FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Answers to all your questions on acquiring an alternative citizenship and residence opportunities
Clear and crisp answers to some burning questions you may already have
How long is a passport valid for?
Passports are generally valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years. All issued passports can be renewed once they expire.
What is the difference between citizenship & immigration?
The Citizenship by Investment Program allows you and your family to obtain full legal citizenship and passports when you make a significant investment in the country of choice which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Whereas an Immigration is entering a country legally and obtain a residence without of the citizens.
Who can I add to my citizenship application?
Citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents and on some programs unmarried siblings. Fees vary according to the number of family members you include in your application for citizenship.
Where can I travel to with my new passport?
With your new passport, you can travel visa-free to over 120+ countries or territories, including many important business hubs. You will have the right to live, work, and study in your newly acquired country of citizenship at any time.
Who can apply for a 2nd Passport?
As a main applicant for citizenship by investment, you must be at least 18 years of age have no criminal records, and able and willing to make the required contribution. You can add your spouse, dependent children & parents (age dependent). Siblings can be added for specific programs as well.
What is the minimum investmnt required for the citizenship programs?
The total cost will be made up of the contribution to the Government via a donation or the investment in authorized real estate project, plus fees relating to the processing of the application. The minimum amount for government contribution starts at $100,000.
Is my new citizenship for life?
Your citizenship is for life and may be passed on to future generations. Once you receive your new citizenship you will have the same right to live, work, and study in the country same as all citizen. With a the new passport, you will be able to travel visa-free to over 120 countries and territories, including major business hubs.
Can I travel to Canada & the USA?
Holders of all citizenship by investment program passports, except Malta, require a visa to enter the United States, because they are not part of the Visa Waiver Program. A visa is required for Canada as well.
Can my 2nd Nationality & Passport be revoked?
We are not aware of revocation of a second citizenship to this date, however if your citizenship by investment nationality was granted on false information provided during the processing of your application, the country may be able to revoke a granted citizenship.
What is the quickest way to get a passport/citizenship?
The quickest route to citizenship takes currently about 60 Days. Please get in-contact with us to discuss the options available to you.
What docuemnts are needed to apply for a 2nd passport?
During the process of applying for a 2nd citizenship/passport a birth certificate, passport copies, police clearance certificates among others are requested.
How can I start the process to apply for a 2nd passport?
The first step for applying for citizenship is to choose an agent. Applications for citizenship cannot be submitted directly to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) and must only be handled by an Authorized Agent. The second step is to contact your chosen Authorized Agent, who will provide you with assistance in preparing your forms and documentation for submission to the CIU. You will need to complete the official forms, attend a medical examination, and obtain certain supporting documents, all of which need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate notarization and legalization. If you are purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sales and purchase agreement. Mirabello Consultancy will fully assist its client throughout the process and guide its clients for an efficient procedure. Please get in-contact with us to discuss your situation in more details.
Can I apply from abroad?
Yes, you can apply from abroad. Mirabello Consultancy will manage the whole process with you remotely.
Do I need to travel to the country that I have obtained the 2nd passport from?
No, you don’t have to travel to any of the countries as part of the application process. However, we always encourage you to visit your new country of citizenship.
What is the difference between a donation to the respected governments and an Investment?
The donation to the government is non-refundable and will be used for the economic development of the country in the form of infrastructure spend. The investment option is via the acquisition of real estate that can be sold after holding it for 5 years.
Will I have problems with immigration?
You should not have any problems with any immigration authority, provided you have a valid travel document and have not committed any crimes.
What is the best citizenship program?
This depends on your specific needs. All citizenship programs have similar requirements and benefits in that they allow easy travel, easy banking, respect and human rights. Please speak to us so that we can understand your specific needs in order to recommend the best program for you.
Who qualifies as a dependent?
A spouse of the main applicant, A dependent child under eighteen (18) years of age of the main applicant, A dependent child of the main applicant between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) who is unmarried and fully supported by the main applicant, Parents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of fifty-five (55) years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.
Can my children study and work in Europe/UK with the 2nd passport?
If you acquire European citizenship or residency, yes. With the other passports, they can apply as an international student and study in the EU/UK. Working in the UK/EU would be dependent on them obtaining a work permit.
How long does it take to get the 2nd passport?
This usually takes 4 months for the Caribbean Programs. For the European Programs, the fastest is 12 months.
How do I get my physical passport after I have been approved?
This will be handled by our office and we will deliver the passports to you.
Can I live in the country that I have the 2nd passport from?
Yes, Once you receive your new citizenship you will have the same right to live, work, and study as any other citizen.
What happens if I lose my passport?
Lost, expired or those with no free pages can be easily renewed for a fee at the Passport and Immigration Department of your new country or through any Consulate. This can be done without travelling to the country.
Do I need to give up my exsisting passport?
No, the laws of the country’s citizenship by investment recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. You are not required to reside in the countries to keep your citizenship status.
Do my unborn/future children acquire the new nationality?
Yes they do.
Can I add my spouse if I get married?
Yes you can. Additional fees will apply.
What are the payment terms ?
Please get in-touch with us and we will send you a full breakdown of the costs and payment timeline.
Which countries can I visit visa free?
This information can be found easily on Wikipedia as it is up to date at any time. The countries to travel to visa free may change according to the citizenship you hold.
Am I liable to pay tax in the country that I have the 2nd passport from?
We are no tax advisors and please do not rely on this information however generally speaking, there is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax for new citizens of any one of the programs, however as a citizen, you would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in the country.
Can these citizenship by investment programs stop?
The citizenship by investment industry has been around since 1984 when Saint Kitts & Nevis introduced the concept to the world. Since then the industry has grown and many countries in different regions have come up with their own programs. Can the programs stop? Yes, depending on the respective government’s and their changes to their citizenship law. This will not affect you if you are already a citizen.
How long have the citizenship by investment programs been running?
The citizenship by investment industry has been around since 1984 when Saint Kitts & Nevis introduced the concept to the world.
I’ve had a visa rejection. Can I apply?
If you had an EU or UK visa rejection then you cannot apply unless you re-apply and get the Visa for which you were rejected for. Please get in-touch with us so that we can assist you correctly if you find yourself in this situation currently.
Can I pay for the citizenship program in installments?
No. Payments are made in stages as to where the application process is. The final large amount is only paid on approval-in-principle for the donation option and real estate option for the Caribbean Programs. For the European Programs, the real estate purchase happens before approval but help in escrow with authorized companies.
Is the Program Confidential?
The application process itself is confidential as well as the granting of citizenship.