THE PASSPORT DEALERS AND “GOLDEN VISAS” OF EUROPE

On 6th March, Transparency International published a feature providing a non-exhaustive list of the options at your disposal in what it calls the “European Golden Visa Shop”.  The idea, it says, is simple: governments trade citizenship or residence rights for investment.  Arrangements differ from country to country, and requirements may include investment in business, real estate or government bonds.  Over 20 countries or territories currently offer Golden Visa programmes worldwide, including 13 in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Hungary ran a controversial Golden Visa programme from 2013 to 2017 [and is reported to be restarting a modified version].

https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/navigating_european_golden_visas

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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