The Nature Island is a top-scorer in Simplicity and scores the highest points among the four Caribbean programs. However, it has the lowest mark in Global Mobility. A legislative change at the end of 2014 cancelled the mandatory interview, which boosted its marks in Simplicity, but that’s still not enough to raise the program’s final score.
Grenada’s score is balanced thanks to its maximum points in Speed and Simplicity. However, the program scores low in Global Mobility and shows average performance in Cost. Its real estate option is one of the most competitively priced and attracts a greater number of investors than the donation option.
In this new edition of the index, Bulgaria ranks first due to favourable changes in its legislation in the past few years, making it one of the most attractive programs. Its regular residence to citizenship program scores high marks on Cost and Simplicity. The program scores relatively low in Speed, but this is compensated for by the fast-track option to citizenship within 12 months of PR that Bulgaria introduced at the end of 2013.
This overall attractive program is among the top three performers mainly due to the fast process for the residence. It previously scores low in Speed to Citizenship and Simplicity, but legislative changes in 2015 boosted its marks in these two pillars.
The program ranks first among the Caribbean group and finds its place among the top performers within all assessed countries. It gets the highest score for Speed and relatively high marks for Simplicity. In terms of cost, the program must catch up with its Caribbean peers, but it achieves the top rank for Global Mobility compared to the other islands, especially after St. Kitts lost its visa-free access to Canada.
Updated in September 2016, the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Program allows for qualified investors to obtain Cypriot citizenship approval in three months, making it one of the fastest European programs.
Saint Lucia has the newest and most exclusive citizenship by investment program in the Caribbean. Having learned from decades of experience from its neighbours, the program has been governed by industry best practices from the start.
St. Kitts & Nevis scores high on the ArtonINDEX due to the simplicity of the program.
Canada scores high on the CP INDEX mainly due to the excellent quality of life and increased global mobility that its citizens enjoy.
The U.S. scores high on the CP INDEX mainly due to the global mobility and quality of life that citizens enjoy.
The U.K. is currently at the bottom of the list. Its high scores in Global Mobility and Quality of Life cannot compensate for its poor marks in the other three categories. The country recently doubled the minimum required investment to £2 million, making it the second most expensive program in the index after Cyprus. The country keeps scoring low on Speed to Citizenship and Simplicity on account of the tough requirement for a physical residence.
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