronomy is another reason why people decide to live in the Mediterranean country through the Golden Visa Portugal.

What the Portuguese residence offers you

Once you have decided that you want to move to the country, it will be an easier process if you are an EU citizen or a British national with a residence permit to live in Europe.

For entrepreneurs that are from outside the continent, the Golden Visa Portugal is one of the best routes to legally stay in the country. This visa will give you the right to work, live and study in the country through investment in real estate or other qualifying assets.

The recent changes in the requirements of this visa encourage foreign investors to target other areas of the country with a low population density, rather than in the more popular cities of Porto and Lisbon, to help the country gain a more balanced status between the urban cities and the remote areas, which have great development potential.

Furthermore, the Golden Visa Portugal will allow you to choose from a variety of schools with a high international standard educational system, which includes 2 of the 10 best universities in Europe. It will also allow you to travel to and from the countries within the Schengen Area without the need for an additional visa.

How to get the Golden Visa Portugal

The best investment option available to apply for this residency permit is by investing €350,000 in an investment fund, which will allow the applicant and their family members to legally stay in the country, and benefit from the advantages of being a permit holder.

If you are interested in applying to the Golden Visa Portugal, you must prepare the legal documents and submit the residence application. Upon approval and payment of the permit issue fee, the residence certificate will be released with a validity of one year. After 6 years, you will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship.

Thinking of getting Portuguese residency? Contact us and let our team advise you!

Known for its distinguished architecture, turquoise water, and splendid Mediterranean weather, Palma de Mallorca is one of the prime destinations for tourists and expats that decide to live in Spain. According to Statista, the capital and largest city of the Balearic Islands welcomes different nationals from a variety of countries every year, Germany and the United Kingdom being on top, with over 4.1 million and 2.4 million respectively. Not only does the island attract short-term visitors, but the exceptional beauty of the Spanish island, the easy lifestyle, and the stability that the city offers makes Palma the new home of choice for thousands of expats each year. In this article we will tell you why it is a good idea buy real estate in Mallorca.

Reasons to buy real estate in Mallorca

There are many reasons why international investors choose to buy real estate in Mallorca. Through investment, foreigners can acquire a visa that will let them live, work, and study in Spain.

Thus, families from all over the globe can reside on the island with the opportunity to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle, where the perfect balance between work and leisure, family and food is achieved.

Characterized by its splendid climate, dreamlike beaches, and singular architecture for its mixed Arabic, Spanish and modern features, Mallorca is a splendid place to live in. Furthermore, in spite of its small size, the island is well connected with direct flights to all major European cities. Son Sant Joan Airport in Mallorca is the third busiest airport in Spain after Barajas in Madrid and El Prat in Barcelona, with an average of 29.7 million passengers in 2019, providing several national and international airlines that offer connected flights to distant places all over the world that support the robust number of visits each year.

Majorican architecture characteristics

Another reason foreigners choose to buy real estate in Mallorca is for the exceptional architectural style characteristic of the island.

Houses all over Palma de Mallorca have distinctive elements that make the design of the buildings unique and stunning, wherein the main materials used are based on the regions they are located in. For instance, the use of stone in the construction of Majorican houses is because of the abundance of this material in the island. In the montane region of Tramuntana, the famous architectural style is the use of hard limestone; in Raiguer, the center of Mallorca, the use of stone and mud; and in Migjorn, in the south of the island, traditional buildings are made by hand-extracted stones from the seashores. Aside from the different forms of stones present in the architectural design typical in Mallorca, the use of wood, natural sunlight and terracotta colors are other ingredients present in their architectural design.

These features give the houses in the island the warmth and coziness that combined with the weather and the Mediterranean lifestyle, makes Mallorca an irresistible location to buy real estate.

Why residency in Mallorca is a good idea for Brits

As mentioned earlier, British are abundant in the Mediterranean island, not only as tourists but also as permanent residents of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca has become the escape route for Brits that have had enough of the gloomy and stressful life in the UK, exchanging it for the paradisiac lifestyle and wonderful weather in the island. Architecture and location are also aspects that British have in mind when purchasing buy real estate in Mallorca.

Investing in a luxury villa in Tramuntana will ensure gorgeous views in a pleasant and relaxing home, which can be the location of your plan B home for expats that acquire their residency permit through investment.

This option could be perfect for Brits that have decided to move outside their country because of Brexit (exit of UK from Europe), as buying real estate in Mallorca will grant them the chance to live, work and study in the country: a dream come true for expats that want to reside in Mallorca, one of the best places to live in the world.

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The warm weather and fine scenery of the Caribbean make it the perfect place for people that loves summer vibes all year long. Located on the east coast of Central America, different cultures and the tropical climate blend together to create the best location for foreigners to live, work, and retire, through Caribbean citizenship.

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. Moreover, compared to the lifestyle in the western countries, the Caribbean Islands offer a reasonable and affordable way of living, which along with the year-round sunshine, the beautiful island life, and the exquisite cuisine will guarantee you the best quality of life.

