CBI Passports: Top 10 (ALL) Citizenship By Investment Programs For 2024

Citizenship By Investment Programs 2024

Looking for the easiest citizenships to get by investment? Vanuatu Passport provides a round-up of the world’s best Citizenship By Investment Programs as they stand going into 2024. Compare the various program requirements, donation and investment options below, or contact us now to request a free quote or consultation.

One of our expert citizenship planning consultants will get in touch to help you identify the best, most cost-effective option based on your family size and individual requirements.

CBI PROGRAM HISTORY

A brief timeline of Citizenship By Investment (CBI) programs around the world:

1982: Tonga CBI

1984: St Kitts & Nevis and Ireland CBI

1985: Belize CBI

1987: Marshall Islands CBI

1991: Samoa CBI

1993: Dominica CBI and Peru CBI

1996: Grenada CBI and Tuvalu CBI

2001: Comoros CBI

2007: Cyprus CBI

2010: Montenegro CBI

2013: Antigua & Barbuda

2014: Malta CBI and Vanuatu CBI

2016: St Lucia CBI

2020: Egypt CBI

2021: North Macedonia CBI

TOP 10 Citizenship By Investment Programs in the World (2024 List)

CBI PROGRAM……………………………………….. Program Description…………………………………………………………………….. Investment Options……………………………………. Visa-Free Destinations Application Timeline Official Website Apply Now

Vanuatu Citizenship By Investment Program

The current Vanuatu Citizenship By Investment Program, marketed under the banner of the VDSP, was launched in January 2017. The Citizenship Act (CAP 112) and Section 20 of the Citizenship Act (112) Order No.215 of 2016 serve as the legal basis for the program, which has become one of the top-selling CBI programs in the world in the four years since it was launched.

Donation:

Single applicant: $135,500 (total); Married Couple: $155,500 (total); Family of 3: $170,500 (total);

Family of 4: $185,500 (total).

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30-45 Days Click Here Apply Here

St Kitts Citizenship By Investment Program

The St Kitts CBI, also referred to as the St Kitts CIP, is the oldest Citizenship By Investment program in the world. Internationally acclaimed for its streamlined application process and rigorous due diligence, St Kitts and Nevis is a true industry pioneer.

The 1984 Citizenship Act, Part II Section 3 (5), serves as the legal basis for the program.

Donation:

Single applicant: $183,100 (total); Married Couple: $232,700 (total); Family of 3: POA (age dependent); Family of 4: POA (age dependent).

133 6 Months+ Click Here Apply Here

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program

 

The St Lucia investor passport program is one of the youngest CBIs in the world, having only been launched in 2015. Yet the program has a sterling international reputation. The Citizenship by Investment Bill of 2015 serves as the legal basis for the program, which enables foreign nationals to obtain second citizenship in St Lucia by making a government approved investment or donation.

The program was launched with a view to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and raised over $40 million by as early as 2019.

Donation:

Single applicant: $139,600 (total); Married Couple: $185,700 (total); Family of 3: $201,800 (total); Family of 4: $207,900 (total)

144 6 Months+ Click Here Apply Here

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program

Established in 2012, the Antigua Citizenship By Investment program offers applicants a fast, streamlined process to obtain a second passport through means of either a donation or a government approved investment.

Over 1260 investors with families had become new citizens of Antigua and Barbuda by as early as 2017. Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act of 2014 serves as the legal basis for the program, and can be viewed here.

Donation:

Single applicant: $162 800 (total); Married Couple: $170,600 (total); Family of 3: $172,900 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent).

131 6 Months+ Click Here Apply Here

Dominica Citizenship By Investment Program

The Dominica Citizenship By Investment program enables applicants to obtain second citizenship and a powerful passport  fast and affordably. Launched in 1993, the program was created to  aid economic recovery  and stimulate job creation.

Foreign applicants can either make a donation to the Dominica Economic Diversification Fund, or invest  $200,000+ in government approved real estate for a minimum period of 3 years.

