Citizenship

Biometric EU passport fees

Biometric EU passport fees

  Biometric passports (epassports)  are third generation passport technology that contains a chip storing digital data of fingerprints, personal data, iris, blood type etc. All EU member states use latest biometric passports which are  issued to their citizens.   These are the costs for issuing biometric passports in EU countries Austria   First introduced since 16 June 2006 Adult passport…

Naturalization time for citizenship in 190 countries

Naturalization time for citizenship in 190 countries

Naturalization is an act of acquiring citizenship by migrants in a foreign country after legally living certain number of years, paying taxes, speaking language and fully integrating to culture.   The rules of naturalization vary from country to country but typically include a promise to obeying and upholding that country’s laws.  Naturalization laws in some countries require renouncing previous citizenship.…

Dual citizenship  in 160+ countries

Dual citizenship in 160+ countries

Dual citizens are citizens of more than one state.  It also refers to citizenship status.   The concept of dual citizenship is widely accepted by many countries in America, Europe while in Asia and Africa it is less tolerant. The citizenship laws vary by country are quite complicated in terms of birth, marriage, naturalization and for children.   Some countries prohibit dual citizenship holders…

Portugal golden visa for €1m Govt bonds

Portugal golden visa for €1m Govt bonds

Many of you might be aware Portugal offers golden visa for 350,000€ in real estate, which remains the most popular real estate route, only few heard about Government bond option of portuguese golden visa.   Portugal does offer golden visa for buying government debt under the capital transfer option  requires equal to or above €1m euros.   It is possible…

Passport for buying treasury bonds

Passport for buying treasury bonds

Only a very few countries offer a passport for buying government debt in the form of treasury bills, bonds, securities and certificates.  Turkey and St Lucia offer citizenship in exchange for investment  treasury bonds for USD 500,000   Governments issue public debt in the form of bonds issued to citizens, international investors and companies.   A T-Bill is a short…

Citizenship/Naturalization Fees

Citizenship/Naturalization Fees

These are the costs involved for citizenship applications in the these thirty five countries. The UK has the most expensive fee for citizenship applications, whereas France and Spain have the lowest costs associated with citizenship / naturalization applications. Some countries also have expensive passport fee. Citizenship leads to passport. 1. United Kingdom Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens –  £1,000 Nationality…

Swiss Cantonal residence requirements for Naturalization

Swiss Cantonal residence requirements for Naturalization

Switzerland requires atleast 12 years of residence to naturalize for citizenship. The residence requirements also depend on the canton. With new rules implemented from Jan 2018, anyone who has lived in Switzerland for ten years and has a residence permit (C permit) can apply to the municipality or canton for an application for ordinary naturalization. The years spent between the ages…

Antigua offers 50% family discount until Oct 31, 2019

Antigua offers 50% family discount until Oct 31, 2019

Antigua and Barbuda CIU has announced the special citizenship offer of 50% discount will close  on Oct 31, 2018. After the date, the CBI prices will increase to $200,000 (from $100,000)   There is also a real estate discount.   Until 31st October 2019, there is a Limited Time Offer (LTO) applied to the NDF and Real Estate options as…

France is the favorite destination for Chinese receiving Schengen visas

France is the favorite destination for Chinese receiving Schengen visas

France is the most popular destination for chinese according to the schengen visa statistics.   Chinese received 2.8 million schengen visas in 2018 with increase of 11% compared to previous year. French consulates in china granting over 800,000 visas to chinese citizens,     Popular  schengen countries for Chinese France Italy Germany Least popular Schengen countries with Chinese Lithuania Slovakia…