110 Countries that offer Visas for Investment

Visas for investment
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How many countries in the world that offer visas for investment? We have answers for you!

We have compiled extensive list of investor visa schemes in 110 countries and territories in the world. The list includes big economies and small islands. These are probably the most popular immigration schemes in the world for investors.

These visas come in four types leading to either residence or passport.

  1. Short Visa – Short term visas (less than 90 days)
  2. Residence Visa – Long term visas issued for temporary residency
  3. Permanent Residence – Very long term residence permits (5 years or more)
  4. Citizenship/Passport – Investor citizenship programs

Currently, there are 196 countries and 61 territories in the world. This means out of 257 countries and territories, 110 of them offer visas for investment.

From our study, we conclude 42% of world is open for investment immigration.

1. Albania

  • Albania has the second largest oil deposits in the Balkans and the largest onshore oil reserves in Europe.
  •  “D/AE” investor visa for engagement in independent economic activity.
  • No minimum investment specified
  • Citizenship after 5 years of living
  • May open citizenship by investment in the future.
  • Albania is an official candidate for accession to the European Union
  • Albania passport ranks 49th powerful passport with visa free access to EU and other 114 countries.

2. Andorra

  • Passive Residence by investment scheme
  • €400,000 in Property, bank deposit, Government debt securities/bonds (subjected to immigration quota’s).
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after 20 years of living
  • Andorra passport is rare, ranks 19th powerful passport, with visa free access to 168 countries including US, Canada.

3. Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua offers both residency and citizenship by investment options.

  • Permanent residence scheme (have annual income of $100,000 and spend 30 days a year)
  • Instant Citizenship by investment scheme ($100,000 NDF donation or $200,000 real estate)
  • Antigua passport ranks 27th powerful passport with visa free access to 150 countries (UK, Europe etc)

4. Anguilla

  • Anguilla is a British overseas territory (BOT) in the caribbean
  • Launched new ARBI  Residence by investment program in 2018
  • Donation of $150,000 to Capital fund or $750,000 real estate
  • Permanent resident status with path to BOTC citizenship after five years of uninterrupted residence

5. Argentina

  • Investment visa
  • Requires Investment of 1.5 million pesos ($45,000)
  • One year multiple entry visa
  • Permanent residency after 3 years
  • Citizenship after five years of living
  • Argentine passport is 17th powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 170 nations including Europe, Russia, UK, New Zealand

6. Armenia

  • Special Residency Status issued to distinguished foreigners engaged in economic and cultural activities in Armenia. This status valid for ten years and exempt from military service and will be issued a Special Armenian passport.
  • Naturalize for citizenship after three year period of residence status, along with knowledge of language and constitution
  • Armenia passport ranked 80th powerful passport in the world with visa waived to 61 countries.

7. Australia

Australia offers residence by investment schemes for business innovation and investment.

  • Investor stream (A$ 1 million)
  • Significant investor visa (A$5 million)
  • Premium investor visa (A$15 million
  • Entrepreneur/Business visa for entrepreneur activities
  • Australian citizenship after four years (permanent resident for 2 years)
  • Australia passport ranked 7th powerful passport with visa free access to 183 nations.

8. Austria

  • Self employed residence visa (must show adequate financial means of EUR 50,000 or more)
  • Red-White-Red Card issued for temporary residency
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Austria has the 5th best passport in the world with visa waived to 186 countries.
  • Naturalise for Austrian citizenship after 10 years of legal residence.
  • Dual citizenship is restricted must renounce previous citizenship becoming Austrian citizen.

9. Barbados

  • Special entry and residence permit valid for indefinite time
  • HNW investors with $5 million in assets
  • Retired property owners can qualify
  • Permanent resident status after 5 years.
  • Barbados citizenship after 7 years of living by registration
  • Barbados passport ranked 61st in world rankings with visa free access to 161 countries.

10. Bahamas

  • Economic permanent residency program (fast track)
  • Invest BS$1.5 million (US$1.5m) in property (home) for residence
  • Bahamian citizenship after 6-9 years
  • Bahamas passport ranks 23rd best passport in the world with visa free access to 155 countries.

