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Four Valuable Passports that Anyone Can Obtain


The idea of international diversification is a simple one– if you live, work, hold investments, own property, structure your business, store gold, etc. in the same country as your citizenship, then you truly have all of your eggs in one very fragile basket.

If just one little thing goes wrong, whether it’s a court case, divorce settlement, political instability, government agency ‘administrative error’, or some noxious bureaucrat who’s out to get you, all of those aspects of your life can be put at extreme risk.

The idea of ‘planting flags’, or diversifying internationally, involves spreading these aspects of your life across multiple jurisdictions and territories overseas. Banking in one place. Setting up a brokerage in another. Investing in another. Storing gold in another. Owning property in another.

You can do this with dozens, potentially hundreds of aspects of your life and/or business– using an offshore email account, obtaining medical treatment overseas, seeking personal companionship abroad, setting up an overseas credit card processor for a web business, initiating an IPO for your company on an overseas exchange, foreign health insurance, etc.

Taking these kinds of steps can make your life much, much easier. Suddenly all of those aspects of your life no longer fall under the jurisdiction of your home government; legions of blood-sucking bureaucrats no longer have access to confiscate your assets and frustrate your life with a few mouse clicks.

Potentially the most important and most powerful aspect of your life to diversify, however, is citizenship. I view this as the ultimate insurance policy– something that you hope you’ll never have to use, but you’ll really be glad you have it in case you do.

Having a second citizenship is like having a ‘get out of jail free’ card. It creates options. No matter what happens in the world, you’ll always have a place to go. You’ll always have a ticket out. And as I’m fond of saying, nobody ever hijacks an airplane and threatens to kill all the Lithuanians. Second citizenship does bring a greater sense of security.

Obtaining citizenship, however, is elusive for many people. Some people are lucky enough to come from a line of Irish, Polish, or Italian ancestors. For most, though, it takes a combination of three things:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Flexibility

If you’re willing to simply pay for it, there are certain countries like St. Kitts and Dominica which offer citizenship to people who are simply willing to pay. Most folks unfortunately can’t afford the $250,000+ price tag that’s required, so that leaves the other two.

Just about every country is willing to eventually naturalize permanent residents who reside in the country for a particular amount of time. It varies greatly from place to place. This past weekend, I learned from a subscriber who came down to Chile that, in Japan, it takes two decades of continuous residence.

Other places, like Belgium, offer naturalization after as little as three years, possibly two in extreme circumstances. This is a much easier option for most people, especially for such a valuable passport.

Then there’s the ability to obtain citizenship through what I call ‘flexibility’. This may include something like getting married to a local, which in many countries can provide an extremely rapid path to naturalization.

As an example, I’d like to outline a few options below of high quality passports that anyone can obtain with either time and/or flexibility:

1. Singapore

Easily the most valuable travel document on the planet, a Singaporean can travel almost anywhere without a visa, including to the US and Europe. It takes two years of residence after obtaining permanent residency to qualify for naturalization. And obtaining permanent residence is a snap– you can simply set up a local company to qualify.

Pitfalls: Singapore does have mandatory national service, and it’s important to review the rules to find out whether you would fall within the window.

2. Brazil

There are two great things about Brazil. One, they refuse to extradite their citizens to answer for foreign crimes. It just doesn’t happen. Two, ANYONE can be Brazilian, whatever their ethnicity– black, white, brown, it doesn’t matter. Brazil is a huge melting pot. We are all Brazilian.

Brazil is the KING of ‘flexible’ citizenship options– getting married, adopting a child, hell even adopting a rain forest in some cases. And it can happen in as little as six-months to three years. Just don’t expect the process to be crystal clear.

3. Israel

Speaking of flexible, if you’re willing to become Jewish, the State of Israel’s Right of Return entitles you to citizenship. Make no mistake, though, it’s not just going through the motions– you have to work with local religious leaders and actually make the conversion before they’re willing to go through the process.

Pitfalls: The downside of Israeli citizenship should be clear as military service is compulsory.

4. Belgium

At its core, Belgium’s naturalization laws allow foreigners who have maintained residence in the country for three years to apply for citizenship. “Residence” can either be in Belgium, or even abroad so long as you can demonstrate ties to Belgium, i.e. family, friends, employment, property ownership, paying taxes, etc.

Aside from being an incredibly valuable travel document, Belgian naturalization also passes to all minor children– in other words, if you become a naturalized Belgian, your kids do too.

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  • Elai

    Don’t you have to give up your other citizenships if you get singaporean citizenship Simon?

    • Seb

      Elai, you are right. You can’t have two passports being Singaporean. Simon failed on this.

      I live in Singapore since 2 years and I wouldn’t hesitate to take citizenship if this wouldn’t require me to drop my other citizenship. National Service is not an issues for those who take up citizenship, however it will be for your kids.

      2 english speaking countries Simon didn’t provide here are Australia and New Zealand. In Australia you can get citizenship within 2-3 years. In New Zealand within 5-7 years. The latter is easier to achieve for self employed but takes longer time.

      • Stephen

        How about obtaining residency and then citizenship by buying a property in one of the carribean island nations? Is this a viable option?

      • nomadcapitalist

        Citizenship in Australia is 4 years with PR. You can get PR if you’re in an in-demand field, but it’s trickier (or more expensive) for many entrepreneurs. You also have to actually live there 75% of the time.

    • Greg Morell

       Yes, you do.  Singapore does not allow dual citizenship.

  • http://twitter.com/alyosha19 Al Cadena

    Thanks–what about Mexico?

  • Gsmth51

    Elai – you are correct on Singaporean citizenship. It’s illegal for Singaporean citizens to hold dual/mutliple citizenships. Wealthy foreigners (US/EU/etc) who move to Singapore do so for residency status and see it as a favorable corporate jurisdiction. Example: Rogers & Friedland both maintain residency, but will not touch Singaporean citizenship with a ten-foot pole.

    Singaporean passports are mainly attractive to those who have a) a desire to renounce citizenship of their home country and b) do not plan on obtaining additional citizenship in the future. This option, therefore, is attractive to wealthy, globetrotting Chinese that currently have restrictive passports. Example: Jet Li (actor) and Gong Li (actress) both traded in their Chinese passports to become Singaporean citizens.

  • Dadelaw

    Yes, Elai, you do. In fact, the entire information is dangerous nonsense. Not only can you NOT obtain permanent residence in Singapore by “setting up a company”, it is VERY HARD to obtain PR status in Singapore these days. Setting up a company only allows you an employment pass which has to be renewed every year or two. PR status requires you to wait and reapply maybe several times AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WILL EVER OBTAIN IT. Whoever wrote this article simply hasn’t done his homework. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Simple as that. I live in Singapore!

    • nomadcapitalist

      Yes, Singapore is making it much tougher. Seems Entrepass will become practically impossible to get later this year. And registration (not naturalization, there is no such thing in Singapore) requirements have gone up.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelPorfirio Michael Mason

    2) BRAZIL. There are two great things about Brazil. One, they refuse to extradite their citizens to answer for foreign crimes. It just doesn’t happen.”

    Are you 100% on this?

    – MPM

    • Utopian

      Brazil has an extradition treaty with the US, there are very few countries that have no extradition treaty and no diplomatic relations with the US, and I don’t think you’d want to live in any of them.


      • Chiku_3k

         Switzerland does not extradiate its citizen.

      • Evelinfroes

        In this case Brazil only extradits americans, Brazil will never extradits brazilians to USA, that’s a constitutional fact.

      • nomadcapitalist

        I’d be careful reading PanamaLaw. There are a number of decent countries with no US extradition treaties: Brunei, Maldives, Indonesia, China, Kuwait, Qatar, Vietnam, UAE. Even Russia or Cambodia wouldn’t be horrible. You might not like the government in all of these places, or have the freedom to protest against them freely, but that’s beside the point.

    • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

      Are you really concerned about extradition? lol

    • Evelinfroes

      Yes, I am 100% sure. I am a Law graduate, but I don’t work as a lawyer anymore.

