What is Citizenship by Investment Program?

Citizenship by investment is a process by which investors can get a second citizenship within a few months. An investment or a donation is required. In simpler terms it is a business transaction, you invest, they give you citizenship. Some people call it “buying a passport” and others call it “Economic citizenship”.

Compared to other methods of obtaining citizenship, you may save over 10 years in the process of getting a citizenship. Long naturalization lines make Citizenship-by-investment very attractive, but it does not come cheap.

Top benefits of a 2nd passport include visa-free travel , relief from tax burdens, privacy and freedom, access to investment opportunities, political diversification, and security.

Depending on nationality law of each country, they have different timelines.

Best citizenship through investment program depends on your cultural preferences, personal & investment goals.

Citizenship by Investment Countries List



  • $800,000 minimum investment
  • I-526 Processing time – 6 to 14 months
  • US Green card – Permanent residency leads to citizenship in 5 years
  • Includes Children of the Applicant that are under 21 yrs of Age

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IMPORTANT: Spain, Portugal, Malta and Greece have Golden Visa Residency by Investment programmes. Citizenship can be achieved for these countries through naturalization.

Below are countries with direct Citizenship programs.


  • USD $250,000 real estate investment for 3 years
  • Fast 6 months process
  • No requirement to reside
  • European passport


  • €850,000 minimum investment
  • Fast Process – Citizenship in 12 to 18 months
  • 184 visa-free destinations
  • Includes Children and Parents of the Applicant


  • €350,000 minimum investment
  • Fast 6 months process and No physical stay requirement
  • Montenegro is a Prospective EU member state
  • Includes Children and Parents of the Applicant



  • $220,000 real estate investment
  • Fast 3 months process
  • No physical stay requirement
  • Access to US E-2 Visa
  • 143 visa-free countries


  • $105,000 investment (real estate and more)
  • Fast 3-4 months process
  • Cheapest Citizenship by investment program
  • 137 visa-free destinations

Antigua & Barbuda

  • $150,000 single applicant + more options through real estate purchase
  • Fast 3-4 months timeline
  • 150 visa-free countries
  • Includes Children and Parents of the Applicant & spouse
  • Stay of 5 days required in first 5 years

Saint Kitts & Nevis

  • $150,000 single applicant + more options through real estate purchase
  • Fast 2-3 months timeline
  • 151 visa-free countries
  • Includes Children and Parents of the Applicant & spouse

Saint Lucia

  • $105,000 single applicant + more options through real estate purchase
  • Fast 2-4 months timeline
  • 150 visa-free countries
  • Includes Children and Parents of the Applicant & spouse
  • Cheapest citizenship through investment along with Dominca

Citizenship through Investment Consultant

EB5 BRICS can help you navigate Citizenship thru Investment programs through our presence in USA, Caribbean and Europe in conjunction with our Legal Partner. Our team speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

Phone: +1 (213) 344-5941
E-mail: info@eb5brics.com

Citizenship for Investors – FAQ

Which is the cheapest country to buy a 2nd passport from?

Cheapest Citizenship by investment programme comes from Dominica and Saint Lucia - both countries programs start at $105,000 for a single investor.

How are citizenship by investment programs impacted by COVID-19?

In , Citizenship by investment programs have seen a uptick in interests and movement of people seeking a 2nd passport for more security and as a backup plan for their family.

How long does one have to live in a country when getting citizenship through investment?

Length of Stay time varies from one country to the next. Countries like Grenada, Dominica, Greece have no residency requirement, while others like Portugal, Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Lucia have just 1 visit in many years or a few days in a year.

Do citizenship with investment programs cover my children and parents?

All Citizenship-by-investment programs cover investor's children of ages 18 and under; while some cover children under the age of 26. Some programmes allow for dependent parents of the investor. Some countries like Portugal, Spain, Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia allow for parents of Investor's spouse as well.

How long on average does it take to get citizenship thru investments?

On average, citizenship thru investment programs take 2-5 months to process and give out a 2nd passport. These countries include Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Turkey, and Dominica.