Donation:

Single Applicant: $167,400 (total); Married Couple: $223,850 (total); Family of 3: $230,300 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent)

122 6 Months+  Click Here Apply Here

Grenada Citizenship By Investment Program

Offering visa-free access to 123 countries, including the UK, the EU Schengen countries, as well as China and the UAE, the Grenada passport is a truly powerful travel document. It is also the only Caribbean signatory of an E-2  bilateral Treaty Agreement, making it highly popular among foreign nationals seeking to make a move to the USA.

Donation:

Single Applicant: $186,750 (total); Married Couple: $251,750 (total); Family of 3: $201,800 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent)

123 6 Months+  Click Here Apply Here

Montenegro Citizenship By Investment Program

Launched by the Montenegro government in early October 2019, the Montenegrin Citizenship By Investment Program is currently one of only a few bonafide CBI programs in Europe, given the recent demise of the Cyprus CBI program.

Requiring both a donation and an investment in a government approved property development project, the program has been steadily gaining in popularity among applicants hailing from Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, South Africa and the Middle East.

Most notably, a Montenegro passport affords the bearer visa-free access to the EU countries.

Property Investment:

€250,000+ OR €400,000+

AND Donation:

€100,000

124 3-4 Months  Click Here Apply Here

Turkey Citizenship By Investment Program

Launched in 2017, the Turkish Citizenship By Investment Program is the top selling CBI in the world as of February 2020. The minimum real estate investment requirement was lowered to $250,000 in 2018, after which application volumes rose massively. The minimum investment amount, going into 2024, is $400,000.

This Turkiye CBI program is especially popular among middle easterners, however it offers excellent value and a short investment lock-in period, making it well suited a far broader range of potential applicants.

Property Investment: 

$400,000

110 6 Months+  Click Here Apply Here

Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization

The Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) was recently replaced by the laboriously named Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, also referred to in industry circles as the Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN) program for short.

The new Malta MIIP replacement program features some new characteristics, most notably relating to the donation amounts and pre-citizenship residency requirements.

Donation:

€600,000 (36 month residency) or €750,000 (12 month residency)

AND

Investment:  €700,000 property purchase or  €16,000 rental per year.

184 12 Months+ OR 36 Months+  Click Here Apply Here

Jordan Citizenship By Investment Program

Launched in 2018, the Jordan Citizenship By Investment Program has attracted over 200 investors (main applicants) to date, despite industry expectations that the program would not be popular among foreign investors. Applicants have hailed from, Pakistan, Iraq, India, Canada, Finland, Lebanon, Syria and the USA. According to Jordan’s Investment Commission, the total investments raised under the program amounted to over US $1.38 billion, or around US $6.9 million per investor. SME Investment:

$750,000 SME Investment; 1 million share capital, bond or bank deposit or company formation

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Egypt Citizenship By Investment Program

Originally launched in 2020, The Egyptian CBI program was not very popular amongst Westerners upon launch. Apart from the fact that the country’s passport is a weak travel document, the Egyptian capital of Cairo isn’t exactly a lifestyle destination (whereas the Red Sea Riviera is).

But a lot has changed in the past three years: For starters, the Egyptian Government reduced the minimum investment requirement for the real estate option from $500,000 to just $300,000.

This has positioned the Egyptian Citizenship By Investment program as a viable competitor to the Turkish Citizenship By Investment program going into 2024. And in addition, CBI investors can now buy ANY property worth $300,000 in Egypt; not only government-sponsored projects.

The investment migration market has also seen some significant shifts since the pandemic: Russians – suffering crippling international sanctions – have emerged as a key source country for the CBI programs in Grenada and Turkey since the war in Ukraine broke out.

And in addition, high net worth Americans, Canadians and Britons are also applying for alternative citizenships in increasing numbers.

Investment options: 

  1. Non-refundable government contribution
  2. Property acquisition
  3. Business investment
  4. Deposit with Central Bank of Egypt.

The minimal required investment is $250,000, and it takes 6-12 months to obtain Egyptian Citizenship By Investment.

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