11. Bahrain

  • Self Sponsorship Residence Permit issued to foreign retirees,  foreign property owners and the foreign investor.
  • Golden visa issued to property investment BHD 50,000 ($130,000) or more
  • Foreign investors must invest BHD 100,000 ($265,000) or more
  • Ten year investor visas with 100% foreign ownership.
  • Foreigners ineligible for citizenship

12. Bermuda

  • Richest British Overseas Territory (BOT)  in the North Atlantic
  • CARICOM member off the east coast of North Carolina.
  • Global entrepreneur work permit /Fintech business permit
  • Permanent residence status after 20 years of residence

13. Brazil

  • Foreign investor scheme R$ 500,000 (USD 125,000)
  • Permanent residence visa R$ 500,000 (property investment)
  • Business Investment: R$ 600,000 (brazil company)
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Brazil citizenship after four years of residence in Brazil.
  • Brazil passport ranks 16th powerful passport with visa free access to 161 countries.

14. Brunei

  • Business visa issued for the purpose of investment or business related activities in Brunei Darussalam.
  • Brunei has visa waiver with United States (ESTA)
  • Brunei passport ranks 20th best passport in the world, with visa free access to 165 countries including US, Canada, China, Russia, Europe, UK.
  • Brunei citizenship after 12 years of living (subjected toHis majesty by registration)

15. British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  • Residency for persons with independent means including retirees with a net worth of $25 million or more.
  • Wealthiest caribbean island with expensive real estate prices.
  • Permanent residence after 20 years of living
  • British overseas territory citizenship (BOTC) and passport
  • Chinese nationals given visa free access to visit BVI for business or tourism.

16. Belize

  • Qualified Retirement Program (QRP) for retirees who have $2000 monthly income to permanently live and retire and relax in Belize.
  • Qualifies for QRP Resident Card
  • Remain in Belize for a minimum of 30 consecutive days annually.
  • Permanent resident card after five years
  • Belize citizenship possible for permanent residents after 5 years
  • Belize passport ranks 53rd in the world with visa free access to 101 countries

17. Bulgaria

  • Permanent residence scheme EUR 512,000 (Government bonds/Real Estate)
  • Business Investment (EUR 100,000)
  • Bulgaria citizenship by investment EUR 1 million (after 1 year)
  • Bulgaria passport ranks 18th best passport in the world has visa free travel to Canada, UK, Europe, Australia etc. total of 169 countries
  • Bulgaria has EU membership and currently in the process of joining the Schengen area

17. Bangladesh

  • Permanent residence investing $75,000
  • Citizenship by investment $500,000
  • Dual citizenship permitted under limited circumstances.
  • Weak asian passport with visa free access to less than 40 countries.

18. Cambodia

  • Citizenship by donation USD 250,000 cash to the economy of Cambodia
  • Khmer Citizenship by investment program Article 12 Cambodian Law of Nationality 1996
  • Cambodia permits dual citizenship
  • Cambodia also offers entry level e-visa option for tourists
  • Cambodia passport ranks 87th in the world with visa free access to only 54 countries

19. Canada

  • Express entry program for skilled workers
  • Quebec immigrant investor program ($1.2m)
  • Startup visa program
  • Provincial entrepreneur program ($200,000 or more)
  • Canadian citizenship after 3 years of living.
  • Canada has sixth powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 185 countries

20. Cayman Islands

  • Cayman Islands is a British overseas territory (BOT)
  • Richest caribbean island with expensive property prices.
  • Permanent residence scheme for independent persons $2.4 million invested in real estate
  • Residence certificate for $1.2 million invested in real estate
  • BOTC (British overseas territory citizenship) after 5 years

20. Croatia

  • Investors residence scheme (employed/self-employed) with minimum investment of HRK 200,000
  • Temporary residence permit issued for investor family
  • Permanent residence status after 5 years
  • Croatia is EU member state but not part of schengen area
  • Croatia has 20th powerful EU passport in 2019 with visa free travel to 168 countries
  • Citizenship after 10 years of living

21.Chile

  • Temporary Investor and Businessperson Visa
  • Investor visa issued for one year
  • Permanent residency after one year of living
  • Chilean citizenship after 5 years
  • Chile has 14th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 174 destinations (Europe, UK, Ireland, US visa waiver, Russia, Mexico and Canada)

22. Cyprus

  • Permanent residence scheme (EUR 300,000 in real estate)
  • Citizenship by investment scheme (EUR 2 million in real estate or government bonds)
  • Startup visa scheme
  • Cypriot has 15th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 173 nations (Canada, UK, EU etc)

23. Czechia

  • Significant investment visa (CZK 75 million or USD 3.2 million)
  • EU member state and part of schengen zone
  • Long term residence permit for investors  with family
  • Permanent residence after five years of living
  • Citizenship after 10 years of living
  • Czech passport ranked 8th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 182 world countries including US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, UK etc..

