Golden Visa

Residency and citizenship by investment

The Golden Visa is a program that seeks to attract foreign investment by offering residency or citizenship (passport) of the host country. These golden visas are an attractive option for those seeking to mitigate those seeking to mitigate country risk, diversify assets, or simply find the peace of mind of having a solid contingency plan. Also known as residence and/or citizenship by investment programs, they provide the flexibility and security of having a plan B that eliminates borders and creates opportunities.

There are different forms of investment that apply for the Golden Visa, and each has its specific requirements and benefits, depending on the country in question.

Investing and/or contributing are the most common ways, with each country being responsible for establishing a minimum amount, the investment vehicles available and the time it takes to obtain residency and subsequently a passport. Some countries offer real estate investment options or private investment funds, but there are others, including even the possibility of incorporating your own company in the host country.

Europe is one of the regions with the most demanded golden visa programs in the world. The countries with the most popular programs are Portugal, Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. These programs not only allow you to obtain residency, but can also offer the right to work or study in the host country, along with the freedom to travel freely throughout the Schengen area.

AIM Global offers legal services, knowledge and financial expertise to identify attractive local opportunities applicable to the various programs according to the rules established by the immigration institutions. Our advice is personalized to help you meet your objectives.

Explore opportunities to obtain residency and citizenship by investment.

Portugal

Golden Visa Portugal is one of the most interesting programs in Europe because it allows foreign investors to obtain citizenship (passport) in only 5 years without the need to actually reside in the country. Investment alternatives in funds from €500,000, or contribution in artistic and cultural projects from €200,000.

Spain

Spain stands out for the speed with which the Golden Visa is granted and the possibility of diversifying wealth through an investment property from €500,000. It is important to highlight that citizens of Latin America and former colonies of Spain, with only 2 years of residence in the country you can obtain Spanish citizenship (passport).

Greece

Golden Visa Greece is an attractive program for those who are looking for fast residence and a low investment amount. From €250,000 in real estate and in only 1 - 2 months you can obtain residency. However, only after 7 years of residence in the country you can opt for citizenship (passport).



Malta

Golden Visa Malta is a highly competitive residency program in which investors can live permanently in the European Union country and enjoy visa-free access to the Schengen Area. For real estate investments from €400,000.



Cyprus

Golden Visa Cyprus offers a highly attractive residency program. With an investment of 300,000 euros, subscribers and their families will be able to enjoy the safest country in the European Union, with a low cost of living and favorable tax conditions.



Golden Visa Comparison Chart

PROGRAM
Portugal
Spain
Greece
Malta
Cyprus
Minimum contribution amount
Contribution €200,000 / Investment €500,000
€500.000
€250.000
Contribution €600,000 and/or €700,000
€300,000
Minimum length of stay requirement for residency eligibility
7 days a year
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-
-
1 day every 2 years
Duration of initial permit
Temporary residence
Temporary residence
Permanent residence
Permanent residence
Permanent residence
Renewal period
Every 2 years
In the third year, then every 5 years
Renew card every 5 years
Renew card every 5 years
Demonstrate criminal record every 3 years
Minimum residence to apply for citizenship
14 days every 2 years, for 5 years
Can not spend more than 90 consecutive days outside of Spain, for 2 years (only Latinos).
At least 6 months per year, for 7 years
36 months or 12 months depending on the amount contributed.
At least 6 months per year, for 5 years
Time of effective residence for citizenship
35 days
2 years for Latin Americans, 10 years for the rest of the world
7 years
1 year
5 years
Family inclusion
Spouse and children under 18 years of age
Spouse and children under 18 years of age
Spouse and children under 21 years of age if dependent
Spouse and children under 27 years of age if dependent
Spouse and children under 25 years of age.
Right to work
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Visa-free travel
EU Schengen countries
EU Schengen countries
EU Schengen countries
EU Schengen countries
EU Schengen countries

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