RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT

WHAT IS PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

Permanent residency is a visa status that allows the bearer of the PR card to legally reside in the host country without being a citizen of that country. Permanent residents are entitled to live, work, go to school and access health care in the host country. However, they are not typically entitled to vote or run for office.

In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residency status in any given country, individuals usually have to meet certain requirements, such as having work experience in the country, having studied in the country and speaking the language. Since 1986 investment has been another way to gain permanent residency. PR status can also lead to citizenship by naturalization provided the resident has lived in the country for a certain number of years.

WHAT IS RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT?

Residency by investment is the process of obtaining a permanent residency card in another country by investing in the economy of that country. PR status is then conferred at an accelerated rate compared to traditional applications.

WHY DO PEOPLE INVEST IN PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

There are many reasons to invest in a permanent residency, from personal safety to increased global mobility. Permanent residency opens up a world of possibilities to high net worth investors.

Security

Permanent residency in a stable, peaceful country can be life-saving in the event of any kind of political unrest in one’s home country. This type of insurance is priceless for investors and their families.

Global Mobility

Many passports are quite restrictive in their visa-free mobility, forcing citizens to obtain visas whenever they need to travel abroad. Permanent residency can offer individuals from these countries increased global mobility. For example, the passport of China allows visa-free entry into only 58 countries, whereas permanent residency in Portugal allows uninhibited travel throughout the Schengen zone, which comprises 26 European states. The difference in global mobility equals an incredible amount of time saved filing visa applications and is priceless to businesspeople the world over.

See our Passport Index for the visa-free score of every passport in the world.

Business

New business opportunities open up to participants in residency by investment programs as they can now do business in the host country as well as travel abroad more freely.

Tax Management

Permanent residency may prove advantageous for tax optimization purposes. For example, Bulgaria has one of the lowest income tax rates in Europe. This allows investors to manage their wealth more efficiently and effectively.

Family

Most residency by investment programs are available to the family members of the main applicant. This means that investors can secure a better future for their spouse and children. PR status offers access to world-class health care, education and an improved lifestyle.

Education

Education is the foundation of a successful life as a global citizen. Investing in a permanent residency can open up access to the best schools in the world for applicants and their children by qualifying them for domestic rather than international tuition fees.

 

WHAT DO COUNTRIES GAIN FROM RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMS?

Many countries offer residency by investment programs in order to attract much-needed foreign direct investment. Countries can then use these funds to invest in their own economic or cultural projects.

For example, applicants to Portugal may invest in art restoration projects, research activities and more. Investors may also take advantage of Mahandru’s Qualified Offer to invest in the rehabilitation of an 18th century Palatial House in the city of Porto.

WHICH COUNTRIES OFFER RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMS?

Mahandru Associates is pleased to be an authorized agent for the following residency programs:

RBI Program Time to PR Min. Investment
 
flag of BulgariaBulgaria 6-9 months €511,292
flag of Canada QuebecCanada, Quebec 36 months CA$800,000
flag of HungaryHungary 30 days €300,000
flag of PortugalPortugal 3-6 months €350,000
flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom 4-6 months £2 million
flag of USAUnited States of America 12-18 months US$500,000

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

Each country has a different set of requirements that applicants must fulfill for its residency by investment program. For example, some programs require that applicants make a certain number of trips to the host country, while others do not. However, some requirements are common to all such programs:

  • Have a clean criminal record.
  • Show the legal source of the investment funds.
  • Invest in one of the government-approved options, such as real estate, government bonds or a national economic fund.

All requirements must be met in order for residency applications to be approved by the host government. See the specific requirements on the individual program pages.

RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT TIMELINE

1986

Quebec, Canada Immigrant Investor Program

1990

United States EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

1994

United Kingdom Tier 1 Investor Visa

1999

New Zealand Business Migration Investor Program

2003

Hong Kong Capital Investment Entrance Scheme

2009

Singapore Global Investor Program
Bulgaria Investor Program for Residence and Citizenship

2012

Australia Business Innovation and Investment Program Investor Stream
Ireland Immigrant Investor Program
Hungary Residency Bond Program
Portugal Golden Visa Program

2013

Greece Golden Visa Program
Latvia Immigrant Investor Visa
Spain Golden Visa Program

2014

Malta Individual Investor Program

2016

Turkey Residence Permit

Upcoming

Italy Residency by Investment Program

WHAT CAN MAHANDRU DO FOR YOU?

Mahandru Associates empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens. We are a financial advisory firm specializing in investor programs for residence and citizenship, and consider ourselves the all-important link between dreams and reality. We offer a bespoke service experience supported and sustained by long-term relationships.

In a world of increasing globalization, more and more people are seeing themselves as global citizens of the world rather than as strictly national citizens. For them borders are not barriers and the ability to live, work and travel around the world is entirely within reach and desirable.

Mahandru plays a critical role in empowering governments, consultants, legal and financial professionals, and investors to meet their goals efficiently, effectively and responsibly.

 

In case of any query or meeting appointment with Dubai Best Immigration Consultants, feel free to email us at   info@mahandruassociates.com

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