20 countries where you can buy a 'golden visa' as cheap as $19,000 – Business Insider

There are four different ways to receive a residency visa through Australia’s “Business Innovation and Investment Program,” which allows recipients to live and run a business in Australia. After five years, visa recipients can apply for citizenship status, according to Henley & Partners, an investment migration consultancy based in London. 
Here are the program’s four application streams, according to the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs: 
1. Business Innovation: Applicants must have net assets worth at least AUD 1.25 million and operate a new or existing business in Australia. 
2Investor: Applicants must invest at least AUD 2.5 million in Australian investments that meet certain requirements. 
3. Significant Investor: Applicants must invest at least AUD 5 million in Australian investments that meet certain requirements. 
4. Entrepreneur: Applicants must first be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency and provide evidence of a funding agreement with a third party backing their start-up. 
In order to qualify for Austria’s temporary residence visas known as “stay permits,” you must demonstrate that you have at least €1,030.49 in monthly income (more depending on the number of dependents).
In addition, you must show proof of permanent housing (purchased or leased) and private health insurance with coverage in Austria. 
To be eligible for Canada’s “Start-Up Visa Program” applicants need to have a qualifying business, get a letter of support from a designated organization, meet the language requirements, and bring enough money to settle. 
The minimum amount of personal funds required begins at $13,310 and increases depending on the number of family members applying. 
Applicants from non-European countries may qualify for Cyprus’ investor immigrant visa by investing at least €300,000 in one of four approved categories, according to the country’s Civil Registry and Migration department: 
1. Investment in a house or apartment
2. Investment in non-residential real estate such as offices, shops, or hotels
3. Purchasing share capital of a company registered in the Republic of Cyprus
4. Purchasing units in Cyprus-based investment funds
Greece’s “Golden Visa program” offers several investment options in exchange for a residence permit, including a real estate purchase worth a minimum of €250,000, the acquisition of shares in a Greek company equal to at least €400,000, or purchasing government bonds worth at least €400,000. 
Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced in September that the program’s real estate investment requirement will increase from €250,000 to €500,000 in order to “increase the affordability of real estate for Greeks.” The price bump is expected to take effect in early 2023, according to International Adviser
To apply to Hong Kong’s “Quality Migrant Admission Scheme” applicants must meet the program’s age, education, character, language, and financial prerequisites. There is no minimum investment required. 
Financially, applicants must demonstrate they have enough money to support themselves “without relying on public assistance” in Hong Kong.
Applicants who successfully meet the requirements are then awarded points through a “general points test” and an “achievement-based points test,” and “compete for quota allocation with other applicants,” according to Hong Kong’s Immigration Department. 
Italy’s “Investor Visa” is a two-year visa for citizens of non-EU countries who “make significant investments in strategic areas for the Italian economy and society,” according to Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development. 
Here are the program’s four investment options: 
1. €2 million in Italian government bonds
2. €500,000 in an Italian limited company 
3. €250,000 in an Italian innovative start-up 
4. €1 million in a philanthropic initiative 
In order to be eligible for Jersey’s “High Value Residency” program, you must make a yearly income of at least £725,000 per year and demonstrate that “your residency in Jersey will benefit the Island in some way,” according to Jersey’s government website. 
If approved, you must purchase or lease real estate worth at least £1.75 million. Approved high-value residents can work and live on the Channel island, located approximately 14 miles off the coast of France. 
The real estate investment option within Latvia’s golden visa program was recently suspended in January 2022, leaving three alternative investment routes for foreign nationals seeking a residency permit, according to Henley & Partners
1. A €50,000 investment into the equity capital of a Latvian company, plus a €10,000 contribution to the state budget. 
2. Purchase €250,000 worth of “special-purpose interest-free bonds,” plus a €38,000 to the state budget.
3. Invest €280,000 into the “subordinated capital of a Latvian bank for a period of five years,” plus a €25,000 contribution to the state budget. 
Luxembourg offers a residence permit for investors who fulfill one of the four investment requirements listed on the government website. 
1. Invest at least €500,000 in an existing company registered in Luxembourg. 
2. Invest at least €500,000 in a new business registered in Luxembourg and create at least five jobs within 3 years. 
3. Invest at least €3 million in a “management and investment structure, either existing or still to be created,” registered in Luxembourg.
