Second passports and citizenships have made it possible for more people to travel around the globe and enjoy more of what life has to offer. This one tiny travel document, slightly bigger than a wallet, holds the key for individuals to travel to 150 countries and more. What’s more, carrying a second passport provides holders access to lucrative business opportunities and economic security, among other benefits.
Such privileges were once thought to be limited to citizens of countries in developed nations, that is, the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, to name a few. But with acquiring a second passport, these privileges are now within reach.
Malta, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Portugal, and the Caribbean islands are a few countries offering people of affluence and influence the opportunity to live in comfort and security in their respective jurisdiction. Out of the list, the Caribbean citizenship by investment programs provide the most enticing combination of benefits and “bang for buck.”.
What makes a passport to the Caribbean islands a must-have for people aspiring to be global citizens? Here are some of the reasons why people are flocking to this part of the globe.
The Caribbean islands are home to some of the most picturesque and desirable locations on the planet. Dominica, for one, is renowned for its tropical rainforest and natural hot springs. Carry a second passport to this Caribbean island and watch the sunset while relaxing in one of the many heated water pools along Soufriere Bay.
Do you love going to the beach? The islands of Antigua and Barbuda alone have over 365 cashmere-sand beaches. Blessed with that many beaches, you can schedule each day of the year with a trip to a different beach.
Alternatively, St. Lucia offers citizens and tourists alike the opportunity to travel and see its majestic selection of attractions. Spend weeks or months leisurely going around and exploring the many beaches, waterfalls, reefs, lush mountains and dormant volcanoes on the island.
There are plenty of places to party on the Caribbean islands, whether you are a local or tourist. Sunday nights in Antigua, for instance, are when people gather at Shirley Heights to have a grand time.
Are you traveling with your kids? Thursday evenings are the best times to go around as the crowds are thinner.
The Caribbean islands are also home to a delectable selection of original cocktails. Rum is manufactured in many areas, with distilleries open for visitors. Learn how rum is made and down a few rum cocktails along the River Antoine in Grenada or Nevis.
For many residents in Asia and the Middle East, it is difficult to acquire visas to travel to the US, UK, or Canada. Some applicants resort to applying for a US, UK, or a Canadian family visa, a spouse visa or a work permit just to travel there. In most cases, the process can be long, tedious, and inconvenient.
Perhaps you want to see your relatives in the UK, attend a friend’s wedding in Canada, or meet up with a business associate in the US. Whatever the case may be, Caribbean citizenship is your ticket to traveling worry-free to these countries.
With a second citizenship, your chances of acquiring a visa to these countries can increase dramatically. Holding a passport to St. Kitts and Nevis or Antigua and Barbuda offers significant advantages as it can even speed up the process of obtaining a 10-year visa to the US, UK, or Canada.
What’s more remarkable is that these benefits are not limited to the primary applicant alone. Most Caribbean citizenship by investment programs are open to family members of the applicant. This means your spouse and children, and even your parents, can join you on your travels to these countries.
In many countries around the globe, the ability to purchase property is limited to the citizens of that country. There are many potential reasons for this restriction. Some territorial restrictions may be placed due to issues of national security or simply a preference of local buyers.
The same goes for establishing businesses. Some countries place limits or may require more documentation from foreigners who wish to put up a company. But with Caribbean citizenship, the same rights and privileges are afforded to you and your family.
You can buy a series of rental properties or set up a company in the Caribbean islands. Living here also gives you access to some of the most elite members of society. With your citizenship, you can expand your network of contacts or promote your business to a more exclusive clientele – the choice is yours to make.
Acquiring citizenship to the Caribbean islands through investment is a practical choice for the right type of person.
For residents of Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, or other parts of the globe, a second citizenship opens doors that may never have been possible before. See a consultant to know more about how a second passport to these tropical islands can change your life for the better.
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.