  • CS

    Yeah, we can all afford to go live in these countries for years.  You overlooked one of the easiest….Irish passport for people whose parents or grandparents were born in Ireland.  No residency.  Come on now, get with it.

    • Guest

       He actually said unless you are Irish, Italian or Polish…

    • Chloe Blue

      Also, I’ve read that if your parents or grandparents, who came from Italy, renounced their citizenship there, then their descendants do not qualify.
      If I’m wrong, please correct me. I’d love to get dual citizenship there.

  • Games

    Don’t forget about the world passport, issued to anyone who is a citizen of the world out of washington dc

    • StuckInUK4Now

      The plus points of the World Passport is that it’s cheap (from USD 45 for a 3-year passport to USD 100 for an 8-year passport), it looks impressive, and it’s useful to have as a ‘camouflage’ passport to hand over instead of the real thing if you’re targeted by street criminals.

      The minus points are simply that it’s not a great deal of use for crossing borders unless you can tell a good story and the official on duty at the border is either stupid, bribeable, or both. Yes, the World Service Authority posts a long list of scans of visas indicating that most countries have let people in with it from time to time, but they list only six countries that have ever officially recognised it: Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Mauretania, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia.

      And according to the Wikipedia article (yes, I know, I know, the ‘black hole’ of accuracy) on the World Passport, Burkina Faso and Zambia allegedly no longer accept it.

      That said, we can all imagine dire circumstances in which Ecuador or Tanzania might seem attractive options (on the other hand, I can’t really imagine anything sufficiently dire to make an arid sandpit like Mauretania a preferable option). So, given that it’s relatively cheap, it’s worthwhile getting one – as long as you recognize the severe limitations of it.

      • Gret

         Additional limitation: the PP must be recognized by both the country you are leaving from and the one you are entering.I don’t know of any direct flights from Ecuador to Tanzania.

        Before you buy the document buy the paperback (out of print but available used) by the founder, read of his fun times in foreign jails when being deported, then decide if the ‘World Service Authority’ document is right for you.

      • yidaki_mark

        It’s not so impressive and most countries laugh at it. The guy makes up this world passport on his home, laser printer.

    • Guest

       What the heck?  The world isn’t a country.  How can it have citizens?

  • The Mighty Tig

    This title is misleading.  For starters, “anyone” cannot get an Israeli passport; you have to be a Jew recognized by the Israeli gov’t.  It’s not as easy as you think.  Given the growing anti-Semitic climate worldwide (thanks in no small part to the rise of militant Islam) why would you even want to become an Israeli citizen?  If you’re in a foreign country, would you want a terrorist catching you with an Israeli passport?  As for those other three countries?  You’d better check with the U.S. State Dept. or a good immigration attorney to see how holding one of those passports might impact your American citizenship.

    • Uqsqvnnm

      Its useful to cross borders in the West and neutral countries like China. Im also pretty sure that Israel doesnt extradite. There are several Russian billionaire criminals chilling there. Finally, Israel has the same citizenship laws as most Western countries: live there x years and apply. For Jews, its an accelerated path. The thing is, few people have any interest in moving there because opportunities outside high tech are limited, language difficulties, and Europe is a short hop away, so Euros dont need to move there.

  • stileo

    My grandmother was Irish. I’m trying to locate her birth certificate in County Mayo. I can get dual citizenship, but my wife and daughters can’t. Are there any actual advantages to becoming a PIIGS?

    • Leon Patterson

      I understand that anyone who can prove Irish ancestry can get citizenship. My grandmother was born in  County Cork and I have a photocopy of her birth record in the parish records. Try http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/

    • Evelinfroes

      It’s better to become a BRICS actually. Times are changing.

  • Dholroyd216

    Al Cadena asked about Mexico. You can enter as either an FM3 or FM2 but FM2 is easier. You have to actually live in Mexico most of the time. I had to renew my FM3 every year, a process that takes 3 appointments over 3 weeks. After about 4 and a half years you can apply for citizenship, with the effective date of the application being after five years. When I went through there were supposed to be tests on the Spanish language and Mexican history. The tests did not exist until later so I got a bye on them. The actual citizenship application takes an average of about a year and a half because everything has to be sent to Mexico City and every document must be absolutely perfect. You have to get a new FM3 after five years and keep renewing it until your naturalization letter is received.

  • Dholroyd216

    Michael Mason asked about Brazil. A Mexican singer called Gloria Trevi was wanted because her organization allowed male members to rape female groupies. She fled to Brazil. While in jail there she became pregnant. Nobody but her and the fellow who provided this service knows how or when she became pregnant. She had her baby and then was sent back to Mexico. This happened probably five years ago. This is the only case I know of where the mother of a citizen was deported. I believe that she became a citizen when her baby was born.

    She is still a famous singer in Mexico.

    • marcos989

      She probably was sent back because the paperwork was processed (so they say) before the child was born. it is my understanding one the child is born nobody is extradited, regardless the crime.

  • Hjltare


    Regarding Japanese citizenship, my understanding is that a person needs to be living in Japan for 5 years or more.

    Check article 5 of Japan’s Nationality Law. 


    • Oly

      This is true, though it’s not automatically given.

      Ironically, getting permanent residency in Japan is actually a higher bar, typically requiring 10 years (down to 5 as of this July in special cases).

      Japan also does not allow dual citizenship, though Simon’s comments about that above apply in Japan as well.

      • Gret

         Japan also requires good command of Japanese language, and other indicators of being integrated into Japanese society.  Even if you obtain Japanese citizenship, as a practical matter fitting in socially is very difficult.  This is often the case even with those who are ethnically Japanese but were born and lived abroad and thus do not speak like a native.

  • Noni Mausse

    The US does NOT recognize dual citizenship but other countries do. It would be useful to know which countries will allow you dual citizenship without necessarily giving up your American.

    • Ganymede50

      What about all those neocons with dual US & Israeli citizenship? Do they get a pass for being members of the Tribe?

    • http://twitter.com/ParatrooperJJ ParatrooperJJ

      Incorrect – the US does recongnize it.

      • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

        You are correct: the US recognizes dual citizenship but does not allow it; i.e. you have to give up your citizenship to become an American citizen.

        (But then you still wouldn’t be eligible to be the President ;)

      • Gret

        Although the US requires those becoming naturalized to renounce foreign citizenships, foreign countries generally do not consider such renunciation valid, so such people are usually still citizens of their original countries, under those countries’ laws.

      • yidaki_mark

        No, you don’t have to give up your citizenship to another country. They changed this law back in the 90’s. Nicole Kidman, for example, is a U.S. citizen and lives in the U.S. but she’s also Australian and holds two passports. Her husband, Keith Urban, is Australian and is married to an American so he has permanent residency. They both have Australian and U.S. passports.

      • Dick

        I am originally a US citizen and hold a US and Australian passport.  The US government does not require you to give up your US passport if you obtain citizenship in another country.  In my case, I was a permanent resident in Australia and due to work requirements needed an Australian secret clearance that required citizenship in Australia.  When I received the Australian citizenship I went to the US Consulate and signed a document that stated the reasons for the citizenship and that I did not wish to give up my US passport.  The only requirement is that I use the US passport when entering and exiting the US.  In addition, my children were declared as Birth’s Abroad and also hold US passports.  Surprisingly, my wife was born in England obtained British passports for herself and the children due to birthright.  So they hold US, Australian, and British passports.  The do not know how lucky they are!  

      • Cory Carlson

        I also hold US, Canadian and British Citizenships. So yes, you may hold multiple-citizenships as a US citizen.

      • concerndcitizen

        The U.S. doesn’t want to give up the extra worldwide income taxes they can collect.

  • curiouser-and-curiouser

    How do we get more details about the processes in Singapore, Brazil and Belgium?  Just set up a local company in Singapore – what at the costs and requirements? I’m past military service age unless they want guys that are nearly 50!

