We have compiled the data for comparing  citizenship by investment (CBI/CIP) schemes.  This data consists of 30 very important factors to rank best citizenship by investment scheme to apply.

The chart gives you in-depth knowledge into the countries running CBI schemes and you will have a chance to decide which country is the best for you taking into account education, healthcare and passport power.

European countries clearly outrank caribbean and other countries in so many ways, undoubtedly these are best countries to live, work, study and do business with utmost personal freedom.

Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Montenegro Malta Cyprus St Kitts Antigua Grenada Dominica St Lucia Vanuatu Turkey Bulgaria
Pricing €350,000 €900K €2.15M $150K $100K $150K $100K $100K $150K $250K €1M
Real Estate €250,000 na €2.5M $200K $200K $220K $200K $300K na $250K €1m
Safety Score 59.52 66.47 70.69 45.59 32.72 72.9 57.9 52.9 66.69 59.6 59.8
Visa free countries 123 182 173 151 150 143 137 145 129 111 169
Personal visit required Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes
EU schengen visa free yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no yes
Visa free to United Kingdom no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no yes
Visa free to United States no yes no no no no no no no no no
Visa free to Canada no yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Visa free to Russia yes no no yes yes yes yes no yes no no
Visa free to China no no no no no yes no no no no no
GDP billion 12 20 35.9 0.89 2.3 1.8 0.6 2.6 0.7 2300 171
How Rich CBI countries – GDP per capita $ 19,120 44,587 41,572 15,573 25,998 16,600 9,720 15,225 2,631 8,625 24,577
Population 629K 432K 1.1M 55K 103K 108K 74K 179K 276K 81M 7M
CBI Passport time (months) 3 12 6 3 3 3 3 3 1 3 20
Residency conditions 3 weeks 12 months 6 months 0 5 days 0 0 0 0 0 20 months
Dual citizenship yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Oath ceremony yes yes yes No yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
EU citizenship / passport no yes yes no no no no no no no yes
E-2 treaty with US yes no no no no yes no no no yes yes
Education Rank 74 48 19 130 129 95 97 117 148 76 47
Healthcare Rank 99 5 24 100 86 85 35 68 127 70 102
HDI Rank 50 29 32 72 70 75 103 90 138 64 51
Publish citizens names in Official Gazette no yes no no no no yes no no NA no
Government Debt 0.713 0.527 1.045 0.658 0.927 0.844 0.81 0.829 0.313 0.296 0.286
Personal Income Tax 0.15 0.35 0.35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.35 0.1
Strong currency EUR EUR EUR XCD XCD XCD XCD XCD VT TKL BGN
Due Diligence Strict Very Strict Strict Good Good Good Good Strict Good Good Strict
CBI Transparency NA Very Good Average Bad Good Good Bad Average Bad Average Good
Passport Validity 10 10 10 10 5 5 10 5 10 10 10
Biometric Passport yes yes yes yes yes yes no no no yes yes
Right to Vote / Government Office yes yes yes no no yes no no no yes yes
Honorary Citizenship no no no no no no no no yes no no
Third Generations Citizenship yes yes yes no no yes no no no yes yes
Passport renewal fee USD 30 570 80 350 300 175 1200 (expedited) 80 160 180 20

This data was used in our PBS scoring model to rank which CBI scheme is best to apply?

We assigned points to these data and the results came through were very interesting.  You will notice

  • Vanuatu is one of the exclusive passports having the fastest processing times within a month
  • Grenada is the most valuable and best passport
  • St Kitts passport has access to most visa free countries in the Caribbean.
  • Moldova CBI scheme has been suspended lately so we have not listed Moldova in the data list.
CBI PBS Score Rank
   Malta 134 1
  Grenada 130 2
  Cyprus 126 3
 Bulgaria 125 4
 Montenegro 118 5
 Turkey 116 6
  Moldova (suspended) 114 7
 St Kitts 113 8
  Antigua 111 9
 Dominica 101 10
  St Lucia 100 11
  Vanuatu 98 12