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My Top 4 Countries For Obtaining A Second Passport In 2019

17 Jan
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My Top 4 Countries For Obtaining A Second Passport In 2019

4 Best Places To Obtain A Second Passport In 2019

Portugal

Portugal is my #1 pick for a second passport right now. The country reduced the residency requirement (from six years to five) a couple of years ago, putting them on par with most of the rest of Europe.

Portugal makes establishing residency straightforward. You can either show that you have enough income to support yourself or purchase a piece of property in the country at set minimum values that start at 280,000 euros for older rural properties and go up to 500,000 euros for newer urban properties.

The income residency route requires you be in the country at least 183 days, but the investment residency permit requires you to be in the country only a week a year on average.

The naturalization test is in Portuguese, and you’ll have to be able to hold a conversation in Portuguese, as well, to show you speak the language before citizenship will be granted.

Portugal does allow dual citizenship, and a Portuguese passport allows for visa-free travel to 164 countries.

Panama

Panama’s Friendly Nations program makes it easy for a North American to qualify for permanent residency, and permanent residency is the key to the naturalization timeline in this country. That’s when the five-year clock to your Panama passport starts ticking.

In addition, for your naturalization to be approved, you’ll have to show a connection to the country. A vacation home that you visit every year could be enough to satisfy this requirement.

Panama requires you to pass a written test as part of the naturalization process, but attorneys in the country tell us that they have used the same multiple-choice test for years and they simply coach clients in memorizing the answers.

While Panama does allow for dual citizenship if you’re born with more than one citizenship, they technically expect you to give up any previous citizenships once naturalized… at least according to most attorneys. However, Panama doesn’t strictly enforce this even if the attorneys are correct. They don’t require you to show a certificate of renunciation like Singapore does.

Panama’s passport currently allows visa-free travel to 130 countries.

Colombia

In Colombia you can apply for naturalization after five years of permanent residency.

Permanent residency in Colombia requires you to be in the country at least once every two years. However, to be granted citizenship, you’ll need to show a connection to the country so plan on more time in-country than a visit every other year. That will also help you with your Spanish, which you’ll need for the written and oral tests you’ll need to pass.

Colombia allows for dual citizenship, and a Colombian passport allows you to travel visa-free to 124 countries.

Uruguay

Establishing residency in Uruguay is straightforward but requires more of a commitment to the country than is required by Colombia or Panama.

You’ll be allowed to stay in the country as a temporary resident while your application is being processed. Figure up to a year before receiving permanent residency. However, the clock for the five years of residency required for naturalization starts when you receive your first temporary residency card.

Uruguay wants to see true connections to the country before granting citizenship. You’ll need to show that you are really living there and not just passing through once in a while.

Uruguay allows dual citizenship, and a Uruguayan passport allows visa-free travel to 142 countries.

Lief Simon