24. Colombia

  • Resident investor visa granted to foreigners for a direct foreign investment ($100,000 or more)
  • Investor visa for acquisition of real estate or property ($200,000 or more )
  • Permanent residence after five years of lawful living
  • Citizenship/passport after 10 years in total, with exception of spanish nationals (2 years of living), Latin america and caribbean nationals (1 year of living)

25. Costa Rica

  • Investor residency program
  • $200,000 investment in property housing, business, securities, shares etc
  • Permanent residence after three years of legal living
  • Citizenship after 7 years of lawful resident.
  • Costa rican passport is 28th powerful in the world with 149 visa free destinations including UK, Ireland, EU. Visa required for travels to US and Canada.

26. Cuba

  • Business visa by investment
  • No minimum investment specified
  • Cuban passport recognized in 65 countries (visa free travel)

27. Denmark

  • Danish Startup visa scheme
  • Danish residence permit for foreign entrepreneurs (team of 3 people)
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Danish citizenship after 9 years of legal residence
  • Denmark has the fourth powerful passport in the world with 187 visa free destinations

 28. Dominica

  • Citizenship by investment scheme (CBI) since 1993
  • Donation to Government fund ($100,000) or Real estate ($200,000)
  • Instant citizenship and passport to family
  • No requirement to live in the country
  • Dominica passport ranked 37th powerful passport to 137 visa free countries (EU, UK etc..)

29. Dominican Republic

  • Residence by investment scheme
  • Direct Investment in companies established in Dominican Republic $ 200,000
  • Bank Deposit: $ 200,000
  • Real Estate Investment: $ 200,000
  • Residence permit issued for 1 year with extensions
  • Citizenship by naturalization after just 1 year or less.
  • Foreign income not taxed in Dominican republic.
  • Major tourist and luxury holiday destination in the Caribbean

 30. Ecuador

  • Resident investor program
  • Property investment of $30,000
  • Business company share capital invested with minimum salary $26,500
  • Citizenship after three years of permanent resident
  • Ecuador passport ranks 55th in the world with 93 visa free destinations including China, Russia.

 31. Egypt

  • Deposit Residence by investment scheme
  • Deposit EGP 7 million Egyptian pounds (US$391,000) in local Egyptian banks
  • Scheme offers path to Egyptian citizenship after 5 years
  • Egyptian passport has visa free travel to only 49 visa free destinations

 32. Estonia

  • Foreign investor residence permit ( €1 million)
  • Startup visa scheme (EUR 65,000) for five year TRP
  • E-residency scheme
  • Estonia has 12th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 178 countries

 33. Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia investment visa
  • Visa issued to foreign nationals  engaged in investment activities (max 12 months)
  • Ethiopian passport has visa free access to 42 countries.

 34. Fiji

  • Investor permit $120,000  issued for 7 years
  • Real estate investment $1 million
  • Citizenship after five years
  • Fiji has visa waiver with 90 countries including China, Russia etc..

35. Finland

  • Startup  permit
  • Entrepreneurs permit
  • Permanent settlement after four years of legal residence
  • Citizenship after 5 years of residence.
  • Finland has 4th best passport in the world with visa free to 187 nations

 36. France

  • Economic investment visa ( EUR 300,000 talent passport scheme)
  • Innovative enterprise (visa issued for 4 years)
  • Business investor residence permit (entrepreneur)
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Citizenship after residence of five consecutive years.
  • French passport #3rd powerful in the world with visa free access to 188 nations

 37. Georgia

  • Investment residence permit (GEL 300,000 or USD 112,000) immediate permanent residency issued for indefinite term
  • Property investor permit in real estate (GEL 350,000)  issued for short term
  • Georgian citizenship after five years of living
  • Georgia has 50th powerful passport with visa free travel to 112 countries
  • Dual citizenship legalized in 2018

 38. Germany

  • Business investors or self employed person can receive residence permit § 21 AufenthG (€100,000)
  • Self employment permit
  • No minimum investment specified in the Law.
  • Temporary residence permit issued to holder to pursue an economic activity.
  • Permanent residence after 5 years of lawful living
  • Citizenship after eight years of uninterrupted residence
  • German passport #3rd best in the world, with visa free access to 188 nations

 39. Gibraltar

  • British overseas territory of the UK
  • HNW individual with CAT2 status
  • Requires £2 million in net assets and minimum tax of £22,000 and maximum tax of £27,560 annually

 40. Greece

  • Golden visa scheme property investment (EUR 250,000)
  • Strategic investment activity (minimum EUR 250,000)
  • Permanent residence permit for investor and family
  • Greek citizenship after 7 years of legal living
  • Greece has 7th powerful passport with visa free travel to 183 countries.

