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Citizenship by Real Estate Investment

Feb 17, 2023

Citizenship by real estate investment, also known as citizenship by investment (CBI) or economic citizenship, is a process where individuals can obtain citizenship of a foreign country by investing in real estate or other qualifying investments. The process is typically offered by countries that are seeking to attract foreign investment and boost their economy.

Under a CBI program, investors are required to make a significant investment in the country, which could include purchasing real estate, making a contribution to a government fund, or investing in a local business. In exchange, the investor is granted citizenship of that country, along with a passport and other benefits, such as visa-free travel to other countries.

CBI programs are typically offered by small and developing countries, particularly in the Caribbean and Europe, such as Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Malta, Cyprus, and Portugal, among others. The requirements and costs of each program vary, and investors should carefully research the options and seek professional advice before making a decision.

While CBI programs offer a fast track to citizenship and other benefits, they are not without controversy, with critics arguing that they can lead to issues of national security, money laundering, and tax evasion. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider the risks and benefits of pursuing citizenship through real estate investment and to comply with all legal requirements and regulations.

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