With the 2020 presidential elections starting to heat up, many Americans are already planning their escape route should our once-great nation become a Socialist and debt-ridden liberal playground (God help us all).
But with so many countries closing their borders to Americans, the list of choices is looking pretty slim on where Americans will actually be allowed to enter.
The good news is some countries are making it possible for Americans to either earn or buy citizenship!
Sure, most of the world deems America a “high risk” country in terms of COVID-19 – so flying with an American passport won’t really get you anywhere these days.
Which is why many savvy travelers are learning the power of dual citizenship and having a second passport.
Dual citizenship is the new golden ticket to travel.
No, we’re not saying break the law.
But there are countries that will welcome you as a citizen should you meet their criteria.
Here are some pretty cool places you might want to consider moving to in case November puts the nail in the coffin for America as we know it.
This tiny Caribbean island allows citizenship by investment – either in real estate or by contributing to their Economic Diversification Fund.
The cool thing about this citizenship is you can get it for your whole family – spouse, children, dependent parents/grandparents – and even future generations!
Talk about passing on a cool gift to your grandchildren!
But, it’s going to cost you a whopping $100,000 donation just for yourself and $50,000 for your spouse (and a whole host of other processing fees and expenses per dependent).
Still, for those with money to burn – it sounds like a pretty cool option.
Those with an Austrian passport have visa-free access to more than 187 destinations around the world AND the ability to live in an EU member country.
But if you thought $100,000 was a high price, getting an Austrian passport will cost you a minimum $3.5 million investment.
The Austrian Citizenship Act lets the government reward foreign persons citizenship with “extraordinary merit”.
Apparently investing $3.5 million qualifies as extraordinary!
But Austria makes you jump through a few more hoops and requires you to actually bring new technologies or create a significant number of new jobs – not just invest passively.
If you’re an entrepreneur at heart – this could be a viable option.
Portugal has several different ways you can become a citizen, but you need to participate in their Golden Visa program.
Depending on how much you invest, you can gain residency for your family and dependent children, and you can renew your visa every two years as long as you spend at least two weeks in the country every two years.
Not a bad deal.
Even better – you can apply for permanent residency and citizenship after 5 years without needing to reside in Portugal.
Depending on where your parents (or grandparents) were born – you can actually qualify for dual citizenship by descent!
It’s not as complicated as it sounds, actually.
For example, my grandparents were born in Ireland – so therefore I qualify for dual citizenship!
Thankfully my dad did the legwork while I was a kid, so everything is lined up should I need to jet once I get my second passport!
If you’re going through the process, sure you’ll need to present some legal documents like birth certificates, but once you gather everything it’s pretty much smooth sailing.
Every country has different rules, so do your own research.
There’s a whole slew of other countries that will allow dual citizenship by descent from Columbia to Croatia to Italy to South Korea!
So if you’re plotting your escape route, you might get lucky if you can get it by descent – but if not, you can still buy your way to another country!
Better start saving!
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