The fastest countries in the world to become a citizen

Last Updated December 9, 2019

Dateline: Tirana, Albania

On my Youtube Channel, the most commonly asked question by far is, “where can I go to quickly get a second passport?” While people have always asked me about getting a second citizenship quickly, this question has become far more common in the past few years thanks to major political events like Trump’s election and Brexit.

A few years ago, in fact, I originally wrote this article and made my first video about the fastest countries to become a citizen because so many people were coming to me with this issue.

However, quite a bit has changed since then.

In the world of second citizenships (and just about everything else that I talk about here at Nomad Capitalist), the targets are always moving. Today’s fastest citizenship may be tomorrow’s closed loophole, or it may die altogether in a swell of patriotic fervor.

So, given how the world has changed, my team and I have decided to update this article with the latest information on where you can get second citizenship quickly.

You see, getting a second passport is perhaps the most important step in flag theory for enhancing your freedom. However, becoming a citizen of another country can often take quite a bit of time.

In Malaysia, for example, it takes at least twelve years to become a citizen, and you won’t be able to keep your current passport since dual nationality is forbidden. Yet, if you don’t have a second passport, the urge to get one can be intense.

Having dual citizenship (or even multiple citizenships) gives you the freedom to travel and invest that having one citizenship alone does not.

It’s understandable that someone looking for a second citizenship would want to first determine where they can obtain citizenship the fastest. After all, we frequently discuss the idea that citizenship is rather fungible; plenty of people are born with citizenships in countries they’ve never lived in and couldn’t care less about.

Like I mentioned in my 2017 interview for BBC, today, citizenship is somewhat of a commodity. Which passport you carry determines where you can live, where you can travel, where you can work and – in the case of many restrictive emerging markets – where you can invest.

Most westerners, however, aren’t in a rush to obtain Cambodian citizenship in order to buy cheap land in the country, but practically everyone in Iran would jump at the chance to have another passport. Iranians have a heck of a time traveling to most countries – let alone becoming a resident or opening a bank account – thanks to US sanctions against their home country.

When determining which second passport is best to pursue, there are several considerations. These include your current tax situation, where you need to travel, and even your job prospects.

I have private clients from emerging countries who have had to turn down lucrative job offers merely because they can’t travel to certain countries or can’t obtain visas quickly enough to satisfy their new employer.

If being a citizen of a country with poor visa-free travel is costing you $50,000 a year, you have an even greater desire than many US citizens to find the fastest countries to become a citizen.

Likewise, high-income US citizens – who are required to pay tax on their worldwide income even if they don’t live there – may want to speed up the process of obtaining another nationality in order to renounce their US citizenship and avoid the ongoing hassles and expenses of paying tax to a country they don’t live in.

On the other hand, a European citizen who can more easily become “tax non-resident” and pay low or zero tax somewhere else may be more willing to wait a little longer to obtain a better citizenship.

Similarly, someone from a country that forbids dual citizenship who wants a second residency that can lead to citizenship as an insurance policy may be even less concerned with the timeline.

While the second passport that you pursue will ultimately depend on factors like this, it’s good to have an idea of where you might be able to quickly become a citizen if you wish to do so. In this article, we’ll discuss:

  • Four different ways to become a citizen quickly;
  • The best countries for fast second citizenships; and
  • Issues to consider with a quick and easy second passport.

If you’re looking for more general information on second passports and citizenship, check out these articles:

The fastest ways to get a second passport

At Nomad Capitalist, I frequently discuss the different ways that you can go about getting a second passport. Some – like making an investment in a country – are relatively quick while others – like naturalization – can be somewhat slow, so if you’re looking to become a citizen of a particular country, it’s a good idea to understand how you can get that citizenship as quickly as possible.

So, before we review a few specific countries, let’s discuss each of the fastest ways to obtain citizenship.

1. Make an investment

If speed is your goal, then the passport process can be expedited if you have significant cash to invest.

While we won’t be discussing citizenship by investment much in this article, you can read this article that we update on a regular basis to learn about the various citizenship by investment programs available to you, which start at $45,000 per person – or $100,000 per person for a halfway decent passport.

Most quality economic citizenship programs can be found in either the Caribbean (Dominica starts at $100,000) or in Europe (Malta runs upwards of $1 million), but regardless of which option you choose, it will cost you a pretty penny.

However, if you’re looking for the fastest citizenship possible (and have the money to invest), then citizenship by investment could be your best option.

2. Citizenship by Descent

If the price of citizenship by investment is a bit too steep for you, then you can also get citizenship rather quickly through your parents, grandparents, or – in some cases – your great-grandparents. This process is called citizenship by descent, and it usually takes as little as six months.

citizenship by descent fastest ways to become a citizen

If you want a high-quality European passport, then you may be able to get citizenship by descent rather quickly.

