The concept of citizenship through investment is easy to understand. Simply put, countries that want financial investments from foreign citizens offer something very important to those who are willing to provide it: citizenship. While the benefits of second citizenship may not be immediately apparent, it can really make a difference to those who are from nations with oppressive reputations.
Some countries restrict or monitor the movements of their citizens. Others severely limit what they can do with their money. And some countries around the globe are so disliked that it can difficult or dangerous to travel with a passport from that country. People who find themselves born into a nation with such problems and restrictions but have significant financial resources can take the dramatic step of obtaining dual citizenship from a willing second nation — or giving up their original citizenship altogether.
While the United States and Canada are among nations that offer some form of investment program designed to lure foreign investment, the programs are difficult to navigate. In the case of the American program, only 10,000 applicants are allowed per year, but the conditions of participation are so complex that the program hasn’t reached its maximum in recent years.
The greatest chance for second citizenship success is available for those who choose to invest in a Caribbean nation like St. Kitts and Nevis or Dominica. In both of those cases, the process is relatively simple, and third-party companies are available to help applicants complete the process successfully.