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9 Best Golden Visa Programs in Europe

European golden visa secures you the right to settle down and live and, in many cases, work in your new country.

Top Tier Golden Visa Countries

Hot Invest in Latvia


  • Most affordable option
  • From €60,000
  • Investment: Business, property
  • Time: 3 months
How to get a Latvian residency?
2024 Hungarian residency


  • 10-year residence permit
  • From €315,000
  • Investment: Bond, property
  • Time: 2 months
Guest Investor Program
Citizenship Bulgaria residency


  • Citizenship after 5 years
  • From €55,000
  • Investment: Business
  • Time: 2-4 months
More about Bulgaria passport
Permanent Malta Pr


  • Immediate PERMANENT residency
  • From €125,000
  • Investment: Donation
  • Time: 9-12 months
More about Malta PR
Germany Germany golden visa


  • Europe's Leading Country
  • From €280,000
  • Investment: Business
  • Time: 4-9 months
Benefits of Germany PR
Citizenship Portugal Golden Visa


  • Citizenship after 5 years
  • From €500,000
  • Investment: Fund
  • Time: 12 months
Benefits of Portugal Golden Visa
Italy golden visa


  • An alternative
  • From €60,000
  • Investment: No
  • Time: 4-8 months
Eligibility of Italian Golden Visa
Greek Golden Visa


  • Totally online
  • From €280,000
  • Investment: Property
  • Time: 4-6 months
Details of Greek Golden Visa
Cyprus PR


  • Profitable investment
  • From €300,000
  • Investment: Property
  • Time: 4 months
How to get Cyprus PR?

What are the main benefits of a European Golden Visa (residence permit)?

Safe Future for Your Family

Always have a plan B and get a European residency, which is the most satisfying alternative. Europe offers stability, safety and many other advantages.

Learn in Europe
European Education

Your children will have access to the highly-developed European education system at a moderate price.

European Life

Change your life by living in Europe. Have access to all European opportunities and live in safety and security.

Free Movement in Europe

Get the freedom of travel. You are allowed to travel throughout the Schengen countries freely.


Your ultimate guide to finding the most suitable option

Residency or Citizenship Program List Quick Guide Tools

Residency or citizenship?


European citizenship provides free settlement and life in any European Union (EU) country. That means you may live and work (be employed); your children can access education in any EU country. With your European passport, you can travel visa-free in most countries in the world. For example, Malta citizenship offers visa-free travel to 188 countries and eTA to the USA. As you see,  European Union citizenship is very precious. Unfortunately, a second EU passport is quite expensive. Find more about European citizenship by investment programs.


European permanent and temporary residence by investment (golden visas) secure you the right to settle down and live and, in many cases, work in your new country -- but only in that country. Please note that a permanent residence permit does not give you the right to live, settle, or work in ANY European country. You may have access to the medical system; your children can go to school in that country. You will be a European resident, so you have free access to Europe to Europe as a traveller and also as a businessman. Holding a European residence permit makes travelling throughout Europe easy and free, as well as obtaining visas to other countries, e.g. USA and UK.

Temporary or permanent residence permit?

We have received many questions about permanent residency. There is a fake news that permanent residency allows to live and work in any European country. It is not true. Both temporary and permanent residency offer you almost the same rights and benefits that citizens enjoy. The only exceptions are the freedom to live and work in any European country, voting in national government elections and hold a European passport.

As its name indicates, the temporary residence permit is limited in time (usually 1-5 years), while the permanent residence permit is issued for your life. Regarding your rights, temporary and permanent residencies are the same. A temporary permit should be renewed after expiration which may take time and additional costs. See our video: 5 Myths About Permanent Residency in Europe

Residence permit or work permit or visa?

A residence permit is your permit to be a resident in the country. The work permit is permission to be employed (to get a job) in the country. If you do your own business, you do not need any work permit as another company does not employ you. Some resident permits (Latvia, Malta, etc.) enable you to work there, while others (Greece, Cyprus, etc.) do not allow you to work there.