 41. Grenada

  • Citizenship by investment + Permanent residence
  • Donation to Government fund ($150,000 onwards)
  • Real estate investment ($220,000)
  • Grenadian passport has visa free access to 144 countries, ranks 33rd best passport in the world.

42.  Guernsey

  • Residence by investment scheme for High-Net-Worth persons
  • Invest in the Bailiwick of Guernsey amounting to no less than £1 million
  • Guernsey passport holders will be impacted by Brexit after the UK leaves EU in March 2019

43. Hong Kong

  • HKSAR Entrepreneur investor program
  • Startup visa for businesses
  • No minimum investment specified
  • Nationals of China, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Laos, Nepal cannot apply
  • Permanent settlement after 7 years of living
  • HKSAR citizenship after 7 years of settlement status
  • Hong Kong passport ranks 17th powerful passport with visa free access to 170 countries worldwide.

 44. Hungary

  • Residence permit for business and gainful activity (Hungary entrepreneur residence program HER)
  • Permanent settlement card after 3-5 years of living
  • Naturalise for Hungarian Citizenship after 8 years
  • Hungary passport ranks 10th powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 188 nations.

45. Ireland

  • Immigrant investor program (EUR 1 million in enterprises, investment fund, real estate trustr)
  • Startup entrepreneur visa scheme (EUR 50,000)
  • High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) (EUR 1 million plus create 10 jobs)
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Irish citizenship after 5-6 years
  • Ireland passport 6th powerful in the world with visa free access to 185 nations.

46. Israel

  • B5 investor visa (minimum $100,000)
  • Startup visa for foreign innovative entrepreneurs
  • Permanent residency after five years
  • Naturalize for citizenship after five years.
  • Dual citizenship allowed.
  • Israel has 21st powerful passport in the world with visa free access 161 countries
  • E-2 treaty approved with United States

46. Isle of Man

  • British crown dependency between Ireland and Great Britain
  • Tier1 Investor visa (£2,000,000)
  • Tier1 Entrepreneur visa (£200,000)
  • Permanent settlement after five years
  • Citizenship after 6 years

47. Italy

  • Startup investor visa (€500,000) issued for two years
  • Italian companies investment (€ 1 million)
  • Italian government bonds (€ 2 million)
  • Philanthropic donations (€ 1 million)
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Italian citizenship after ten years of legal residence in Italy
  • Italy has 4th powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 187 countries

48. Japan

  • Investor/Business Manager visa (¥ 5 million or $45,000)
  • Permanent residency minimum 5 years to 10 years of living.
  • Japanese citizenship after 5 years of residence.
  • Japanese passport No.1 in the world with visa free travel to 190 world nations.

49. Jersey

  • Investor scheme £2 million
  • High value resident £1.75 million in a property
  • Permanent residence after 5 years of living.
  • Jersey passport is a British passport issued by the Passport Office of the Jersey Government in St Helier to British citizens connected to the Crown Dependency of Jersey.

50. Jordan

  • Citizenship by investment ($1.5m in bank deposit, bonds or securities, $1m in enterprises)
  • Residency by investment ($200,000 in property)
  • Citizenship or Permanent residence after 5 years of living
  • Jordan passport has access to 50 visa free destinations, ranks 91th for best passport

51. Kazakhstan

  • A5 investor visa (minimum investment of $100,000)
  • Business visa (B1/B3)
  • Citizenship after 5 years of legally living in the country.
  • Kazakhstan passport has visa free access to 76 countries, ranks 69th in the HPI rankings

52. Kyrgyzstan

  • Investment visa (“I” type) issued to foreigners for SOM 10 million ($140,000) invested for three years
  • Family and children can qualify
  • Permanent residence permit after five years
  • Citizenship after 5 years of living with permanent resident status.
  • Kyrgyz passport ranks 78th, with  63 visa free destinations.

53. Laos

  • Business visa for foreign investors (NI – B2) including Startups
  • Business in Laos with an investment value of at least US$500,000 can also apply for permanent residency after five years.
  • Lao citizenship after 10 years of living.
  • Lao passport has visa free access to 52 destinations.

