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A ranking of the world's best visa and residency programs

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Family included

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Mauritius: Premium Visa

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
The Premium visa lets remote workers, self-employed people, and retirees visit Mauritius for up to a year.

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Can bring family

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Easy application

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Low required income

Requirements

$18,000/yr income ($48,000/y for a family of 4) or a bank statement showing funds deposited, accommodation, and a return plane ticket. Applicants can enter Mauritius on a tourist visa, then extend their stay with a Premium Visa from within the country.

Apply

This visa is free and takes around 2 days to process. You can apply online here.

Georgia: Remotely from Georgia

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
Freelancers, remote workers, and self-employed people can spend up to one year in Georgia with Remotely From Georgia.

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Free and fast application

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Low required income

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Low local tax (1% up to $155,000/yr income)

Requirements

$2,000/m income or $24,000 bank balance.

Apply

This visa is free and takes around 10 days to process.You can apply online here.

Estonia: Digital Nomad Visa

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
This Digital Nomad Visa allows remote workers and self- employed people to spend up a year in Estonia.

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Approved in 1 month

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Can access Schengen zone

Requirements

$4,253/m income, demonstrated for the past 6 months prior to application through bank statements or pay stubs.

Apply

This visa costs $97 + and takes around a month to process.You can apply online here.

UAE: Work Remotely from Dubai

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
The Working Remotely from Dubai program gives you one year to experience this futuristic, dynamic, and international city.

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Fast online application

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

$5,000/m income per application

Apply

This visa costs $287 and takes around 15 days to process. You can apply locally or online here.

Bahamas: BEATS

1+ Year Digital Nomad Visa
Explore the 700 islands of the Bahamas through the BEATS program, which suits remote workers and offers special educational opportunities for remote students from any university worldwide.

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Fast, online application

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

Open to remote workers or remote university students.

Apply

This visa costs $1,025 per adult and $525 for dependents and students. It takes 5 days to process and you can apply online here.

Croatia: Digital Nomad Residence Permit

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
The Digital Nomad Residence Permit allows remote workers, self-employed people, and freelancers to spend one year in Croatia.

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Low required income

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

Have $2,579/m income (more for a family). May be required to deposit funds in Croatia or show proof of accommodation.

Apply

This visa costs $190 and takes around a month to process. You can apply online here.

Cayman Islands: Global Citizen

2 Year Digital Nomad Visa
The Cayman Islands Global Citizen Certificate Program allows high-earning remote workers and business owners to spend up to two years living in the Cayman Islands.

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Bring family

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0% tax

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Easy application

Requirements

$100,000/yr income per applicant, $150,000 per married couple, or $180,000 for a married couple with dependents (or a single applicant and a dependent). Only business owners and salaried employees qualify.

Apply

This visa costs $1,469 and takes 3-4 weeks to process. You can apply online here.

Barbados: Welcome Stamp

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
Remote workers or financially independent people can spend one year in Barbados with the 12-Month Welcome Stamp.

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Fast online application

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

$50,000/yr income, or proof you are able to financially support yourself and any dependents.

Apply

The visa costs $2,000 per applicant or $3,000 for a family and takes 5 days to process. You can apply online here.

Costa Rica: Estancia Visa

1 year Digital Nomad Visa
Remote workers can spend up to two years experiencing Costa Rica's natural beauty.

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Renewable up to 2 years

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

$3,000/m income ($4,000/m for a family). The Estancia Visa is in the process of being expanded for remote workers, so information can change. Check back soon for the latest updates.

Apply

These instructions will be updated as they are announced.

Iceland: Work in Iceland Program

6 Month Digital Nomad Visa
The Work in Iceland Program allows high-earning remote workers and self-employed people to spend up to six months exploring Iceland.

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Approved in 1 month

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0% tax

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Bring family

Requirements

$7,715/m income ($10,030/m for a family). Must be from a country with visa-free entry to Iceland.

Apply

This visa costs $60 per person and takes 1 month to process. Pay the fee by bank transfer and apply by mail to the Directorate of Immigration. Instructions here.

Mexico: Temporary Residence

1 Year Remote Work Visa
Remote workers, self-employed people, and freelancers can move to Mexico with a Temporary Residence Visa.

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Renewable up to 4 years

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Unlimited entry and exit

Requirements

$1,620/m income or a bank statement showing a deposit of $27,000. Freelancers who can show $1,620/m from one client or platform (as opposed to various contracts) are more likely to qualify.

Apply

This visa costs $44 and takes 1 month to process. You can apply at your local Mexican Embassy.

Dominica: Work in Nature Visa

1.5 Year Digital Nomad Visa
The Work in Nature Visa welcomes remote workers and their family—or a business with remote employees—to Dominica.

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Fast online application

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0% tax

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Businesses can bring 4+ remote employees

Requirements

$50,000/yr income or other means of financial support

Apply

This visa has a $100 application fee, plus $800 upon acceptance ($1,200 for a family). A business with 4 or more employees pays $800 for the first applicant plus $500 per employee. It processes in 7 days. Apply online here.

Montserrat: Remote Work Stamp

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
High-earning remote workers, self-employed people, and freelancers can spend up to one year in Montserrat.

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Fast online application

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Low-cost Caribbean program

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0% tax

Requirements

$70,000/yr income. If you are self-employed, you'll need proof of business incorporation.

Apply

This visa costs $500 per applicant, $750 for a family of 5, and $250 for any additional dependents. It takes 7 days to process, and you can apply online here.

Anguilla: Digital Nomad Visa

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
Remote workers, self-employed people, freelancers, and students can spend up to one year in Anguilla.

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Fast online application

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Bring family

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No minimum income specified

Requirements

Proof of employment or business incorporation, accommodation details. Remote students also qualify. Apply at least 7 days before you plan to travel.

Apply

This visa costs $2,000 per person or $3,000 for a family of 4. Fees are less if staying under 3 months. It takes around 7 days to process, and you can do it here.

Australia: Working Holiday Visa

1 Year Digital Nomad Visa
Though not technically a remote work visa, younger digital nomads from certain countries can go to Australia and work remotely, as well as work for local employers, with a Working Holiday Visa.

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Includes local right to work

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Renewable up to 3 years

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Relatively low bank balance required

Requirements

$3,875 bank balance and a return ticket. Applicant must be under 30 years old (35 if Canadian, French, or Irish). Citizens of these countries qualify: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, or United Kingdom. Visa can be extended up to 3 years if applicant works in Australia in qualified fields.

Apply

This visa costs $376 and takes around 4 months to process. You can apply online here.

Portugal: D7 Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
The D7 Visa allows people who earn income from abroad (like self-employed people, freelancers, remote workers, startup founders, and retired people) to move to Portugal, with favorable tax terms for the first 10 years of residence and the right to work.

