Visa Investment Market
“Through the visa investment market, investors have a unique opportunity to follow a simple and transparent pathway. It secures full residency in countries that will open up business and investment opportunities, along with offering a new way of live and increased education opportunities.”
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL VISA INVESTMENT MARKET
Below, we shall take a look at why the international visa investment sector is attracting ever more interest, and we shall then take a look at some examples of where investors can seek permanent residency for and what is needed to satisfy the necessary investment requirements.
For investors and their families, international investment visas are perhaps the most productive and life-changing investments that people could ever make. One of the most attractive aspects of an international investment visa is that it can provide residency in a secure political and economic environment. Another attraction is that an investment visa will open up and help to create new business and investment opportunities, and in cases, can provide investors with a more favourable tax arrangement. Couple these incentives with being presented with an opportunity to learn about and integrate within new cultures and to also share their own – an international investment visa provides the excitement of embarking upon a new life that will present a wealth of new opportunities for all those who are involved.
For the idyllic and peaceful way of life that is on offer, Thailand as it is one of the most sought-after destinations in South East Asia for investors and their families to seek permanent residency for. The Investment Visa offers the opportunity to live in Thailand for anyone willing to invest 10 million baht into the country and allocating it into property, government bonds or an account in a Thai bank. The investment visa is valid for only 90 days and must be used within 3 months after the receipt.
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to gain Spanish residency is through the Golden Visa Program. This investor permit grants NON-EU Nationals to attain the Spanish residency for one year (plus having the option of renewing this business visa in order to extend the stay).
The Portuguese investment visa initiative is one of the most popular choices in Europe as investors are attracted by it’s flexibility and simplicity. In Portugal, an investment of €500,000 in real estate in Portugal can provide a residency permit for a family, including dependent children.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The United States is the second most popular destination in the world for Chinese investors applying for residency. The EB-5 visa preference category, created by Congress in 1990, is available to immigrants seeking to enter the U.S in order to invest in a new commercial enterprise that creates at least 10 permanent jobs.
A Tier 1 (Investor) visa provides a secure and fast-track route for investor applicants and their family. The visa enables them to embark upon the journey towards obtaining UK citizenship by relocating to the UK and enjoying the high standards of living, security and one of the world’s most well-renowned education systems.
The golden visa program in Greece provides a renewable five-year residency visa in return for a real estate investment of €250,000. This can be individually or through a company where the applicant owns 100% of the shares of that company.
Malta is targeting high-net-worth individuals with its Individual Investor Program. Individuals who make a minimum contribution of €650,000 to the national development fund set up by the government. Some €150,000 of that needs to be invested in government approved financial instruments.
From May 2019, Cyprus will be introducing stricter criteria for its golden visa offering. Cyprus currently offers two programs through real estate investment, one for residency and the other for citizenship.
The reasons for the interest in immigrating to Germany are very diverse. Germany is the largest economy in all of Europe and focuses on innovation. This attracts many companies from abroad to Germany.