Trying to figure out how to legally obtain a second citizenship and passport?
If you’re lucky enough to have ancestors from places like Poland, Italy or Ireland, then obtaining a second passport is very straightforward—that is, assuming you can document your family ancestry.
However, for most people who aren’t part of this fortunate bloodline club, obtaining dual citizenship or a second passport requires one of three things...
Some of the best citizenship by investment programs are from countries like:
Though all have official economic citizenship programs or golden passport opportunities that can be purchased through a real estate investment or a donation of upwards of 100,000-150,000 USD depending on the country.
The cheapest citizenship-by-investment program, such as Dominica’s still runs into six figures, hardly a trivial sum for most, and the others are all in the mid-six-figure or higher bracket.
If you’re flexible with your time and lifestyle though, you can obtain citizenship in one of these places at relatively little cost.
Panama is the easiest place in the world to establish residency under the so-called Panama 'Friendly Nations Visa'.
It’s a straightforward process that involves setting up a local company and opening a bank account with a fairly small sum. You don’t even have to spend time in the country.
And after five years, you’re eligible to apply for naturalization.
If you’re flexible and willing to go the unorthodox way, you can obtain citizenship in Brazil after as little as a year of living there by having a Brazilian child and/or by marrying a Brazilian.
Are you Jewish? Thinking about officially becoming Jewish? Anyone of Jewish ancestry can qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
The added benefit is that, just like Brazil, Israel doesn’t extradite its citizens, which is a good option to have if you ever find yourself in a pinch.
The downside of course is that a 2-year stint in the Israeli Defense Forces might be required as well.
Three years of residency in Belgium qualifies you for naturalization.
'Residency' is quite flexible in that you don’t actually have to spend time there, especially if you move around the borderless Schengen area.
As long as you demonstrate some ties to Belgium through family, business, property, paying taxes, you will be able to get citizenship.
These dual citizenship solutions are today's top picks from the immigration specialists at Offshore Protection