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Bring family

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Low required income

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$8,684/yr income ($18,273/yr for a family of 4) or other proof of funds, as well as 6 months of bank statements.

Apply

This visa fee varies and it takes 2+ months to process. Apply at your local Portuguese embassy.

Costa Rica: Rentista Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Remote workers can move to Costa Rica, with a path to permanent residency, with the Rentista Visa.

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Low required income

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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$2,500/m income or a deposit of $60,000 into a Costa Rican bank.

Apply

This visa costs $250+ and takes 3+ months to process. There are various additional fees. Apply from within Costa Rica at the Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria.

Greece: Type D Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
The Type D Visa allows economically self-sufficient people (such as self-employed, remote workers, startup founders, business owners, or retirees) to move to Greece with their families.

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Low required income

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Bring family

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Income of $2,400/m for a single applicant ($3,613/m for a family) or a bank statement with $77,000 deposited.

Apply

This visa costs $220+ and takes 3 months to process. Apply at your local Greek embassy.

Spain: Self-Employed Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Freelancers and business owners can move to Spain with the Self-Employed Work Visa, which offers a path to permanent residency.

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Low required income

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Bring family

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$15,800/yr income (may need to be deposited upfront). The necessary professional qualifications for work, a business plan, or both.

Apply

The visa fee starts at $72 (varies based on your nationality), and this visa takes 6 months to process. Apply at your local Spanish embassy.

France: Long-Stay for Self-Employment

Permanent Remote Work Visa
The Long-Stay Visa for Self-Employment allows self-employed people, freelancers, and business owners in approved fields to move to France.

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Low required income

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Bring family

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Business must be economically viable ($22,156.52/yr income), and the applicant needs the required qualifications to operate it. This visa suits the ""liberal"" professions, which broadly include medical, legal, technical, artistic, and teaching fields (remote employees of companies outside of France would not qualify). If the business has French clients, it is more likely to be approved.

Apply

The total cost is $488 ($120 for visa and $324 for residence permit), and it takes 1+ month to process. Apply online here.

Spain: Non-Lucrative Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
The Non-Lucrative Residence Visa allows people with passive income to move to Spain.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$31,330/yr income, including some passive income, plus $7,982 per dependent. This amount might be required upon application. Some consulates require the full $31,300/yr in passive income (so remote workers might not qualify). In that case, consider Spain's Self-Employed Work Visa.

Apply

This visa costs $72+ (varies based on your nationality) and takes 3 months to process. Apply at your local Spanish embassy.

Costa Rica: Pensionado Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
People of any age earning passive income can move to Costa Rica with the Pensionado Visa, which offers a path to permanent residency.

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Bring family

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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$1,000/m in permanent passive income. Additional remote work is permitted under this visa.

Apply

This visa costs $250+ and takes 3+ months to process. There are various additional fees. Apply from within Costa Rica at the Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria.

Czech Republic: Živnostenský Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Freelance and self-employed workers can move to the Czech Republic (and work for clients there) with the Živnostenský Visa.

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Bring family

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Includes right to work for clients

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$5,777 bank balance (could be more with family), 1 year's accommodation, and relevant professional qualifications/business license. This work must be related to the Czech Republic (for example, freelancers with Czech clients could qualify, but remote employees of companies abroad would not).

Apply

This visa costs $234+ and takes 4 months to process. Apply at your local Czech embassy.

Finland: Entrepreneur Permit

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Remote workers with approved businesses can move to Finland with an Entrepreneur Residence Permit.

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Freelancers and self-employed qualify

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Business must meet government requirements for structure, profitability, business plan, and other factors. Remote workers employed outside of Finland do not qualify.

Apply

Visa fees vary, starting at $582. This visa takes ~9 months to process. Apply online here.

Germany: Residence Permit (Self-Employed)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Business owners, freelancers, and self-employed people can move to Germany with the Residence Permit for Self-Employed People.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 3 years

Requirements

The applicant needs the professional qualifications and funds to set up and run their business. Approval is more likely if the business has German clients, and this visa doesn't suit remote employees of a company outside of Germany. Applicants who are older than 45 years old also need funds or a plan for their retirement.

Apply

Visa and residence permit fees cost ~$189. This visa can take a few months to process. Apply for this Residence Permit within Germany at your local Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde)

Mauritius: Occupation Permit

Permanent Remote Work Visa
An Occupation Permit allows self-employed people and freelancers to move to Mauritius.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Valid up to 10 years

Requirements

$35,000 deposited into a bank in Mauritius upon application. To keep the Occupation Permit, the business must earn $20,214 annually by the 3rd year. This visa suits self-employed people and freelancers, not remote workers employed by companies outside of Mauritius.

Apply

This visa costs $505 (plus $126 per dependent). Apply online here.

Norway: Residence Visa (Self-Employed)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Self-employed people and freelancers can move to Norway with a Residence Visa for Self-Employed Person.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$27,025/yr income. Only sole proprietors qualify for this visa, not employed remote workers.

Apply

This visa costs $593. Apply at your local Norwegian embassy.

Taiwan: Employment Gold Card

Permanent Remote Work Visa
With the Taiwan Employment Gold Card, self-employed people, freelancers, and professionals in numerous fields can move to Taiwan and receive the right to work there.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Pass the points system (varies greatly by field, but $5,713/m income usually qualifies). Self-employed people must live in Taiwan for 6 months before applying.

Apply

This visa costs $100+ (varies according to nationality and other factors) and takes ~2 months to process. Apply online here.

Ecuador: Professional Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Remote workers and their family can move permanently to Ecuador with a Professional Visa, with the right to work and start a business.

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Low income requirement

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m remote income (proven for last 6 months) or $1,500 bank deposit, and an undergraduate or graduate degree

Apply

This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Ecuador: Retirement Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Though not technically a remote work visa, people of any age with permanent passive income can receive a Retirement Visa in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m passive income from a permanent source (like a pension or social security)

Apply

This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Ecuador: Rentista Visa

Permanent Remote Work Visa
People with rental income or a 2-year remote contract can receive a Rentista Visa in Ecuador, with the right to work (both remotely and in-country).

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$400/m income from a 2-year rental property or a 2-year remote work contract. Must prove income over past 6 months.

Apply

This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance, plus $250 per dependent) and takes up to 3 months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Belize: Qualified Retired Person (QLP)

Permanent Remote Work Visa
Though not technically a remote work visa, people over age 45 with $2,000/m passive income (or $24,000/yr bank balance) can move to Belize indefinitely, with the right to work remotely.