However, seeing as most countries that offer it have substantial bureaucracy, you’ll more likely get your passport in one or two years. That also doesn’t include the time you’ll need to spend digging through archives or family documents to get the proof you need to be eligible for citizenship by descent.

The majority of these programs are in the EU, where you can get citizenship rather inexpensively if you have European ancestors. Other notable mentions include Canada and Armenia, where my wife was able to get a second passport in about five months.

3. Marry a Foreign National

If you are lucky enough to fall in love with someone with a great passport, it’s possible you could be a naturalized citizen of their home country. Foreign spouses often qualify for a shortened waiting period for naturalization – although language requirements sometimes exist.

Few countries still offer instant citizenship for foreign spouses, but a few attractive options remain. However, this is something that you need to be careful with since getting married under false pretenses constitutes immigration fraud. You can learn more about citizenship by marriage here.

4. Receive special treatment

If you have an exceptional artistic or athletic talent or invest enough money, some countries allow the President to waive naturalization requirements (including language requirements) and make anyone a citizen.

Countries that often do this include Albania, Qatar, and Singapore. Poland’s former president used to, but the current party does not.

Special treatment is also the basis for Austria’s alleged economic citizenship program, but it is rarely used. Additionally, most people who would want an Austrian passport wouldn’t qualify on the basis of “not seeming Austrian enough.”

The fastest countries to become a citizen through residency

Back when I actively chased as many frequent flier miles as possible, I would sometimes take flights solely for the purpose of getting miles. More miles meant higher status with the airline. We called these “butt-in-seat miles” because you had to actually fly to get them.

Similarly, the fastest way to get a second passport for most people is to spend “butt-in-country time.” Becoming a resident of a foreign country and starting the clock ticking on naturalization is the easiest way to go if you don’t have the benefit of luck or substantial wealth.

One thing to keep in mind as you read through this list, however, is that the timelines given aren’t 100% guaranteed. Naturalization can be a tricky process at times, so even if you can technically get citizenship in a year or two, you may have to wait longer.

Options that No Longer Exist

As I mentioned earlier, the targets are always moving in the world of second citizenship, so it’s important to note a few quick ways to get a second passport that no longer work.

Argentina, for instance, does not offer citizenship in two years – despite what some might say. The Argentine citizenship process requires you to live there for two years to obtain permanent residency, and you must then stay for three more years to become a citizen.

Similarly, I occasionally still see someone suggesting that Belgian citizenship can be obtained after three years. As of 2013, however, Belgium extended its naturalization timeline to a minimum of five years – and even that number can be iffy.

Finally, as always, you should always be on the lookout for scams. If someone promises you something too good to be true, then it probably is.

Armenia second passport fast

If you can get an Armenian residency, then you can normally get citizenship in about three years.

Armenia (3 years)

In addition to having an incredibly efficient citizenship by descent program, Armenia also allows you to become a naturalized citizen in about three years.

While you’ll likely need to make an investment in the country to secure a residence permit, there are plenty of excellent opportunities for investing in real estate in Armenia, and you can also establish residency by attending an Armenian university.

Once you have your Armenian residence permit, the rest is fairly simple. As long as you spend enough time in the country to maintain your residence permit, you can apply for citizenship in just three years. You will need to pass a test on the Armenian constitution in Armenian, but you can even take a translator with you into the test.

become a citizen of Macedonia

Getting your second passport in Macedonia is surprisingly easy and quick – especially if you’re an entrepreneur on the rise.

Macedonia (1 year)

Macedonia offers the best of both worlds: the benefits of Europe and visa-free access to the Schengen Area, but none of the nonsense associated with being a part of the European Union.

Located south of Serbia in the Balkans, Macedonia is one of the many business-friendly countries in eastern Europe. Tax rates for both companies and individuals are a flat 10%, and the government is efficient.

If you’re willing to start a business and hire local workers, you can become a Macedonian citizen in less than one year. In fact, Macedonia has the least talked about economic citizenship program in the world, targeted specifically at entrepreneurs who can invest at least 400,000 Euros into a real business.

Similar to Portugal’s Golden Visa program for entrepreneurs, Macedonia requires you to tie up your capital but gives you citizenship in as little as 6-12 months. There is no straightforward way to start the process like in other European countries, but I have excellent contacts in the region who can help. Macedonia also no longer requires you to live there for six months in most cases.

Dominican Republic second citizenship in two years

If you’re a business expat looking for a place to invest and get a second citizenship, Dominican Republic might be a good fit. However, be prepared to wait for longer than two years for your second passport.

Dominican Republic (2 years)

Not to be confused with the island nation of Dominica, which allows for nearly instant citizenship in exchange for a six-figure donation, the Dominican Republic claims to offer second citizenship to well-off foreigners in as little as two years.

