Citizenship

Little Known Story of Canadian Passports

Little Known Story of Canadian Passports

The Early story of the Canadian passport is entwined with Canada’s history, both as a colony of Great Britain and as a neighbour of the United States. Before 1862, Canadians, as British subjects, could travel freely to and from the United States without passports. To travel to Europe, however, a Canadian had to obtain a British passport from the Foreign…

Special cases of acquisition of Albanian citizenship

Special cases of acquisition of Albanian citizenship

The Albanian Citizenship Law No. 113/2020 passed in parliament, regulates special cases of Albanian citizenship in the field of education, science, arts, sports and also in national interest. Under the act, a new agency was formed for Drafting Special Citizenship Programs (AHPVSH) under the Ministry of Interior, for review  and checks of applications for the acquisition of Albanian citizenship by…

Malta Nomad Visa (FAQs)

Malta Nomad Visa (FAQs)

With millions of people on the move worldwide and the increasingly popular trend to work remotely, Malta has become the latest country to acknowledge this global development and launch a Nomad Residence Permit to attract third country nationals to its shores. The Nomad Residence Permit enables holders to retain their current employment based in another country whilst legally residing in…

Malta Golden Visa FAQs (Over 100 Questions)

Malta Golden Visa FAQs (Over 100 Questions)

The Government of Malta has launched Malta Permanent residence program to foreign investors who seek permanent residency rights in Malta. This program replaces older version of Malta residence visa scheme which was terminated in 2021 and has two investment routes (donation and real estate). We have compiled over 100 frequently asked questions and answers in the list below. Q1: Who…

History and Timeline of Schengen Agreements

History and Timeline of Schengen Agreements

Europeans make over 1.25 billion journeys within the Schengen area every year. The creation of the Schengen area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU and it is irreversible according to Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. Before the implementation of the Schengen Agreement, most borders in Europe were patrolled and a vast network of border posts existed around…

First US Passports issued in 18th Century

First US Passports issued in 18th Century

The American passport history goes back to 18th century when consular officials issued passports to some citizens of some of the thirteen states during the War for Independence (1775–1783). These passports were only sheets of paper valid only for three to five months. Back in the 18th century, passports weren’t of use, and no state had any passport requirement.   From 1776…

Report on Portugal Citizenship Acquisition 2021

Report on Portugal Citizenship Acquisition 2021

Portugal has published a report on acquisition of citizenship by foreigners. According to the SEF report, in 2021, the SEF registered a total of 54,288 requests for an opinion on the acquisition of Portugal nationality , with a decrease compared to the same period (-21.3%). In this context, a total of 47,278 decisions were issued. 46,855 positive and 423 negative.…

Schengen Visa Statistics 2021

Schengen Visa Statistics 2021

New data published by the European Commission show that the consulates of the EU countries and Schengen Associated Countries received around 3 million applications for short-stay visas in 2021. The impact of Covid also felt with schengen visas. The global travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 continued to drastically depress the demand for Schengen visas…

Americans are No.1 Investors in Portugal Golden Visa Program

Americans are No.1 Investors in Portugal Golden Visa Program

The American interest in buying properties in Portugal is at all time high. For the first time since Q1 2022, American investors have topped the table in acquiring golden visas in Portugal above the long dominant chinese. (This particular trend observed since Feb 2022). According to the latest report released for the month of July 2022 by SEF Portugal, out…

Brief History of Holocaust Passports

Brief History of Holocaust Passports

Before the First World War, it was possible to travel almost anywhere in the world without a passport, visa, or other official papers. The increase in rail travel passengers crossing borders had led nations to enact laws requiring passports and other official documents that confirmed a person’s citizenship and his or her right to travel abroad. Even refugees needed one.…