A substantial percentage of any free country’s population will either be holders of a second passport or hold dual citizenship and be eligible for a second passport. You may not even be aware that you are entitled to second citizenship and a second passport by virtue of your parents or even your grandparents.
What Is A Second Passport?
A second passport is one that you acquire IN ADDITION to the one you have held since birth. Your original citizenship and passport was not of your choosing, it was bestowed upon you by the virtue of the country you were born, or the nationality of your parents. You may even hold dual nationality from birth. In that case, the citizenship you apply for would be granting you a THIRD PASSPORT!
Indeed, you may even have parents from two different countries who have settled in a new nation, making you of triple nationality. In that case, the citizenship you apply for would be granting you a FOURTH PASSPORT!
Why Might I Need A Second Passport?
The two most common reasons for acquiring a second passports are:
To Save Yours And Your Families Lives
This is the very real and only too common scenario of an individual fearing for their freedom, even for their lives and those of their families. Here are some examples:
Persecution – It may be due to religious, political or even sexual persecution. You might be a Jew or a Christian in a Muslim nation that was previously secular, but has fallen under the leadership of Islamic extremists. You know if you don’t get out while you can, you may soon be imprisoned or worse.
Another Sadam Hussein – The sudden rise to political power of an individual whose views pose a direct threat to you and your family’s safety. This person may be another Sadam Hussein, a general who uses the army to seize control of a county, then threatens to invade those nations around him.
For Freedom Of Movement
The majority of applicants in the hunt for a new citizenship and a second passport are doing so because they crave the freedom of movement that those of us who live in the free world take for granted every day of our lives. Here are some examples:
Business – A successful entrepreneur from Africa, Asia or the Middle East wishes to take their business to the next level and try their luck in the European and US markets. If they hail from any of these three areas, chances are their passport will grant them visa-free access to no countries worth entering in the free world. They will need to apply for visas for every country they need to visit. Worse still are the interview rooms they often end up in where they have to explain who they are and what is the purpose for their visit for the 200th time.
They know that ownership of an EU passport would change all of that. There’s no need for visas when you are officially a citizen of France or Germany, Austria of Holland. You will sail through the customs of 185 countries, including those of the US, Canada, all of Europe (naturally), much of Eastern Europe, Japan and Australia.
Respect – There are successful business people who are treated like royalty on their own continents, but once they travel to Europe, the US, Canada or Australia, they are made to feel like second-class citizens . They may be worth tens of millions of dollars, and have made their money in the most respectable way possible, but when they take their family to Europe for a holiday, they are looked as with suspicion, treated disrespectfully, and made to feel like a criminal.
A highly successful entrepreneur carrying an Iranian, Algerian, Pakistani or Somali passport will never be accorded the same common courtesy as a Frenchman on his family holiday, purely because of the preconceptions that come with the passports they carry.
This business person may not even want to try and conquer new markets in Europe and the US. All they really want is to be treated with respect when they show their passport to customs officials the world over. And if that means obtaining a French, Italian or Spanish citizenship and passport via citizenship by investment, so be it!
How Can I get A Second Passport?
It has never been easier to get a powerful EU passport and citizenship to a member state of the European Union than today. Incredibly, citizenship and a passport to the EU member state of Slovenia will cost the successful applicant just €50,000. What’s more, as that €50,000 must be used to buy a piece of Slovenian real estate that must be maintained for five years, when it comes to selling it, it may well have doubled in profit.
The citizenship by investment program for Slovakia, also an EU member state is just €52,000, and the CBI program for Bulgaria, also a member of the European Union, is €65,000. As with Slovenia, citizenship is granted in return of a real estate purchase that must be maintained for five years.
It I worth remembering that as an EU citizen and passport holder, you would be free to live and work in any EU nation of your choosing without time limitation. So if living in Slovenia or Slovakia – both beautiful little nations in their own right – doesn’t fill you with excitement, but a life lived in Paris, Madrid, Berlin or Rome does, your Slovenian/Slovakian passport will grant you the same rights as if you were holding a French/Spanish/German passport.
Who Already Has A Second Passport?
In countries that allow dual citizenship and have a high migrant population – such as America, Canada, the UK and Australia – there is a large percentage of people eligible for second passports. Some may have claimed them already, others are aware of the situation and may claim their second passport if they ever need it, and finally, the vast majority would never bother to apply for that second passport, because they are more than happy with the citizenship they already have.
In the UK, as many as 20 million out of a population of 67 million are eligible to claim Irish citizenship. This amazing fact emerged soon after the Brexit referendum occurred and millions of Brits were faced with the very real fact that the UK had voted to leave the European Union.
Ireland however relied on the EU to maintain their booming economy, and they were certainly not following the UK’s example anytime soon. So Brits began frantically checking their immediate family to find out if they were eligible, and millions were. While having an Irish parent is enough to grant an individual Irish citizenship, proof of an Irish grandparent can also be enough.
The bottom line is before you embark on a citizenship by investment program, check your heritage to see if you are already entitled to a second passport, then see how powerful it is. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Citizenship By Investment Programs
|Austria Citizenship Program||€250,000|
|Belgium Citizenship Program||€200,000|
|Bulgaria Citizenship Program||€65,000|
|Croatia Citizenship Program||€175,000|
|Czech Republic Citizenship Program||€200,000|
|France Citizenship Program||€200,000|
|Hungary Citizenship Program||€200,000|
|Italy Citizenship Program||€190,000|
|Mexico Citizenship Program||€120,000|
|Holland Citizenship Program||€175,000|
|Poland Citizenship Program||€175,000|
|Slovakia Citizenship Program||€52,000|
|Slovenia Citizenship Program||€50,000|
|Spain Citizenship Program||€200,000|
|Turkey Citizenship Program||€75,000|