  • Boomer1

    Simon, I like your newsletter and think your information is normally good.  But in the case of Singaporean citizenship, you are dead wrong. I live in Singapore and have for several years.  I have had PR for 5 years, through a register company I have here, and have applied for citizenship 3 times in the past 2 years and have not, yet, obtained it. The rules have changed and not only is citizenship difficult to obtain, but so is PR. You must show more than a registered company and the minimum investments have gone WAY up.

    • vagabond

      You may have cited outdated facts.

      After last election where the ruling party was bombarded with criticism about it’s lax immigration policy and only manage to narrowly won the election – the gov made about turn !!

      It’s tough to be a citizen nowadays.  Heck, it’s even tough just to get a permanent citizenship.  I knew several very qualified peoples denied PR again and again.

      Anyway, doubt anyone could ‘LEGALLY’ hold dual passport.  One of the requirements for obtaining citizenship is a “Letter (from Embassy) of Citizenship Renouncement”

    • feras

      What about the employment if you are a full time employee can I get the PR?

  • Eljones

    What’s happened to Botswana – it always used to be the most valuable travel document in the planet. But, then maybe they don’t have a place for americans!

  • Mike

    Need a good lawfirm in brazil to begin the process.

    • Evelinfroes

      As I see you know something about Brazil, at least!

    • marcos989

      Need a good law firm to rent an apt. in Brazil.

  • Tookl

    I have dual citizenship although I am American. It is just “frowned upon” though not illegal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXL57AAJZAGRVZ2LOHVZQCTSUE Jack Allen

    How about Caribbean countries like Trinidad?

  • http://www.BreakingOut.NET/ Kevin Wells

    Belgium has very high income taxes and social insurance costs and it also scores very low in the world league table of most favourable countries to run a business from. 

    It does have one big plus regarding taxation: profits from capital gains are not taxed. For this reason Belgium is popular with asset-owning people from the Netherlands.

    • Hmd3000

      Any contact for any law firm that can help in the Belgium’s naturalization process?

  • http://www.BreakingOut.NET/ Kevin Wells

    Another thing re Belgium. I’d say the benefits of a Belgian passport are not so much to do with Belgium per se, but simply because it means you have rights to live, work and move around within the whole of the EU.

  • Rng2

    There are two great things about Brazil. One, they refuse to extradite their citizens to answer for foreign crimes.

    What type of knuckle-headed logic is that? Are you suggesting that it is good policy for a country to have a zero accountability culture? Maybe Brazil’s slogan should be “Commit the crime, then come relax on our beaches.”

    • Evelinfroes

      Hey, know my country laws before judging! Brazilian citizens who have committed crime abroad do answer for their crimes here in Brazil!

      • marcos989

        No, not always.

    • Celso Pinheiro

      What about I tell you Italy do not extradite citizens?
      Whats about I tell you US do not extradite citizens?

  • Logan

    “2) BRAZIL. There are two great things about Brazil. One, they refuse to extradite their citizens to answer for foreign crimes. It just doesn’t happen.”
    Err no! Brazil has bilateral extradition agreements with several countries including USA. If anyone knows Spanish or Portuguese, here’s a complete list of extradition treaties:  http://www2.mre.gov.br/dai/extrad.htm

    • Evelinfroes

      Logan, unfortunately you are wrong. Brazilian Constitution expressly forbids extradition of brazilian citizens once they come back to Brazil after committing crime abroad.

      • marcos989

        Actually Brazil will not extradict anyone that is the responsible parent of a Brazilian child once the child is born. Period. No matter what crime. Until that child reaches 21 yr’s old.

      • carefix

        It is almost as good as being a banker – although they have the added advantage of being treated like nationals from a foreign country with which we have no extradition treaty and can stay home.

    • yidaki_mark

      I think it was Brazil that had extended citizenship to Edward Snowden, right? I have a feeling one day, after people have forgotten his name, he’ll probably be probably be placed on a plane that goes to Brazil via Cuba and he’ll be home free. Unfortunately, his name is too popular in the press so there’s no way he’s going to be able to get on a plane from Russia to Brazil. The U.S. would scramble fighter jets in a heartbeat just to bring him him. How ironic that the U.S. would treat a whistleblower like this for telling the truth, eh? Look at what they did to the other guy who’s in jail for 30 years.

  • Hiday_happy

    is this article just about money and food??i beleive we can protect ourself no matter way…dont worry i can protect my family

  • DesertNomad

    I have looked into setting up in Singapore but it looks rather expensive and complex. How is it “easy”?

  • David
    • Angry at Simon’s IL type artic

      You need to read the website again David, it is 100,000 for one person, and 200,000 if he wants to actually bring his wife and children like normal people. PLUS other costs on top of that. Have a nice time with that.

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  • Pvfco

    what about Canada?

    • http://causalitysend.mee.nu/ Kristophr

      Canada is excellent, but citizenship requirements have been seriously tightened.

  • Dad

    How do I get American citizenship easily. I’m british, and white. And I have money.

    • AnotherDouglas

      Last I knew any legal alien or other immigrant with 1 million dollars of equity who starts a business that can employ 12 people can be granted citizenship; you go to the head of the line with no waiting period.

      • Nic

        If u have 1 million, keep it for your self And have a nice life outside of USA….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DBTHAEQ3W7L4DQPDSZSGKSNRNM Roland Day

      That is what you don’t want.

    • Alex

      ‘I’m British and white’. It’s not different if you are ‘British and black’

      • hi there

        funny – funny because its true

    • http://causalitysend.mee.nu/ Kristophr

      Don’t inflict a US citizenship on yourself. The IRS ( taxmen ) will hound you forever. If you are a brit, I suggest trying to get a Canadian passport. Or just buy a condo in St. Kitts, and get citizenship there.

    • Siloo Kapadia

      Please spare yourself the horror! USA is like the roach motel; you can check in but you can’t check out!!!

    • darklordvoltie

      Don’t do it. I was born with mine and it’s so much fun watching all my money disappear.

  • Rob Meier

    St Kits is pricey.  If you buy a house for say 300K(no mortgage, cash) you are all set.  There is no federal income tax. Taxes are levied thru a 80% duties tax(ouch).  So if I had a business in the US and decided to live in St Kits, when I needed money to live and had it transferred there it would COST.

  • kitty

    For Brazil:   I am married to a Brazilian.   It is relatively easy to get a vista permanente–a permanent residence visa–for family reunion purposes.  If you are married for more than 5 years, the consular office will grant that visa in no more than ten working days after turning over the application and supporting documents and affidavits.  There will be no shipment of papers to Brasilia for approval.

    Citizenship is possible after 4 years of permanent residence  and you need not give up your current citizenship.   I would like Simon to cite sources stating that Brazil grants citizenship in less time.

    Brazil does not invade other countries and its last international war occurred nearly 150 years ago.   However, you will need to deal with a bureaucracy that is modernizing technologically, and that could increase burdens and cut off the ‘jetinho’ or ‘corruption’ that acts as a social safety valve.   Unlike the USA, these relationships are very important.

    Importing goods to Brazil can be costly and difficult.   If you choose to relocate, remember that you must not have lived in Brazil for a year prior to migration in order to bring in your stuff duty free.   Otherwise, you face customs duties or tariffs that would have been Abraham Lincoln and the Yankees’ ‘wet dreams’ back in 1860.  

    Taxation is a big issue that keeps most Brazilians down and dependent on government ‘favors’.   In fact, the government has created an economic caste system that segments the population into income bands.  

    • TaxSlave

      Sorry but after one year, I can bring my stuff duty free?

  • BorisV

    Pitfalls for Israeli passport should mention that you will not be allowed travel to quite a few countries with it.

    • Brianna Aubin

      Yeah, but presumably if you’re doing this as your second citizenship, then you still have your first passport. Just travel on that one.

      • abba

        Defeats the purpose of having a second citizenship.

      • Andrew

        An Israeli can travel to most of the countries that a European or American can access. The major exception is Muslim majority countries (and even then there are exceptions) and countries that Israel can go to. It is true that if you are American or European the passport benefits of Israeli citizenship is relatively less but an Israeli passport is ranked extremely high (after America or Europe) as passports go.

    • Walt Shmith

      And you must serve in the army.

