After spending some time to understand different immigration policy in each country, and cooperating with the Cyprus partner. I could conclude what is the normal way to get citizenship by investment.
2) Government bond or securities
3) Open company
4) 1+2+3 = minimum investment amount
5) deposit money in the central bank
6) Donation to the country (which you will never get money back, but the donation amount normally is cheaper than investment amount)
Once you are making Citizenship by investment, what you shall look at?
- What kind of residency you will really get?
PR, meaning Permanent Residency, allows you to stay in that country, but once you traveling around the world, customs officer only cares your passport, so your citizenship still the final factor for how many countries you could visit without applying for the visa. Therefore, sometimes PR investment program seems a lot cheaper than citizenship, but if it is not what you are looking for, then why you waste your money for that investment? and sometimes PR of some European countries doesn't guarantee you to stay in another European country.
- How long you will get a new identity?
Lots of Chinese applying green card (PR) for USA EB5, much Chinese agency said applicant will get a notification after 10 years, although it is a possible time frame, it is really difficult to identify if this is a scam.
- How long you need to keep the investment in the country?
- What is your exit strategy?
Also, you need to look at what is the minimum amount of the investment for you, after you sell your investment? Take Cyprus for example, after 3 years, you need to keep 0.5M EUR property in Cyprus, each country has a different amount for you to keep that new identity.
- What is the government minimum investment amount?
- What is the administrative cost?
- How many family members you could bring with you for free?
- How often and how long you need to travel to the country?
- The reputation of the country?
- How many visa-free countries you could acquire?
You can check the biggest rival of Immigration Industry, the number is slightly different.Nationality Index & Visa Index by Henley & Partners