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04 Aug
Caribbean beach with palms and straw umbrellas on the shore with Gros Piton mountain in the background, Sugar beach, Saint Lucia

The 3 Best Citizenship By Investment Programs

Before the global pandemic, an American passport got you into 184 countries. It was one of the best travel documents you could carry. At the height of the pandemic, U.S. passport-holders were permitted entry to but 29 countries. Some 166 countries had decided to bar entry to Americans, fearing those Americans might carry the coronavirus […]

04 Jul
Happy family with American flag at sunset outdoors

Does Living Overseas Make You Less American?

Do I feel more or less American living overseas? I get this question a lot. I’ve been living outside the States for closing in on 25 years, and, to answer the question I’m so often asked, I’ve never felt more American than I do today. Living in the States (I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, for […]

30 Jun
Caribbean beach in Dominican Republic

The Truth About Obtaining Citizenship In The Dominican Republic

Best Residency And Citizenship Option In The Caribbean In 2015, my wife Carolyn and I traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in Lief's Live And Invest In The Dominican Republic Conference. We came with a specific agenda. We wanted to plant our fifth flag. Specifically, we wanted to apply for residency leading to citizenship. [...]
19 May
Seminario Park (Iguanas Park) and Metropolitan Cathedral in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Why The Ecuador Residency Requirements Are The Easiest In The World

Important news from Ecuador… This country’s residency program just got better. Under new regulations that took effect March 10, 2022, Ecuador’s residency program qualifies as one of the best in the world… And one of the easiest paths to citizenship. Here are the highlights… Ecuador offers a temporary resident visa to start, from which you […]

09 May
Opened passport with visa stamps

Speed Up Your Travel By Using A Second Passport For Visas

A well-traveled friend, Paul Terhorst, wrote a column for my Simon Letter advisory service a little while ago in which he explained that he no longer travels to countries that require him to get a visa in advance. Paul went on to make the point that these countries are hurting themselves financially by requiring these apply-in-advance visas for […]

25 Apr
Caribbean old city street, church, independence square, tropical plants, palm tree, mountain view, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The 9 Best Countries To Get A Residency In 2022

About 28% of all American expats living abroad live in Mexico. A big reason for this is that Mexico has one of the world’s easiest immigration programs. The process begins at the Mexican consulate in your home country. Amounts vary consulate to consulate, but qualifying for temporary residency through economic solvency requires an average minimum […]

21 Apr
A panoramic view of a white sandy beach in Algarve, Portugal

Why Moving To Portugal Should Be The Next Thing You Do

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, with the same defined borders since 1139. Before that, it was part of the Umayyad Caliphate and the Roman Empire. The country is home to the oldest bookstore chain in the world, Livraria Bertrand, which opened its doors in 1732. Here, too, is one of the oldest universities […]

18 Apr

Why Portugal Tops The List For Living Or Investing In Europe

I haven’t been to every country in Europe yet, but I have spent time in nearly every one. I’ve also invested in many and lived in two. Portugal stands out from the crowd in this part of the world for two reasons. #1. Portugal’s Residency Programs First, Portugal offers a competitive residency-through-investment program. You can […]

14 Apr
Panama City to the left and the Algarve, Portugal to the right

Panama Vs. Portugal: Comparing The Five Flags

I fly tonight from Panama to Paris… then, Monday morning, on to Lisbon in time to host next week’s Live And Invest In Portugal Conference. Repositioning from the New World to the Old reminds me that Americans often dismiss Europe for offshore lifestyle and investment options thinking the region is too complicated or too expensive. […]

17 Mar
Beach on the Mexican Caribbean

Obtaining Mexican Residency In 2022: Everything You Should Know

Easy, Fast Residency Make This A Top Plan B Option Mexico isn't usually first to come to mind when you think of your best options for living abroad. It's too familiar for that. But Mexico is #1 in a way that really counts: over 1.6 million Americans are living there, which puts Mexico out in [...]