  • Estimate_dept

    Of all the information out there this is LIFE saving. Consider that the news wont report real stuff like the following; farmers getting arrested for growing heirloom seeds or churches for having food banks. Both in the state of Mo. and NY.

  • Sarsoun

    I think that Ireland has something for people who are of Irish descent. Also, if you’re a writer, I believe there is further incentive. Check it out.

  • Mims

    Does any know the cost and benefit of having a dual USA and Polish citizenship?

    • Gret

       Poland, like most countries will leave you alone if you don’t reside there, so no drawbacks.  Don’t know about conscription, though.  Since Poland is part of the EU, you can work and reside in many/most EU countries quite easily.

      US will tax you even if you are nonresident. 

      • Celso Pinheiro

        Yeap, US is one out of three countries in the world that tax you based upon nationality…

  • Christopher

    I have done some research on naturalizing as a Japanese citizen in Japan and it does not take ‘two decades’ as mentioned above but just 5 years of continuous residence and that doesn’t even have to be on PR, it just has to be legal and continuous.

    They do require that you show evidence of ‘effort’ to renounce your other citizenship(s), however.

    I’ve been given to understand that the formal rules surrounding this are few and it practically hangs on the on the discretion of the officer handling your application. Background checks will be extremely thorough. They will ask you lots of very personal questions in order to try and ascertain your character and your motives for wanting to be Japanese and a whole load of other questions just for good measure.

    Google reveals that in 2010 99% of over 13000 applicants were successful. I’m considering it myself; I wouldn’t mind learning a minimum of grade 2 Japanese and I love Japanese girls. Japanese passport is good quality paper.

    • KnowitallSud!

      Yeah right, if you have spent most of your five years on a tourist visa with the in-out to korea strategy employed by most gaijins(while working ofcourse!As much as your lot complains about mehicans, you do the same in Japan) or as a enkei english teacher earning lower than nation average per capita and with some useless degree, at AEON or somewhere…I am sure the immigration authorities would just LOVE you, inspite of having Chinese students turned workers or Indian IT engineers in line for citizenship, they would choose you..esp your reason:”I love Japanese girls and have JLB 2 lvl Japanese skills yo” would resonate marvellously with the authorities no, doubt!

      • Justin

        Dude I live here in Japan you are still a gaijin. lol get this the better your japanese gets the less popular you will be. Get used to being a one trick pony. Everyone wants to hear your english even if they have no clue what you are saying. Also get used to being lonely, strangers dont talk to eachother, there are no bars like in the states, friends hang with friends and it takes time to work into the inter circle. I speak good japanese and have lived here for 6 months now and I miss home already also japanesee are fake nice and wont tell you how they actually feel so get used to fake aquaintances.

      • Walt Shmith

        Interesting how in Japan ( and in many other Asian countries), the better you speak the local language, the worse they treat you. It should be the other way around, but it’s not. Weird!

      • Jesse

        For example ?

      • Jesse

        Ture but you lived there 6 months only

    • David Kessel

      And they’ll still call you a “gaijin”. You can’t naturalize your face.

      • Siloo Kapadia

        Like in USA they called my children “Indians” and “Asians” despite their being born there.

      • Walt Shmith

        Well, they can “call” them but the law still protects them. In Japan, good luck! They can refuse an apartment to you, they can refuse entry to restaurants to you. And there’s nothing you can do.

      • Jesse

        Hey did you live on japan before you stated that

      • Titterling Langs

        Yes I did.

    • Jesse

      You love Japanese girls lol but they doesn’t like you

  • Brianna Aubin

    I’ve actually considered the Israeli route… I’m not Jewish, but I have friends in the country and even know some of the language. OTOH, besides the little factor of conscription, there’s their geostrategic situation w.r.t. their “lovely neighbors.” You don’t truly grasp how tiny the country is, and how near they are to those who want to kill them, until you’ve actually been there and crossed the entire east-west distance of the country in less than 2 hours by car.

    • remat

      yes, brianna. Im sure their lovely neighbors feel the same way about you living on their land that was in some cases illegally taken by force.

      • Andrew

        Israel needs its army to make sure it doesn’t get “wiped off the map” as the Arab world tried to do in 1948, 1967, and 1973 and Iran continues to try to do today. That is what Brianna is referring to. But I agree with Brianna that Israel is a great place to live despite its geopolitical situation. Great weather, beautiful country and freedom of religion and expression like in any other Western country.

      • jack

        Andrew, what Israel are you talking about? You can’t vote or get married in that country unless you are Jewish. Bad place to live if you are not a Jew.

      • Andrew

        Christians can marry other Christians in Israel. Muslims can marry other Muslims in Israel. But if a person from one religion marries someone from another religion, the marriage is only recognized if it it performed outside of Israel (unless of course, one person converts). What that means though, is that gay marriage is recognized in Israel if it took place in France, England, or Scandinavia. Even the United States (national government) doesn’t recognize same sex marriages from Europe.

      • Xerxes0

        You forgot to ad extremely exciting place, they are too reliant on the US funding, another Obama or isolationist President may make life very difficult. Weapons cost real money.

    • Numan

      Dear i am from Pakistan can u guide me how can i get immigration from there.

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  • KnowitallSud!

    Japan takes only 5 years to give citizenship and it is a great country with the largest city on earth(Tokyo), one of the oldest intact cities(Nara, Kyoto), unlimited fun/entertainment opportunities(pachinko parlours, jet boat races, macau a boat ride away, multiplexs, great movies, good food etc), full employment(something barely any country of reasonable size has in the west), low/non-existent crime, hitech technology(most of which are Jspecials) and a free atmosphere..women are women everywhere, only a juvenile/unskilled economic immigrant would prefer some women based solely on here race/nationality.

    I prefer Japan for all the above mentioned reasons.Even if one is single and is not interested in marriage but wants to live in a decent country, Japan makes a fine choice what with its multiple michellin stared restaurants, affordable heritage houses and moderately stable apartmento housing stock(in price terms).Also, they have some pretty intersting creative scene there.

    Wonderful country and very polite people.Life would be easy and living a pleasure with sensory stimuli and the opportunity to start a family if one seeks it.

    Nippon Banzai ^_^

    • ter ber

      And if you like nuclear radiation their is plenty of it coming from Fukushima. You will never need a tanning booth again!

      • Justin

        hope you speak Japanese. I live in Japan and let me tell you no one speaks english, except the chinease that live here. And yeah its a nice place to live if you like working 18hr days with like no vacation time. lol. Oh yeah and he is right they are racist here.

    • David Kessel

      But they are so racist. Most people will not even rent to you. Restaurants, hotels, clubs, onsen have a Japanese Only policy. Kind of like S. Africa with its “white only” but no one is protesting.A one million gaijin march on a Diet? Not any time soon.

      • Siloo Kapadia

        That is old news. Japan today is very different. Like comparing USA of the 1950s to today. Things change.

    • Siloo Kapadia

      I agree with you. We were also going to go to Japan when we were thinking about leaving USA but the only thing that stopped us was the language problem. We have school-age children and it was more about them. If not we would have chose Japan for sure.

      • Duh G Man

        Are your kids incompetent or is it just you that is holding them back in life with your fear of growth and change? Get out of your comfort zone and make the move. We moved to 2 different foreign countries with our school-aged children and despite their complaining they learned the language sufficiently within a year. Now years later, they are much more advanced than their US peers. Who knows, even you might learn something too.

      • yidaki_mark

        I would avoid Japan until they deal with the Nuclear Meltdown issue. That hasn’t been resolved yet and they’re still dumping radiation into the Ocean on a daily basis.

      • Danielle


    • pabo

      “macau a boat ride away”
      There are boats from Japan to Macau?

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  • Alan Smith

    This is bullshit. Singapore is one the hardest place on earth to get citizenship. I have been living here for 5 years, married to a Singapore citizen, earning more than 5k USD a month. But my Permanent Residence was rejected 3 times. Till i gave up applying. I have friends who are living here on a PR for 10 years and still their citizenship application got rejected.

