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Investment migration programs, also known as citizenship-by-investment (CBI) or residency-by-investment (RBI) programs, are initiatives offered by certain countries to attract foreign direct investment by granting individuals and their families citizenship or residency in exchange for a specified level of investment. These programs are designed to stimulate economic growth, attract high-net-worth individuals, and enhance global mobility for investors.

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Among various immigration options available, be it skilled-based, descent-based etc., investment migration gives the INDIAN investors an opportunity to not invest their capital in the global markets but also to get the residency or citizenship within a swifter timespan. While on one hand investors get to invest in the USD/EUR/GBP denominated investment opportunities and exploit the capital appreciation against the weakening INR, on the other hand, time to obtain PR shortens to as low as 1 year, for example, for the coveted US Green Card.

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Deployment of capital for the purpose for residency & citizenship varies depending on which country one prefer to invest in:


  • Donation
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Venture Capital Fund
  • Project Investment
  • Startup Investment
  • Business Investment
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The Outward Remittance by Indian Resident Individuals, according to the RBI data, suggests 55% jump in last seven years.

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Following are the primary reasons why Indians are moving to the foreign countries with residency & citizenship programs:


  • Children’s higher education
  • Global mobility & visa-free access
  • Business expansion in new territories
  • Tax planning
  • Portfolio diversification
  • Better quality of Life
  • Resettlement & family union
  • Geo-political reasons
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Eight lakh Indians have surrendered their passports in last 6 years to obtain citizenships in 10 developed countries.

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A Residency by Investment (RBI) program is a government policy that allows foreign individuals to obtain legal residency in a country by making a significant investment in that country's economy. These programs are also sometimes referred to as "Golden Visa" programs. The specific requirements and investment thresholds vary from one country to another.

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RESIDENCY vs CITIZENSHIP

The ability to apply for a passport for the nation in which you reside is the primary distinction between citizenship and permanent residency. It is not possible for permanent residents to apply for a passport.


Voting rights are another important distinction between citizens and residents. A nation grants citizenship to its residents, enabling them to cast ballots in elections and referendums after a set period of time of residency.

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A Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program is a government initiative that allows foreign individuals to acquire citizenship of a country by making a significant economic contribution. CBI programs are often referred to as "Golden Passport" programs. These initiatives are designed to attract foreign investment, stimulate economic growth, and provide an additional revenue stream for the host country.

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Immigrating to a new country means embracing a new tax regime that, along with the tax implication in India, would lower the overall tax liabilities for the Indian investor. Thus, understanding the tax component while weighing the other benefits of immigration is imperative and prudent. Here, we cover the syllabus and advise the implications.

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The process of choosing country of interest for immigration requires a detailed analysis of the personal objective of the investor for the resettlement purpose. Ranging from amount of capital willing to invest, to be able to fulfill the residency requirement, to get involved either as a active or passive investor, or to save taxes, the bespoke lifeplan can be designed while working with the qualified immigration consultant.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) permits Indian residents to remit $250,000 per individual, per fiscal year, to outside of India. With Indian investors increasingly using LRS limits every year since 2017, the biggest beneficiary has been the Investment Migration industry for the aspiring Indians.

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