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Thinking of buying a citizenship or second passport? We assist Birchwood Stanhope clients and investors with immigration, citizenship, residency and second passports obtained through citizenship-by-investment program (CIP) and Immigrant Investor Programs (IIP) in Europe & North America. A Second passport from a small, peaceful country can guarantee you “safe refuge” during war or political crisis or very useful for visa free travel and tax planning.


The Cyprus Golden visa is very coveted as it confers almost instantaneous permanent residency in an EU country on non-EU nationals, their spouses and dependents. There are various advantages over other golden visa schemes in so far as there is a 7 year route to naturalisation and no concerns about renewals during that time. However, Cyprus is yet to enter the Schengen zone so travel to the rest of the EU is dependent upon gaining either a Schengen visa or applicable visa for the nation to be travelled to.

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To qualify for the Portugal visa under “Golden Residence Visa Program”, an investment in real-estate of at least EUR 500,000 in Portugal must be made. The periods of mandatory stay in Portugal are 7 days on the first year and 14 days over the subsequent periods of 2 years. As long as the applicants do not stay more than 180 days per year in Portugal, no taxation applies (except a slight property tax).

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The Spanish golden residency visa is available to lead applicants of 18 years old or over who invest Euro 500,000 or above in a Spanish property, their spouses and dependents. Typically a dependent can be children up until the age of 18 but special provision can be given to older dependents for which the applicant is a guardian, typically on medical grounds.

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UK has been a dream destination to immigrate for those in Asian countries, specifically from India, China and Pakistan and Arab nations. UK has world class development and infrastructure ideal for business and family relocation. We offer 2 types of programs for UK: UK Tier 1 Immigrant Investor Program (minimum GBP 2 million) and UK Entrepreneur Program (minimum GBP 200,000).

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The US has “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program” for investors who want to gain “Green card” or “Permanent resident” status in the US. Under this scheme, a minimum investment of atleast USD 500,000 is required, which is to be invested in a rural part of the country, by means of creating “commercial business” and this business should create atleast 10 jobs. For major cities, the investment is no less than USD 1 million. It is not a passive investment and the investor must play an active role in management of business.

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Our team of experts and international lawyers specialize in residence planning, citizenships and real estate consulting in various countries worldwide, attractive to foreigners. We also assist our clients in health insurance, rentals in various countries in Europe.

We can arrange client meetings in Liverpool, Lisbon, London, Malaga, Orlando & Paphos.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

NOTE: This website is not affiliated to or endorsed by Government(s) or official sources. We assist clients for addition services, with document preparation and filing, legal advice, housing and real estate, taxation and investment advice, which are unavailable with Government. All information including services / forms can be obtained from Government authorities for free.

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