This doesn’t always work in practice, but I actually know someone who followed all the procedures and pulled it off. While the Dominican Republic passport is of rather poor quality, it does offer access to some highly livable “usual suspect countries” that let practically anyone in as a tourist.

One way to speed up the naturalization timeline is to invest $200,000 in real estate or a business (Colombia similarly offers a faster citizenship route for investors with this amount of cash). However, those who can prove that they have a steady income and are willing to spend some time in the DR can waive the investment requirement.

Nevertheless, I know people who qualified for citizenship in the Dominican Republic in two years but have waited far longer to get it. So, as with any country, the letter of the law may not always prevail.

peruvian second residency

Peru is an interesting option for those seeking second citizenship in Latin America.

Peru (2 years)

As I mentioned in my article on the best second residency programs in Latin America, Peru can be an interesting option for a quick citizenship in South America. Once you become a resident, it’s a quick two years before you can apply for citizenship.

The catch, however, is qualifying for Peruvian residence, which has become increasingly more difficult in recent years.

It used to be that attending school in the country, starting a business there, or showing proof of more than $1000 per month in investment or pension income could qualify you for Peruvian residence as long as you were willing to spend most of your time in the country.

But it really isn’t that easy.

For one, Peru is not following its own rules. Technically, you can get a Peruvian residence permit with a $30,000 investment, but they really want $150,000. They’re not following the letter of the law.

If you’re starting a business, they are very strict on employees.

And once you receive the residence permit, you have to be careful to spend enough time in Peru each year as they’ve cracked down on the physical residence requirements as well.

Peru is one country that people still talk about as being super easy, but nothing super easy lasts long. Ultimately, they start making changes. That is true for Peru and could be true for any of the countries on this list down the road.

In summary, Peru’s two-year citizenship timeline still stands, but they’ve made it more difficult to take the first step toward citizenship by qualifying for residence.

Also keep in mind that you’ll need to be able to pass a language and history test in Spanish to get your Peruvian passport, so if your language skills aren’t up to snuff, then it may take you a bit longer.

become a citizen of Paraguay

Though a good solution in theory, getting your second citizenship in Paraguay in three years is more difficult than it appears.

Paraguay (3 years)

Paraguay has consistently been one of the easiest countries to get citizenship in. While many would be hard-pressed to locate it on a map, the country has a rather good travel document that offers visa-free travel to Europe and all of South America.

However, I can argue that in some cases, the fastest is not always the best. In theory, you could become a naturalized citizen of Paraguay in just three years. For most people, however, the citizenship process takes substantially longer. You can read more about these challenges here.

Uruguay fastest citizenships

Requirements for getting Uruguayan citizenship are numerous and not easy to meet, but if you have relatives in the country, things should be a bit easier.

Uruguay (3 years*)

If you are part of a family unit actually living on the ground in Uruguay, you can apply for citizenship after three years – so long as you can show substantial ties to the country.

That’s what the asterisk means: if you’re single and your family stays at home, the wait is extended to five years. However, a “family unit” does not have to refer to a spouse and children. A single child can live with a parent and still qualify.

Owning real estate, renting a real apartment, being a member of social clubs, and having a local doctor also count as “substantial ties” to Uruguay.

Thanks to these complicated qualifications, claiming Uruguayan citizenship has become extremely difficult in recent years. Therefore, I generally recommend against Uruguay because of this difficulty as well as the high opportunity cost here. There are simply better options unless you really wish to become Uruguayan.

become a citizen of Russia

If you don’t mind the cold and learning Russian, there’s a fair chance that you can get Russian citizenship after three years of paying taxes and doing business there.

Russia (3 years)

If you are willing to start a business or move your existing business to Russia, you may be able to obtain Russian citizenship within three years by merely paying taxes that you would have had to pay anyway.

While we often talk about low or no-tax offshore strategies for entrepreneurs, paying 13-19% in Russia might be worthwhile if you would have purchased economic citizenship from another country instead.

You can learn more about Russian citizenship for entrepreneurs here. Russia’s passport does not offer access to Europe, but many successful Russians have long-term Schengen visas or merely obtain European residency from countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Latvia.

Why Do You Need a Second Citizenship?

If you want to become a citizen of another country as quickly as possible, think about this question: why do you need a second citizenship?

While it’s certainly tempting to get the easiest and fastest second passport available, you need to consider what you’re trying to do with that passport before you dive headfirst into the process of getting one.

Although these countries allow you to become a citizen rather quickly, you’ll still need to invest a good amount of time and money into the process to get that second passport, so it’s important that you pursue the right second citizenship for your needs, desires, and long-term goals.

If you’re a British citizen who’s worried about Brexit, for instance, then you might be tempted to get Maltese citizenship by investment since it allows you to get EU citizenship in about a year.

However, this particular citizenship by investment program has a massive price tag, so unless you need Maltese citizenship for other reasons, then you’re probably better off looking into EU residency options that won’t cost you millions of dollars.

