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Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment

Starting from January 2017, the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu has launched the Development Support Program (DSP) for the purpose of raising funds to support infrastructure and promoting economic development of the country. The citizenship by investment is a new provision enacted under the Citizenship Act with the powers conferred on the Prime Minister. Candidates may apply for Vanuatu citizenship by contributions to the Government. The citizenship by investment acquired under the program is fully recognized by the Government of Vanuatu and the nationality is regarded as Ni-Vanuatu (Vanuatu citizen). Those applying for and receiving citizenship by investment have the full right to reside in Vanuatu at all times and the passport is renewable upon expiry. Moreover, citizenship is inherited by future generations. The applicant must not have any criminal record and must be of high standing in his or her community, organization, society or country. Passports are valid for a period of 5 years renewable for the same period.

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Permanent Residence in Bulgaria

The Republic of Bulgaria is a country in Southern Europe. In 1945, after World War II, Bulgaria became a communist state and was a part of the Eastern Bloc until the political changes in Eastern Europe in 1989/1990, when the Communist Party allowed multi-party elections and Bulgaria undertook a transition to parliamentary democracy and free-market capitalism with mixed results. Bulgaria functions as a parliamentary democracy within a unitary constitutional republic. A member of the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and a founding state of the OSCE, it has a high Human Development Index.

Permanent Residence by Investment Program
In order to apply for permanent residency based on investment the applicant is expected to invest BGN 1,000,000 (approximately EUR 512,000) into Bulgarian business for a period of 5 years. The main disadvantage of this scheme and this immigration category is that Bulgarian citizenship is not possible irrespective of number oy years spent in Bulgaria.

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Residence in Switzerland on Lump-Sum Taxations Agreement

Switzerland is one of the most attractive countries in the world for immigration and doing business. Relatively low tax rates (in comparison with most EU-countries) make Switzerland one of the best choices for business and private residence. Investors and entrepreneurs as well as persons of independent means would normally have no problem obtaining a residence permit. At the same time foreign investor from non-EU countries should keep in mind that EU-citizens enjoy preferential treatment in terms of obtaining residence permits in Switzerland. In particular, it is practically impossible for owners of small and medium-sized companies (if they are not holders of EU passports) to obtain residency in Switzerland with the right to work. Labour market of Switzerland is protected, and jobs are meant for Swiss citizens, then for EU-citizens, and only if are a really big expert in some area and can fulfill unique job duties, only then you can count on getting Permit B with a right to be gainfully occupied in Switzerland. read more

Investment Programs in Comparison

“Elma Global” is one of the leading companies in the world in the sphere of relocation, and acquiring various immigration statuses: temporary residence permits, permanent residencies, second citizenship and second passports. The main offices are located in Moscow and Ukraine. Also, we have a vast network of business partners in the most attractive jurisdictions of the world (Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore and some other countries). Below you can find our analysis of the most attractive investment programs of the world. read more

Questions on Multiple Citizenship

Question: Could you please help me regarding my citizenship? I am Brazilian born, with Portuguese citizenship. I am living in England for 5 years and qualify to apply for citizenship there also. Does UK government allow up to 3 citizenships? Or do I have to disclaim one of them?
Answer: You can have triple citizenship, no problem. All the three countries recognize multiple citizenship.

Question: I have a question regarding multiple citizenship. I was born in Russia and have moved to USA in my 20s. I have met my husband there who holds dual citizenship (French/ USA). We were married for 3 years now and starting next year or so I’m planning to apply for American citizenship. First, due to the conflict in Ukraine would it be possible for me to keep both Russian (at birth) and American (by marriage) citizenships? In addition, having in mind that my husband has dual (French/American) citizenship, does it let me the right to apply for a French citizenship? We have visited France recently and thinking of moving there for good. Is it easier to have only permanent resident status of both USA and France countries to be able to visit any time we want and to possibly avoid taxes? Or having green card in one country would automatically prevent me from getting a green card in another country?
Answer: There is no problem with having simultaneously three citizenships and passports. All the three countries (Russia, US, and France) allow dual citizenship in case you are not governmental official of high level, judge, or police officer. You can get French citizenship if you are married to French citizen for at least 1 year; no need of physical presence in the country as a condition to apply for citizenship in case of application by marriage. read more

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