It is not possible to apply to a Citizenship or Residency by Investment program
without the help of a registered agency, which must submit your documents and
application on your behalf. World Gate works closely with the government
programs on numerous applications, and is kept up-to-date about any new offers
or changes. You are welcome to contact us for a free consultation and we will be
happy to give you more information about the application procedure.
In your first consultation one of our agents will aim to help you identify the
problem you are trying to solve, such as eliminating travel difficulties, a desire to
offer better opportunities to your family, or business or economic reasons.
Before you attend the consultation, it would be helpful if you could make notes
related to why you hope to obtain a second citizenship and what your
expectations are, as having a clear understanding of these will help our agents
better serve you.
While the number of beneficial programs can seem daunting, there are a few
factors you can consider in order to choose a program that will ultimately bring
you the most value.
It’s essential to identify your goals for the future and what you hope to offer
yourself and your family in terms of opportunities and ease of travel. For
example, your objective may be to obtain a passport which grants access to
numerous business markets such as the EU as quickly as possible. On the other
hand, your principal motivation may be to provide second passports for all of your
family members for travel or immigration purposes, and accordingly some
countries offer better packages for families. Alternatively, if you are planning to
start a family, some programs are better suited for single applicants or couples
than large families. Our agents will be happy to review the different options
available to you, based on your specific goals and plans.
Dual Nationality and Second Citizenship refer to when an individual is a legal
citizen of two or more countries at the same time, such as both a citizen of Egypt
and of St. Kitts and Nevis and holding passports from each country. As some
countries do not allow their citizens to possess a second citizenship, it will be
essential for you and our agents to confirm whether this is the case for your
country of citizenship before applying for another one.
Citizenship by Investment or Residency by Investment both refer to a particular
category of the citizenship law which has been established by government
programs in approximately up to twenty countries worldwide. These programs
typically require an investment in the economy of the country in the form of a
donation, real estate investment, or government bond, and as a result of the
investment, the investor can legally obtain citizenship and a valuable passport.
The benefit of this citizenship category is that citizenship status is achieved in a
shorter timeframe than traditional immigration processes, with little or no
physical residency requirements. A Second Citizenship can solve many
problems at once by providing you with easier access to a stable, safe and
prosperous economy, more access to business opportunities and global markets,
world-class healthcare, education opportunities for this and future generations.
Your nationality by birth or your immigration status should not limit you. You can
become a global citizen through any of our Citizenship or Residency by
Investment programs and discover personal freedom, security and prosperity
waiting for you and the ones you love.
The countries which currently offer Citizenship by Investment programs are:
Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Montenegro, Vanuatu, St. Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth
of Dominica, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia and more.
There are many ways that one can obtain dual citizenship. Some people are born
with dual citizenship or can later obtain it under the principle of jus sanguinis, or
law of the blood, whereby they obtain citizenship through their parents or
ancestors, for example having a parent or grandparent who are from a certain
country. Another possibility is jus soli, or law of the soil, meaning that a person
acquires the citizenship of the place where they were born. This is the most
common way of acquiring a second citizenship, as for example a person born in
the United States to Egyptian parents would acquire both American and Egyptian
citizenship at birth.
Another way that one can acquire a second citizenship is by living in a foreign
country for a certain number of years as a resident. However, the residency
requirement is often up to five years in order to be able to apply for citizenship
and obtain a second passport. For those without the time or patience for this
option, acquiring a second citizenship though a Citizenship by Investment
Program is an excellent option which can be more direct, cheaper, and much
While obtaining citizenship through residency is quite easy, there are some
documents and steps involved in the process. The most important piece of
information to start with is whether your home country permits dual citizenship.
Although most countries permit one to obtain a second citizenship, others require
their citizens to renounce their citizenship if they wish to obtain another, or limit
the rights of a dual national, for example not permitting dual nationals to run for
office. Each country has its own unique rules regarding the matter.
Having dual citizenship is invaluable in today’s increasingly globalized world. As
the second citizenship programs enable you to pass on your citizenship to future
generations in your family, you are constructing a secure future for your family
members, with numerous business, education, and travel options. Citizenship in
an economically and politically stable country also provides access to world-class
healthcare, education, and social services, as well as the ability to travel
worldwide without difficulty and access foreign business markets. Additionally,
having a second residency in a safe and stable country will provide you and your
family members with the security of knowing you always have a place to go if
your home country should experience any problems.
A second residency is one obtained in a different country in addition to the
primary or current residency of the applicant. A significant number of countries
allow their citizens or residents to hold multiple residencies and benefit from all
Residency by Investment, similar to Citizenship by Investment, is a category of the
residency law in many countries which allows individuals to obtain legal residency
by making an investment into a specific government-approved sector such as real
estate or a national development fund. While one can often obtain residency in a
foreign country through other means such as with a work visa, the benefits of
Residency by Investment are that the residency through investment has little or
no physical residency requirements and is often a faster and more streamlined
Having a second residency provides numerous benefits, such as the ability to live
and work freely in two different countries and travel between the countries without restrictions. Dual residents can also receive the benefits and privileges
offered by each country, for example, they can access the local healthcare and educational systems of each country or start a business without the same
restrictions which may be imposed on a foreigner.
Countries that offer Residency by Investment include
Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Panama, Brazil, among others.
When a second residence is obtained, the family benefits in multiple ways which
are similar to the benefits afforded by Citizenship by Investment. Your family
members will have access to the local health system and will be able to access
universities and job opportunities that may not be available in your home
While each country has a specific set of requirements the applicant must meet to
be able to apply for its citizenship or residency by investment programs, most
individuals can qualify. Some of the most common requirements include being at
least 18 years old, having a clean criminal record, having access to funds acquired
through legal means, and making an investment into a government-approved
The individual Citizenship by Investment programs in each country work with
third-party Due Diligence Agents who use a variety of publicly available
information sources to verify the provided information of the applicant and
everyone included in the application. These checks include verification of birth
certificates at official institutions, media reports, verification of businesses and
companies the applicant owns. An additional check includes verifying with law
enforcement agencies that the applicant has a clean criminal record. Once the
investigations have been completed, the Government makes its decision based on
the reports provided by the Due Diligence Agents.
In order to prevent a possible rejection, before taking on a client we conduct a
pre-approval check at no cost to the client in order to make sure that the client
meets all the program requirements. Transparency is vital when it comes to
avoiding being rejected by a program. In the unlikely case you do get rejected, all
funds that you have provided as a donation or real estate purchase will be
Eligibility of dependents is specific to each individual country, but in most cases a
spouse and biological or adopted children under 16 are eligible to be included.
Dependent children over the age of 16 can often be included as well if they meet
specific criteria. Additionally, parents and sometimes grandparents of the main
applicant and their spouse can be included, given that they fit the requirements.
Some countries now permit siblings to be included. Our agents can review the
different options with you during your initial consultation.
In general, the governments treat applicants as individuals and place little
importance on their countries of origin. In rare cases, the relationship between
your country of origin and the country you wish to apply to can create restrictions
for the application, but our team is trained to anticipate such problems.
In each of the countries where Citizenship by Investment is offered, English is an
official language or widely spoken. On the other hand, Residency by Investment
programs such as Portugal and Spain sometimes require you to learn the local
One of the most attractive features of these programs is that they have little to no
physical residency requirements, meaning that if you don’t wish to visit or are
unable to, a visit isn’t necessary. Keep in mind that some of the programs do
require a visit or some physical residency, but our team will be able to advise you
as to which countries do not have these requirements.