What is the best decision for you and your family between residency and citizenship?

Find your answer below

When you get residency in a country, you have nearly the same amount of rights as a citizen, minus voting rights and access to the passport. Your children will study while paying the same tuition as local children, you and your spouse may work if you desire and you have full access to the nation’s health care system. But, residency may be revoked whereas a citizenship cannot. If you do not oblige with the residency demands unique to each nation, you may lose your residency status. Obligations in most nations center around being lawful and physically present for a fixed duration of time each year [clickable link to different durations] until you are a citizen.

Opening the gate to your future , freedom to live (residency) or freedom to fly (citizenship).


Gate to Residency – freedom to live

Countries with better socio-economic development, for example European nations such as Portugal, Canada, the United States of America, Australia, etc., residency may be achieved through various types of investments. As explained in detail in our <Residency page> each country has its own requirements when it comes to (i) investment type; (Ii) investment amount; (iii) language ; (iv) active physical residence within the country on a 365 day calendar.

  • Advantages:
    • During your residency in these countries, you are on an active pathway to citizenship after 4 to 8 years depending on the selected nation <length per country pop up here>
    • As a resident you may take advantage of the nation’s socio-economic benefits: access to health care, access the labour market, education for children (tuition rate is the same as for citizens), safety and security.
  • Disadvantages:
    • A lengthy process with a minimum of 4 years to a maximum of 8 years.
    • No passport until you are actually a citizen.
    • You may lose your residency status if you are unlawful or do not respect the residency terms.

Gate to Citizenship- freedom to fly

In addition to the pathways to citizenship through residency, one can also obtain citizenship in certain countries by making a direct investment either (i) in real estate; (iI) contributions to the government; (iii) capital investment into a business. The countries that allow such direct pathways are usually less developed on the socio-economic level.

  • Advantages (over residency):
    • Once you obtain citizenship you do not run the risk of losing your status,unlike with residency, therefore there is an added layer of security and peace of mind.
    • You get the country’s passport, are free to travel using this passport and are free to reside in the country or not (unlike residency requirements).
    • Any country you may need a visa to travel to, you will apply with your new passport (visa free access).
    • You have the power to vote during elections.
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