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Residency by Investment


    Process Duration
  • Spain - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR € 500,000+
    3 to 6 Months
    The Spain RBI program offers applicants visa-free travel in the Schengen Area along with access to public healthcare and education, plus eligibility for family inclusion.
  • Italy - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR € 250,000+
    3 to 6 Months
    Obtain Italy residence permit for 2 years. After 10 years applicant and family can apply for Italian citizenship and enjoy visa-free travel in 190 countries.
  • Cyprus - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR €300,000+
    3 to 6 Months
    The Cyprus RBI is highly efficient, allowing applicants to visit the country every two years, there are no requirements to permanently reside in Cyprus during your application process.
  • Malta - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR € 300,000 to € 350,000+
    3 to 6 Months
    Applicant is eligible for family inclusion with the right to reside in Malta, and visa-free travel in Schengen area.
  • Portugal - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR € 250,000
    6 to 8 Months
    The Portugal RBI program offers visa-free travel in the Schengen area. Family inclusion is eligible, along with freedom to study, work and live in the country.
  • Greece - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR € 250,000
    1 to 3 Months
    The Greece RBI Program offers a Residency Permit, finalized within just 60 days, visa-free travel to the Schengen Area, and family inclusion.
  • Hungary - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    EUR €250,000
    3 to 6 Months
    The Hungary RBI program offers a Residency permit in as soon as 90 days, visa-free travel to the Schengen Zone, and family inclusion.
  • North America

    Process Duration
  • USA - Investment Visa
    Residency by Investment
    USD $900,000
    12 to 24 Months
    The US EB-5 program offers applicants visa-free travel in the USA territory and in the Schengen Area. Family inclusion is allowed in the EB-5 program for your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
  • Middle East

    Process Duration
  • Residency by Investment
    QAR 728,000
    2 to 6 Months
    The Qatar Golden Visa Program offers the ability to live, work, and study while residing in the country with no minimum stay requirement, and access to a world-class healthcare and educational system.
  • UAE Flag
    Residency by Investment
    AED 750,000
    2 to 6 Months
    The UAE program offers visa-free travel to more than 125 countries, including the ability to live, work, and study while residing in the country with no minimum stay requirement.

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What is a residence permit?

Residence Permit is a legal document issued by most countries' government, which allows a foreign individual to legally reside in the territory either indefinitely or for a set amount of time. A person can gain Second Residency rights through diverse methods, including Residency by Investment programs. Also known as Golden Visas, these programs allow the possibility of gaining Residency through the purchase of Real Estate. Other ways of becoming a Resident in another country include employment, enrolment in educational institutions within a specific area. However, these often require long periods of time in the country.

Our RBI experts can assist you and help to find a new residency through real estate investment.

Requirements for obtaining a residence permit

Each country has its own rules for their Golden Visa programs. Generally speaking, the law establishes a minimum period of time for a set amount to be invested. Countries such as Portugal, Spain and Greece allow investors to gain Residency by investing in Real Estate. For example, you can become a Resident in Greece through the purchase of a property valued at EUR €250,000. Some countries may also accept donations to art, universities and government programs. Besides standard requirements, you may also be required proof of origin for the funds and a clean criminal record.

Obtaining a second residency through investment

Having a Second Residency is an excellent way to secure your wealth and ensure a safe future for you and your family. Although this next step may be scary, obtaining a Second Residency is easier than you think, and could be very profitable from an investment perspective. Such is the case of some European Residency by Investment programs, such as Malta, Greece and Portugal. By investing a certain amount in a Real Estate purchase, you can gain Residency that will allow you to travel visa-free across the Schengen Area.

European Union countries are a desired residency to many foreigners.

Advantages of Residence Permit in Europe

The Residency by Investment programs in Europe offers you a range of opportunities, along with the free access to the European common markets. By holding a residency from one of the EU countries, you will have travel-free access to the Schengen Area which leads to a world of economic opportunities, community connection, cultural enrichment, and the quality-of-life have. Top education for your children, excellent healthcare systems, safety, tax benefits, and the possibility to expand your financial network, while enjoying the wonders Europe has to offer. If you are looking for a European way of life, the Residency Visa is for you.

Quality of Life

of Life

Having a second residence will increase the quality of your life. Unlock the possibility to live legally in another country and enjoy its culture and lifestyle.

Education  Opportunities


Becoming a resident in another country means that you will have the right to use the education system of that country. In Europe, for example, you will gain access to universities ranked in the top 10 in the world.

Social Benefits


By holding a residence, you can access social benefits in the country of application. Choosing a country is very important, as some countries offer more suitable benefits for you and your family.

