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Latvia Dual Citizenship Agreements

Latvia Dual Citizenship Agreements

Latvia allows limited dual citizenship only with the selected list of 37 countries. Among these countries are EU/EFTA states, US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada etc. Citizens of Latvia who have acquired citizenship of another country are required to notify, following Article 15 of the Register of Natural Persons, about acquiring citizenship of another country. Children of citizens of Latvia have…

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What is Citizenship and Nationality?

What is Citizenship and Nationality?

According to definitions of the European Commission, the terms ‘citizenship’ and ‘nationality’ are often used interchangeably to denote the legal bond between an individual and a state. While ‘nationality” is the preferred legal term, ‘citizenship’ is used more broadly to describe the rights, duties, and practices linked to this formal status. In certain contexts, the term ‘nationality’ also denotes belonging…

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Involuntary Loss of EU citizenship

Involuntary Loss of EU citizenship

EU citizenship was established in 1991 by the Treaty on European Union in order to promote European values and identity. The Treaty confers on EU citizens a set of rights, such as the right of free movement, the right of diplomatic protection, the right to vote in and stand for elections to the European Parliament.8 Some of these rights can…

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Property Prices and Taxes in Vanuatu

Property Prices and Taxes in Vanuatu

Vanuatu property prices still remains the lowest in the world. Property prices have been steadily increasing over the years, especially due to increase in tourism, especially tourist arrivals combined with influx of chinese, australians and other expats. It is important to remember that lands in Vanuatu are not freehold. Properties can be leased for up to 50 years for residential…

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Background to Vanuatu Economic Citizenship

Background to Vanuatu Economic Citizenship

The History of Vanuatu citizenship by investment can be traced back to 1990’s when passport for sale schemes from pacific islands became very popular. Pacific island tax havens were among the first countries to enter the passport selling business in the 1980s and 1990s.  Vanuatu ran a passport for sale scheme between 1996-1997 selling 300 passport making $3.3 million, equivalent…

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Croatia Economic Citizenship in State’s Interest

Croatia Economic Citizenship in State’s Interest

Now that Croatia has joined Schengen area and Euro in 2023, the country has become one of the desirable countries for economic investment. It is important to note foreigners who naturalize for croatian citizenship, dual citizenship is not allowed. Croatian citizenship may be acquired through naturalization on the following legal grounds: on grounds of residence in Croatia on grounds of…

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Maltese citizenship based on residence

Maltese citizenship based on residence

Malta offers a path to foreigners and stateless persons naturalize for citizenship who are already residents. This is a non-investment path based purely on residency, for those who lived in Malta for atleast five years. The advantage of citizenship in Malta is, there are no citizenship test (civic knowledge), language test (knowledge of Maltese not required, english is acceptable) or…

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Which is the best country for citizenship?

Which is the best country for citizenship?

In general, no single citizenship is universally considered the best and different people will place different values on different factors depending on their priorities and family. Holding multiple citizenships can only expand your freedom creating another footprint. The wealth of a country has the big influence in providing safety and best quality of life for immigrants. The best countries when…

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How to get Japanese citizenship for foreigners?

How to get Japanese citizenship for foreigners?

Japan is one of the difficult countries in the world for foreigners because of strict immigration policies and a low acceptance rate for foreign citizens seeking permanent residency or citizenship. Foreigners can acquire japanese citizenship by marriage or naturalization. It is important to understand that Japan recognizes only one citizenship. The Japanese Nationality Act (Law No. 147 of 1950) defines…

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