The 5 Best Countries for Dual Citizenship

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Being a citizen of two countries makes traveling between the two countries easier. You do not have to apply for a long-stay visa. You are also spared questioning about the purpose of your visit.

By investing in one country, you can obtain another citizenship. This would allow you to work and stay in either country. If you wish to obtain dual nationality, the top 5 countries for dual citizenship are:

  1. New Zealand
    New Zealand is a member of the Trans-Tasman Agreement which allows freedom of movement to and from Australia. The upcoming geopolitical union (CANZUK) could open doors for citizens to live and work visa-free in Australia, Canada and the UK.

    Eligibility criteria:
    The New Zealand Citizenship by Investment program has two categories:

    A) You must invest at least NZ$10 million for at least three years
    B) You must invest at least NZ$3 million for at least four years
    In any case, you get back the amount invested at the end of the term. The resulting residency leads to citizenship after five years.

  2. Portugal
    You enjoy a warm climate, delicious cuisine and a safe environment. Plus, you get access to 185 countries, including the EU.


    Eligibility criteria:
    You can take advantage of any of the following 5 routes to obtain a Golden Visa
    – Transfer of at least 1 million euros to an approved account
    – Invest at least €280,000 to €400,000 for property renovation in low-density areas
    – Create at least 10 jobs
    – Invest at least €350,000 in a Portuguese company to create at least five permanent jobs for at least three years
    – Contribute at least €250,000 for art, €350,000 for research or €350,000 to a specified investment venture capital fund.

    The Golden Visa grants you a residency of five years. You can apply for citizenship at the end of this period.

  3. Malta
    You can enjoy a pleasant climate and great business prospects in Malta. It is a predominantly English-speaking country and offers a favorable tax environment.

    Valletta Malta
    Eligibility criteria:
    You can take one of the following routes to obtain citizenship by investment:

    – Donate at least €650,000 to a government national development fund
    – Buy a property of at least €350,000 for five years, failing which you can rent a property with a rent of at least €16,000 per year
    – Invest at least €150,000 in government-approved stocks or bonds

  4. Grenade
    You get a Grenada passport within three months of submitting the application. Your parents, grandparents and siblings or spouse may also be included in the application. A Grenada passport gives you visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 143 countries.


    Eligibility criteria:
    You can take one of the following routes to obtain citizenship by investment:
    – Donate at least $150,000 to the Grenada National Transformation Fund. This amount would increase to $200,000 for a family of four.
    – Invest at least $220,000 as co-owner in a real estate project for a minimum of five years.

  5. Saint Kitts and Nevis
    It runs the oldest citizenship-by-investment program and you can obtain citizenship within 60 days of submitting the application. A passport holder gets visa-free access to 156 countries, including the EU, most of South America, Russia and the UK.


    Eligibility criteria:
    You can take one of the following routes to obtain citizenship by investment:
    – Donate at least $150,000 to a sustainable growth fund. That would be enough for a family of up to four.
    – Buy a property worth $200,000 for seven years or a property worth $400,000 for five years. You and your family members will be granted full citizenship once the processing fee has been paid.

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