54. Latvia

  • Golden visa scheme offers residency to foreign investors
  • Real estate investment (€250,000 plus 5% state fee)
  • Interest free government bonds (€250,000)
  • Permanent settlement card after five years
  • Citizenship after 9 years of legal residence
  • Latvia passport ranks 11th powerful in the world, with visa free to 179 countries (US, UK, Canada, Europe)

55. Liechtenstein

  • Startup Business visa with gainful employment
  • Permanent residence permit after five years of legal residence
  • Citizenship after 30 years of living
  • Liechtenstein passport is rare ranks 12th powerful passport with visa free to 178 countries in HPI 2018

56. Lithuania

  • Startup visa for entrepreneurs
  • Business residence permit for two years
  • Permanent residence permit after five years of living
  • Apply for citizenship after 10 years of legally living
  • Lithuania has 11th best passport in the world with 179 visa free destinations

57. Luxembourg

  • Golden visa /Residence by investment scheme (RBI)
  • EUR 500,000 in a new business or Investment funds (EUR 3 million) or Bank Deposit ( EUR 20 million) for five years
  • Investors permit issued for maximum of three years.
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after five years of living (knowledge of luxembourgish language)
  • Luxembourg passport 5th powerful in the world with 185 visa free destinations

58. Macedonia

  • Investor permit
  • Temporary residence permit for work/self-employment/business
  • Permanent residency after three years of legal residence
  • Citizenship after five years of living
  • Macedonia passport has visa free travel to 125 countries, 43rd best passport in the world.

59. Macau

  • Macau Investment residency scheme (MOP 1 million capital or $125,000)
  • Temporary residency for investors (hotels, manufacturing, services etc..)
  • Permanent resident status in Macau after continuously living for 7 years.
  • Macau passport is the 33rd best passport in the world with visa free travel to 144 countries. (UK, Europe etc)

60. Malaysia

  • MM2H Investor Residency program (My Second Home)
  • Investors: Financially capable of RM500,000 ($120,000) liquid assets and offshore income of RM10,000 per month (below 50 years)
  • Retirees: financial proof of RM350,000 ($85,000) in liquid assets and offshore income of RM10,000 per month.
  • Investors qualify for 10 year multiple entry visa
  • Malaysia has 10th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 180 countries (UK, Europe etc)
  • Foreign nationals who have lived in Malaysia continuously for 5 years, can apply for permanent residency.
  • Citizenship to foreigners who have lived more than ten years.

61. Maldives

  • Maldives investor visa for investors valid for five years
  • Investment Investors with USD 50 million or more invested in Maldives
  • Bank deposit: Investors maintain a bank deposit of USD 1 million at Maldivian bank for a period of not less than 2 years or who has invested in a financial security
  • Real estate: investors who have invested at least USD 1 million in a real estate, approved by the government authorities.
  • Maldives citizenship after five years of living.
  • Maldivian has 58th powerful passport with visa free access to 87 countries

62. Malta

  • Malta Residency Visa Programme (€250,000 Government bond/stocks) offers permanent residency
  • Malta Individual Investor Programme (€900,000) offers citizenship to foreign investors
  • Family and children also qualify
  • Rent or buy a home under both schemes
  • Maltese passport 7th powerful in the world with visa free access to 183 countries in the world

63. Mauritius

  • Investor Residence permit ($100,000)
  • Real estate  investment permit ($500,000)
  • Permanent residence after three years
  • Citizenship after five continuous years of living
  • Mauritius passport has visa free travel to 58 countries

64. Maldives

  • Cooperate resident visa
  • Invest $1 million in Bank deposit or Real Estate
  • Five year residence permit with extensions

64. Mexico

  • Temporary resident investor visa
  • Property: Real estate investment ($220,000) in the territory of Mexico
  • Investor: Investment in company shares/stocks for $110,000 and own personal property of atleast  €148,000
  • Permanent residence after four years of living as temporary resident.
  • Naturalization in Mexico for citizenship requires five years of residency prior to the application date
  • Mexico has 22nd powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 158 countries (Canada, Europe, UK etc)

65. Moldova

  • Residence permit for entrepreneur activity or foreign investments
  • Newly opened Citizenship by investment scheme in 2018 for Donation to Government fund (EUR 100,000), Real Estate (EUR 250,000) or Government Bonds (EUR 250,000)
  • Moldova passport has visa free travel to 122 countries, ranks 46th powerful passport

66. Morocco

  • Investor category visa (MAD 200 million or $21 million)
  • Business visa
  • Certificate of residence after 10 years of living
  • Morocco passport has visa free travel to 61 countries in 2018

67. Monaco

  • €1 million Business capital transfer in a Monaco company
  • €1 million real estate purchase
  • €500,000 in a bank deposit and €500,000 property purchase
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Monegasque citizenship after ten years of living
  • Monaco passport is rare and 14th powerful passport with 174 visa free countries

68. Mongolia

  • T1 Investor permit
  • Citizenship after living five years (with knowledge of mongolian language)
  • Mongol passport has visa free access to 61 countries

69. Montenegro

  • New citizenship by investment scheme launched in 2018
  • €250,000 in real estate plus €100,000 state fee for citizenship
  • €450,000 in hotel or tourism in Podgorica plus fees
  • Permanent residency issued in 3 weeks
  • Montenegrin citizenship after 6 months
  • Montenegrin passport has visa free travel to 123 countries, ranks 45th best passport in the world

70. Montserrat

  • Economic residence by investment in British overseas territory (BOT)
  • USD 150,000 in Bank deposit, Property or Government bonds
  • Permanent residency is  possible after five years of living in the island.
  • Montserrat passport is a BOTC passport.

