Citizenship

Best Citizenships Index (BCI) Rankings 2019

Best Citizenships Index (BCI) Rankings 2019

We have developed a  Best Citizenships Index (BCI) for 2019 which answers which country has the best citizenship in the world.   Our PBS scoring model that takes into account 18 key metrics and mathematically scores to rank a citizenship 190 countries. We normalized all data, and fed it into our model for scores and rankings.   These important metrics include dual…

Naturalize for Citizenship by Marriage

Naturalize for Citizenship by Marriage

A Transnational marriage, is a marriage between two people from different countries. Several countries offer reduced years usually three, to naturalize for citizenship by marriage (men or women).   In some countries (eg. Brunei, Cuba) the only way for a foreigner to become a citizenship is through marriage.   Spain has the quickest time one year after marriage and being resident.   Spain…

These 28 countries have compulsory military service

These 28 countries have compulsory military service

Conscription  is the compulsory enlistment of people in a military service.  These 28 countries have compulsory or mandatory military conscript service for its citizens.   The service duration can vary from country to country from days to years.  As of 2019, these four countries, intending to abolish conscription in the near future: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Georgia.   1. Armenia Armenia has compulsory military…

These countries offer citizenship on economic interest

These countries offer citizenship on economic interest

These are some 40 countries that offer citizenship based on economic interest by discretionary naturalization through investment in Asia, Europe, Caribbean.   Country Target Person Article in law Procedure Conditions Albania Person who has special financial assets or invests money in a country ALB 9(7) Naturalisation (discretionary) Person is someone whose acquisition of citizenship would be in special economic interest…

Naturalization time for citizenship in 177 countries

Naturalization time for citizenship in 177 countries

Naturalization is the legal act or process by which a non-citizen in a country may acquire citizenship or nationality of a foreign state.   Naturalization can exist in several forms Discretionary Ordinary Exceptional Investment (only possible in CY, MT, AG, KN, MD, ME, LC, GD, DM, TK, VU)     Afghanistan Person with a certain period of residence in a country Naturalisation (discretionary) Person…

Most expensive passports in terms of passport fee

Most expensive passports in terms of passport fee

These are the most expensive passports in the world in terms of passport fee Syria and Cuba have the most expensive passports in the world taking top 2 places for the year 2019 costing a whopping $400. Turkish passport also expensive taking the third place   Most Expensive   Syria – $400 (new) $200 (renewals) Cuba – $300 (in Cuba)…

Honorary Citizenship and Passports

Honorary Citizenship and Passports

Honorary citizenship is a status bestowed by a country on a foreign or native individual whom  considered to be especially admirable, exceptional,  worthy of the distinction.   Several countries such as Germany, United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Germany, St Kitts and Nevis have awarded honorary citizenship to outstanding individuals.   United States has awarded honorary citizenship to  8 individuals…

New updates to Cyprus investment citizenship scheme

New updates to Cyprus investment citizenship scheme

On 26 February 2019, the official government gazette of the Republic of Cyprus published the decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 13 February 2019, in which amendments to the Cyprus Investment Programme were approved — specifically with regard to acquiring Cypriot citizenship.   The main changes, listed below, are coming into force on 15 May 2019:   The investment…

UK opens startup and innovator visa routes

UK opens startup and innovator visa routes

UK has opened startup and innovative visa routes for applications for non-EU nationals outside EEA effective from March 29, 2019. The existing Entrepreneur (tier1) visa category has been removed and replaced with the startup and innovative visa categories.   As a part of new changes, the £200,000 entrepreneur requirement reduced to £50,000 for innovative visa category   Startup visa – No…

Corporate citizenship by investment to become a new billion dollar industry

Corporate citizenship by investment to become a new billion dollar industry

The Corporate Citizenship by investment (CCBI)  is a new concept for business investors, only became popular after late 2010.   The whole idea is applying investment model  to acquire a citizenship through corporate investment. The investment must create jobs, sustainable development and economic growth in the country.   Corporate citizenship is not citizenship by investment (CBI). The difference lies in…