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Limited residency requirements

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0% offshore income tax

Requirements

$24,000/yr transferred to Belize for living expenses, as 1 lump sum or in monthly payments. 1 month/yr of required residency. This is not a path to Permanent Residence.

Apply

This visa costs $1,350 ($150 application fee, $1,000 upon acceptance, and $200 for card issuance), plus $750 per dependent upon acceptance. Apply at the Belize Tourism Board in Belize City (instructions are here.)

Canada: Startup Visa Program

Startup Visa
The Startup Visa Program allows founders of approved startups to move to Canada.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Innovative startup funded by an approved investor or accepted into an accelerator, with potential to create jobs and compete globally. Startup should be based in Canada and meet business structure requirements. Applicants need $10,042 upon application ($12,817 for a couple, $18,740 for a family of 4). Program not valid in Quebec.

Apply

This visa costs $1,623+ and takes 12-16 months to process. Apply by mail or online .

Spain: Residence Visa for Entrepreneurial Activity (REM)

Startup Visa
Startup founders can move to Spain with the Residence Visa for Entrepreneurial Activity (REM).

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

New businesses with $30,065/yr income or funds, approved by the Commercial Office. Additional $7,509/yr per dependent.

Apply

This visa costs $72+ (varies based on nationality and other factors) and takes 1 month to process. Apply through your local Spanish embassy.

Cayman Islands: Enterprise City SEZ

Startup Visa
Entrepreneurs can start a new business (or move an existing one) to the Cayman Islands through the Cayman Enterprise City Special Economic Zones, joining a vibrant community of businesses and receiving personal set-up assistance.

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Expedited staff visas (5 days)

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0% tax

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Renewable after 5 years

Requirements

An approved business and a physical office space maintained in the Cayman Islands

Apply

This visa costs $3,500+ (varies) and takes 4-6 weeks to process. Apply online here.

Chile: Startup Chile

Startup Visa
Startup Chile helps new businesses that would benefit Chile move there permanently by offering a visa, equity-free funding, the potential for 2nd round funding, and other perks.

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Funding offered

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Business and relocation support

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Renewable after 6 months

Requirements

Startup must be accepted by the Startup Chile program (should add value to Chile and fit local startup ecosystem). Visa renewal and access to 2nd round funding depends on performance and fit.

Apply

This visa costs $50+. Apply to Startup Chile here.

Chile: Visa Tech

Startup/Tech Employee Visa
Employees with a job offer from a qualified tech startup can enter Chile and obtain an expedited work visa with Visa Tech.

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No minimum income required

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Not required to speak Spanish

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Valid for length of contract (3+ months)

Requirements

Job offer and contract of 3+ months from a qualified company. Applicants eligible for visa-free entry can present these documents at the Chilean border, apply for a work visa in Chile, and receive it within 15 days. Some nationalities will use their job offer to apply for a visa online before travelling to Chile.

Apply

This visa costs $50+ and takes 15 days to process. Apply online here.

Estonia: Estonian Startup Visa

Startup Visa
Founders can move to Estonia and establish their tech company there through the Estonian Startup Visa.

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Bring family

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20% flat tax

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Renewable after 18 months

Requirements

Startups approved by Startup Comittee and with $2,039 for the founder's expenses. After startup is approved, apply for the visa and residence permit in person.

Apply

This visa costs $278 total ($86 for visa + $192 for residence permit). Initial startup approval takes 10 days. Apply online here.

Finland: Startup Residence Permit

Startup Visa
Founders of large-scale innovative startups can move to Finland and start a company there with the Startup Residence Permit.

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Low required income

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Bring family

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

An innovative startup with at least 2 founders, ability to scale globally for $10+ million of revenue, $1,206/m income or $14,472 bank balance, and early stage funding. Must be approved by Business Finland.

Apply

This visa costs $378+ (varies). Initial startup approval takes 1 month and after approval, visa takes 1-2 months to process. Apply online here.

France: French Tech Visa

Startup Visa
The French Tech Visa lets tech startup founders and their families move to France, with support and access to a vibrant ecosystem.

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Staff visas available

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No diploma required

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Renewable after 4 years

Requirements

Startup accepted into an approved French incubator or accelerator. $22,157/yr income or bank balance.

Apply

This visa costs $388+ per person ($118 for visa and $270+ for residence permit). Apply through an accelerator on this list

France: French Tech Visa

Startup/Tech Employee Visa
The French Tech Visa lets employees with a tech job offer move to France.

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Bring family

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No diploma required

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Renewable after 4 years

Requirements

3 month minimum contract with an approved company, $44,317/yr income

Apply

This visa costs $388+ per person ($118 for the visa and $270+ for residence permit) and takes less than 3 months to process. Apply with your job offer at your local French embassy.

France: Passeport Talent: Entrepreneur

Startup Visa
The Passeport Talent: Entrepreneur allows non-tech founders of qualified businesses to move to France, and includes the right to work.

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 4 years

Requirements

A new commercial, artisanal, or industrial business in which you invest at least $36,000. Applicant must have a master's degree or 5+ years of professional experience, plus $22,321/yr income.

Apply

This visa costs $388+ per person ($118 for the visa and $270+ for residence permit) and takes 1 month to process. Apply online here.

Japan: Startup Visa

Startup Visa
Japan's Startup Visa gives founders up to 1 year to move to Japan, start their business, and prepare to meet requirements (such as office and job creation) for a full Business Manager Visa.

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Business and language support

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Suits several business types

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

New businesses in eligible regions can prepare to meet the full requirements for a Business Manager Visa. Japanese fluency is not required but it is helpful (the entire process is in Japanese). Applications are on a regional basis, and these hubs support startups in reaching their goals.

Apply

Applying for this visa is free and it takes 2+ months to process. Apply through the regional startup hubs here.

Georgia: Remotely From Georgia

Startup Visa
While not strictly a startup visa, Remotely From Geogia can allow startup founders to move to Georgia and then register as an entrepreneur once they arrive.

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Free and fast application

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Low required income

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Low local tax (1% up to $155,000/yr income)

Requirements

$2,000/m income or $24,000 bank balance

Apply

This visa is free and takes around 10 days to process. Apply online here.

Germany: Residence Permit (Self-Employment)

Startup Visa
Startup founders can move to Germany with the Residence Permit for Self-Employed People.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 3 years

Requirements

The applicant needs the professional qualifications and funds to set up and run their startup. Approval is more likely if the business relates to Germany. Applicants who are older than 45 years old also need funds or a plan for their retirement.

Apply

Visa and residence permit fees cost ~$189. This visa can take a few months to process. Apply for this Residence Permit within Germany at your local Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde)

Lithuania: Startup Visa

Startup Visa
Lithuania's Startup Visa streamlines immigration and reduces investment and job creation requirements for innovative tech startups.

