Residence Programmes

Residence is a visa status that allows individuals and their families the opportunity to live, work and study in a second country legally without being a citizen. 

Typically, permanent residence in a country is granted to individuals who gain employment or undergo full-time education. However, in recent years residency by investment has become another way for individuals and their families to obtain permanent residence.

Residency by investment is a process where an applicant meets specific fiscal requirements set out, and in turn, is offered permanent residency. Importantly, this is a much faster process to permanent residency. Moreover, individuals can become a citizen by naturalisation by staying for a certain number of years in that country. 


Canada has two programmes for investors. The Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada.

The Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur and Investor Visa give every province and territory of Canada the power to invite applicants to come and live in their borders if they have the right skills and work experience.

Location: North America
Population: 37,590,000
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)


Cyprus offers permanent residency to those willing to invest in the country. Investors can either take a normal track or fast track option. The process typically takes 2 months to be approved for permanant residency. 

Location: Europe
Population: 855,000
Currency: Euro (EUR)


The Greece Residency by Investment Program enables investors to acquire residency in Greece by investing in real estate. Residency is offered on a five-year basis and may be renewed every five years thereafter provided the applicant still owns the property. 

Location: Europe
Population: 10,740,000
Currency: Euro (EUR)


The Malta Residence and Visa Programme are one of Malta’s special residency programmes available that offer a residence visa to the applicant and any beneficiaries allowing them to reside, settle and stay indefinitely in Malta.

Location: Europe
Population: 493,000
Currency: Euro (EUR)


If you wish to reside in Monaco, you must apply for a residence permit. To obtain a residence permit you must deposit funds in a Monegasque bank as well as invest in a suitable property in Monaco.

Location: Europe
Population: 38,695
Currency: Euro (EUR)


Portugese Residence Permit for Investment Activity (ARI), commonly known as the Golden Visa, offers investors the opportunity to gain permanant residence in Portugal by investing into Real Estate, local investments or businesses. 

The Visa programmes requires investors to stay in the country for at least seven days per year during the first year, and fourteen days in the two-year periods.

Location: Europe
Population: 10,290,000
Currency: Euro (EUR)

United Kingdom

The Tier-1 Investor category is designed to allow wealthy individuals who make a substantial financial investment in the UK to obtain permission from the UK to enter as an investor under the Tier 1 category. The applicant must invest a minimum of GBP2 million in the UK. 

Location: Europe
Population: 66,040,000
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

United States of America

The EB-5 program allows investors to qualify residence in the United States by investing through regional centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

Location: North America
Population: 327,200,000
Currency: US Dollar (USD)