While I understand the urge to get a second passport as fast as you can, you need to think holistically about your goals and strategies in business and in life before you become a citizen of the first country that will accept you.

As someone who has helped hundreds of people get second passports, I can attest to how important it is to evaluate how a second passport will enhance your freedom, your tax strategy, and your bottom line.

If you need help getting second citizenship quickly and want to start the process as soon as possible, you can learn more – and apply for my team to help you – on our second passport page.

Andrew Henderson
Last updated: Dec 9, 2019 at 9:41PM

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105 Comments

  1. PeacefulLife

    Great article.

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      • Sarkar

        Hi, I am looking for a second passport (preferably via neutralization) which will let me and my family reside and work in any European country. Any information on this would be much appreciated.

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        • Chiragkumar

          I offer Antigua and Barbuda

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          • Aks

            does it allow for work in Europe though? i couldn’t find any info on that

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          • mahesh

            hii do u still offer antiqua and barbuda???

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          • Magdy Salmin

            How much to get Argentina passport

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          • Stanley Otieno

            I am Stanley Otieno from Kenya, Africa . How can I connect with you to come to Antigua or Barbuda?

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        • VINAY SHAH

          Cyprus and Malta but both are expensive, Bulgaria is the cheapest. Greece offers PR for 250K

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      • ELIDRIS

        Thank you so much for the eye-opening information. It is always pleasurable reading your articles

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        • Irina Loncar

          Hi Elidris! Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate it 🙂

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      • Luke B

        Why have you not included any mention of Peru on this list? I’m sure you know that Peru has a 2 year residency requirement for applying for citizenship. What about Ecuador as a program that has recently changed from 3 to 5 years?

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      • Michael Kim Falcon Ravn

        Im from Denmark based in Thailand the last 10 years.
        I mostly have my work and activity in Asia, so what country could you recommend in Asia for a 2. passport ?

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    • RASHID

      willing relocation immegration

      Reply
  2. Nomad Capitalist

    Yes, but it has taken people I know up to 4 years of applications to actually be naturalized.

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  3. PeacefulLife

    Forget Slovakia. My grandparents and mother are Slovaks. I have done 2 years plus of permanent residency and then the pure hell of naturalization begins. I’m not up for aging 10 years for a maybe. Descent is not an option unlike CZ rep or Hungary. Trying my 2nd attempt for Hungarian. You have to know when to say a country is not worth it and keep looking for one that allows it without the endless draconian laws.

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  4. Argento

    Argentina is going to be the next best country in Latam. Mauricio macri elected president know what he is doing.

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    • Roberto

      you are lucky getting rid of Kirchner corruption. Argentina is trendy now.

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  5. ADAM

    WHAT DO U ADVICE FOR A STATELESS PERSON….?…HE DOESNT HAVE ANY PASSPORT EXCEPT WORLD PASSPORT, JUST FOR IDENTITY

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    • Chito

      I have the same question how will a stateless person obtain birth certificate,passport and citizenship?

      If you have any idea please don’t hesitate to pm me. Ty

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    • Mrs.K

      Plenty stateless people living in United Arab Emirates. The country welcomes them and gives them assistance.

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    • Marin D.

      Stateless person with or without funds for investment? That makes a big difference.

      Reply
  6. Anthony

    Why is there an asterisk beside Uruguay?

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    • d

      If you are part of a family unit actually living on the ground in Uruguay, you can apply for citizenship after three years, so long as you can show substantial ties to the country. That’s what the asterisk means; if you’re single and your family stays at home, the wait is extended to five years. However, “family unit” does not only refer to a spouse; for instance, a single child can live with a parent, and still qualify.

      Reply
  7. Viren C Ranpura

    it is really very interesting and help full i would like to have a word with you on phone for more information if possible please do call me on my no. i am from INDIA and currently in residence visa in UAE please do call me on +971528944520 Viren Ranpura

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  8. Goutam

    good morning to everyone. I m an male and an Indian by birth, and I am doing a permanent job in Government Sector in department of education from last 9 years. now I want to settled down aboard. Please help me that which country will give me permanent resident ship easily, and also give me a permanent job security.

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  9. Khattab Muhammad

    Thanks for the great information. Any ideas about African countries that easily gives citizenship ? i’m a student and haven’t much money 🙂

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    • Wesley S Mwanje

      Try East Africa

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    • Ren

      Comoros islands

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    • bosst

      Nigeria

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      • Mohammed Rashid

        I am ex chief engr of merchant navy and I have two sons . One is software engineer and other is third officer who is also in merchant navy. Please tell us any good country where we can migrate. Our children can get job.

        Reply
  10. Shah Nawaz

    Why did you delete Argentina from this list? Have the rules changed for Argentina?

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    • prepz mgtow

      I’m wondering the same thing. I thought Argentina was on the short-list of options.