    • feras

      Hello Alan, Thanks a lot for your feedback, I was planing to land singpore as an employee and the empoyer has told that I can get the PR after 3 years, so what do you think, I was surprised of your comments, is there any official confirmation from the government.

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        If you are a young Chinese national, you’re in. Anything else, probably not looking good.

    • Angry at Simon’s IL type artic

      Don’t expect Simon to post real proof of anyone getting

      citizenship in any of these or other option countries as
      basically none exist, all anyone ever manages to get
      after a long time maybe is permanent residency NOT
      citizenship. Simon just posts programs, not real people
      talking about what really happens to them when they
      attempt to get citizenship.

      • Xerxes0

        The Aussies are keen to get people to take out citizenship, no bribes needed. It takes time but not all that long. You are right about a lot of countries delay and frustration.

      • Dylan

        Exactly, no real people who have actually acquired a passport legally from any country. I found this in the place I just acquired residency, getting residency is possible in almost any country, but citizenship and a passport is almost an impossibility except in the countries you would want to avoid like USA, CANADA, EU.

  • Joseph Otter

    Cambodia is another good option for citizenship by investment. I’ve heard it can be obtained there for as little as $15,000. Probably less if you manage to befriend a general. A lot of places it’s just about getting in with the right people. If you aren’t too happy with the U.S., their overreach, and their taxes Russia is also a great option. We all know that Russia won’t extradite it’s citizens for any reason and they have a flat tax rate of 13%. To become a citizen there though you’ll have to learn to speak Russian and reside there for at least 3 years. Marriage might help if you don’t want to go through all that. If you really want a second citizenship it helps to think outside the box. I bet you could easily take a trip to South Africa or somewhere and pay a local to marry you. Then go shop around for a corrupt official and give them a considerable “gift” encouraging them to sign a document saying that you and your new wife have been married for 5 years. After that you can just go apply for citizenship and a passport. Many places have different ways of doing things than what we’re used to in the west. If you manage to find a weak link in a particularly corrupt country your path to citizenship can be made easier and quite less expensive than outright citizenship by investment.

    • Sergey

      I not recommend Russian citizenship unless you will never come to Russia because Russia became more and more police state, same as U.S. I’m Russian citizen and sometimes I think about renounce from my citizenship.

      • Joseph Otter

        Police state? Hmm. I’ve always liked Russia because of the lack of political correctness, it’s size, and it’s culture. I also like that as an English speaker who’s worked in the ESL industry for quite a few years I could stand to make a HUGE amount of money if I were to open a small language school in a city like Moscow one day. I’ve even thought about joining the Russian Army or Navy for five years as path to citizenship. I’m still actually thinking about doing that. I’ve got a few more years to go before I’m 30 so we’ll see. I’m the adventurous type.

      • concerndcitizen

        Probably best to chat with someone like Sergey before walking down that plank. ;)

      • David Kessel

        Russia is not bad if you are an Aryan white person. If you are any darker than that, don’t bother.

      • Joseph Otter

        I’m Aryan white 100%. Trust me I’ve done my homework. Every Russian I’ve talked to about this plan has told me the same thing (that I’m fucking crazy.) For me though I’ve only got two choices being the young man that I am. Either do something like joining the Russian army for five years and try to stay out of trouble or end up spending about 5 years in some South American prison for trying to smuggle drugs to Europe. No matter what I’m not interested in returning to the USA.

      • David Kessel

        I was talking about Russia’s social not legal aspect. Well, if you support Russia’s policies, I guess that is a path for you.
        You may also want to consider teaching in the Middle East.

      • Joseph Otter

        Yeah I know. All of Tesak’s youtube videos that I used to watch when I started learning Russian made it very clear what Russia’s like concerning social issues lol. I support Russia’s policies. SLAVA RUSSIA!!!

      • Erick Renan

        You went to Europe from South America with drugs?

      • Xerxes0

        Find yourself a corker Aussie shiela [or bloke if you are that way inclined] and get into Australia.

      • aliyah

        my cousin wants to migrate to australia and he is in west africa right now how can u help plz

      • Fred

        Is that good for anyone , accept the rich? I hear the average life expectancy in Russia for a white male is below that of Africa.

      • Dylan

        I agree with Sergey, I recommend Papua New Guniea

    • yidaki_mark

      I would probably go with the Teak Investment program through Panama for citizenship. I believe it’s about 15k. Papua, New Guinea is a no go. Why would anyone want citizenship in a 3rd world country that is behind just about everyone else? Also, look at their passport and travel. How about visa restrictions?

      • Joseph Otter

        One man’s paradise is another man’s hellhole. I prefer 3rd world countries. For one thing people are way more practical in the 3rd world. There’s no idiotic concepts such as political correctness or beliefs that animals are more important than people. I love women who wear fur. In 3rd world countries I can still smoke pretty much wherever I like and if I work I don’t have to attend useless bull**** meetings about “acceptable workplace behavior” to ensure that nobody gets offended. Bribes are commonplace in the 3rd world. I look at paying bribes as a double edged sword. Sometimes they’re not fun like when you have to pay extra money besides a fee just to acquire a driver’s license but I do like knowing that I might be able to negotiate my way out of a bad situation (waking up next to a dead hooker and not being able to remember anything from the previous night). When it comes down to it 3rd world countries are a lot more fun. Rules and regulations aren’t so uptight and money talks a hell of a lot louder than it does in a safe first world country. Traveling on a Cambodian passport might not be all that great but I honestly wouldn’t mind living in Cambodia for the rest of my life as an unofficial duel citizen with all the privileges afforded to someone of my socioeconomic status. Actually though, Cambodia’s recently joined ASEAN so a Cambodian passport will be a lot more valuable before too long. Anway, I look at it this way, why be a middle class man in a 1st world country when you can be a rich man in a 3rd world country? As for me though, I’d still choose to live in the 3rd world even if I were a billionaire.

      • dave

        Why not an Irish passport then you can get in all eu

      • Joseph Otter

        Is it easy to get though? I know I’ve got a bit of Irish stock but I don’t think it’s quite enough to make me eligible for citizenship.

      • dave

        If your grandmother was born in British empire you can claim British .which pre 1947Ireland would have been

      • veronica

        Have you got a clue then HOW to get irish passport ?

      • Julie Crory Telgenhoff

        You’re still a slave with your non humanness. You are NOT rich when you kill a human forced to become a hooker, you’re scum. LOL you think $ means something and like this master slave system …sick!

      • darklordvoltie

        *dying on the floor*

  • Corey Fischer

    How long would it take to be a citizen of the Philippines.

    • Walt Shmith

      10 years. 5 if married. Costs some $10K in different fees, etc.

      • Corey Fischer

        Walt how come it costs that much money even when married to a Filipina. I think they are just trying to steal from people who want to become a citizen.

      • Walt Shmith

        If married, much less. This info is hearsay. I suggest you go to www ( dot) cebuliving( dot) com and go into their ‘new forums’. They have a visa/immigration section.

      • Corey Fischer

        Walt but you said that it costs 10K in different fees.

      • Walt Shmith

        It’s anecdotal. Find out of forums, please.

      • Corey Fischer

        Walt what are you talking about. I’m asking you and get different answers from different people. Your being dumb and idiotic.

      • Walt Shmith

        Not idiotic; but I really don’t know for sure. I’ve heard from different people that it takes about that much but I haven’t been to a lawyer yet.

      • Corey Fischer

        Why in the world would I ever go to a lawyer about that.

      • Walt Shmith

        Because they know for sure. What I know is hearsay and not legal advice.

      • Corey Fischer

        Actually Walt your advice is right on and not hearsay

      • Joseph Otter

        Don’t get pissed at me if I’m wrong but I don’t think it’s possible to become a naturalized citizen of the Philippines. Even if you’re married to and have children with a Filipino citizen.

      • Corey Fischer

        Joseph you are wrong and I know plenty of Americans who is a citizen of the Philippines.

