permanent Residency and Citizenship Application

A citizen of a country, nation or state has rights that are not conferred on a resident. In addition, citizenship status can be inherited by children and grandchildren merely by proving, if they were born outside of that country, that they are close filial relatives of the citizen. Citizens can confidently expect that they will hold that status, and those rights, for life.
Residents have no such clear-cut security. Residency status can also, depending on the laws of that country, be separated into temporary and permanent residency. Each division may have different responsibilities, conditions and rights attaching to it. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom (UK) do not even acknowledge the term ‘residency’ but define it as ‘indefinite leave to remain.

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Attaining Residency

  • Having a certain net worth.
  • Investing required amounts in approved enterprises or institutions, and holding those investments for as long as the immigration program demands.
  • Meeting appropriate clean health and clean criminal background checks.
  • Passing cultural and language tests.
  • Paying all legal, governmental and processing fees.
  • Providing documentation, in predetermined formats, to prove that required conditions are met.

Attaining Citizenship

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  • Vote in elections.
  • Petition the government.
  • Know they will receive embassy or consular protection wherever they may travel in the world.
  • Be called on to act as jury members in criminal trials.
  • Hold public office (it should be noted that, in some countries, only natural-born citizens are eligible to stand for election to become head of state).
  • More easily sponsor distant family members to achieve residency, and Benefit from more lenient tax laws, especially those governing inheritance.