4. Deposit at least €20 million worth of funds into a financial institution established in Luxembourg, and keep the deposit for at least five years. 
Through the “Malaysia My Second Home” program, foreigners can receive a 10-year renewable residency visa in exchange for investing in the country. 
When the program re-opened following its closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism raised the investment requirement to a fixed deposit of 1 million Malaysian Ringgits (approximately $224,000). 
Applicants must also provide proof of “bankable assets” worth approximately $350,000, as well as proof of monthly income of approximately $10,000.
Malta’s “permanent residence” visa provides recipients with the ability to reside permanently on the island, located between Sicily and the North African coast. Up to four generations may be included in the application. 
Here are the program’s five financial requirements, as listed by the Residency Malta Agency, the entity responsible for managing and promoting Malta’s golden visa program: 
The Mauritius “Residence by Investment Program” offers 10 different investment options in exchange for a 10-year residence visa, according to Henley & Partners. 
One path is to invest $375,000 in one of four real estate options including luxury residential property and smart city projects. Alternatively, applicants can invest $35,000 to $54,000 in start-ups, technology, and other approved business activities. 
Panama offers two main types of investor visas with requirements ranging from $40,000 to $750,000, according to Henley & Partners. 
The least expensive route is the “Panama Reforestation Visa Program,” where foreign investors can contribute $40,000 into a reforestation initiative approved by the Ministry of Environment. 
Alternatively, you can apply through the “Qualified Investor Program” where applicants can receive permanent residence status in exchange for a real estate investment of $300,000, stock exchange investment of $500,000, or fixed-term bank deposit of $750,000. 
Portugal’s golden visa program is one of the most popular investor visas among wealthy Americans, multiple investment migration firms previously told Insider. 
There are eight distinct investment options, according to Portugal’s federal immigration agency:
Singapore’s “Global Investor Program” offers permanent residence status to eligible investors “who intend to drive their businesses and investment growth from Singapore.”  
Here are the program’s three investment options, according to Singapore’s Economic Development Board: 
1. Invest S$2.5 million in a new business entity or in the expansion of an existing business operation.
2. Invest S$2.5 million in an approved global investor program fund that invests in Singapore-based companies. 
3. Invest S$2.5 million in a new or existing Singapore-based single family office with assets under management of at least S$200 million.
Spain’s investor visa program offers residence visas to foreigners “making a significant capital investment” through one of the four below options, as listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1. €2 million investment in Spanish public debt securities. 
2. €1 million investment in stocks or shares in Spanish companies, in investment or venture capital funds incorporated in Spain, or in bank deposits in Spanish financial institutions. 
3. Purchase of real estate worth at least €500,000. 
4. The creation of a business project in Spain “considered to be of general interest” in regards to the creation of jobs and local socio-economic impact.
Thailand’s “Elite Visa” membership program provides qualified foreign investors with a “Privilege Entry Visa” that is valid for up to 20 years. 
There are eight different program options, ranging from “elite flexible one” to “elite ultimate privilege,” according to Thailand Privilege Card Co., the state-owned enterprise within Thailand’s federal tourism agency that runs the program. The minimum payment required is an application fee of approximately $19,000
Dubai’s golden visa program provides residence status to qualified foreign investors and entrepreneurs who meet one of five guidelines listed on the official UAE government website:
1. Purchase a property worth at least AED 2 million (approximately $540,00) 
2. Purchase a property with a loan from specific local banks or buy one or more “off-plan properties” worth at least AED 2 million (approximately $540,00) from approved local real estate companies.
3. Own or partner in a start-up registered in the UAE that generates an annual revenue of at least AED 1 million (approximately $270,000).
4. Obtain an approval for a start-up idea from an official business incubator or from Ministry of Economy or other approved local authorities.
5. Be the founder of an entrepreneurial project that was sold for at least AED 7 million (approximately $1.9 million).
The United States also offers a golden visa program, titled the “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.”
Eligible foreign investors may apply for a green card through the program upon completion of the following two investor guidelines: 
1. Invest $1,050,000 into a “non-targeted employment area project” or $800,000 into a project in a rural area or an area with high unemployment. 
2. Create 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified USA workers. 
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