      • Joseph Otter

        Yeah but how are they citizens? Were they born to a Filipino parent? Were they born in the Philippines to American parents? Did they immigrate to and become citizens of America while retaining their Filipino citizenship? I’m talking about someone like me who’s had no previous affiliations with the Philippines whatsoever. Just a regular white guy born in the US that decided to expatriate to the Philippines. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for someone like me to get naturalized.

      • Corey Fischer

        Well they married a filipina and became a citizen that way. I don’t really believe you how its impossible, nothing is impossible with God. Jesus Loves you and He died for your sins. God bless you.

      • Joseph Otter

        God, you’re irritating. Right right right, Jesus loves you, Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves everyone. I know. Anything is possible with God and Jesus but I don’t think either of them are gonna interfere in this matter. God bless you too but quit fucking with me.

      • Corey Fischer

        How about you shut up and you don’t know everything either.

      • Joseph Otter

        You’re the one that responded to me first. I made a statement hoping that someone with pertinent knowledge would chime in, but instead a dumbfuck like you has to come on here and preach about religion. Go bother somebody else. I’ll hold out for Jesus to come and force the Filipino government to change their nationality law in my favor, but I’m really hoping someone with some sense can tell me about a good backup plan in case that doesn’t happen.

      • Titterling Langs

        Chinese do it all the time. There is an inner track for the Chinese. Americans do it rarely because those Americans who go to PH usually 1) do not have any desire to become citizens there 2 ) do not have the kind of money necessary for a good lawyer. But Americans who wanted to and with the right money and the right lawyer did become citizens.

      • Corey Fischer

        Yes I know but there is a way even for a white guy like you. You don’t understand. With Jesus all things are possible. I don’t know how they are they just are. Please stop arguing

  • Phil

    Which countries will give you a passort if you get married there? Is there a list to choose from?

    • Xerxes0

      Most countries will.
      I host Back packers visiting Australia.
      Quite a few of them have shacked up with Aussies either sex, male with male is OK.
      Not married.
      No need to actually marry.
      You need to play the game, it is an electronic Police state, the average car is logged 5 times a day. Even so they can completely miss an Iranian Terrorist every step of the way.

  • Xerxes0

    I was born in Australia but left when 19. My kids were born in the UK but all have Aussie passports as do the grand children.
    You can get Aussie citizenship by investment, once you have it goes automatically one generation and easy for 2 or more. Adopt a kid abroad the kid gets citizenship too. So many different races in Australia you don’t stand out what ever colour you are. You can also get in via marriage or being a partner including same sex partners.

    • Ken Lau

      i am from Singapore, I want to be Australian. pls intro me any gal who need a husband. email me laubanken@hotmail.com

      • Xerxes0

        We Aussies will allow same sex partnerships so you can ad guy to that.

      • aliyah

        i need u to help me be a citizen of aussie

    • yidaki_mark

      My problem with Australia, New Zealand and Canada is that they are all prejudice against children or adults with disabilities. So, if I want to move to Australia, NZ, or Canada with my deaf child they all say no to me. It’s sad, but very true. The UK, with her high taxes, Ireland, and even Scotland will accept us but none of my favourite countries.

      • Xerxes0

        I have been a foster carer in Australia, I would not bring any special needs kid here unless I was wealthy enough not to need any state assistance.
        Care services are mostly provided by Christian Churches who pocket the state money claim they have no money and sue any one who criticizes their nasty child abusing racket. Catholic Cardinal Pell spent over a million dollars preventing kids massively abused by priests getting compensation. The Pope has promoted him to Rome for his good work in managing the catholic churches finances.

      • yidaki_mark

        Yup, I heard everything that you mention as I have several good m8’s in Aus and NZ. I do have money but, I refuse to move to either of those countries on principle. I’m not in love with Ireland or Scotland even though the latter is the land of my paternal great-grandfather. They will embrace me though with open arms and I can get Hungarian citizenship through my grandfather, which allows me access to the EU.

      • Fred

        Pell was an abuser himself. The guy is evil

    • Fred

      Australia’s population is over 85% “British” . It was a British penal colony

      • Xerxes0

        Until 1950 there were NO Australians every one was British.
        Ethnically today well under half are British less still if you separate the Irish who made up a big chunk of the original convict settlers.

      • Fred

        Even to this day the largest group of immigrants coming to Australia are British. There is a lot of talk about “multi culturism” but that simply is not the case . “Other” ethnic groups really are the minority in Australia. It is very different to the US

    • Jesse

      Some Australians are racist too

      • Xerxes0

        Australia is probably one of the least racist countries on earth.
        The United States is a billion times more racist.

      • Jesse

        I think countries in Africa are 10000000000000000000 times less racist than Australia .

      • Brian

        Good Lord man! Ever heard of Mugabe?!

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  • Siloo Kapadia

    Nonsense! In Japan it takes 5 years of residency to naturalize. We know more than a few former Indians who have done so. All you need to know is 3rd grade level Japanese and have paid your taxes and that is that. Now with Japan’s population going down they are even more lenient in allowing foreigners in. The idea that Japan is “closed” is now a myth.

    • Walt Shmith

      In Japan, they have signs: “Japanese Only”. Same with Apartments. “No Foreigners”. And the UN does nothing about this.

      It was like this 10 years ago. It was like this 30 years ago. And it’s still like this now.

      • UR2LATE

        In Asia you are tolerated, never accepted. :-/

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        Definitely NOT true. It depends on where you are and how you treat people and whether you work to assimilate into your new home.

      • Titterling Langs

        It’s a mixed bag. Some are very nice to you and are very happy you are there. Some are not. Some appreciate that you are trying to assimilate and some do not even allow you to speak the local language — and make fun of you. They bark back in English. Some love foreigners and want to mingle with them. Some stay away from you and want you to stay away. No matter what you do and how nice you are.

        And how you treat people can sometimes break thru prejudice and sometimes is irrelevant ( when people have already made up their minds about you). Not everything can be controlled by you.

        Having said that, compared to the West, most of Asia still has not had a ” race revolution” and has little concept of political correctness. And racism exists there quite openly.

        In Korea, they have clubs that say “Koreans Only”. Your treating people well and trying to assimilate into your “new home” will not impress them. Koreans Only means Koreans Only.

        We, on the other hand, are no longer allowed to have Americans Only or British Only or Whites Only. Herein lies the difference.

        Before parting for Asia, keep in mind that you are going to be dealing with this ‘ mixed bag’.

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        I have lived in Asia for many years and I agree there is little political correctness which I find extremely refreshing. and you are right, not everybody responds in kind to proper behavior but that happens all over the world included the “PC crazy” US and Europe.

      • Titterling Langs

        Except that in the West, discrimination is illegal. In most of Asia, it’s not. So, you have no one to run to if you are on the receiving end of it. After you enjoyed the absence of PC, you also get to suffer the same. So, before you go to Asia, be aware of it and consider if you can hack it.

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        Grow up and deal with it like an intelligent adult.

      • Walt Shmith

        It’s the racist Asians that need to grow up and start acting like civilized human beings who understand human and civil rights. Our countries have made improvements, passed laws, and are working hard of equality of all people. These Asian countries are lagging behind and their people are still stuck in the 1930ies.

      • Rein

        Now look who’s the racist one

      • darklordvoltie

        I like to remind you Switzerland just “recently” allowed women to vote (1970s). And South (US) just started allowing interracial proms. So expending Asia to change it ways so quickly is highly unlikely.

      • Jesse

        May be you are right but Asians acting like this is because of history background the invasion of western countries , like Britain. So they are acting more protective to their own kind. You can not blame them blame the history .

      • AnnJo

        So if Asians are racists only because of the West, who do you blame the West’s racism on? You’ve obviously gone through a modern Western University to learn that everything wrong in the world is the fault of the West.

      • Jesse

        What’s your point ? It’s seems like a Converse accident to me. But ya if the western didn’t start world war and want to make their people live in everywhere around the world , world is better ..

      • Jesse

        What’s your point ? It seems like a Converse accident to me but if the western didn’t start world war and try to make their people live everywhere in the world , it’s better.