71. The Netherlands

  • Start up visa
  • Foreign investor scheme requires capital investment of €1.25 million in Dutch companies
  • Residence permit issued for three years
  • Permanent settlement after five years of legally living
  • Dutch citizenship after five years
  • Dutch passport is fifth best in the world with  visa free travel to 186 countries

72. New Zealand

  • Startup entrepreneur work visa (N$ 100,000 or US$ 70,000)
  • Entrepreneur residence visa (N$ 500,000 or US$350,000)
  •  Business Investor visa (Investor 2) N$ 3 million or US$ 2m
  • Business Investor visa (Investor 1) N$ 10 million  or US$ 7m
  • Acceptable investments: Bonds, Equities in companies, Properties non personal use
  • Permanent residence after two years of living.
  • New Zealand citizenship after five years of residence.
  • New Zealand has 8th powerful passport with visa free travel to 182 countries in 2018

73. Oman

  • Investor residence visa
  • No minimum investment specified
  • Permanent residency or citizenship not possible for foreigners
  • Omani passport has visa free travel to 78 countries

74. Panama

  • Business investor visa ($160,000)
  • Pacific investor visa ($250,000)
  • Economic permanent residence visa ($300,000 in bank deposit or real estate)
  • Movie investor visa ($150,000)
  • PR after five years of living
  • Citizenship after three years with PR
  • Panama passport has visa free travel to 141 countries ranks 35th best passport in the world.

75. Papa New Guinea

  • Permanent residence for Business investment (K 10 million or US$3m) or
  • Retired persons of $15K per annum
  • Passport has visa free travel to 82 countries

76. Paraguay

  • Paraguay permanent residence valid for five years issued for economic activity
  • Bank deposit ($5000)  or Real estate property
  • Citizenship after three years of residence
  • Paraguay passport has visa free travel to 143 countries (UK, Russia, Europe), ranks 34th best passport in the world.

77. Portugal

  • Startup visa scheme
  • Golden visa residence permit for investment activity (€350,000 property) or Business (€250,000)
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after five or six years.
  • Portugal has the fifth powerful EU passport in the world with visa free travel to 186 countries

78. Philippines

  • Special investor residence visa (SIRV) for Business investment (US$ 75,000 or more)
  • Visa validity for unlimited or investment expiry
  • Live, work and also retire in Philippines
  • Live outside the country and reenter anytime
  • Citizenship after 10 years of living.
  • Philippines passport has visa free travel to 66 countries

79. Qatar

  • Richest country in the Middle East.
  • Residence by investment scheme
  • Investor residence visa (property owners)
  • Business visa
  • Business or property investment
  • Exempted from income tax for ten years
  • Permanent residence after 20 years of living (Law No. 10 of 2018)
  • No citizenship for foreigners

80. Romania

  • Business visa long stay visa (D/AE) for economic activities
  • Expedited Citizenship for EUR 1 million investment after 2 years of living
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after 8 years of living (ordinary)
  • Passport ranks 18th best with 169 visa free countries.

81. Russia

  • Business visa (multiple entry valid for 90 days)
  • Simplified citizenship for investment $10 million invested in Far east
  • Discretionary naturalization ($160,000)
  • Permanent residence after three years of living
  • Russian has 47th powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 119 countries
  • Citizenship in 3 years through fast track naturalization.
  • Dual citizenship allowed with permission

82. San Marino

  • Economic Residence by investment scheme (elective residency) limited quota for 50 per year
  • Property investment of €500,000
  • Sammarinese Government bonds € 600,000 for 10 years (non-interest bearing)
  • Residency for economic reasons (create 3 jobs and guarantee  € 75,000 deposit)
  • Reside in in the territory of San Marino for a minimum of 10 years for citizenship
  • San marino passport ranks 19th powerful in the world with 168 visa free destinations (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia etc).