Travel Visa-Free


A second residence will open your horizons of where to travel on your next vacation. If you have a European Residency, you can travel visa-free to all Schengen areas, an economic zone with 27 countries.

Tax Benefits


Some countries offer tax benefits to their residents. That's the case of Greece, for example, which offers tax benefits to its residents, letting investors choose between a flat annual fee (of €100,000), instead of a percentage (no matter how much your annual income is).

Business opportunities


The residence permit will give you legal rights to invest and do business in the country. While having a second residence, you will be able to benefit from Business opportunities within the country of application and its commercial partners.

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Our professionals can help you to find the right residency program.

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Investment Visa advisors have over 30 years of expertise with Golden Visas, having helped numerous clients to gain their Residency. First, we will need your details to contact you and understand your needs, demands, budget, among others.

Investment Visa experts can help you to find the right residency program in Europe, and the Caribbean.

Investment Visa experts

At Investment Visa, we have a specialized team in Residency and Citizenship by Investment visas. If you want to apply for a second residence, our professionals will guide you through the application process, understand what your budget is, and what your expectations are. We provide Visa expertise in several countries in Europe and in the Caribbean.

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Investment Visa's mission is to ensure all our clients of our transparency. Our team of business-driven, resilient and flexible staff allows us to find the best opportunities and returns across several markets in Europe and in the Caribbean. If you are looking to invest in Residency by Investment through Real Estate, contact one of our Investment Visa advisors, the perfect partner for your needs!

Frequently Asked Questions

Portugal presented one of the best residency through investment programs, known as the Portugal Golden Visa. Available since 2012, this program granted access to a Portuguese residency to more than 11,000 investors. The country offers an attractive style of life, a pleasant climate, a rich culture, and a historic background, along with other benefits. In February 2023 the Portuguese Government announced the end of the program, but submissions are still available until the new law is published. Another program considered one of the best in the world is the Greek Golden Visa, which allows a non-European investor to gain a European Residency by investing a minimum of €250,000 in real estate.

Countries such as Portugal, Spain, Greece and Malta have established Residency by Investment programs, which open the possibility of gaining Citizenship after a set number of years. These countries have attractive investment options and efficient application processing systems, which add a significant amount of resources to their economy.

It depends on your country of choice, as they all have their own periods of time required for Residency renewal. Some Residency by Investment programs may require yearly renewal upon submission of the application. On the other hand, countries such as Portugal only require the Visa to be renewed every two years. It is of crucial importance that the investor complies with the renewal requirements and timeline outlined by the immigration authorities, to maintain the Residency status. To better understand the different Visas' renewal specifications, reach out to one of our experts and request a full analysis of the country you intend to apply for. This will guarantee that you remain within the scope of the law.

The main difference between Temporary and Permanent Residency is the length of time for which they are valid. For example, if you have Temporary Residence, you can only reside in the country for a set amount of time. Usually, this is issued for reasons such as studying and work, and they may need to be renewed or extended upon their expiry. On the other hand, Permanent Residency gives you the right to reside indefinitely in the country, like citizens.

There are several reasons why a country may open a Residency by Investment program. Firstly, it means a significant capital injection into the country's economy, leading to growth and the creation of jobs. Secondly, it stimulates the local Real Estate market, resulting in increased demand and appreciation in property values. Thirdly, Golden Visa programs breathe new life into a city, allowing for old constructions to be renovated and city centers to be restored, further attracting interest in the city. Additionally, new residents often bring their own cultural background, which adds a whole new layer of diversity and complexity to the country's environment, encouraging globalization and integration.

“Golden Visa” is an umbrella term, which depending on the country, may either mean Residency or Citizenship by Investment programs. Essentially, Golden Visa and Residency by Investment visa are the same. The term “Golden Visa” has been coined by multiple countries’ governments and media outlets when discussing their Residency by Investment programs, since it refers to the significant financial investment required for Residency to be acquired. However, there are other ways to obtain Residency, such as employment, family reunification and marriage.

Several countries have Residency by Investment programs, also known as Golden Visas. In Europe, countries such as Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, among others, offer these types of Visas. Caribbean countries also offer Golden Visa programs, though in their case, the Golden Visa is a Citizenship by Investment program. The most well-known are from Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Saint Lucia. For those, you must either invest in national development funds, government bonds or purchase Real Estate. Regardless of the type, Golden Visas have the purpose of attracting investors from all over the world, creating new opportunities for both sides. You too can have all these benefits by applying to a Golden Visa.

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