      • Roosnaja

        Discrimination? What are you talking about. They are just exercising they freedom of association. They might have poor reasons for it, but they still have the right. You have the same right: to make business with, to hang around with people you choose and exclude everybody else if you prefer. I’m not saying what people should do or not, I’m just saying that individual has the right to associate or to not associate with something or somebody.

      • Titterling Langs

        This is what racists in the USA justified their racism with- freedom of association. For some reason, the UN does not buy this excuse.

      • Brady2600

        I’m so glad that you’ve agreed to have sex with anyone here who wants to! It’s awsome that you arn’t one of those sexist/racist/homophobic/bigots and have agreed to give up ALL of your freedom of association. Those people who want to leave these things to personal autonomy of choice need to CHECK THEIR PRIVILEGE. Just shut up and date me, amirite? Hope you got food in the fridge and a nice big house.

      • Joseph Otter

        I agree completely. It’s nice being an employee in Cambodia or China and not having to go to some stupid meeting once a month about sexual harassment where everybody’s talked to as if they were children. Also, being able to take a piss in the bushes without fear of being put on some sexual offender registry is pretty good. I’ve been in Asia since 2011 and I could NEVER go back to the States to live permanently. I went back for three months last year because of a family emergency and I remember trying to buy a pack of cigarettes one time at CVS. When I gave the girl at the counter my old driver’s license she wouldn’t sell me the cigarettes because it was expired. WTF?!!! She said she couldn’t use my license as a “REFERENCE” because it expired back in 2012! How fucking stupid is that? I was beyond pissed. Anyways I was so glad to get back to Beijing. Now I’m in Hohhot and next month I’m moving back to Cambodia. I’m seriously looking into a plan to acquire a second citizenship within the next few years. I won’t give up my U.S. citizenship but I don’t plan on EVER complying with FATCA. Asia doesn’t comply so I’m alright for now but if I ever want to open a bank account in Europe someday I’ll need a second passport. Asia’s my my favorite place in the world but I don’t see too many countries here where I could easily get a second passport. I might be able to in Cambodia if I get married for three years and learn Khmer but there’s some other red tape involved. I’d have to prove I make $2,500 a month now to marry a Cambodian citizen. I’m thinking maybe I could take my bride to be over to Thailand and marry her there but I don’t know if our marriage would be recognized in Cambodia. I’ll figure it out. I’ll probably just be able to pay a bribe to take care of the $2,500 a month requirement. We’ll see. I’ve also been looking into Argentina. Argentina looks like a good choice as well as Brazil.

      • UR2LATE

        I see the majority of the feedback, including your own after a few rounds, certainly doesn’t reflect “Definitely NOT true”.

        It is definitely true, more often than not, for most people.

      • freend

        True. Even in “friendly” Thailand where they smile all the gime you will always be a “farang” (foreigner.) They will always charge you more than the locals and if you are in a car accident the police will always blame you, the farang. At least Cambodians and Phillippinos treat you are one of them, at least socially.

      • Randal Gossip

        The first Thai word you learn is farang it will be your name even with those you meet and think you know.

    • Harry

      Even if you are a Japanese-American, you go back to live in the land your ancestors came from for the required five years, and get Japanese citizenship, guess what? You will still never be a real Japanese, and you will still be discriminated against as a foreigner. You can only be a real Japanese if you are 100% ethnic Japanese, born on the island nation of Japan.

      Even if you are an Asian-American, you can only be a real Asian if you are born into the majority ethnic nationality of that particular Asian nation, and of course, born on that Asian nation’s soil, in any Asian nation.

      For example, I would like to someday visit China. I am not of any Chinese or of any other Asian heritage. But, even if I were a Chinese-American, there is no way I could ever become a real Chinese national!

      In another example, ethnic Germans who have immigrated from the former Soviet Union to reunited Germany of today, are still considered foreigners by the native-born ethnic Germans.

      Israel welcomes Jews by birth, and Jews by choice through conversion, to return to Israel, serve in the IDF, obtain Israeli citizenship, and Israeli Jews gladly accept these foreign born Jewish immigrants as their own, with open arms. But, believe me Israel is a rare exception!

      • Julie Crory Telgenhoff

        Israel please no one would want to be citizen there when they have to be in IDF and IDF has to murder palestine people. I’m from US and did my own education after all those US degrees where I learned nothing.

      • Jake Parso

        the reason Israel allow all Jews a passport is because they have to justify their being on Palestine land by saying its the homeland of all Jews and like all refugees and their diaspora have the right to return .. so to try legalize the state of Israel at all the have to treat all Jews as dependents of the Jews driven from Israel and their right to return .. and also to grow the country to swallow up what’s left of Palestine and. that’s the truth of it all

  • Marilyn

    Simon said “Some people are lucky enough to come from a line of Irish, Polish, or Italian ancestors.” I have Irish heritage on my father’s side. Why is that luckier? Is it a simpler process to become a citizen?

  • Simon

    Marylin, I think I know why Simon said some with Irish, Polish and Italian ancestors are lucky because I live in Italy and I know the situation in Italy very well. If you are, let’s say, Tunisian, and your great grand father from your mother or father’s side was Italian, you are automatically qualified for italian citizenship regardless of whatever, which is why many many Argentinians are also Italian citizens without having been to Italy even once in their lives. Cause citizenship in italy is taken over by jus sangui (blood relation) unfortunately, cause an Argentinian that has an italian great grand mum can become italian but an african boy born and raised in italy and is totally italian in manners has to suffer for a great part of his life to become italian citizen because his parents were illegal immigrants or they dont have a regular income. But that’s the way it is; unfortunately some humanbeings are more precious than others and human rights are mostly for the elite.

    • Abacktoourrootsamerican

      Luck is a big issue, but it doesn’t mean that human rights are only for the elite. I had Italian ancestry but it came from my mother’s side and until 1950’s or so you could only claim citizenship from your father’s lineage. So that makes me unlucky not any less precious. Life will NEVER be completely fair; there will always be the haves and the have-nots unless we want communism and then we will all be HAVE-NOTS except for the leaders and the elite. Choose your poison.

  • Bradley James

    I heard a lot of racist want to move to Israel.I heard they say Palestinians are not human just dogs, donkeys . Not at all interested in Zionist Israel hell hole . Putin nukeit

    • Ronald Biederman

      I lived in Israel for 3 years Loved IT- The people are cool and highly educated. Great nation – modern. Please pick up a book or go there and see for yourself. Do not be ruled by the TV.

      • Randy

        You are also a Jew so of course you loved it there. Why dont you take your Jew ass back to Israel. I thought you kikes wanted a place to feel safe? Why are you kikes all over the world messing countries up? You kikes should not feel safe in the USA, trust me on that.

      • Daq

        What made you leave? Was it easy to get visa? Sorry I am so new to all of this – but I need to get out of USA.

      • Julie Crory Telgenhoff

        I’m in US do not go to Israel. We US are not friends. They own our military and us it for their wars. All US politicians tied to Israel so you will be required to kill Palestine people and it’s their land anyways, but you have to want the truth and do research ….don’t use wiki start with Balfour Declaration for one.

      • Al

        Hi Daq,
        As an expat, I don’t think this kind of forums are the best place to get info about the country to which you want to move. In general, if you have the opportunity, travel to the place you have in mind for some time to get an understanding of the actual environment. Immigration’s a very complex and personal matter. A society in which I happily fit, might not be fitting for another person.
        Specially, if your destination’s a place like Israel, you’d have more trouble getting actual info in these kind of forums, because you would be encountered with two types of people (of course in addition to the third normal reasonable group) who would give you misinformation: Pro-Palestine zealots who would describe Israel as hell & Pro-Israel zealots who’ll describe it as heaven; while in reality, it’s of course somewhere in between like any other country.
        In short, this is a personal decision! Don’t rely on other people’s opinion.

      • Bradley James

        I have Palestinian friends in Chile and Argentina. Israel citizenship puts you in the position of shooting innocent Palestinian men, women and chldren. My friends would disown me to say the least. And there is the USS liberty and 911 attacks. An israeli passport will not get you far.Not cool.

