Citizenship by Investment programs are the immediate entryways to obtaining a second passport. Applicants are given permanent citizenship and passport after making an investment in the country granting citizenship without residing or visiting the country. Countries offering citizenship by investment uphold high integrity by examining applicant's risk for criminal activities and examining money laundering and corruption. This is done through a rigorous procedure called due diligence or background checks. Acquiring a second passport from these countries is without a doubt a life-changing experience. Citizenship by investment gives you visa free access to more than 130 countries. These include: Schengen territory, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. It also gives more room to more business opportunities and industrial advantages.
The cost to buy citizenship varies between the different countries that offer it. In the Caribbean, it can cost as little as $100,000 for a single applicant, while citizenship in Cyprus exceeds $2 million.
The Caribbean Countries such as Dominica, St Kitts & Nevis, Grenada and St Lucia offer one of the most attractive and hassle-free Citizenship by Investment programs, the process is known to be the easiest of all Citizenship programs as they don’t require applicants to visit nor stay in the country before or after acquiring the Citizenship.
While no country offers instant citizenship, there are some countries where the application process is very short. Applicants can receive Dominica citizenship in as little as two months, for example.
Vatican City has a reputation for being the most difficult country in the world to get citizenship.
Malta is often regarded as having the most valuable citizenship available through investment since the Maltese passport is one of the strongest in the world. Travelers with Maltese passports have visa-free access to over 184 countries worldwide including the EU and Schengen area. The process for obtaining citizenship is also straightforward (albeit expensive), and citizenship can be passed down to future generations.