Second Citizenship by Investment in the Comoros
The official name of the country is the Union of the Comoros. It is a sovereign island nation in the Indian Ocean located Mozambique and Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. The population, excluding Mayotte, is estimated at 798,000. The Union of the Comoros has three official languages – Comorian, Arabic and French – though French is the sole official language on Mayotte. In addition to many smaller islands, the country consists of the four major islands in the volcanic Comoros archipelago: Grande Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan, and Mayotte. Mayotte, however, has never been administered by an independent Comoros government and continues to be administered by France (currently as an overseas department) as it was the only island in the archipelago that voted against independence in 1974. The Comoros is the only state to be a member of the African Union, Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Arab League, and the Indian Ocean Commission. Since independence in 1975, the country has experienced numerous coups d’état and as of 2008 about half the population lives below the international poverty line of US dollars 1.25 a day.
The Comoros economic citizenship program was established in 2001 in accordance with the Union of Comoros Constitution. The Program is regulated by the Law on Economic Citizenship as of 27 November 2008. The last significant amendments to the citizenship by investment scheme were made in 2013. The authority responsible for processing citizenship applications is the National Independent Committee. Citizenship is granted solely by decree of the President of the Republic. The typical processing time is two months from the moment you submit a complete application. However processing times may vary depending on the complexity of each individual case. After approval you will get your Comorian citizenship (the Certificate of Naturalization and passport). Passport is valid for 5 years and is renewable upon expiration.
- Main applicant must be at least eighteen years old and must be a foreign person residing outside of the Comoros;
- Main applicant must have no criminal record (be of good character), and must not be a member of a terrorist organization;
- Main applicant must have made an government donation in the prescribed amount;
- The application procedure is personal (not only for the main applicant but also for the family members).
Nationalities restricted from participation: French (i.e. citizens of the French Republic), Iranians. Citizens of the above-mentioned countries are not eligible to apply in the Comoros.
Costs and Fees
The Comoros economic citizenship is the cheapest one among all of the existing citizenship by investment programs. The government fees are as follows. Main applicant: 45,000, spouse: 20,000, child 0-18 years old: 10,000. All the fees are in US dollars. There will be extra travelling costs (for the applicant, his family members, and the Comoros Immigration Officer) for the application procedure. Application can be made in Turkey or some Middle East country. As for the professional fees, please, contact us to receive a quotation.
Visa Free Entry or Visa on Arrival for the Comorian citizens:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federation States of Micronesia, Georgia, Haiti, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (South), Laos, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niu, Palau, Panama, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia.
The list of countries can change subject to the governments’ policy. As we can see from the list above the visa free travel with the Comorian passport is rather limited (40 + countries). At the same time in some cases, when passport is needed as some sort of security (like insurance policy) or for banking purposes it can be recommended.
The Main Advantages
- Lifetime citizenship at a reasonable cost (compared to other second passport programs). Dual citizenship is recognized. No need to renounce your current citizenship.
- Spouse and children under 18 years old are qualified.
- Fast and simple process. Processing of applications takes up to two months; no residency requirements; no personal interview.
- No risk of losing money without getting the desirable result (Government donation is to be made only after the approval).
- No notification about new citizenship to your home authorities.
- No tax obligations for new citizens
- Passport can be used for banking purposes
If you have any questions regarding citizenship of Comoros or you need legal assistance in obtaining second passport by investment, please, contact us today. When you send us an e-mail, please, indicate your citizenship, country of residence, and age of every family member to be included into application. We must have the age in order we could quote the fees and expenses applicable in your case.