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Denali (Mount McKinley)(6 190 m, 20 310 ft)
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United States Citizenship by Investment
Launched in 1990 as the Investor Visa Route and rebranded in 2008 as The Tier 1 (Investor) Visa, the US Investor Visa offers a residency permit and can lead to Permanent Residence (PR), also known in the US as Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR), and eventually to Citizenship.
Considered to be one of the top 5 Residence by Investment programs in the world, the US Tier 1 Investor Visa attracts HNWI seeking a better quality of life and in particular good education offerings for their children, as well as those who want to acquire US Citizenship and are prepared to meet specific minimum-stay requirements over a 3-year period. The US is also an attractive tax regime for individuals who are prepared to meet the requirements to become non-domiciled residents.
To qualify for the Tier 1 Visa, you are required to make an investment of at least $50,000 in shares or bonds of active and trading UK-registered companies. Your dependants are allowed to reside, work and study in the US. After 2 years you can apply for a 1-year extension, and after year 3, once you have met certain minimum stay requirements over the 3-year period, you are entitled to apply for PR. If you are successful, you can apply for Citizenship.
United States Citizenship by Investment Application
In order to apply for the St kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program you have to either;
- make a contribution to the National Transformation Fund (NTF) starting at $50,000 for a single applicant
- make an investment of at least $150,000 in a government approved project. The property must also be held for a minimum of 3 years. Government fees and Due Diligence fees apply for the real estate option
- invest at least $200,000 in an approved business as an individual or $1,000,000 as a group
The EB-5 visa gives permanent U.S. residency to those investing into government-approved projects across the United States of America. The USA EB5 investment visa can be beneficial as it grants access to the U.S. education system, the right to live, retire, work and study in the USA, the ability to receive investment back upon the completion of the project and residency for the investor, any children (under 21) and their spouse. The main applicant must reside in the USA for 6 months per year.
Certain countries such as China, India and Vietnam now face lengthy retrogression delays through EB5. An effective alternative to the EB5 is the E2 visa. Investment must be “substantial” but in practice is far less than the EB5. The E2 can only be obtained by citizens of countries holding an E2 treaty with the USA. This includes options such as Grenada, Montenegro and Turkey. Investment for citizenship in these countries entitles the holder to apply for an E2. The route to residency can be faster and cheaper than EB5 although a key difference with the E2 is that it is a non-immigrant visa meaning unlike the EB5 it cannot lead to a Green Card.
There are regular scheduled flights to and from the USA, Canada, UK and Italy.
United States Citizenship by Investment - What You Need To Know
Before you consider applying for the United States Citizenship by Investment program, there are a few things to be aware of. Applicants must;
- be of outstanding character
- be in good health
- have no criminal record
- be of high-net-worth
- maintain property for 3 years (real estate option)
And the benefits;
- Fast processing time
- Low investment required
- All nationalities can apply
- No requirement to visit for interview
- Family can be covered by application
- Only residency requirements are minimum of 5 days during first 5 years
- Naturalisation of future born children
- Tax benefits