Questions and Answers on Citizenship by Investment Programs

If you have a question you’d like answered on citizenship by investment programs on any of the countries we deal with please raise it below.



  1. Mr Khan
    posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Which country will allow me to live in the UK? Will Brexit cause any issues?

    • lavida
      posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:32 PM

      As it stands right now, the UK is still part of the European Union. If you hold citizenship in a EU country then you can technically live anywhere in the EU, including the UK. This may not last forever and the situation may change once the UK officially exit the EU; but we could be looking at another few years at least before this happens. Citizenship in Cyprus is achievable within six months. This would allow you to live in the UK. As long as you manage to settle in the UK quickly then it is highly unlikely that you would have to leave after the Brexit negotiations are complete. In fact, Theresa May actually re-assured the millions of EU citizens currently residing in the UK that EU citizens living in Britain will still be welcome post Brexit. To read the article, please see here

      If the UK is your main interest, we advise to move quickly with the Cyprus CBI scheme.

  2. Suresh Shah
    posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    If I get Dominica Passport, can I live in any other countries?

    • lavida
      posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment programme allows you to travel freely to over 100 different countries world wide. You can spend up to 90 days at a time in each country, but you cannot go and just live in these countries using the Dominican Passport. If you are looking for a Citizenship programme which allows you to live in other countries, then we would advise looking at the European schemes. Cyprus has the quickest citizenship by investment programme in Europe and a EU passport will allow you to live in any EU country you wish to.

  3. Qaiser Chahir
    posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I see the citizenship scheme in Cyprus leads to a passport in two months. Would this enable me and my family to live in the UK. What about Brexit?

    • lavida
      posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      Yes, as a European citizen and passport holder you can live and work anywhere within the European Union. Freedom of movement is one of the fundamental principles of the EU. The UK is still part of the EU for at least another two possibly three years. If you settled in the UK now as a European citizen we expect you would have every right to remain although the terms of exit of the UK are still to be finalised.

  4. Firas Farqulit
    posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Is there any programme that grants citizenship in Europe just through the purchase of property? I don’t want to invest in the Caribbean as I want to visit frequently and Europe is most suited to my business travels. Also I don’t want to make any government donations and I want to avoid high fees. Property investment is ok because I retain the asset but I want the cost of this to be minimised. I see Cyprus is an option but what about Malta or Portugal?

    • lavida
      posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 3:42 PM

      The only citizenship programme guaranteed through real estate investment is Cyprus. That is pure investment in property. The limit is €2 million. Malta involves property but there are also additional government donations of €650,000. Portugal is residency investment and not a citizenship investment programme. However the limit is lower at €500,000 and citizenship can be applied for after six years.

  5. Mohammed
    posted on Aug 08, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    I’m looking for the cheapest citizenship by investment programme. We are a family of 5 (children 8, 11 and 19). We are not looking to immigrate to the country but I want second passports for the whole family. Real estate is the preferred option if we can get the rental return.

    • lavida
      posted on Aug 09, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      The cheapest citizenship and second passport options are the Caribbean programmes. There are usually two routes with each scheme – that of donation or of real estate. Donation is usually lower than real estate investment. However you have to be realistic about the returns on any such real estate projects in these countries as the market is restricted to government approved projects. Contact us and we can take you further on this.

  6. Ahmed Atta
    posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    I’m considering the golden visa programme in Portugal and also the citizenship investment in Cyprus. Cyprus is quicker for the passport I see but what about Portugal? Does this programme guarantee citizenship? I note it is cheaper at €500,000.

    • lavida
      posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      The Portuguese programme is not a citizenship programme. It is a residency scheme that allows you temporary residence to be renewed every two years as long as you maintain an investment of €500,000. However Portugal has a citizenship programme for those entitled to residency for which you qualify to apply for after six years. Cyprus however is a citizenship programme. Invest €2 million in real estate (through one of our collectives, else €5.0 million) and you will gain a passport in 2-3 months. It is a direct citizenship route rather than residency enabling you to later apply.

  7. Farhad Azrabi
    posted on Feb 01, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Would any of the Caribbean passport programmes allow me an extended stay in Europe?

    • lavida
      posted on Feb 01, 2016 at 5:39 PM

      Any of the programmes for the Caribbean (St Lucia, St Kitts, Grenada, Antigua, Dominica) will allow visa free travel to Europe. However your maximum stay there will be restricted to 3 months. To spend extended time in Europe it is better to go for one of the European programmes such as Spain and Portugal. Once taxes and fees are taken into account the real estate investment is similar to the Caribbean programmes.

  8. Mohammed Mahmood
    posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    I am looking at the golden visa program in Portugal for me and my family. We have €1million to invest. Will this give us residency there and in other countries in Europe?

    • lavida
      posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 5:56 PM

      Portugal is a very popular option for residency. You need just €500,000 per family. So provided any children are under 18 or dependent you will all qualify under one investment. This does not allow you to live in other European countries but after six years you can apply for citizenship. Then you become a citizen of Europe and you are free to live anywhere within the EU.

  9. Neil Stone
    posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I’ve been looking at the EU citizenship by investment programmes, and would like some advice as to which programme would be the best option for myself and my family. We are a family of 4 (my wife and I, our 22 year old daughter and 18 year old son), and are South African citizens.

    • lavida
      posted on Jan 03, 2016 at 11:11 AM

      The best programme for a quick and assured route to an EU passport is that of Cyprus. Within 2-3 months you and your family will gain citizenship and of course Cyprus is a member of the EU. Hence you are free to live and work anywhere in the EU. However it does require investment of €2 million in real estate. Depending on budget you may wish to consider Portugal as an alternative. There you need invest just €500,000. You can apply for citizenship after 6 years but there is no requirement to live in the country in order to support an application.

  10. Ashraf Joshi
    posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    What is the quickest and cheapest route to citizenship through investment in real estate in Europe?

    • lavida
      posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      The fastest investment route is without doubt through Cyprus. At €2 million it is not the cheapest but it is the only programme that will guarantee immediate citizenship based on real estate investment. For cheapest, Greece, but citizenship requires residency. A better option is Portugal at €500,000.