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    • Argenmex

      Yes, with current government, migration laws have been thightened a lot. It is properly out of the list… for instance, Mexico is still a lot easier than Argentina, an both aren’t easy at all. Oh, don’t take me wrong… if you bring 1 million euros or dollars for investing, things will ease a lot…

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  11. Shahee Warner

    Citizen = subject = slave. Where as no man or woman has any right that another does not. Whereas a right which a man or woman does NOT have cannot be delegated to another man or woman or group of people. Whereas a group of men or women cannot delegate a right to another/group that they themselves do not have. All “authority” is illegitimate, and unlawful. “Authority” is simply another way of saying Slavery.

    Whereas the state is a corporation, and whereas it is involved in fraud, and whereas you have an inalienable right to contract which includes the right to not contract, and whereas voting is actually contracting, and whereas you doing so is technically and lawfully “aiding and abetting fraud”, doing so not only puts you into “dishonor”, but also subjects you to the terms and services of that corporation, which means you revoke your inalienable rights under the illusion of choice, and subject yourself to corporate maritime law. You have the choice to not contract, and even further, revoke all “presumption of consent”.

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    • prepz mgtow

      Granted. But we are all slave to a state (unless a person is stateless) that was not a choice. The shackles of statehood, which you equate to slavery, are placed on the screaming newborn’s hands and feet at birth.

      So other than making grandiose points in natural law and philosophy, do you offer any practical direction on how to escape such slavery?

      Of course, one can become an outlaw, a stateless person by denying any authority over himself. However, the technology is solving those problems quickly by being able to identify to whom a person is enslaved, ie which master (country) he belongs too and which king he owes tribute.

      I’ve been searching for personal freedom from said slavery for years. And at best, you can try to leave one master for a more benevolent one. For, life as a stateless person, while providing a certain style of freedom, provides no freedom of all since his rights don’t exist, and his property is not protected by any master’s castle.

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      • Schopie

        There is no solution for the said slavery, but the best we can do is not to bring anyone into this unfair game without their consent. The only winning move is not to play. Say no to making kids. Yes I am a hardcore antinatalist. All this struggling for so-called freedom just because of this arbitrary nonsense called borders and statehood. I toil away for life just to earn enough money to buy a citizenship simply because I lost the birth lottery. Real nice.

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        • Philip

          Not to forget once in 4-5 years you put your name on the ballot to be a slave:)

          Reply
  12. dinesh

    HI..
    I am DINESH from srilanka ,, pl send me all the datails
    to apply permanent residency in paraguay and i need some important
    information pl send me the below details

    I’m interested in Paraguay permanent residency. What are the
    requirements? Is through investment/ start a business? If so how much
    capital with costs? Or how?

    Thank you in advance and I appreciate a private email with full details

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  13. Jenn.garden

    I get irritated with the people who ask the Nomad Capitalist for info on getting citizenship for various countries, asking him to contact him or her, etc. This is an article giving you info on starting out, and it is up to YOU the reader to do the research, as a friend I used to bombard with questions like to say to me ¨Google is your best friend¨, if you want anonymity, the have one called startpage and yahoo and bing (not as good) have also their search engines. He is a journalist not a consultant on living abroad (you can find websites and possibly consultants by googling ¨living abroad¨, ) for specific countries google THAT country´s requirements. The consultants may charge a fee, why should they help someone (especially since its so easy to do it yourself) without being compensated for their time and especially incur the charges of a long distance call? Do NOT put that or your personal email address ON THIS forum unless you want a lot of spam or telemarketers contacting you.

    As I can tell from this forum Mr. Henderson does NOT respond to begging requests on here, but he may if you contact him via his facebook page or twitter account next to his name (not on the sign in for this forum.)

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    • Uncle D

      I agree with you. I am Indian and find some Indian/Sri Lankans, so demanding in the way they write. I just feel like say *&*&*#&).

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      • Roger

        Yep, it seems presumptuous for people (seems they tend to come from a certain cultural background), to ask ‘call me to give me all the details’ – I see this as well in some Facebook groups related to some professional topics. It’s like these people don’t have a sense of propriety of what can be asked in a public forum. Have they not surfed online much? do they not see that just about nobody else asks these kinds of requests? But I go back to trying to be understanding and thinking it’s a cultural norm, just like how (big maybe) Americans are so ‘rude’ for being direct and to the point, compared to say, Japanese, who may have a set cultural rules prior to jumping right in.

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  14. jacky

    hi, i am sri lankan. i would like to get citizenship in other country. but i don’t have big money. i have some. please let me know how can i get it. thanks.

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    • mahesh

      did u get it ?? quite eager to know, in 2019 what is the best possible country to get a migrate, being a sri lankan myself i would be happy to know in my mail [email protected] gmaildotcom . nomad capitalist is my fav website, its always my dream to start a small business abroad.

