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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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Renewable after 2 years

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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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Renewable after 1 year

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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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Renewable after 25 years

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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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Permanent validity

Requirements

$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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0% tax

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Renewable after 25 years

Requirements

$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.

Apply

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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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

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

Apply

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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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

$3.25 million invested in a business that creates 20 jobs

Apply

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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Valid for 5 years

Requirements

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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Renewable after 4 years

Requirements

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

Apply

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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Renewable after 4 years

Requirements

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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Relatively low investment

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Valid indefinitely

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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.

Apply

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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Renewable after 5 years

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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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Various investment paths

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Relatively low investment

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Valid for 4 years

Requirements

,"$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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Renewable after 20 years

Requirements

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

Apply

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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Two investment tiers

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Renewable after 3 years

Requirements

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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Favorable tax terms

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Renewable after 1 year

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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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Facilitates business travel

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Valid for 2 years

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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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Path to citizenship in 5 years

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$60,000 incentive if dependents attend Irish university

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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

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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Valid for 4 years

Requirements

$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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No physical residency required

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Renewable after 2 years

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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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0% offshore tax

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Renewable after 1 year

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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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Renewable after 2 years

Requirements

$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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No physical residency required

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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

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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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Renewable after 5 years

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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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Renewable after 3 years

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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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Renewable after 3 years

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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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Relatively small investment

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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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Limited physical residency required

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Renewable after 5 years

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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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Favorable tax terms

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Renewable after 1 year

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$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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No minimum property value

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Renewable after 1 year

Requirements

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.

Apply

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)

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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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Lower-cost tech investment may be approved

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Limited physical residency required

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Citizenship after 4 years

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$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.

Apply

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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Renewable after 2 years

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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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Expedited citizenship possible after 5 years

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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.

Apply

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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Renewable after 2 years

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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.

Apply

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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Renewable after 2 years

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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.

Apply

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

United States: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa

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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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Renewable after 2 years

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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).

Apply

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