Top 10 (ALL) Citizenship By Investment Programs For 2021

CBI PROGRAM HISTORY

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

1982: Tonga

1984: St Kitts & Nevis and Ireland

1985: Belize

1987: Marshall Islands

1991: Samoa

1993: Dominica and Peru

1996: Grenada and Tuvalu

2001: Comoros

2007: Cyprus CBI

2010: Montenegro CBI

2013: Antigua & Barbuda

2014: Malta and Vanuatu

2016: St Lucia

2018: Turkey and Jordan

2021 and beyond:

Greece?

Egypt?

Kenya?

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 at February 2021. 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.

TOP 10 CBI Programs in the world

Vanuatu Development Support 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.

Vanuatu Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Single applicant: $135,500 (total); Married Couple: $155,500 (total); Family of 3: $170,500 (total);

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

Real Estate Investment Option None
Visa-Free Destinations 129
Typical Application Timeline 30 to 45 days
Official Program Website https://vancitizenship.gov.vu/

St Kitts Citizenship By Investment Program

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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.

St Kitts Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Donations

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

Real Estate Investment Option Yes, from $200,000 (joint investment, govt. approved only).
Visa-Free Destinations 133
Typical Application Timeline 6 months
Official Program Website https://www.ciu.gov.kn/

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.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Single applicant: $139,600 (total); Married Couple: $185,700 (total); Family of 3: $201,800 (total); Family of 4: $207,900 (total)
Real Estate Investment Option Yes, from $300,000 (govt. approved only).
Visa-Free Destinations 144
Typical Application Timeline 6 Months
Official Program Website http://www.govt.lc/news/about/citizenship-residency

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program

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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.

Antigua Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Single applicant: $162 800 (total); Married Couple: $170,600 (total); Family of 3: $172,900 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent).
Real Estate Investment Option Yes, from $200,000 (joint investment, govt. approved only).
Visa-Free Destinations 131
Typical Application Timeline 6 Months
Official Program Website https://cip.gov.ag/

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.

Dominica Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Single Applicant: $167,400 (total); Married Couple: $223,850 (total); Family of 3: $230,300 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent)
Real Estate Investment Option Yes, from $200,000 (government approved only).
Visa-Free Destinations 122
Typical Application Timeline 6 Months
Official Program Website https://cbiu.gov.dm/dominica-citizenship/

Grenada Citizenship By Investment Program

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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.

Grenada Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations Single Applicant: $186,750 (total); Married Couple: $251,750 (total); Family of 3: $201,800 (total); Family of 4: POA (age dependent)
Real Estate Investment Option Yes, from $220,000 (govt. approved only).
Visa-Free Destinations 123
Typical Application Timeline 6 Months
Official Program Website https://www.cbi.gov.gd/

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.

Montenegro Citizenship By Investment Program
Donation €100,000
Real Estate Investment Option €250,000 OR €450,000
Visa-Free Destinations 124
Typical Application Timeline 3-4 Months
Official Program Website https://mia.gov.me/eng/economic-citizenship

Turkey Citizenship By Investment Program

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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.

This 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.

Turkish Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations None
Real Estate Investment Option $250,000
Visa-Free Destinations 110
Typical Application Timeline 6 Months
Official Program Website https://www.invest.gov.tr/en/investmentguide/pages/acquiring-property-and-citizenship.aspx

Malta Exceptional Investor Naturalization (replaced the Malta Individual Investor Program).

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.

Malta Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations  €600,000 (36 month residency) or €750,000 (12 month residency)
Real Estate Investment Option  €700,000 purchase or  €16,000 per year.
Visa-Free Destinations 184
Typical Application Timeline 12 months+
Official Program Website https://iip.gov.mt/

Jordan Citizenship By Investment Program

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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.

Jordan Citizenship By Investment Program
Donations None
Investment Options $750,000 SME Investment; 1 million share capital, bond or bank deposit or company formation
Visa-Free Destinations 51
Typical Application Timeline TBC
Official Program Website N/A