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  15. Garrett Fronk

    Where does the US fall in? Is it 5 years?

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    • Gacay

      I am not an expert, but I sponsored my spouse for residency in the US, so I know a little about this. The first thing you need to know is that in the US it depends on what visa you enter on, whether you can apply for citizenship. If you come on a visa sponsored by a family member, you can, eventually, apply for citizenship. I don’t know all the categories, but if you are the spouse of a US citizen and you live with your American spouse in the US or US territory, you can apply for citizenship after 3 years. If you separate from your US spouse, you can apply after 5 years, as long as you have remained in the US for a minimum number of months out of those 5 years.

      Having said that, it is not immediate. I believe it is a long and relatively lengthy process.

      As far as I know, except in some special circumstances, only those visas where you are sponsored by a family member allow for eventual citizenship.

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  16. Robert Gillies

    I ended up with Panamanian citizenship after living in Panama for 13 years but it wasn’t very easy. Now I have been here 17 years altogether. I was born in the USA and still have my American citizenship. A Panama passport offers pretty good visa free travel. You can go just about anywhere in Latin America and also Europe. As far as I know Panama does not offer any kind of economic citizenship. You have to be a resident for 5 years and in actual practice it takes longer. At least it wasn’t very expensive. Maybe I spent a couple thousand over a period of several years. I am not really sure what the total was. It does require a lot of patience.

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    • Omotayo

      Please is there anyway you can help someone to come in live and work in panama if I can pay for the service??

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  17. Robert Gillies

    As the article points out The Dominican Republic is an easy place to get citizenship but offers terrible visa free travel as I am finding out because my wife is a Dominicana. I am having a hard time getting her visa renewed so she can come back to Panama even with her husband being a Panamanian citizen. And I have not even tried getting her a visa for the USA.

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  18. Sathappan

    Hi , what made you to switch over to other country from Estonia. I am looking for to open up any business in Estonia and would like to become a temporary resident. Could you please share your experience

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  19. Kevin

    I got my children Irish citizenship within a few weeks by producing my mother’s Irish birth certificate and marriage certificate, my birth certificate, my children;s birth certificates and had a medical doctor witness the documents.

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  20. Abdualsalam M Alghandouri

    Hi, I’m interesting to have another passport with my family, but in the same time i want to be free to move anywhere to offered my life expenses and also i don’t offered a big many for investment. I had been flowing many article that for you and have reached that Uruguay could be a good place to reside and have a relatively good second passport within three years.
    In this article you mention Macedonia which could be another alternative but i’still haven’t see enough information.
    Could you please advise which could be easier and less cost for me and my family and better to make small business .
    I’m from Libya in North Africa 56 yrs old. Well educated and have a good life experience.
    Regards

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  21. Mary

    If you have a child in Brazil, you get PR immediately and after 1 year residency you can apply for citizenship. The time for citizenship can vary but I know someone who managed it within 10 months.

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  22. Chris

    You forgot South Africa…People from other African countries have been living in SA for the past 20 years and still are unable to get citizenship,just like my parents.

    Reply
  23. Kashif

    I am from Pakistan.
    Working in Qatar.
    I am looking for foreign country citizenship (fast,easy,good).

    Let me know good time for call on whatsapp or skype.

    Reply
  24. possible kenyan

    Hi, very helpful article. I recently heard from a relatively reliable source that Kenya is instituting a law that will grant citizenship to individuals that can show descent to people that have been born in Kenya. The reason I ask is that my Maternal Grand-mother was born in Kenya back in 1923 and if so, then my mother would be a Kenyan and hence I would be a Kenyan. Is there any way to verify this? Thanks,

    Reply
    • Were

      From me yes. We Kenyans have rather progressive laws and the governing statute on this WAS enacted in 2011, the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act No. 12 of 2011 at Section 7 provides that a person born outside Kenya shall be a citizen by birth
      if on the date of birth that person’s mother or father was or is a citizen by birth. In my view your mother would generally be considered a citizen by birth and consequently you too.

      Reply
  25. Wesam

    Hi, thank you, this is a very appreciated and helpful article, I am an humanitarian worker with a lot of travel. I need another passport/nationality that will enable me to do my work and to have a home in a safe country when i am not on the field. there is several options, but my problem i can’t stay in one country for long period because of my work needs, also i don’t have the financial means to invest in certain country to get the passport. any advises will be very appreciated?
    here is my skype: wesam.sc
    thanks in advance

    Reply
  26. Uzoma Ukaegbu

    Hello my name is Uzoma Ukaegbu. I am a movie director and producer from Nigeria. I am looking for a country that I can relocate to and reside permanently with my family. Advice me please. Thank you sir

    Reply
    • Jane

      Hello Uzoma Ukaegbu,
      Canada or Austria would be great for you.

