Immigration with the family
When applying for a visa and obtaining a residence permit/permanent residence, an immigrant usually has the right to bring close family members — spouse and children. In this case, you need to apply for a visa for each family member. Sometimes the knowledge of the language has to to be confirmed not only by the candidate, but also by members of his family — this condition must be clarified when choosing a country. All family members must apply in person.
Getting a visa
To not only temporarily live in the country, but also gain a foothold in it, you need to apply for a special immigration visa. Such a visa gives the right to obtain a residence permit after entry. For this purpose, visas intended for tourists, volunteers, journalists and some other categories of temporary immigrants will not work.
Do not postpone your visa preparation for the last moment: you may not have time to pass a language exam or translate and notarize documents. When planning a trip, you need to remember that the approval process can take anything between a couple of days to several months. It is not recommended to sell all your property and buy tickets before obtaining a visa.
How to increase the chances of getting a visa
- Provide evidence of funds;
- Confirm your language proficiency;
- Represent a sought-after profession in the labor market of the selected state;
- Have no criminal record;
- Collect the complete package of required documents (omission of one document may become the basis for refusal);
- Study the requirements for immigrants in the selected country and category as closely as possible.
Obtaining a residence permit and citizenship
After entering a visa, an immigrant receives a temporary residence permit or permanent residence. Depending on the country, this can be done at the immigration service or at the local police.
To obtain citizenship, you need to live with a residence permit/permanent residence in the country for an average from 3 to 5 years. This period depends on the laws of the country and the method of immigration. Unlike temporary and permanent residents, citizens have political rights: the right to elect, to be elected, and others. Some seek to obtain citizenship of such countries as, for example, Germany, the USA or Australia because with their passports a person receives the right to visa-free entry to almost every country in the world. Procedure of obtaining citizenship can take from several weeks to a year.
Buying a residence permit / citizenship
States offer their residence permit or citizenship to those who are willing to invest in their economy: buy real estate or government bonds, make a large bank deposit. This type of immigration is often referred to as a "golden visa". In fact, this is the right to a residence permit or citizenship that an investor receives after buying a property / investing. Additional requirements for the investor may include the absence of crimes on his account and the execution of medical insurance. Most often, the holder of investments needs to spend several months of each year in the country, not to withdraw investments from the country for several years and have a stable income of a certain size.
Southern European countries are the best option for this type of immigration due to their geographical proximity, the possibility of visa-free travel to many countries, obtaining an EU passport and the most favorable conditions for acquiring a residence permit or citizenship.
Best countries for buying a residence permit / permanent residence through investment
|Country||Category||Type of investment||Investment|
|Greece||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||261,689 USD|
|Portugal||Real estate||Investment in the restoration of property, which was built over 30 years ago, or one located in the area of the city that is in the need of reconstruction||366,364 USD|
|Portugal||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||523,377 USD|
|Portugal||Investment||Investments in preservation of cultural heritage, support of art, etc.||261,689 USD|
|Portugal||Investment||Investments in scientific research||366,364 USD|
|Portugal||Investment||Any investments||1,046,754 USD|
|Spain||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||523,377 USD|
|Spain||Investment||Investment in a bank or enterprise||1,046,754 USD|
|Spain||Investment||Buying government bonds||2,093,509 USD|
|Cyprus||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||314,026 USD|
|Bulgaria||Investment||Investment in a company whose shares are listed on the Bulgarian exchange||578,196 USD|
|Bulgaria||Investment||Investment in a company whose shares are not listed on the Bulgarian stock exchange||3,469,185 USD |
Best countries for buying citizenship through investments
|Country||Category||Type of investments||Investments|
|Malta||Real estate||Five-year lease of real estate in Malta||83,740 USD|
|Malta||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||366,364 USD|
|Malta||Investment||Contribution to the National Development and Social Fund||680,390 USD|
|Malta||Investment||Buying state bonds or bonds from Malta Stock Exchange||157,013 USD|
|Cyprus||Property||Purchase of real estate||2,250,522 USD|
|Turkey||Investment||Contribution to government bonds, Turkish banks, venture capital, etc.||485,076 USD|
|Turkey||Real estate||Purchase of real estate||242,533 USD |
The basic requirements for citizenship
- Staying in the country for multiple years with a residence permit / permanent residence
- Investment that guarantees the acquisition of citizenship bypassing the visa process;
- Language proficiency (language certificate);
- The knowledge of the culture and political and social situation (passing a civic test or it’s analog);
- Abandoning previous citizenships if this is required by the law of the country of immigration.
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