Programs to obtain Caribbean citizenship

There are different Caribbean countries that offer Caribbean citizenship by investment or financial contribution to a development fund, which will grant the holder to acquire the Caribbean passport. By becoming a citizen of the country, you will be eligible for a second passport, which will give you the opportunity to choose freely to leave your residing country and move to the Caribbean when unexpected situations occur, letting you live a more prosperous life. Furthermore, these are the different programs available that will help you get the second passport through the Caribbean citizenship with the best benefits, which is also ideal for those who aim to travel freely to different countries while having great business opportunities.

Antigua and Barbuda, the best Caribbean citizenship

The best place for business opportunities and excellent lifestyle which offers Caribbean citizenship through investment is Antigua and Barbuda. This country is located between the great Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, which has a population of more than 80,000 and has over 365 beaches with sublime white sands and azure waters that attracts tourists all year long. The investment options available in Antigua and Barbuda are:

  • Investment of $400,000 in a real estate project approved by the government for not less than five years.
  • Contribution of $100,000 to the Antigua National Development Fund ($125,000 if your family consists of five or more members).
  • Establish a business worth $1.5 million or $5 million if you are more than two investors.

In addition, there are fees to complete the application, which include the processing fees of $7,500 each for the principal applicant and partner, $4,000 for every dependent above 18 years old, and $2,000 for every dependent between 12 and 17 years old.

Once you have decided on the investment option and paid for the fees, you will be eligible to enjoy being a dual citizen. The process of your second passport will take a few months, but once you are a holder of the Caribbean citizenship, you will not be subject to capital gains tax, and you will be allowed to travel without an additional visa to more than 130 countries.

Dominica, Caribbean citizenship

On the other hand, the country that offers the most affordable opportunity to acquire a second passport through the Caribbean citizenship is the small island of Dominica, famous for its natural hot springs and beautiful tropical rainforests. The 275 square mile island located in the Eastern Caribbean has two investment options:

  • Make a one-time contribution of $100,000.
  • Investment of a minimum of $200,000 for three years in a government approved property.

This Caribbean citizenship through investment program has the most economical options, which will grant you a second passport and all the benefits that comes with it, including a lifetime citizenship and the chance to travel without a visa to over 118 countries.

Whether you are looking for a business opportunity or a plan B for your family, there are different Caribbean countries that can offer the best Caribbean citizenship programs for you.

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.

 

Andorra is the best choice for those who seek to live in a safe country with beautiful landscapes and with an advantageous tax system. Yearlong outdoor activities that include road or mountain cycling during the warm weather, and skiing in the Pyrenees mountains during winter, welcome an average of 10.2 million visitors annually; a very touristic country regardless of its small size. One of the best options is to obtain the Andorra residency by investment. Aside from the wonderful views Andorra offers, the cost of living in Andorra tends to be 30% lower compared to other EU countries, with the possibility of living in an 80 m² apartment in La Massana for as low as €650/month. Whether you want to visit the country or move in, the travel time is around 2.5 to 3 hours from Barcelona and Toulouse, where the nearest major airports are located.

The main benefit of living in Andorra is the tax system that the country has, for its unusual burden on the citizens. It is stated that a married couple residing in the Pyrenees country has to earn at least €40,000 before they pay any income tax, and after that, their tax will be capped at a maximum of 10%; the same amount of tax is applied to corporate income, which is advantageous to entrepreneurs that want to start a company in the country. Andorra also welcomes those who enjoy high-end retail shopping, as there is no sales tax and VAT is only 4.5%; one of the lowest compared to other European countries. Furthermore, people choose  to live in Andorra for its safety, as the country has almost no violent crime, having one to zero homicides per year. With its two entrances to the country patrolled by police, Andorra is known as one of the safest countries in the world.

Types of Golden Visa

In order to live in that country, foreign citizens can apply for two different types of Andorra residency by investment:

  • Andorra Active Residency – after staying in the country for at least 183 days per year and paying tax in the country, you will be allowed to live and work in the country. There are two choices under this program, the “residència i treball per compte propi” or simply “compte propi” which is the active Andorra residency by investment program for self-employed applicants that are going to base their company in Andorra; and the permit through work contract, wherein you will be acquiring your visa through the help of an employer.
  • Andorra Passive Residency – allows non-citizens to become residents without having to live in Andorra. Under this program, all the economic activities regarding your business can be managed outside the country. To be able to apply for this visa, the applicant should spend at least 90 days in the country and will be required to earn a total of €38,999.88 (300% of the minimum Andorra salary) in income per year. This passive Andorra residency by investment program has different types, for professionals in international business, internationally accredited athletes, scientists, and artists, or the residence without lucrative activity; each with their own specific requirements and benefits.

For the advantages that the Pyrenees microstate offers, many international families have decided to turn Andorra into their home. The country is known for its multicultural society, welcoming expats from all over the world but keeping Andorra’s essence. The government offers free Catalan classes to newcomers for them to learn the official language of the country. This also happens to be a great place for newcomers to meet and get to know other residents and exchange advice on the best hiking spots during the summer, or the ski resorts near Ordino and La Massana that offer a year-round pass for less than €170.

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