1. What is an economic citizenship program?

GVI has an extensive international network that enables our clients to choose from a wide range of economic citizenship programs in the country of their choice.

An economic citizenship program gives individuals and investors the opportunity to invest a certain amount of money in an economic project or real estate project in exchange for citizenship in said country.

2. How can I enrol in an economic citizenship program?

To enrol in an economic citizenship program, you must have the required capital in order to invest and a credible history. Provided that the requirements, as stipulated by the jurisdiction in which you wish to gain citizenship, are met, GVI will assist you in enrolling in the appropriate citizenship program.

3. What is a second passport?

A second passport is a form of immigration authorisation that enables the holder to relocate to the country where the second passport was issued. Most jurisdictions will provide easier application procedures to seek permanent residency in the country where the applicant holds a second passport.

4. What will a second passport allow me to do?

By obtaining a second passport, you have the opportunity to seek resident and citizenship in the country of issuance. You will also be granted additional and more exclusive rights that many other immigrant parties, who do no hold a second passport, do not enjoy; this includes the ability to start a business or to purchase property in the country of issuance.

If you are of dual nationality, you have the right to obtain a second passport from both countries of which you are a national.

5. What are the benefits of a second passport?

There are several benefits associated with holding a second passport, including the obtainment of second citizenship and naturalisation options. You will also be able to work in that country where your second passport is issued without restrictions; this means that you are also able to set up your own business there.

A second passport makes travelling much easier and fewer complications may apply with regards to entering into another country. The country in which your second passport was issued may also offer a number of taxation advantages that you will be able to enjoy.

6. How can I obtain a second passport?

It may be appropriate to seek the assistance of a professional consultancy firm with regards to obtaining a second passport as some jurisdictions adopt complex immigration legislation and application procedures.

In general, a second passport can be obtained in the countries where qualifying individuals have dual nationality. However, a second passport can also be acquired through economic citizenship programs and by gaining citizenship through residency.

7. How can I obtain a residency permit?

Applying for and acquiring a residency permit can be a time-consuming and complex process; it is, therefore, advised to seek consultancy on the various options available to you.

GVI can guide you through the entire process and advise you on various matters like how you can obtain a residency permit, which jurisdictions best suit your personal and professional needs, and how to comply with the relevant immigration laws.

Residency permits are typically acquired through completing and submitting an application form to the relevant authorities, while also satisfying the prerequisites as stipulated by the selected jurisdiction. A residency permit is typically required where an individual wished to work in a foreign country for a period of more than three months. Most residency permits are only issued where the applicant also holds the relevant working visa.

8. What is investment immigration?

Investment immigration is a program that is offered by various governments across the world which aims to attract investors to their country where they are expected to invest a specified amount of money into said country’s economy in exchange for immigration status. This typically involves investing in an already function business or starting a new business and creating the required number of jobs.

9. How can I seek investment immigration?

Investment immigration can be obtained through the relevant channels, according to the country you wish to reside in. Seeking the assistance of a professional consultancy firm like GVI, which specializes in investment immigration programs, is highly recommended as immigration laws and application procedures can be relatively complex to understand.

Individuals will generally be permitted enrollment in an investment immigration program, provided that they satisfy the country’s investment immigration prerequisites. These may include having the required capital, a credible business history, and/or business activity or business-start–up experience

10. What are the benefits of investment immigration?

There are a number of highly advantageous features to enjoy from investment immigration programs, including the acquisition of residency in the country in which they are making an investment as well as the freedom to establish their own business there.

The country’s economy, where the investor seeks to relocate to, can also benefit from such programs: the money invested into the local economy ultimately benefits the country’s citizens and local businesses.

11. What factors must I consider when immigrating?

The prospect of immigrating can be a highly daunting experience, which is why it is imperative that you consider all the necessary aspects related to the process and the complications involved in immigration to your desired country. A professional consultancy firm like GVI can advise you on all areas of immigration procedures and laws in a wide range of jurisdictions are the world, ensuring you fully understand the factors involved in immigrating.

Some factors to consider include, but are not limited to, the requirements of a working visa, the application for a residency permit, your available capital, whether you satisfy the country’s immigration prerequisites, the culture of the country, employment opportunities, and property options available to you. You should also take into consideration any challenges of immigrating with your family; some countries will offer your family the same rights and benefits as you in terms of employment and residency.

12. Do I require an immigration lawyer?

You are not required to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer but it is advisable in many cases that you do due to the complexity of the application procedures of many international jurisdictions. GVI can perform all the necessary consultancy and administration of the relevant document on your behalf in a timely and professional manner.

13. What is a citizenship test used for?

A citizenship test is a question-based test on the country in which you seek citizenship. For example, the US citizenship test features questions about various important cultural, political, and economical aspects of the United States.

Failing a citizenship test will affect your application for citizenship. Not all countries enforce a citizenship test but most do, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.