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Citizenship by Investment

By definition, the term citizenship refers to the status of an individual who is recognised, under law of a sovereign state, as being a legal member of said state.

Each country has its own laws, regulations, and policies as to who is entitled to citizenship, but many of these share common grounds. The most conventional ways in which an individual can become a citizen of a nation include birth within a country, descent from a citizen parent, and naturalisation.

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Naturalisation occurs when a state awards citizenship to individuals who have legally resided in the state for long periods of time, married a citizen, or received political asylum. A less common but ever more popular way of becoming naturalised is through citizenship by investment.

Citizenship by investment provides a direct route to legally acquiring citizenship via an investment or contribution to the economy of a nation. St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Malta, and Cyprus, all offer citizenship programmes that afford high-net-worth investors the chance to acquire dual citizenship.

Importantly, especially for the Caribbean nations, citizenship can only be acquired if the investor passes the strict due diligence criteria set by the host country. At the end of the process however, the individual can truly become a citizen of the world.

Citizenship by Investment

By definition, the term citizenship refers to the status of an individual who is recognised, under law of a sovereign state, as being a legal member of said state.

Each country has its own laws, regulations, and policies as to who is entitled to citizenship, but many of these share common grounds. The most conventional ways in which an individual can become a citizen of a nation include birth within a country, descent from a citizen parent, and naturalisation.

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Naturalisation occurs when a state awards citizenship to individuals who have legally resided in the state for long periods of time, married a citizen, or received political asylum. A less common but ever more popular way of becoming naturalised is through citizenship by investment.

Citizenship by investment provides a direct route to legally acquiring citizenship via an investment or contribution to the economy of a nation. St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Malta, and Cyprus, all offer citizenship programmes that afford high-net-worth investors the chance to acquire dual citizenship.

Importantly, especially for the Caribbean nations, citizenship can only be acquired if the investor passes the strict due diligence criteria set by the host country. At the end of the process however, the individual can truly become a citizen of the world.

History of Citizenship by Investment

Citizenship by investment was first established in 1984 by the Federation of St Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis, a twin-island nation in the Caribbean Sea. Under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme, applicants were required to make an economic contribution to the country in exchange for full citizenship.

This programme is still offered today and recently rebranded itself as the ‘Platinum Standard’ of second citizenship, due to its efficiency and integrity.

St Kitts and Nevis has been a pioneering country for all states looking to adopt investment programmes, and has most recently announced a new, fast-track service, that ensures the issuance of a passport within 60 days of individuals submitting a satisfactory application.

Many countries now hold the legal provisions that allow their governments to grant citizenship in return for major contributions to society, the economy, and other state interests. Programmes that have strived to maintain a transparent system have flourished, and inspired many other nations to launch their own programmes. The industry has seen tremendous growth, particularly in the past three to four years.

Benefits of Citizenship by Investment

Citizenship by investment provides investors and their families, often including spouses, children, parents, and even grandparents, with the opportunity to legally acquire a new nationality and a second passport quickly and efficiently.

On obtaining dual citizenship, applicants acquire the freedom to travel the world without the lengthy paperwork required for visa applications and other bureaucratic restrictions. Applicant can also take advantage of the business opportunities that abound across the globe, growing their businesses on an international scale.

For those who choose to invest in real estate, dual citizenship comes with the option to turn a dream destination into a home, and a place where children can access top-tier educational institutions and some of the most prestigious schools in the world.

Crucially, second citizenship is for life, and can be passed on to applicants’ children – ensuring that protection, economic wellbeing, and educational advantages are available to applicant’s families for generations to come.

Second citizenship holds a different meaning and a different value to every individual, which is why at Expo Leader Group, we adopt a client-focused approach, and advise you on the best programme for your needs.

Citizenship by Investment

We work closely alongside a number of international governments who apply rigorous due diligence checks and provide the highest processing standards, ensuring that you, the applicant, can count yourself among a select number of individuals who have passed thorough background checks – thanks to our leading support services.

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At Expo Leader Group, we offer guidance on the citizenship by investment programmes of the following countries:

  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Cyprus
  • Malta
  • Dominica
  • St. Lucia

We are dedicated agents leading in the citizenship by investment industry, studied in all current solutions, and regularly monitoring new developments to ensure our clients are well advised on legal and policy changes.

As each country offers its own unique citizenship programme, at Expo Leader Group, we specialise in finding a solution tailored to our clients’ personal aspirations and requirements.

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Cyprus

Classical mythology associates the island of Cyprus with the birth of Aphrodite, and with its golden beaches, wondrous sea caves, and dazzling sunshine, it is no surprise that these early traditions linked the Mediterranean nation to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Today, Cyprus is the destination of choice for hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, all seduced by the island’s ancient riches and spectacular coastline.

Cyprus

Classical mythology associates the island of Cyprus with the birth of Aphrodite, and with its golden beaches, wondrous sea caves, and dazzling sunshine, it is no surprise that these early traditions linked the Mediterranean nation to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Today, Cyprus is the destination of choice for hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, all seduced by the island’s ancient riches and spectacular coastline.

Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica developed its highly reputable Citizenship by Investment Programme in 1993, which today is run by the Citizenship by Investment Unit and celebrates more than 20 years of continued success. Dominica is proud to offer one of the world’s most affordable economic citizenship programmes, as it continues to focus on the overall quality and integrity of its applicants.

St. Lucia

St Lucia is an island nation so beautiful, that it has earned the accolade of ‘Helen of the West Indies.’ It rises above the Caribbean Sea, with white sandy beaches, emerald-green rainforests, and effervescent springs. But the island is more than just natural beauty – it is highly stable, being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

Malta

The Republic of Malta is a historic southern European nation located in the Mediterranean Sea. For what Malta lacks in size, it more than makes up with culture, heritage and beauty. Nestled among its rugged coves and rolling hills are chic harbour towns, ancient temples and historic cathedrals. The island comes to life in the summertime, with a calendar crammed with carnivals and festivals hosted all around its scenic coastline.

St. Kitts & Nevis

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme, started in 1984, is the world’s first. Since then, the country has continued to lead the economic citizenship industry, and has made it its goal to represent the ‘Platinum Standard’ of citizenship by investment. Today, the St Kitts and Nevis Programme stands as the oldest, most trusted, and most successful programme of its kind.

Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica developed its highly reputable Citizenship by Investment Programme in 1993, which today is run by the Citizenship by Investment Unit and celebrates more than 20 years of continued success. Dominica is proud to offer one of the world’s most affordable economic citizenship programmes, as it continues to focus on the overall quality and integrity of its applicants.

St. Lucia

St Lucia is an island nation so beautiful, that it has earned the accolade of ‘Helen of the West Indies.’ It rises above the Caribbean Sea, with white sandy beaches, emerald-green rainforests, and effervescent springs. But the island is more than just natural beauty – it is highly stable, being a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

Malta

The Republic of Malta is a historic southern European nation located in the Mediterranean Sea. For what Malta lacks in size, it more than makes up with culture, heritage and beauty. Nestled among its rugged coves and rolling hills are chic harbour towns, ancient temples and historic cathedrals. The island comes to life in the summertime, with a calendar crammed with carnivals and festivals hosted all around its scenic coastline.

St. Kitts & Nevis

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme, started in 1984, is the world’s first. Since then, the country has continued to lead the economic citizenship industry, and has made it its goal to represent the ‘Platinum Standard’ of citizenship by investment. Today, the St Kitts and Nevis Programme stands as the oldest, most trusted, and most successful programme of its kind.

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