In a world where global mobility has become synonymous with success, being able to move effortlessly across borders represents the ultimate competitive advantage. A passport, consequently, can serve as either a gateway or a barrier to the world, depending on its relative strength or weakness in terms of the travel freedom it affords.
Today, it is less a luxury than a basic requirement for modern businesspeople to be able to travel easily and extensively. Acquiring a stronger second or third passport eliminates a great deal of the inconvenience and waiting time surrounding visa applications and passport renewal or replacement processes. Citizenship-by-investment programmes offer applicants and their families the chance to become nationals in a country in exchange for a substantial financial contribution to that country’s economy.
Europe is the most appealing destination for individuals looking to acquire a second or alternative citizenship, given the region’s high level of safety and opportunity as well as the access it provides to the world’s top financial and lifestyle centers.
In November this year, Moldova became the latest nation to launch a citizenship-by-investment programme. The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) programme represents the most exciting new investment migration option in Europe and a unique opportunity for investors to tap into a dynamic emerging market.
The MCBI programme offers investors a foothold in Europe and access to one of the fastest growing commercial hubs in the region. In exchange for a financial contribution and subject to a stringent vetting and due diligence process, applicants and their families are granted full citizenship rights that are transferrable without restrictions to future generations. They also gain a passport that facilitates visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 122 destinations around the world, including all the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area as well as Russia and Turkey.
Aside from Moldova’s unique geographic position at the intersection of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and the robust strength of its passport, the major attractiveness of the MCBI programme lies in its genuine affordability and accessibility.
To qualify for citizenship, candidates are required to make an economic contribution that begins at EUR 100,000 for single applicants and goes up to EUR 155,000 for families of five or more members. Additional service provider, due diligence, and government fees apply.
The issuance of a Moldovan passport under the MCBI programme takes approximately three months from the date on which the complete application is submitted, provided that the due diligence process is carried out without difficulties.
The MCBI programme has been designed by the Government of Moldova in partnership with Henley & Partners and the Moldovan Investment Company. Henley & Partners has over 20 years of experience working with governments in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe in developing and implementing the world’s most successful and credible investment migration programmes. Each year, hundreds of wealthy individuals and their advisors rely on our expertise and experience in this area. Our highly qualified professionals work together as one team in over 30 offices worldwide.
For more information on acquiring Moldovan citizenship, visit henleyglobal.com today.
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