Investorsforvisas can support business people and their families from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to invest in a number of EU countries to obtain residency and citizenship. We are able to support people wishing to invest in Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal or Greece.
Cyprus is one of the safest countries in the world, with a high-quality education system and first-rate health care. It is located geographically and culturally between Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and offers an extremely fast permanent residency programme with a high approval rate. You do not have to physically live in the country after getting permanent residency, and you only have to travel there once during the application process.
The Cyprus government has introduced two schemes for granting foreign investors either Permanent Residency or Cypriot Citizenship.
Ireland’s EU membership, high standard of living and favourable business environment make this country very attractive for investors looking to relocate. The straightforward residency programme provides applicants and their families with a residence permit that can be renewed indefinitely, while investors are not required to physically reside in Ireland.
Ireland has two main investor programmes - the Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) and the Start-up Entrepreneur Programme - leading to residency. Ireland allows people to apply for Citizenship after they have been physically resident in the country for a minimum of five years.
Successful applicants to both programmes are granted residency status for themselves and eligible family members for a period of two years initially, extendable to five years if (a)the investment is still in place; (b) they have not become a financial burden on Ireland; and (c) they have not been investigated, indicted or convicted in relation to any criminal offence in any jurisdiction.
After five years, residency can be extended for further five-year periods subject to conditions (b) and (c) above being met.
Portugal has excellent health care, schools and universities. It is not only a popular holiday destination but also an extremely favourable private and corporate environment. Portugal is a full member of the EU, so residents can enjoy fully free movement within the Schengen Area and free trade within the EU.
There are three categories of investment that qualify for an investor’s visa to Portugal: 1) property, 2) capital investment, and 3) job creation. An investor’s visa is granted for a period of one year and can be renewed every two years providing the investor spends two weeks in the country. Investors can apply for permanent residency after five years and citizenship after six years. They do not have to live in the country but will need to demonstrate ties to it and pass a basic language test.
Greece is home of one of the oldest civilizations in Europe and is rich in cultural artifacts and historical sights. It has a booming tourism industry. Greece is a full member of the EU, so residents can enjoy fully free movement within the Schengen Area and free trade within the EU.
Greek residency is available to investors through two main routes. Firstly, purchasing property in Greece with a value of at least € 250,000. Secondly, through making a strategic investment of at least €5,000,000 or creating at least 150 new jobs.
After seven years of continued residency, an individual is eligible to apply for permanent residency or Greek Citizenship.