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Innovative and scalable tech startup approved by Startup Lithuania

Apply

This visa costs $175+ for issuance of Temporary Residence Permit. Initial approval of startup takes 15 days. Apply online here.

Mauritius: Occupation Permit 2

Startup Visa
An Occupation Permit allows investors in an innovative startup to move to Mauritius.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 10 years

Requirements

Approved innovative startup

Apply

This visa costs $505 per applicant (plus $123 per dependent). Apply online here.

New Zealand: Entrepreneur Work Visa

Startup Visa
The Entrepreneur Work Visa allows startup founders and their family to move to New Zealand.

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Bring family

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Business and applicant must be approved by points system. Applicant should have $71,817 to invest in their business, but this requirement can be waived based on innovation, economic viability, or other criteria.

Apply

This visa costs ~$2,000, but the price varies widely depending on your nationality. It takes 8+ months to process. Apply online here.

Portugal: Startup Visa

Startup Visa
The Startup Visa allows founders to create a new company in Portugal (or move an existing one).

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Includes work permit

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Incubator support

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Incubator-approved startup and $6,206 per person. Business plan should create jobs and earn $392,000/yr income within 5 years.

Apply

Apply online here.

Taiwan: Entrepreneur Visa

Startup Visa
Entrepreneurs can move to Taiwan to start a business (or spend 1 year preparing to start their business) with the Entrepreneur Visa.

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Flexible requirements

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

Business (or future business) meets just one of numerous requirements, such as membership in a co-working space or accelerator, $71,000 in venture funding, patent rights, received a business or design award, or was nominated in a film festival. Applicants have one year to start their business.

Apply

This visa costs $143+ and takes 6 weeks to process. Apply at your local Taiwanese embassy.

Italy: Startup Visa

Startup Visa
Startup founders can move to Italy to start an innovative business with a Startup Visa.

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Can access Schengen zone

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$60,200 available to invest in startup. Apply directly or through an approved incubator.

Apply

It is free to apply for this visa, but additional fees may apply upon approval. It takes 30 days to process. Apply online here.

Austria: Self-Employed Key Worker Red-White-Red Card

Startup Visa
Founders of innovative startups can move to Austria with a Red-White-Red Card for Startup Founders.

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Path to Permanent Residence

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

Innovative businesses with $61,750 invested. Points system and requirements for business structure.

Apply

This visa costs $145+ and takes 6-8 weeks to process. Apply at your local Austrian embassy or from within Austria.

Thailand: Smart S (Startup) Visa

Startup Visa
Tech startup founders can move to Thailand with their family for 6 months to 2 years with a Smart S Visa.

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Several tiers exist. New startup founders need a government-approved business plan (eligible for 6 month visa). Startups that joined an approved accelerator or received outside funding need a $18,500 bank balance plus $5,560 per person for applicant, spouse, and dependents (eligible for 1 year visa and right to work for applicant and spouse). Founders who have already started a business in Thailand need a $18,500 bank balance plus $5,560 per person for applicant, spouse, and dependents (eligible for 2 year visa and right to work for applicant and spouse).

Apply

This visa costs $310 per year of validity, with some additional fees. It takes 2-3 months to process. Apply online here.

Ireland: Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP)

Startup Visa
Startups and new businesses with outside funding and the potential for global scale can base themselves in Ireland with the Start-up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP).

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Startup must have $59,300 in funding and an innovative product of global interest, be capable of creating 10 jobs and making $1.2 million in annual sales within 4 years, and be based in Ireland, with an experienced management team. Existing businesses of less than 6 years old also qualify.

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This visa costs $417. Apply online here.

Ireland: STEP 12 Month Permission

Startup Visa
Accelerator participants or STEM graduates who attended Irish universities can spend 12 months in Ireland preparing their STEP application.

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Business plan. Attend an accelerator/incubator or graduate from an Irish university in STEM.

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This visa costs $417. Apply online here.

Israel: Innovation Visas Program

Startup Visa
The Innovation Visas Program for Foreign Entrepreneurs allows startup founders to spend up to 2 years developing their idea, with a local workspace, business and logistics support, and integration into the tech ecosystem.

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Renewable after 2 years

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Approved business plan. If a business is started after two years, Founders can apply for a 5-year Expert Visa.

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Apply through the Landing Pads on this list

Latvia Startup Visa

Startup Visa
Startup founders can receive a 3-year temporary residence permit in Latvia to develop their business.

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$7,185 bank balance and an innovative, scalable, and high-value startup idea. After 12 months, startup should receive funding of $36,000 from a VC fund or $18,000 from an accelerator or business angel. If funding has not been acquired, submit business update for review.

Apply

This visa starts at $136 ($118 for processing and $18 for TRP card) and takes 30 days to process. Expedited service is available for $240+. Apply at your local Latvian embassy or from within Latvia.

Netherlands: Dutch Startup Visa

Startup Visa
The Dutch Startup Visa allows startup founders to spend 1 year in the Netherlands developing their business, with support from a facilitator.

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Startup must meet 5 qualifications: 1) Be working with a recognized facilitator, 2) Be innovative, 3) Have a structured business plan, 4) Have founder and facilitator registered in Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce, and 5) Have financial resources ($16,945 bank balance). After 1 year, founder can apply for a self-employed work permit.

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This visa costs $410 and takes 3 months to process. Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand, USA, and South Korean citizens can apply directly here. Other applicants apply with facilitator’s help.

United Kingdom: Startup Visa

Startup Visa
New entrepreneurs with innovative ideas supported by an approved organization can move to the U.K. with their family with a Startup Visa.

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Startup must be endorsed by a higher education institution or an approved business organization. Idea must be new, innovative, and commercially viable. Must also have $1,774 bank balance.

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This visa costs $506 per person ($688 per person if applying within U.K.) plus health care surcharge of $867/y per adult and $653/y per child. Expedited service available for applicants within the U.K. for an additional $695. Apply online here.

United Kingdom: Innovator Visa

Startup Visa
The Innovator Visa allows experienced entrepreneurs to move to the U.K. with their family permanently.

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Applicant must invest $70,000 in their startup. Startup must be endorsed by a higher education institution or an approved business organization. Idea must be new, innovative, and commercially viable. Must also have $1,774 bank balance.

Apply

This visa costs $1,426 per person ($1,783 per person if applying within U.K.) plus health care surcharge of $867/y per adult and $653/y per child. Expedited service available for applicants within the U.K. for an additional $695. Apply online here.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Citizenship by Investment
St. Kitts and Nevis offers Citizenship by Investment starting at $150,000, with 0% tax on worldwide income, visa-free entry to 156 countries, and no residency requirement.

