Second citizenship is something some people need for different reasons. For some people, it is for marriage, others want to start a business, some are travelers, others just like the new country, and for some, it is for retirement. Either way, second citizenship or additional citizenship in a new country is a good thing as it helps one in many ways.
However, when looking for another citizenship, it is always good to consider several countries to choose from depending on your needs. Different countries have different regulations and processes for offering another citizenship. As a result, it is easy to get citizenship in some countries, while for others, it is difficult. Here are the 12 easiest countries to get citizenship.
UPDATE: 2022/07/02 10:50 EST BY GABRIEL KIRELLOS
Additional Countries To Consider For A Second Citizenship
There are many countries around the world that allow people to earn a second citizenship easily and without breaking the bank or waiting for decades to get that right. This list was updated to include some additional beautiful nations in the Americas, such as Paraguay and Guatemala, where it's easy to get a dual citizenship.
It is one of the easiest countries to get citizenship. The country will provide one with citizenship just three months after application. The country does not even require one to be there in person. However, during the application, one must feature key members such as parents, siblings, grandparents, or spouses.
The applications can be made in two ways. For one of them, the applicant is required to donate at least USD 150,000 to Grenada's National Transformation Fund. In cases where the family is of 4, the donation amount goes up to $200,000. The second method is investing USD 220,000 in a local real estate business for five years.
Ireland is the most accessible country to get citizenship by descent. The countries allow people to go back as far as three generations. This means that if a person's great-grandparent was of Irish nationality, then getting citizenship becomes easy.
However, for this case to work, the government will always verify to make sure that one's grandparent had actually registered births and was a citizen of the country.
In Mexico, people are allowed to apply for citizenship after 5 years of living in the country. In cases where the person is of Mexican descent, the period is reduced to just two years. However, in case the applicant has a Mexican spouse or children or has contributed socially, artistically, athletically, or culturally to the country, the period is also reduced to 2 years.
An applicant must also be able to speak Spanish and understand the culture and history of the country. However, for Mexico, one is required to give up citizenship of the other country.
Canada has a very high number of foreign citizens due to its good policies towards foreigners, and the country has many opportunities. In Canada, one will be required to have lived in the country for at least 1,095 days out of 5 years and have a permanent resident status.
Another requirement is to have met personal income tax obligations for the past three years out of the five one has been in the country. An applicant should also be able to speak either English or French and demonstrate knowledge of the country's rights, institutions, values, and history.
It is an English-speaking country in Europe with both a good climate and a business environment. The country is known to be tax-friendly and offers many attractions to its visitors. To apply for citizenship in Malta, they must have stayed in the country for at least 12 months.
One way to gain citizenship is by investment, and the applicant is required to donate at least 650,000 euros to the government national development fund, purchase real estate worth 350,000 euros, invest 150,000 euros in government bonds or stocks, or lease a property that will cost 16,000 euros per year for five years.
For someone to get a residence permit, they should be either willing to go to school in the country, start a business, or prove the ability to earn more than $1,000 monthly in pension or investment. Once one gets a residence permit in Peru, they are required to live in the country for two years before they can apply for citizenship.
Before one can get a passport, one has to go through a language test. In some cases, the applicant may be required to change their name to a Spanish style. However, the country offers dual citizenship.
Singapore is a country that has been welcoming new citizens, and there has been a high number of people taking citizenship. The country is well-developed and moving fast in the right direction, making it ideal for someone looking for citizenship.
Singapore requires one to marry a country's citizen to gain a permanent residency, obtain employment or start a business. After staying in the country for two years, one is eligible for citizenship. However, the country has some investment requirements that one must meet when applying for citizenship. The country requires one to renounce their previous citizenship to gain Singapore citizenship.
One of the best things about Portugal is the golden visa residence which can easily lead to citizenship. Once one invests in the country, they are granted a five-year residence permit with their dependents allowing them to re-enter the country freely, work and live there.
The country does not offer direct citizenship through investment, but getting a golden visa is an excellent deal to getting close to citizenship. To get a golden visa, one should do any of the following. Transfer at least 1 million euros of capital to any approved account, create at least 10 new jobs, invest in real estate for a total of 280,000 euros for renovation and 400,000 euros in low-density places, and invest 350,000 euros in a Portuguese company that creates permanent jobs for five years.
4 New Zealand
New Zealand is a developed country that has good immigration policies that travelers can use to get permanent residency and possible citizenship. The country is well known for its Skilled Migration program. The program has several criteria but one must be below 55 years of age, skilled in a certain field, and experienced in his work. That way, one can apply for a resident visa.
Australia is an attractive country with several programs that can give a chance to a tourist to visit. One can easily get a visa to be a resident through school, work, and other factors. When it comes to moving to Australia by means of work a person must be below 50 years of age and have work experience. From there, applying for citizenship is easy.
It is enough for one to hold a USD 5,000 bank deposit and a couple of years living in Paraguay to get citizenship in this amazing South American country. People will have to stay in Paraguay for only 183 days per year for a three-year period for them to become citizens. No restrictions on the country of origin apply, and one can make any income to be eligible to apply for citizenship in Paraguay. Additionally, people investing their money in bank deposits in this country will earn attractive interest rates in return.
Guatemala has loose resident requirements and offers an inexpensive program that allows people to apply for citizenship. It is enough for one to purchase government bonds only for USD 50,000 to apply for citizenship or residency, per the Guatemalan Investment Program. This process needs a maximum of 8 months to be completed, and the passport can be granted immediately after this period. Additionally, the cost of living in Guatemala is affordable. Thus, it's a great decision to move to this beautiful country. It is essential to have a clean criminal record, proof of health insurance, and some other documents when applying for Guatemalan citizenship.