According to the 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI), Portugal remains as one of the most peaceful countries around the world and it is placed in the third position behind Iceland and New Zealand, which are the first and the second one. Moreover, Portugal is the safest country in the Schengen area, followed by Austria (4th), Denmark (5th) or the Czcech (8th) Republique.

The GPI, which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness, is done by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and it presents the most comprehensive datadriven analysis to date on trends in peace, its economic value and how to develop peaceful societies.

The index measures more than just the presence or absence of war. It captures the absence of violence across three domains:

  • Safety and security
  • Ongoing conflict
  • Militarization

In the first domain, Portugal is placed in the 9th position. Safety and security, also includes how the countries have face-up and respond to the pandemic situation, which Portugal has successfully managed. In the second domain, Portugal is in the 13th position, and finally, on militarization it is in the 8th position.

 Why it is a good idea to invest in Portugal?

As we have explained in many occasions, investing in Portugal is synonymous with success. The country has been placed in the top of countries to invest in the real estate sector. Moreover, with an excellent quality life, good education and health systems and with very attractive prices, the country has been positioned as a great opportunity for international investors.

Lisbon and Porto, with their competitive prices, are the two cities with the higher demand. The Algarve area is another point of interest for those who want to invest in the country. Located in the southern part of the country, the Algarve is a region known for its beaches, golf courses and tourism.

Golden Visa Portugal

If you are thinking of investing in Portugal, we have the best option for you. The Portuguese Golden Visa programme is one of the most attractive and accessible in Europe.  With an investment of minimum of € 280,000 you can get Portuguese residence for you and your family (spouse and children under 18).

The main advantages of the Golden Visa Portugal are:

  • Get the approval in only 90 days
  • Right to live and work in Portugal
  • Visa-free travel to Schengen zone
  • No requirement to live in Portugal
  • Permission for you and your entire family
  • Excellent educational system
  • 7thmost valuable passport in the world

If you want to get the Golden Visa in Portugal, contact us. Depending on your personal situation we will recommend the best investment options that best suits you. If you are looking for high quality life, Portugal is one of the best options.

Remember that you can invest an apply, without leaving your country. Our team will manage all the procedures and documentation so you do not have to worry about a thing.

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.

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The pandemic crisis of the coronavirus 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.

High demand of 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.

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

Choose the programme that best suits you

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

  • Saint Kits and Nevis citizenship
  • Dominica citizenship
  • Grenada citizenship
  • Saint Lucia citizenship
  • Antigua & Barbuda citizenship
  • Vanuatu citizenship

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!

Greece offers the most economic Golden Visa program in Europe and also is the heart of Europe where the western civilization began. Moreover, the climate, beaches, islands or the way of living, made the country a very attractive option for international investors. One of the most famous programs is the Golden Visa Greece, which gives the residence in exchange for an investment in the real estate market. In the next article, Elaine Wang, Orience International specialist in compliance, explains the main changes in the Greek Golden Visa program:

Latest update of Golden Visa Greece program:

Here are the main changes of Law 4251/2014 that are now in force (after the publication of the Law 48/68/2020) :

1) We no longer need the passport in order to receive the Golden Visa, only a certified copy of the passport and the blue statement. The Law doesn’t specify who must certify the copy of the passport, but most likely passports will be certified by greek lawyers.

2) The Investor doesn’t have to pay the whole purchase price before the time of the contract, just before the filing of the application. In this case, two contracts will be signed a) the main purchase contract and b) a receipt – contract for the final payment of the purchase price. Moreover, an additional statement drafted and signed by the Notary which will include all the details of the payment will be required.

3) The Ministers of Economy, Development and Immigration are authorized by Law to issue a joint decision in order to adjust the minimum purchase price for the investment and to draft a catalogue of different areas of Greece with different minimum purchase prices for the investment with a duration of at least five years.

4) For the children of the Investor, the Golden Visa can be renewed for another 3 years, until the child becomes 24 years old.

At Orience International we have an office and a team in Athens that can help you through the entire investment process and will accompany you so that you and your family have the visa.

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On other occasions we have talked about the attractions of Portugal in the eyes of international investors. As we have previously explained, the country offers many characteristics that make it a great opportunity for international investments in the real estate sector. In the next post, we tell you how you can get Portuguese citizenship.

How to get the Portuguese citizenship

From the outset, you should know that there are several ways to get Portuguese citizenship and one of them is through investment, and more specifically with the Golden Visa program. It is a program that offers residency, and later citizenship, in exchange for a minimum investment of € 280,000, with other investment possibilities both in the real estate sector and other types of operations.

Once the investment is made, keeping it in time, and after five years, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship to the country’s institutions. You must prove the investment, as well as the minimum stay of 7 days during the first year, and 14 days in the following four years. In addition, you must demonstrate knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Another option is the acquisition of Portuguese citizenship by right, that is, the one granted to a person who has lived in the country for five years. In the same way as in the investment residence, the interested person must prove the stay in the country for a minimum time, be of legal age, have a clean criminal record and a minimum knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Orience International, we are with you

What are your goals? How do you want to manage your assets? From Orience International we advise you on the investment program that best suits your needs and help you with other subsequent services that you may need.

Remember that, despite the state of alarm, we are 100% operational and continue working to offer you the best service. In addition, you do not need to travel or move from your country to request any management.

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A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance and advantages of having a plan B or an alternative plan, especially during the crisis situations, like the one we have now with de coronavirus. However, having a plan B, it is a very interesting option not only for crisis.

When we talk about a plan B, we refer to the fact of having an alternative residence permit or citizenship in another country. Imagine for example a chinese citizen with a second Spanish passport or a filipin citizen with the residence in Greece.

The main advantages of a plan B are that you have more freedom to choose in crisis situations. Moreover, it gives you economic, political and social independence from your country of origin and it also allows you to obtain the program for your family members.

In the video below, Nathan, from de EUA, explains us the benefits of moving to Spain and how here he can benefit from a public healthcare in comparison to the american healthcare which is very expensive.

 

 

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