European visa or Golden visa are nicknames of European residency programmes. European visa programmes offer you and your family EU residency permanently or temporarily. You will have the right to live, in many cases, work in your new country of residence and travel visa-free throughout the Schengen area of the EU.

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How can you get the best golden visa in Europe?

Here is your quick guide to decision

It is not easy to select the best residence program for you as there are too many factors you should consider. We have gained much experience during the last 10+ years meeting and talking with hundreds of clients. We can help you to find the best option in an easy and fast way. Frankly, you should consider only two main factors: your desire and your budget. What you wish and what you can get. Hope and reality. Let us see them in detail.


Your budget makes you solid and practical. If you have 100,000 USD and want to buy a luxury apartment in New York's best place — you will fail. Your budget will determine what options are and are not available for you. So your budget — the maximum amount of money you can spend — will divide the residency options into two parts: available — and not available.

Desire (wish list)

Of course, you would like to have everything. Residence by investment programmes are far from perfection; they cannot offer everything. To know your wish list is critical. Create your list and know how important one or the other element is. You have to set up your priorities. With your wish list, you can find the most appropriate option.

You may consider the following questions to clarify your wish list:

General questions

  • Do you have a clean police record?
  • Are you able to prove the clean source of your fund?
  • Do you want to include your family (spouse, children, parents)?
  • What type of investment do you prefer?
  • Do you want to do business in Europe?
  • Do you want to use the residence permit for travelling only, or do you want to move to the country and live there?

Questions for settlement

  • Is it a safe country? Is there any racism?
  • Can I get citizenship?
  • What is the climate of the country?
  • What are the living costs?
  • Will I survive with my English?
  • Are there good schools for my children?
  • How much tax should I pay?

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Tools to compare residency by investment (RBI) programs

Which family members can be included?

Who? Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Hungary Italy Latvia Malta Portugal
Spouse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minor Children Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adult Children No -25 -21 No -24 No dependent full-time student
Dependent Parents No 65 Yes No 65 No Yes 65
Spouse's Parents No 65 Yes No No No Yes No

Dependent means financially dependent. Children must be at a higher level of education.

What types of investments are available?

Investment (euro) Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Hungary Latvia Malta Portugal
Property - 300,000 250,000 500,000 250,000 - -
Business 250,000 - 400,000 - 50,000 - 500,000
Bond - - 400,000 250,000 - - 500,000
Bank Deposit - - 400,000 - - - -
Donation - - - 1,000,000 - 68,000 250,000

Property investment is the minimum buying price of the property

Countries offering permanent residence or temporary residence

  Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Hungary Latvia Malta Portugal
Initial status Temporary
Permanent Permanent 5 yrs Temporary 10yrs Temporary 5yrs Permanent Temporary 1yr
Renewal Every 5yrs
No need
No need Every 5yrs
Property should be kept
Every 10yrs Every 5yrs
Investment should be kept
No need Every 2yrs
Investment should be kept
Update to permanent 5 yrs
No need
No need No need No 5 yrs continuous living No need 5 yrs
Update to citizenship 10 yrs
5 yrs
7 yrs continuous living 7 yrs continuous living 8 yrs continuous living 10 yrs continuous living 18 yrs continuous living 5 yrs
Work Permit Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No

Continuous living means that you should actually live in the country and spend most of the time there.

Spain issues a visa for the first year, which a temporary permit will replace after one year.

How easy and fast is the process?

Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Hungary Latvia Malta Portugal
Time (months) 2-4 3-4 4-6 2-4 3 9-12 12
Requirements Easy Moderate Moderat Easy Easy High Moderate

Safety of the country

Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Hungary Latvia Malta Portugal
Global Peace Ranking 30 64 60 18 27 NA 7
Legatum Safety 58 34 43 35 31 17 29
Average Safety 44 49 52 26 29 17 18

Scores are expressed as rankings. Source: Global Peace Index, The Legatum Prosperity Index, Numbeo

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