82. Saudi Arabia

  • New investor permanent residence scheme introduced in 2019 (Special Privilege Iqama )
  • Premium residence scheme : SR 800,000 ($220K)  for permanent permit (Green card)
  • Limited residence scheme: SR 100,000
  • No citizenship for foreigners and no free movement in GCC countries

83. Slovenia

  • Residence permit on economic interest (no minimums)
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after 10 years but there is a provision for exceptional naturalization for citizenship in state’s interest
  • Slovenia is a EU member state and participates in schengen area
  • Slovenia has 10th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 180 nations.

84. Slovakia

  • Major investment scheme (EUR 100 million) creating 300 jobs adding economic benefit to slovakia
  • Investors receive residence permit to live and work in Slovakia
  • Slovakia also has provisions for discretionary naturalization for citizenship in state’s interest
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship through naturalization after 8 years
  • Slovakia has 10th powerful EU passport in the world with access to 180 countries

85. South Korea

  • Immigrant investor scheme  with F-2 resident status (KRW 500 million ($450,000) in public deposit fund or development projects)
  • Immigrant Investor Scheme for Real Estate (IISRE) with minimum KRW 500 million
  • F-5 permanent resident status after five years of maintaining the investment.
  • Naturalize for citizenship after five years.
  • South Korean passport ranks #3rd powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 188 destinations.

86. South Africa

  • Business visa (R 5 million or $350,000) invested in south african economy.
  • Permanent residence permit after five years.
  • SA citizenship after being permanent resident for 10 years.
  • South african passport 52nd powerful in the world with 102 visa free destinations.

87. St Kitts & Nevis

  • Richest caribbean island
  • Citizenship by investment (CBI) for $150,000 (donation) or $200,000 (real estate)
  • St Kitts has a powerful passport ranks 27th powerful passport with visa free access to 151 countries.

88. St Lucia

  • Citizenship by investment for $100,000 (donation) or $300,000 (real estate) or $500,000 (government bonds)
  • Temporary residence permit / Business visa
  • St Lucia has 31st best passport in the world with visa free travel to 146 countries (EU, UK, Ireland etc)

89. Samoa

  • Temporary residence permit (business) or
  • Citizenship by investment scheme for SAT $4 million ( USD 1.5 million )
  • Citizenship issued after 3 years with PR status
  • Samoa has 40th best passport in the world with visa free travel to 129 countries (Canada, Europe, UK, Russia etc)

90. St Maarten

  • Dutch territory and popular caribbean island with tourism.
  • Investors permit issued for property or business for NAG 900,000 or USD 500,000)
  • Permanent residence after five years of residence
  • Dutch citizenship after five years of living (Dutch nationality law)

91. Seychelles

  • Residence permit for business or economic activity
  • Permanent residence after one year for $1 million investment in business or real estate
  • Citizenship after legal resident for five years.
  • Seychelles has 25th best passport in the world with visa free travel to 152 countries

92. Singapore

  • Entrepass scheme for foreign entrepreneurs
  • Global investor program for investors and entrepreneurs (SG$ 1.5 million) with permanent residence
  • Citizenship after eight years of living
  • Singapore has second powerful passport in the world with 189 visa free destinations.
  • Singapore does not allow dual citizenship

93. Spain

  • Golden visa scheme requires €500,000 property investment, €2 million in Government debts/bonds, €1 million in businesses
  • Permanent residence after five years
  • Citizenship after 10 years for most countries, reduced to three years for spanish speaking country nationals
  • Spain passport 4th powerful in the world with visa free travel to 187 countries

94. Switzerland

  • Business visa for investment in swiss companies (€500,000 to €1 million)
  • Lump sum taxation residence  (Pay tax CHF 400,000 to CHF 600,000 per year depending on canton. You cannot work )
  • Permanent residence after ten years of living in Switzerland
  • Swiss Citizenship after 12 years of legally living
  • Swiss passport is one of the best and exclusive passports in the world. In 2018, swiss passport ranks sixth powerful in the world with visa free travel to 185 countries.

95. Sri Lanka

  • Beautiful and culturally rich country in Southern Asia
  • Foreigners investors eligible for Resident Guest Scheme Visa program (RGSVP)
  • Bank deposit / Economic Investment – USD 250,000
  • RGS Permanent Residence visa issued for 5 years with extensions
  • Sri lanka permits dual citizenship
  • Naturalize to become Sri Lankan Citizen after 10 years of living.