      Reply
  27. Sara

    Thank you for the info can I obtain a European passport through investment without residing in the country

    Reply
  28. Bill Edw

    Article Suggestion:
    Second passport/citizenship vs Residency
    Power of First Passport Country.
    Strong Country vs Weak Country.

    Hi

    With residency e.g Cayman Island Residency by investment, you don’t get a second passport. You can’t become a citizen until 5 years after residency. Are there any differences vis-a-vis getting a second passport/citizenship vs getting a second residency.
    Excluding right to vote etc. or the ability to enter any other country than country of your second residence e.g a Green card in the case of US.

    Strong vs Weak.
    I would prefer the prospect of a second residency in a strong country. St Kitts/Cayman is less appealing than Australia/Canada as you have a strong country to back up your passport and your rights in terms of Asset protection and movement.

    Power of First country
    Live in UK but decide to get a second residency in Cayman. The Far left come to power and pass laws seizing all assets of citizens/residents. How does a Cayman or Canadian second residency prevent this? Do you need to be 185 days out of the country before such laws are passed. What’s to stop Corbyn passing laws to ignore this anyhow?

    Reply
  29. Tomas

    Dominican Republic had enacted an immigration law and new guidelines, and you have to wait more than 4 years to apply for citizenship and the application is valid until you have 2 years of permanent residency.

    Reply
  30. Phillip Ogden

    Helllo! I am a mut, as I have ancestors from many countries. I already have U.S. and Brazilian citizenship, but I want to see if I am eligible to get others.
    My Great-Great Grandfather was born in Morocco.
    The same Great-Great Grandfather was also Jewish, and a descendant of Israelis.
    My Great Grandmother was Jewish (by religion) growing up, but then left it.
    My Grandmother is from Columbia.
    My Great Grandfather is from Peru.
    My Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather is from New Zealand.
    My Great-Great-Great Grandfather is from China.
    My Great Grandfather is from Ireland.
    That is all I can think of.

    Reply
    • Omotayo

      Please Phillip how’s the economy like in Mauritius where you live and how easy is it to get a visa to get in live and work and is it possible for you to help someone with the visa if can send you money for the services? Please I would love to know more cos I see a better country to go into and start life Am a Nigerian and we could talk more on WhatsApp +2349081170663

      Reply
  31. Fadhil rashid

    what is the most trusted citizenship program by donation ?

    Reply
  32. Cubano

    Hello Phillip Ogden, I am Cuban and I’m looking to obtain another citizenship. I have read your comment and get really impressed on your ability to come in possession of U.S and Brazilian citizenship. Your ability to track your ancestors also amazed me.
    Please Philip, can you give me a piece of advice on how to track my ancestors?

    Reply
  33. Name *Lucjan

    Only SVALBARD !

    Reply
  34. Radwa Atef

    Hi, I am looking for a second passport (preferably via neutralization) which will let me and my family reside and work in any European country. Any information on this would be much appreciated.
    Help me i have a kid

    Reply
  35. dave

    Hello,

    Where did you get information about Argentina requiring 3 year of residence to apply for naturalization and requirement to have permanent residency? Would appreciate it.

    Thank you

    Reply
  36. Marlem from IAFRE

    Great information! A few months ago I read about some type of visa for digital nomads to go to Estonia. I am not sure if they offer permanent residency too, but it is really interesting the fact that many countries are opening to nomads.

    Reply
  37. houssam sakhnini

    dear sir , am Palestinian with Lebanese refugee traveling documents , whom now at 50 years old with long work experience in many countries , as now i have well to be on retirement time , i have dream to obtain another ease citizenship that will give me the freedom to travel and exlpore the world , on same time i can do some investments of this could facilitate the citizenship gaining , but sure with not that big money ,, your kind support will be so appreciate

    Reply
  38. Raj

    Great and interesting article. I gained a lot from it. I am from India but I am looking for either European or Canadian citizenship. I am a skilled worker and am employed in Thailand. What options should I explore regarding this ??

    Reply
  39. Sim Sam

    I think the people responding to this article are confused as to the writer’s capabilities. Some of the requests and questions are beyond ridiculous. Perhaps the writer needs to explicitly states in bold and capitals that he is not a consultant and is unable to obstain a passport for anyone so that folks stop making these requests. Sorry to be the bearer of such news, but you (asking for Skype and WhatsApp calls), you need to google for your answers or a specific specialist or consultant for the country of your desire.

    Reply
  40. Christina

    Is this not a bit unprofessional and noninclusive ,”Ive helped hundreds of guys develop….”?
    Surely, there are women who are interested in this information. Perhaps “men and women” would be much more appropriate.

    Reply
  41. Matthew

    Christina, In many countries like Australia, when someone says `guys` it refers to male and females and anything else that anyone wants to call themselves. It means everyone. Its in the culture of the language, we dont use specifics, as we tend to have friends that are male and female.