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Passport power: #25 on HPI

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$150,000 in Sustainable Growth Fund or $200,000 in real estate

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Fees start at $7,500. The accelerated process (with large extra fees) takes 60 days. The official site is here.

Antigua and Barbuda

Citizenship by Investment
Antigua and Barbuda's Citizenship by Investment program is a lower-cost option that offers 0% tax on worldwide income and visa-free entry to 151 countries, with no need to travel there to apply.

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Passport power: #28 on HPI

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$100,000 investment in NDF for a family of 4. $400,000 in real estate or $1 million in business also possible.

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Fees start at $37,500 for each adult, with significant additional fees for dependents. This citizenship takes 3-4 months to process. Official site is here.

Dominica

Citizenship by Investment
Considering its low cost and powerful passport offering visa-free entry to 143 countries, Dominica's Citizenship by Investment program is arguably the world's best value program. (Hurry, costs may increase in 2021.)

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Passport power: #34 on HPI

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$100,000 in Economic Development Fund ($175,000 for a family of 4). $200,000 in real estate also possible. Investments are expected to increase in 2021 ($175,000 in EDF for an individual, $200,000 for a family of 4).

Apply

Fess start at $8,810 per adult, with additional fees for dependents and different investment programs. This citizenship takes 3 months to process. The official site is here.

Grenada

Citizenship by Investment
Get citizenship in Grenada with a minimum investment of $150,000, which is the only Caribbean program with potential access to the USA through the E-2 non-immigrant visa.

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Passport power: #44 on HPI

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$150,000 in National Transformation Fund ($200,000 for a family of 4) or $350,000 in real estate

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Fees start at $8,000 per adult, with additional fees for dependents and different investment programs. This citizenship takes 3-4 months to process. The official site is here.

Montenegro

Citizenship by Investment
The Montenegro Special Citizenship by Investment Program (MSCIP) offers an investment path to citizenship in Montenegro, which will be admitted to the Schengen zone in 2025.

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Passport power: #45 on HPI

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Invest at least $297,000 in development projects (in northern Montenegro) or $534,000 (in southern Montenegro), and donate $118,000.

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Fees start at $18,200 per person, plus additional fees for due diligence and dependents. This citizenship takes 3 months to process.

St. Lucia

Citizenship by Investment
St. Lucia's Citizenship by Investment program starts at $100,000, and it offers visa-free entry to 136 countries and 0% tax on offshore income.

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Passport power: #31 on HPI

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$100,000 in National Development Fund ($150,000 for a family of 4). Other investment paths exist.

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Fees start at $30,000 (additional fees for spouse and dependents). This citizenship takes 3 months to process. The official site is here.

Turkey

Citizenship by Investment
Investors and their families can receive Turkish citizenship with a $250,000 real estate investment, which offers visa-free entry to 110 countries and eligibility for an E-2 Investor Visa to the USA.

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Passport power: #53 on HPI

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$250,000 in real estate

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This citizenship takes 6-9 months to process. The official site is here.

Malta

Citizenship by Investment
The Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment (MEIN) program allows major investors and their families to gain citizenship after living in Malta, (an EU member state with visa-free access to 184 countries), for at least 1 year.

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Passport power: #8 on HPI

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$729,000+ investment and must live in Malta for 36 months (or 12 months by exception and with larger investment). Must also have a home in Malta worth $831,000+ or leased for $19,000+ per year. $12,000 charitable contribution also required. Additional investment for dependents.

Apply

Fees start at $24,000 (additional fees for dependents). This citizenship takes 12-36 months of residency to complete.

Vanuatu

Citizenship by Investment
Vanuatu, a Commonwealth member with 0% tax, offers the the fastest citizenship by investment program with visa-free entry to 130 countries through the Vanuatu Development Support Program (VDSP).

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Passport power: #41 on HPI

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$130,000 in Local Government Fund/$180,000 for a family of 4. Net worth of $500,000+ (50%+ in bank balance).

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The up-front $5,000 application fee includes all applicants, and there are $400 per person in passport and other fees after acceptance. This citizenship takes 2 months to process. The official site is here.

Jordan

Citizenship by Investmentn
Major investors in Jordan can move there with their families, gaining visa-free entry to 51 countries.

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Passport power: #92 on HPI

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Invest $1 million in SMEs (held 5 years), $1.5 million no-interest bank deposit in Jordan (held five years), $1.5 million in treasury bonds (held 10 years), $1.5 million in securities (held 5 years), or $1.5 million ($2 million within Amman) in a project that creates 20 jobs (held 3 years).

Apply

Fees and processing time can vary for this complex program.

Bulgaria

Citizenship by Investment
Major investors in Bulgaria can obtain permanent residency there, and be granted citizenship within a few years, obtaining visa-free access to 171 countries and the Schengen Zone.

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Passport power: #18 on HPI

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$611,000+ invested in approved funds or trusts. Fast-track option available after total donation of $1.2 million. Applicants must maintain accommodation in Bulgaria for 1-5 years to obtain citizenship, but physical residency is not required.

Apply

Fees and processing times vary for this complex program.

Egypt

Citizenship by Investment
Major investors and their family can move to Egypt and gain visa-free entry to 93 countries.

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Passport power: #50 on HPI

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$250,000 donation to state treasury, $500,000 invested in real estate, or $750,000 deposited in an Egyptian bank (held for 5 years, refundable)

Apply

This visa costs $10,000 (including family members) and takes 3 months to process.

Italy: Investor Visa for Italy

Investment Visa
The Investor Visa for Italy lets investors and their families move to Italy, with numerous investment options and a path to permanent residency.

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$301,000+ invested in an innovative Italian startup, $596,000+ in an Italian limited company, $1.19+ million in philanthropic donation, or $2.38+ in government bonds. Residency is granted as long as investment in maintained.

Apply

This visa is free and takes 30 days to process. Apply online here.

Spain: Residence Visa (Capital Investors)

Investment Visa
The Residence Visa for Capital Investors lets investors in real estate or capital move to Spain with a path to permanent residence.

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$600,000+ in real estate (1 or many properties, paid in full without financing). Real estate portfolio can change, but the total value must be maintained. $1.19 million in shares or bank deposit or $2.38 in government bonds are also possible. $31,330/yr income also required.

Apply

This visa costs $160+ and takes 10 days to process. Apply at your local Spanish embassy.

Cayman Islands: Residency Certificate

Investment Visa
The Residency Certificate for Persons of Independent Means allows investors with high, independent incomes to live in the Cayman Islands for up to 25 years with their family (does not include the right to work).

