Citizenship by Investment (CBI)

Citizenship by investment programs (CIP) offer a fast track citizenship to foreign investors against one time economic contribution to the Government, such as buying a property or one time contribution to the Government fund. All applicants and their family members had to pay the due diligence fee and pass the background vetting checks.

The first citizenship by investment scheme was introduced in 1983 by St Kitts and Nevis, since then the number of such schemes have proliferated to more than 10. Currently the CBI industry is estimated to be worth $5 billion annually.  The proceeds from CIP were used for economic development and welfare projects. Caribbean countries used citizenship for sale revenues for hurricane recovery and rebuilding.

Today there are about 11 citizenship by investment schemes actively running and more countries are expected to introduce a CIP in the future.

Origin and Start of CBI schemes

  • St Kitts and Nevis – 1984
  • Dominica – 1993
  • Malta – 2014
  • Bulgaria – 2013
  • Cyprus – 2013
  • Antigua and Barbuda – 2013
  • Grenada – 2013
  • Saint Lucia  – 2015
  • Vanuatu – 2015
  • Turkey – 2017
  • Moldova – 2018
  • Montenegro  – 2018
Montenegro Economic Citizenship
Real Estate
€350K
Onwards
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Grenada citizenship
Citizenship by Investment
$150K
Donation / Real Estate
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Dominica Citizenship by investment
Citizenship by Investment
$100K
Donation / Real Estate
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Vanuatu citizenship by investment
Citizenship by Investment
$130K
Donation
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St Lucia Citizenship by Investment
Citizenship by Investment
$100K
Donation / Bonds
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Greece Financially Independent Visa
Citizenship by Investment
€2M
Opening in 2020
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St Kitts Citizenship by Investment
Citizenship by Investment
$150K
Donation / Real Estate
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Antigua Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program
Citizenship by Investment
$100K
Donation / Real Estate
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Malta IIP
Individual Investor Program (IIP)
€900K
Donation + Bonds
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Cyprus Citizenship by Investment
Investment scheme
€2M
Real Estate / Bond / Business
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Turkey citizenship by investment
Citizenship by Investment
$250K
Real Estate
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Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment
Citizenship by Investment
€1M
Real Estate / Bonds
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Moldova Citizenship by Investment
Donation
€100K
Suspended
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