    Reply
  42. Moon

    How many days it take to be nationality of France?

    Reply
  43. Md. Mofizul Islam

    very informative. am interested for second passport.

    thanks.

    Reply
  44. Gonzalo

    How can you live legally in a country before you get the citizenship? For example, if I want the Macedonia citizenship, can I just go now and live there for a year? I am Argentinian by the way, so I don’t have a super passport.

    Reply
  45. JustinPoutine

    You forgot Canada. You can become a citizen in exactly 3 years. The first year Canada will put you up in a 5 star hotel and give you fre healthcare and an 47thousand dollars a year income.

    Reply
  46. HAFEEZ HUSSAIN

    Hi may i ask if how much is Canadian passport.

    Reply
  47. Bri

    people you don’t seem to get sarcasim, probably because you are not as rude as Canadians and Americans. You can’t just show up at the “front door” and start the paper work for citizenship at Canada . Many Americans want to go to Canada but they won’t take us!!!

    Reply
  48. Anjan Kumar Kar

    In which way I can get free permanent residence Visa?

    Reply
  49. KIM

    THANKS FOR ALL THE GOOD USEFUL INFO. IT HELPS A LOT TO KNOW.

    Reply
    • Stasa Momcilovic

      Hi Kim,
      Thank you for your comment!

      Reply
  50. Stanley Otieno

    Someone to help me get a job and citizenship in Canada. I did bachelor in education biology and geography in Kenya.

    Reply
  51. U

    Commentside the US, then it’s best to get another citizenship so then it can become easier to protect yourself from the illegal overreach of the US empire.

    Reply
  52. Clarise

    Hi, i leave i spain with my husband and children. We have a permenent stay residence. Can we buy a house say for about 100,000€ to fasten the spanish nationality procedure?

    Reply
    • Stasa Momcilovic

      Hello Clarise, thank you for your comment!
      If you are interested you can send us your application and we’ll see how we can help you.
      Here is the link https://nomadcapitalist.com/apply

      Reply
  53. Cox

    If don’t have enough money for investment or study, than what is best way to got 2nd CZ, can you give me best advice pls

    Reply
  54. DX

    The information on here about getting Argentine citizenship is incorrect. Getting Argentine citizenship is a “legal” act based on the immigration law of the country. The law does not require permanent residency and explicitly states that a person must have lived for 2 years at the time of becoming citizen (however, this does not prevent one from spend time outside the country during that period). The most important other requirement is to have a source of “honest income”. That’s it. No permanent residency required. However, judges are usually unwilling to grant citizenships to people who are not legally in the country and who do not have a DNI (Argentine identity card – a foreigner can get this as a temporary resident). Again the other major issue is that it takes about 12-18 months for a decision to be made.

    Reply
  55. Anonymous Me

    Hi, please, I plan on going to Brazil for birth tourism with my wife. We are both Nigerians. We want to give our child a Brazilian citizenship/passport which we know our child would get because he/she would be born there. We intend living there for two years in total so we can learn Portuguese.

    My question is, will we as the parents of a Brazilian citizen, having lived in Brazil for two years with our Brazilian born child, get a Brazilian passport in two years?

    Reply
  56. Viwe

    Hi I am a medical specialist in South africa. I would like to have citizenship by investment. And also practice in that country privately on section of one week in a month.
    I was looking at Malta as a country. I is a good country for that? And what are alternative English speaking countries?

    Reply
  57. Mohamad slim

    Hello. I am a Lebanese setizen! And I live in Germany as a refugee! I a. Having hard time to get ducmeent! If there is any way to get other setizen from other countries

    Reply
  58. Alonso

    Hi Andrew, very interesting Topics. What do you think of my situation. I’ve been thinking to get a 2nd Passport for a while, i’m Venezuelan and currently my country have a lot of problems. My wife is pregnant and i was thinking of having the Baby in Brazil. Do you think is my best option ?

    Reply
  59. Chandrasekar

    It’s really very helpful please am a poor man how can I get another country citizenship me and my family???

    Reply
  60. Mario

    Hello there, I got my Polish citizenship by descent, not a lengthy process , like 8 months and then 2 more to get my EU passport.
    Thanks Andrew and team for all your tips, you really hit the nail on the head in your advises, just common sense

    Reply
    • Stasa Momcilovic

      Hi Mario,

      Thank you for your comment and great that you got your citizenship!

      Reply
  61. mario

    Dear Stasa, although never had the chance to meet your team, I can tell the info you guys supply is accurate, and helps for personal decision making.

    I also got MM2H, for my current status, it was the most sensible decision, hope I will be able to meet Andrew sometime in KL to thank him in person

    Happy 2020 for all of you !

    Reply
  62. jack

    Antigua and Barbuda cost you 100000 usd and withhin 3 months your passport ready.

    Reply

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