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13 Jan
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Ignoring This Second Passport Advice Could Land You In Jail

Beware Black And Gray Market Passports A passport doesn't necessarily mean citizenship. You can obtain citizenship in another country through naturalization... and then, as a citizen, apply for a passport from that country. The other way around doesn't work. I’m talking about what are referred to as grey- and black-market passports. They'll land you in [...]
09 Dec
Panama city downtown financial

My Top 4 Countries For Obtaining A Second Passport In 2020

The 4 Best Places To Get A Passport In 2020 How many countries the document allows you to travel to visa-free… Residency requirements (both to earn the passport and to maintain it), language requirements, and whether or not the country allows dual citizenship… As well as how long the naturalization and approval processes typically take… [...]
04 Nov
church and colorful houses, cobh ireland

Options For Getting Your Child A Second Passport At Birth

Serious Legacy Upside Kathleen and I were living in Ireland when our son Jackson was born. I wish we could take credit for being impressively strategic in our planning, but the truth is that Waterford just happened to be our home when Jackson arrived on the scene. You could say that this geographic happenstance turned [...]
09 Sep
View of tropical beach in Nicaragua

Our Official List Of The World’s Easiest Residency Programs

5 Best Places To Establish Backup Residency Right Now This is primarily a lifestyle event; the focus is on where and how to live or retire overseas. However, the number of people at this year’s event asking questions about opportunities for backup residencies and second citizenships is significant… many more than at any other Retire [...]
19 Aug
A businessman looking through a giant keyhole

3 Situations To Avoid When Diversifying Your Life Offshore

Three Cautionary Tales—How Not To Go Offshore I'm hearing regularly from readers struggling with how, specifically, to get started planning and benefiting from a life diversified offshore. Should they start with a second residency... many want to know... Or an offshore bank account? Is a property purchase a good initial step... or would it be [...]
06 Jun
View of the blue Mediterranean from Greece

7 Best Countries To Qualify For Residency Overseas

My 7 Top Second Passport Picks The American interested in establishing residency or citizenship in Europe has more options today than ever in history, depending on how much time and money you're looking to spend to achieve the objective. If you have the budget, for example, you could make a 250,000-euro donation to the arts [...]
30 May

Should You Get An Attorney For Residency In Panama?

How Could Panama’s Residency And Citizenship Programs Be Better? A friend in Panama who is connected to the country’s new president is soliciting ideas for improving the country’s immigration programs. The goal is to attract higher net worth business people. His question for me was: What would make Panama more competitive? That is, looking around [...]
01 Apr
View out across the city of Medellin, Colombia. Mountains visable in background and lots of greenery

4 Reasons Life In Medellín, Colombia, Might Not Be For You

I’ve been spending time and investing money in Colombia and reporting on those adventures for almost 10 years. Still, people tell me I’m crazy. You could find things to complain about in Colombia… as you could anywhere. However, safety and security—both personal and financial—aren’t among them. What might you want to complain about in Colombia?

25 Feb
A man going through passport control at an airport

How Having A Second Passport Can Increase Your Options

The Trouble With Having A Second Passport I became a dual citizen about 12 years ago after being naturalized in Ireland. For years leading up to that point and for years after, I recommended Ireland as a top choice for obtaining a second passport through residency. Then, in 2011, Ireland changed its residency laws. The [...]