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Live on Little Cayman or Cayman Brac: $601,000+ invested (50%+ in real estate), plus a $480,000 bank deposit and $90,000/yr income. Live on Grand Cayman: $1.2+ million invested (50%+ in real estate) plus a $480,000 bank deposit and $144,000/yr income.

Apply

This visa has a $600 application fee, and the applicant will pay $24,000 upon acceptance (plus $1,200 upon application and paid again yearly per dependent). Apply by mail (instructions are here).

Cayman Islands: Certificate of Permanent Residence

Investment Visa
The Certificate of Permanent Residence for Persons of Independent Means allows investors to become permanent residents of the Cayman Islands, with a limited right to work and a path to citizenship.

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$2.4 million invested in real estate

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This visa has a $600 application fee and the applicant will pay $120,000 upon acceptance (plus $1,200 per dependent). Apply by mail (instructions are here).

Cayman Islands: Certificate of Direct Investment

Investment Visa
With a Certificate of Direct Investment, business investors and their family can move to the Cayman Islands.

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$1.2 million invested in a business that creates jobs. Applicant must manage the business and have the professional background to run it successfully. Dependents do not have the right to work.

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This visa has a $1,200 application fee, and the applicant will pay $24,000 upon acceptance (plus $1,200 upon application and paid again yearly per dependent). Apply by mail (instructions are here).

Costa Rica: Investment Visa

Investment Visa
Investors can move to Costa Rica with an investment visa, and bring their family, with a path to permanent residence.

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$200,000+ in real estate, business, stocks, or other investments. Residency in Costa Rica required 6 months per year.

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This visa costs $50+. Apply at your local Costa Rican embassy.

Czech Republic: Business Investor Visa

Investment Visa
The Czech Business Investor Visa allows major investors in the Czech Republic to move there with their family, with a path to permanent residence.

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$3.25 million invested in a business that creates 20 jobs

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This visa costs $234+. Apply at your local Czech embassy.

Estonia: Residence Permit for Business (Major Investors)

Investment Visa
Large investors can move to Estonia with their family with a Residence Permit for Business.

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Invest $1.2 million in an Estonian business or fund. Also $3,810/yr income per person required.

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This visa costs $121+ and takes 2 months to process. Apply at your local Estonian embassy.

France: French Tech Visa (for investors)

Investment Visa
The French Tech Visa lets startup investors, VCs, and angels move to France.

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Invest $361,000 in a tech business that creates jobs in 4 years.

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This visa costs $488 ($120 for visa and $324 for residence permit), and it takes 30 days to process. Apply online here.

France: Passeport Talent: Foreign Direct Investment

Investment Visa
Investors in non-tech fields can move to France with their family with the Passeport Talent for Foreign Direct Investment.

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Invest at least $361,000 in a business and create or protect jobs.

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This visa costs $388+ per person ($118 for visa and $270+ for residence permit), and it takes 15 days to process. Apply online here.

Georgia: Investment Residence Permit

Investment Visa
The Investment Residence Permit allows investors and their family to move to Georgia.

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Invest $91,000 in real estate or $91,000 in a business that has $50,000 turnover in the first year, $100,000 in second year, and $120,000 in third, fourth, and fifth years.

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This visa costs $55+. Apply at your local Georgian embassy.

Greece: Investment Visa

Investment Visa
Investors and their family can move to Greece by buying a home or making another approved investment.

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$320,000 in residential real estate or another approved investment. This visa does not include the right to work.

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This visa costs ~$696 and takes 3 months to process. Apply at your local Greek embassy.

Mexico: Temporary Residence Visa

Investment Visa
Real estate or commercial investors can move to Mexico with a Temporary Residence Permit.

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,"$158,000 in real estate or $79,000 invested in stock, capital, or a business that employs 3 workers. This visa is valid for 4 years, and people who want to move permanently to Mexico will need to change visa types.

Apply

This visa costs $44+, and it takes 1+ month to process. Apply at your local Mexican embassy.

Mauritius: Property Development Scheme (PDS)

Investment Visa
Real estate investors can move to Mauritius with their family under the Property Development Scheme (PDS).

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$375,000 in real estate. Other investment options are possible.

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This visa is free. Apply at your local Mauritian embassy.

New Zealand: Investor Visa

Investment Visa
Major investors in New Zealand can move there permanently with their family with an Investor Visa.

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Investor 2 Visa: $2.15+ million invested and held 4+ years, plus applicant must have 3+ years business experience, English proficiency, and be under age 65. Investor 1 Visa: $7.14 million invested and held 3+ years. Both visas have points and residency requirements.

Apply

This visa costs ~$2,875 (varies greatly by nationality), and it takes 8+ months to process. Apply at your local New Zealand embassy.

Portugal: ARI - Residence Permit for Investment

Investment Visa
Real estate investors and people who add to the economy, facilitate research, or create jobs in Portugal can move there with an ARI, a visa with tax and residency advantages.

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$416,000 in real estate requiring renovation (or $594,000 without). After July 2021, investment must be outside of Lisbon, Porto, and the coast. Other investment options exist for entrepreneurship, job creation, and philanthropy, starting from $297,000. Low residency requirements (2 weeks per year) and tax advantages make this an attractive route to permanent residency and citizenship.

Apply

This visa costs $7,000+ with additional fees for dependents. Apply online here.

Angola: Privileged Visa

Investment Visa
Investors who are interested in opportunities in Angola can use the Privileged Visa to travel to Angola to investigate their options and make an investment.

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This visa allows investors to travel to Angola for business and investment purposes.

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This visa costs $250-650. Apply at your local Angolan embassy.

Ireland: Immigrant Investor Program

Investment Visa
The Irish Immigrant Investor Program allows major investors and philanthropists to move to Ireland with their family, with a path to citizenship.

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Personal net worth of $2.4 million and an approved investment. Investments include $1.2 million invested in 1 or several businesses that create jobs (can be a new business started by investor), $1.2 million in approved investment fund, $2.4 million in real estate investment trust, or $595,000 donated to a philanthropic project (can be $476,000 each if pooled between 5 people). 1 visit to Ireland required per year.

Apply

This visa costs $1,786. Application instructions are on this form. [http://inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Immigrant%20Investor%20Programme%20application%20form%202019.pdf/Files/Immigrant%20Investor%20Programme%20application%20form%202019.pdf].

Thailand: Smart I (Investor) Visa

Investment Visa
The Smart I Visa allows technology investors to move to Thailand, bring their family, and receive the right to work.

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$163,000+ in a startup or accelerator or $651,000 in a VC fund or other approved tech investment

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This visa costs $310 per year, and other fees may apply. It takes 2-3 months to process. Apply online here.

Cyprus: Residency by Investment

Investment Visa
Real estate investors with a stable remote income can gain residency in Cyprus with their families.

