Situated in Southwestern Europe, Spain is a vibrant country admired for its majestic landscapes and excellent quality of life and a nation with a rich history and unique culture and traditions. The country is regarded as one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Spain has one of the most important economies in Europe. It is also a full member of the EU and the Eurozone.

The Spain Residence by Investment Program is ranked 8th out of 26 programs on the 2022 Global Residence Program Index. This program allows foreign nationals to make a significant investment in the country and apply for an investor visa. Individuals and their immediate family members can become residents of Spain (through a temporary residence permit) within a few months. Subject to general immigration rules and requirements, residents by investment can acquire permanent residence status after five years of continuous residence in Spain, and may gain Spanish citizenship thereafter.

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Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In 1992, Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Centre Program, which sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers approved by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. Under this employment visa category, an individual and family (spouse + children under the age of 21 and unmarried) can obtain a green card via investment. By investing USD 800,000 or USD 1,050,000 (depending on geographic area) in a commercial enterprise and creating at least 10 full time U.S. worker jobs one can achieve the first step towards their American Dream. The green card is issued in 2 phases – Phase 1 – conditional green card and Phase 2 – Condition is removed if the job requirement is met to make it a permanent green card. The US Govt. states that this kind of an investment must be deemed at risk.

The UK Government first launched the high value investor visa scheme on 1 October 1994. As of 2004, investor applicants were required to hold at least £1 million in the UK and to invest £750,000 in UK Government bonds, stocks or corporate bonds. In addition, the applicant had to make the UK their main home. In 2008, the Government introduced the Points Based System. As from 6 Nov 2014, UK announced increase in tier 1 investor visa from £1 million to £2 million.

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African Coast. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) launched in 2021 is a PR programme open to non-EU nationals who invest in Malta.

The Programme is regulated by a robust legal framework, and it allows the main applicant the right to include in the application, the spouse, children, parents, (including parents in law) and grandparents and to give the opportunity to reside or settle indefinitely in Malta. The residency permit also allows the applicants the right to travel within the twenty-six countries of the Schengen Area without a visa.

The Greek passport is ranked as the 4th strongest passport in the world when it comes to residency by investment. Known as The Golden Visa Program, Greece’s residence by investment program, was established since 2013 allowing non-EU citizens to receive an EU Residence Permit in exchange for investments in Greece’s real estate.

Greece’s cosmopolitan cities, Mediterranean climate and attractive real estate has lured high net worth individuals into making this country their second home.

Canada opened immigrant investor scheme in 1984, one of the oldest and most popular golden visa schemes in the world. Canada is the most popular immigrant destination for High Net Worth families. Canada offers the best quality of living, with world class health care and education. Canada is a diverse multicultural country with strong economy. Some of the best universities in the world are in Canada.

Portugal boasts rich historical and cultural heritage spread across from white sandy beaches in Cascais to the city of seven hills, Lisbon. The country has encouraged high net worth individuals with its several avenues of potential investments in sectors like textiles, manufacturing and construction and most recently Real Estate supported by the demand of the Golden Visa.

Portugal’s passport is ranked as the 6th strongest passport in the world. The Golden Residence Permit (Golden Visa) Programme, Portugal’s residence by investment program, was established in October 2012 allowing non-EU citizens to receive a temporary EU Residence Permit in exchange for investments in Portuguese Real Estate.