96. Sweden

  • Self employed residence permit (SEK 200,000 living expenses plus business plan)
  • Permanent residence after five years of living
  • Swedish citizenship after five years with PR status
  • Sweden passport 4th powerful in the world with 187 visa free countries

97. Taiwan

  • Entrepreneur visa (NT 2 million or US$ 65,000)
  • Resident visa for investment (US$ 200,000) issued to foreign investors
  • Permanent residence after 5 years
  • Taiwan permits dual citizenship but naturalized citizens must renounce previous citizenship
  • Taiwanese citizenship after five years
  • Taiwan has 29th powerful passport in 2019 with visa free travel to 148 countries

98. Thailand

  • Non-Immigrant Visa Category “IB” (Investment and Business Visa)
  • Thailand Elite Residence Visa  costs $15,000 (issued for 5 years) or $32,000 (issued for 20 years)
  • Naturalize for citizenship after five years of living in Thailand
  • Thailand passport has visa free travel to 77 countries in the world

99. Turkey

  • Turkey citizenship by investment (TCBI) program in 2018
  • Real estate property investment ($250,000) or Government bonds or business ($500,000) qualifies for citizenship
  • Turkey passport has visa free travel to 111 countries ranks 51st best passport in the world
  • E-2 treaty with United States
  • Turkey is the 19th biggest $2 trillion GDP economy.

100. Turkmenistan

  • Residence permit for investment in economy above $500,000 US dollars
  • Turkmenistan passport has visa free travel to 53 countries
  • Dual citizenship not recognised

101. Turks & Caicos Islands

  • British overseas territory (BOT)
  • Permanent residence for purchase of $300,00 home or $750,000 in business enterprise
  • Citizenship after physically present in the Turks and Caicos Islands 5 years before the application date
  • British overseas territory citizenship and passport (BOTC)

102. Ukraine

  • Investor Residence permit in Business activity (€100,000 or more)
  • Permanent residence after five years of legally living
  • Citizenship after five years of living in the territory of Ukraine
  • Ukraine passport has visa free travel to 128 countries ranked 41st best in the world

103. United Kingdom

  • UK tier1 innovator or startup visa for foreigners £50,000
  • UK tier1 investor visa (£2,000,000) in bonds or businesses
  • Startup visa (launching in 2019)
  • Permanent resident status (ILR) after five years of living without absence
  • UK citizenship after 6 years of living with PR status
  • United Kingdom has 6th powerful passport in the world with visa free access to 186 nations in 2018

104. United States

  • B1 visa for Business
  • E-1/E-2 visa for treaty traders and investors
  • L1 visas for corporate intra-transfers
  • EB-5 immigrant investor visa for creating jobs ($500,000 onwards)
  • Permanent residence (green card) after five years of living
  • US citizenship after five years of uninterrupted living
  • US passport fifth powerful in the world with visa free access to 186 countries

105. United Arab Emirates

  • New Gold card visa scheme launched in 2018 .
  • Property Investment: AED 5 million  ($1.36 million) will receive five year residence visa
  • Business Partnerships: AED 10 million ($2.7 million) will receive ten year residence visa renewed every ten years
  • Entrepreneurs: AED 500,000 ($136,000) will receive five year visa
  • Permanent residence, citizenship or passport not possible for foreigners
  • UAE passport has visa free travel to 161 countries in the world.

106. Uruguay

  • Real Estate: $1.8 million investment in development projects
  • Business: $5.6 million in capital investments with job creation
  • Economic Tax residence: $200,000 (from Mar 2020)
  • Citizenship after 3 years
  • Very good south american passport.

107. Uzbekistan

  • Investor Residence permit for property or business investment ($200,000)
  • Golden visa (ten year visa will start in 2019)
  • Citizenship after five years with PR status.
  • Uzbek passport has visa free travel to 59 countries

108. Vietnam

  • DT Foreign investor visa in business
  • Permanent residence after three years (renewed thereafter)
  • Apply for citizenship after five years with PR card
  • Vietnam passport has visa free travel to 51 countries

109. Vanuatu

  • DSP contribution citizenship by investment program ($160,000)
  • Land owner residence visa (property for VUV 10 million or USD 88,000)
  • Self funded visa (pay VUV 20,000 annually)
  • Foreign investor visa
  • Vanuatu passport has visa free travel to 129 countries (UK, schengen etc) ranking 40th powerful in the world.

110. Zambia

  • Investors permit for business (US$250,000)
  • Permanent residence with investors permit after three years
  • Citizenship after ten years of living
  • Zambia passport has visa free travel to 68 countries in the world.

111. Zimbabwe

  • Investor residence permit ($100,000 in a joint venture or $300,000 in a business venture or $1 million above)
  • Permanent residence after five years of living
  • Citizenship after being a resident for five years (renounce previous nationality)
  • Zimbabwe passport has visa free travel to 64 countries

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