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$357,000 in real estate, $36,000 bank balance, and $36,000+/yr income (plus $6,000/yr income per additional person). No physical residency is required.

Apply

This visa costs $600+ and takes 2 months to process. Apply at your local Cypriot embassy.

Gibraltar: Self-sufficiency Status and HNWI (Category 2)

High Income Residency
High net worth individuals (HWNI) or people who are financially independent through passive income can move to Gibraltar with their family.

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For HNWI/Category 2 status: Personal net worth of $2.8 million and a residential real estate purchase. Self-sufficiency status: Proof of financial self-sufficiency through passive income and residence deed or lease.

Apply

Apply at your local Gibraltar embassy.

Austria: Self-Employed Key Worker Red-White-Red Card

Investment Visa
People who own and operate businesses that make a major contribution to Austria can move there with a Self-Employed Key Worker Red-White-Red Card.

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$119,000 capital invested in the business or other ""macroeconomic benefit going beyond its own operational benefit,"" such as job creation, introduction of new technologies, or ""considerable"" regional significance.

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This visa costs ~$191 for various fees. Apply at your local Austrian embassy.

Latvia: Residency by Investment

Investment Visa
Investors can move to Latvia after investing in business, real estate, or securities, with a path to permanent residence.

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Cheapest real estate investment residency in E.U.

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Investment options include: $60,000 in a major Latvian company plus $12,000 government fee; $298,000 in real estate plus a 5% government fee; deposit $333,000 in in a Latvian bank for 5 years plus $30,000 government fee; or $298,000 in interest-free bonds plus a $45,000 government fee. There is no physical residency requirement.

Apply

This visa takes 3 months to process. Apply at your local Latvian embassy or online here.

Malta: Permanent Residence Program

Investment Visa
Malta's Permanent Residence Program is one of the few available for property renters as well as real estate investors, with a path to citizenship.

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Permanent residency with indefinite validity

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Applicants must have $595,000+ net worth ($179,000 of that in financial assets). For property purchase: $369,000 in real estate in South of Malta or Gozo, $417,000 in the rest of Malta. For property rental: $12,000/yr rent in South of Malta or Gozo, $14,300/yr rent in the rest of Malta.

Apply

This visa has several categories of fees. For property purchase: $81,000 total in administrative and government fees. For property rental: $117,000 total. $2,380 charitable donation also required. $8,900 fee adult dependents (excluding spouse). Apply through a registered agency--a list is here.

Netherlands: Residence Permit

Investment Visa
Major investors who add significant value to the Dutch economy can move to the Netherlands with their family, with a path to permanent residence.

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Invest $1.5 million in a business or fund and meet 2 of 3 criteria: create 5 jobs in 10 years, increase innovation, or bring ""non-financial added value"" such as specialized knowledge or clients.

Apply

This visa costs $2,717 and takes 3 months to process. Apply in the Netherlands with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Romania Investment Visa

Investment Visa
Business investors who create jobs in Romania can move there with their family.

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$120,000 invested in a business that creates 10 jobs for at least 5 years, or create a business meeting these requirements and present a 3-year business plan. Applicant must deposit funds in a Romanian bank and then complete the investment within 1 year. $833/m income also required.

Apply

Apply at your local Romanian embassy.

United Kingdom: Tier 1 Visa

Investment Visa
Major investors can move to the U.K. with their family with a Tier 1 Visa.

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If investing $2.8 million, investor can apply to settle permanently in the U.K. after 5 years. If investing $6.9 million, investor can apply to settle after 3 years. If investing $13.9 million, investor can apply to settle after 2 years.

Apply

This visa has a $2,254 fee plus health care surcharge of $867/y per adult and $653/y per child. It takes 3 weeks to process (5 days with expedited service, available in the U.K. for an additional $695). Apply online here.

Ukraine: Permanent Resident Permit Investment Scheme

Investment Visa
Investors in Ukraine can move there with their family through the Permanent Resident Permit Investment Scheme.

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Permanent residency with indefinite validity

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$120,000 invested in qualified industries. Investor must start a company in Ukraine to manage investment.

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Apply at your local Ukranian embassy.

Anguilla: High Value Resident (HVR)

High Income Residency
High-income people with an international lifestyle can become tax residents of Anguilla through the High Value Resident program.

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$400,000 in real estate, held at least 5 years. $75,000/yr flat tax (applicant must show ability to pay 5 years of tax up front). 45 days/yr of physical residency required. Cannot spend more than 183 days/yr in any other country.

Apply

Apply online here.

Antigua and Barbuda: Permanent Residency (Tax Residence)

Investment Visa
High-income individuals can move to Antigua and Barbuda (and take advantage of low taxation rates), with a path to permanent residency.

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$100,000/yr income and a home in Antigua and Barbuda. 30 days/yr physical residence required. $20,000/yr flat tax. After 4 years, can apply for a new residency type that is valid for 3 years, renewable, and no longer requires $20,000 flat tax.

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Apply at your local Antigua and Barbuda embassy.

Bahamas: Annual Residency (Home Owner Identification)

Investment Visa
Owners of a second home in the Bahamas can spend a year there with their family.

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Own a residential property

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This visa costs $600 ($100 application fee and $500 fee for card). Apply at your local Bahamian embassy.

Bahamas: Permanent Residency

Investment Visa
Financially independent people and investors can move to the Bahamas permanently, with a path to citizenship.

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Permanent residency with indefinite validity

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Applicant should be financially independent or have made major investments in the Bahamas. Investing $750,000 in real estate gets expedited consideration.

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This visa costs $15,200 ($200 application fee, $15,000 upon acceptance), with additional fees for spouse and dependents. Apply at your local Bahamian embassy.

Barbados: Category 1 Special Entry and Reside Permit (SERP)

Investment Visa
Major investors in Barbados can move there for at least 5 years with a Category 1 Special Entry and Reside Permit (SERP).

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Valid 5+ years

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$2 million invested in Barbados, $5 million individual net worth. Permit is issued for 5-10 years if the applicant is under 60. After 60, the permit is indefinite.

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There is a $150 application fee, plus $150 per person for spouse and dependents. Fees of $3,500-$5,000 are charged upon issuance, depending on applicant's age and permit length. For work permit, there is an additional fee of $1,750-$2,000/yr or $15,000-$20,000. Apply at your local Barbados embassy.

Barbados: Category 2 Special Entry and Reside Permit (SERP)

Investment Visa
Property investors in Barbados can move there with a Category 2 Special Entry and Reside Permit (SERP).

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Renewable after 5 years

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$300,000 invested in real estate. Does not include the right to work.

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This visa costs $5,150+ ($150 application fee and $150 per person for spouse and dependents plus $5,000 fee per adult upon issuance and renewal). Apply at your local Barbados embassy.

Brazil: Permanent Visa (VIPER)

Investment Visa
Investors and their family can move to Brazil permanently with a VIPER Permanent Visa, and attain citizenship after 4 years.

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Requirements

$88,000+ of commercial investment or $123,000 in real estate in Northern Brazil ($176,000 elsewhere) typically qualify, but investment must be government approved. $26,400 in innovative technology or creating 10 jobs may also qualify.

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This visa costs ~$390 in combined fees. Apply at your local Brazilian embassy.

Ecuador: Investor Visa

Investment Visa
Ecuador's Investor Visa is one of the most affordable, beginning at $40,000.

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$40,000 invested in Ecuadorian CO-OP Certificate of Deposit (CD) for 2+ years or in real estate.

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This visa costs $450 ($50 to apply and $400 upon issuance) and takes 3+ months to process. Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy.

Egypt: Residency by Investment

Investment Visa
Real-estate and commercial investors can move to Egypt with a Residency by Investment, which offers a path to citizenship for major investors.

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Valid 1+ year

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$100,000 in real estate for 1 year residence permit, $200,000 for 3 years, and $400,000 for 5 years. Citizenship is usually possible after 10 years of residence, but $390,000 invested in a state-owned bank allows for a 5 year resident permit and citizenship granted after 5 years.

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The fees and processing time vary for this complex program. Apply at your local Egyptian embassy.

South Africa: Business Visa

Investment Visa
Investors can move to South Africa to start a new business with a Business Visa, with many fields eligible for a lower capital investment.

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$171,000 (cash or capital) to invest in a business that will create 5 jobs. Must submit detailed 3-year business plan and meet additional requirements for international scale, introduction of technology, and investor's entrepreneurial background. These industries can request a lower investment: IT and communications, chemistry and biotech, tourism, textiles and handicrafts, agriculture, transportation, and metals.

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This visa costs $75. Apply at your local South African embassy.

Namibia: Residency by Investment

Investment Visa
Investors who plan to start a business and transfer skills to employees can move to Namibia with a Residency by Investment.

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$136,000 investment in the business, detailed business plan, and knowledge transfer plan to local employees. The investor needs the skills/qualifications to run this business. Lower investment can be requested. $680,000 investment may be approved for Permanent Residence in a single year, but 5 years is the normal requirement.

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Visa fees vary, and this visa takes 4 months to process. Apply at your local Namibian embassy.

United States: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa

Investment Visa
Major investors can move to the U.S. with their families with an EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa.

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2 year validity, then apply for PR (Green Card)

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$1.8 million (or $900,000 in a targeted area) invested in a project that creates 10 jobs in two years. Investment must not be financed. Other requirements exist.

Apply

The cost of this visa varies, and processing can take several years. Detailed instructions are here.

United States: E-2 Non-Immigrant Investor Visa

Investment Visa
Major investors can move to the U.S. with their families with an E-2 Non-Immigrant Investor Visa, (which is not a path to permanent residency).

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There is no set investment or job-creation target, so in practice this investment can be much smaller than EB-5 ($50,000+ encouraged). Other requirements exist. Only available to some nationalities (E-2 treaty).

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The cost of this visa varies, and it takes 3 months to process. More information is here.

Netherlands: Dutch-American Friendship Treaty

2 Year Remote Work Visa
The Dutch-American Friendship Treaty allows Americans to move to the Netherlands, with the right to work for clients there.

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Renewable after 2 years

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$5,440 bank balance (deposited in the Netherlands) and a freelance business to support yourself. Only American citizens qualify for this visa.

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This visa has a $1,562 fee. Apply in the Netherlands with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). This complicated process takes ~3 months, but you are allowed to work as a freelancer once you begin the application.

Malaysia: My Second Home (MM2H)

10 Year Remote Work Visa
The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) visa lets remote workers and their family move to Malaysia. (This program is paused due to COVID-19).

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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 10 years (not a path to Permanent Residence)

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If under 50: $2,440/m income, $122,026 bank balance upon application (upon acceptance, deposit $73,216 in Malaysia and maintain a fixed deposit of $36,608 after the 2nd year). If over 50: $2,440/m income, $85,418 bank balance upon application (upon acceptance, deposit $37,608 in Malaysia and maintain a fixed deposit of $24,405 after the 2nd year). Spouse's income and rental income can contribute to monthly income in some cases.

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Fees for this visa vary, and it takes 6 months to process. You can apply online here.

Anguilla: Permanent Residence

Investment Visa
Investors and their family can receive Permanent Residence in Anguilla, with a path to citizenship.

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$750,000 invested in real estate (for a family of 4) or $150,000 contributed to the Capital Development Fund for a single applicant ($300,000 for a family of 4)

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Fees start at $10,500 for one applicant ($23,000 for a family of 4). Apply online here.

Denmark: Startup Denmark

Startup Visa
Innovative startup founders, their team, and their family can move to Denmark with a Startup Visa.

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Renewable after 2 years

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An approved startup and $22,230 bank balance ($51,774 for a family of 3+)

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Fees start at $300 and initial business approval takes 6 weeks. Apply online here.

Singapore: Global Investor Programme

Investment Visa
Major investors and their family can move to Singapore permanently.

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$1.85+ million invested in various paths. Applicant must have a ""substantial business track record and successful entrepreneurial background,"" and meet stringent requirements for background and net worth (depending on investment path).

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Application fee starts at $7,400 and should process within 12 months. Apply online here.

Singapore: EntrePass

Startup Visa
Startup entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can move to Singapore with an EntrePass.

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Dynamic business environment

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Qualifying business or business plan, meeting quotas for investment, funding, income, and job creation. Applicant must meet requirements for Entrepreneur, Innovator, or Investor track.

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Application and issuance fees start at $244 and this visa takes 8 weeks to process. Apply online here.

Malta: Nomad Residence Permit

Digital Nomad Visa
Remote workers and freelancers and their family can spend a year or more in Malta with a Nomad Residence Permit.

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0% income tax

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$3,200/m income for a single applicant (more for a family)

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Fees start at $355 and this resident permit processes within 30 days. Apply via email using forms available here. If applicant does not have visa-free entry to Malta, they will also need to apply for a Premium Visa to Malta.

Antigua and Barbuda: Nomad Digital Residence (NDR)

2 Year Digital Nomad Visa
Remote workers, self-employed people, and their family can move to Antigua and Barbuda for 2 years with a Nomad Digital Residence.

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0% tax

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$50,000/yr income

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This visa costs $1,500 ($2,000 a couple, $3,000 for a family of 3+). Apply online here.