    • Renrah

      your ignorance and bigotry is showing

    • watchingtheweasels

      I have a couple of dogs as pets. They are great animals that are both intelligent and loyal. Given how I’ve seen the Palestinians and their Muslim brethern behave, I wouldn’t insult my dogs by drawing that comparison.

      • dave

        Ignorant dog

  • amy

    I have a Canadian and Australian passport, if my father lived in Ireland for 2 years I could obtain an Irish passport. I don’t think that will ever happen but should I be looking to get another passport?

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    • Sunno Lohito Akash

      Jesus!!!! Give me a passport will be ur slave forever…lol

    • aliyah

      amy how can u help in getting a australian passport

  • Veljak

    Israeli passports are hardly useful. You’re barred from a shitload of countries around the world.

  • jim jones

    To get PR status in Singapore is very hard to get now, not the citizenship but you have to be a PR first.I know many that have applied and been rejected even if you have a company there.

    • Julian Kezia

      Yeah, I have lived in Singapore for 9 years, After getting a PhD. Still can’t get a PR, even if my wife and son are citizens. The entire blog is complete bullshit, a product of getting all information from Wikipedia.

  • Md Mohoram Ali

    Hi. This is Mohoram, a 28+ years old wheelchair user youth from Bangladesh. Basically I works for disabled people like me and love to travel over land and water by bus, train, ship mainly. I have traveled from my country Bangladesh to United Kingdom (16 countries/25+ kilometers) by bus and train only and then London to New York by air. Why I am writing here- as I said I love to do travel always. But, as a Bangladesh passport holder it is very tough and hard for me to get many visas and also many countries do not have embassy in my country. From the study I made through internet, I found, it is very hard to gain/obtain a foreign passport (specially valuable passports those has visa free or visa on arrival access to much countries) for all the people, and it is more difficult/harder for person/traveler with disability like me. Is there any easy way to get a valuable 2nd passport (without leaving my Bangladeshi passport+citizenship for a single minute) by using my interest on travel or my disability or by showing anything else? I really need it. Please help me if you know any easy way.

    • dave

      Yeah pay someone to marry you

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  • Davy Clitheroe

    chilean passports are gud to have as u can visit pretty much all of Europe,US and russia visa free,problem its hard to obtain chilean citizenship as u can only obtain it by living continuously for 5 years regardless of wherever u are married to a chilean citizen or have kids born there.

    UK is a joke granting thousands and thousands of inmigrants citizenship mainly from India and Pakistan like theres no tomorrow,even people from other EU countries like Poland are being granted citizenship like 21,000 per year as there scared of more restrictive laws being placed or britain leaving the EU as they dont wana go back

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    contact documentarycenter@hotmail.com if you need any passport or documents of any country

  • Backstallscritic

    I’ve lived in Chile for 12 years and they won’t give me a passport or even an identity card without a load of VERY expensive, time consuming and complex rigmarole. If you know what I am doing wrong please advise soonest!

  • Backstallscritic

    Also, I heard many years ago that you can get a French passport by doing four years service in the Foreign Legion. You must learn French, be under 35 or so and be fit and tough otherwise the other Legionnaires will probably kill you!

  • Gean English

    how does someone get a singapore passport with out being there 2 years or for that matter. If i dont want the us to know where i am or where im traveling to where is the best place to try and apply for a passport

    • Abacktoourrootsamerican

      You don’t. Those days are over unless you’ve just sold your “Microsoft” business or you are young and Chinese-speaking, then you may have a chance.

      • Zach

        Yeah; without at least 100 million; you are SOL. Why would you want Singapore citizenship anyway? There is no press freedom, no political freedom and there is violations of human rights.

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        I think you definitely have never lived in Singapore. You want a Singapore passport because there is no better passport to have. Everywhere welcomes you and few visas are even needed. The government is run for the good of the country not for the enrichment of a few special interests.
        There is no political correctness, the laws are enforced, thus little or no crime. Almost every Singaporean family owns their own home. It is a clean city full of trees and flowers, run efficiently by an intelligent government. Taxes are low and are not given away, but spent for the betterment of the country as a whole. Everyone works and everyone is helped by giving them the ability to earn a living. No free lunch. No illegal immigrants. No welfare. Education is excellent and available for everyone.

        Those are some of the reason you want a Singaporean passport.

      • Zach

        No better? There are plenty of better options and even as an opinion, it is highly flawed. Either a US passport or EU passport would do you much better; not to mention freedom of abode within the EU. Private education for Singaporeans are very limited; and freedom of expression and political criticism should be unlimited. Opposition parties have been held without trial; sued into bankruptcy without reasonable explanation. Education in the EU is largely better than Singapore and Singapore is overly competitive. I’m from Singapore and find myself in great need of doing public protests and Singapore is not a democracy. In terms of tax benefits; there are much better options in the low 30 million bracket. I guess you have never lived in the EU before. Living in Switzerland is infinitely better and private boarding schools there are great.

      • Abacktoourrootsamerican

        I lived in the UK for years and also in the US and Switzerland as well, and I disagree with you on all counts, especially the education part. UK & US bury you in taxes and are heavily in debt. Switzerland is too cold for me. But that’s what makes the world go round, differences of opinion. Let’s agree to disagree.

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  • jacky

    I am sri lankan. now i am live in sri lanka. I want to get other country pass port. how can i get it ?

    • dave

      Pay me to marry you

      • khan from KPK

        i am ready dave , lets deal some reasonable amount ….send me email at my email address ,,, engr.nadeemz@gmail.com ,, skype nadeemz.nice

  • Xerxes0

    Having a second passport is great but migrating across cultural, religion and race is is needlessly torturing yourself and your children. IS teaches us all that. Young lads feeling so alienated they blow themselves up. Don’t do it.

    • Abacktoourrootsamerican

      I respectfully disagree. I think migrating across cultural, religious and race teaches you and your children respect for differences and allows one to understand better the needs and beliefs of other peoples.

      Poverty, little or too late exposure to other cultures and mainly brainwashing of easily manipulated young people with rigid and strict principals presented romantically by those with no morality and an agenda of power is what causes young men to blow themselves up.

  • Xerxes0

    Your argument looks good on paper just like Communism looks good but few can make it work. Shattered families vulnerable to being sucked in by religion and other con artists.

  • Miyoko Goto

    how much adopting of rain forest to be a Brazilian? I wanna try this option.

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  • Jake Bryan

    I don’t think I could morally obey a conscription notice. That is my line in the sand.

  • thomasdosborneii

    Interesting looking at those four passports pictured at the top of the article. I wonder “who” makes them? They all follow the exact same format, they all have the same “chip” symbol at the bottom, which means that they all must have the same “chip” inside them, and other similarities. One might expect that different sovereign nations would make entirely different-looking passports. Is this controlled by the United Nations, for example?

    • Jake Parso

      id imagine it controlled by an electronics company and whoever patented the idea and would license it out so all countries can just use one validation method to try stop forgery

      • thomasdosborneii

        Jake, you’ve probably put your finger exactly on it. I do still think it’s kind of weird to have them be THAT similar…it would be liking finding out that, say, our U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving was making currency for Iran, or Thailand was making ours.

  • craig sullivan

    I’m a 40 year old never married have UK and new Zealand passports willing to marry any woman right price and love of course or why get married???adher to immigration rules till you have passport up for anything I offer a lot two top passports get in touch I can unlock world for you

    • Ozoda Eva

      I thought even if you’re married you still have to stay there for a few years to be qualified for citizenship. Correct me if I’m wrong

      • craig sullivan

        I know if i got married i could straightaway go to newzeland marry again my wife automatically gets a nz passport because i live in uk you can then instantly travel to uk with me with no visa you can then apply for uk passport this takes between 18-24 months you must live together i have my own 3 bedroom bugalow in nice grounds could easily happen and you would be able to work after that your free to divorse keep passport or carry on as a couple with just the nz passport which is avaliable after 2-3 wks you can move to australia on 5 year work visa as long as you can prove you can support yourself but then you have to stay together for 4-5years or you would be unable to leave contry as passport revoked there are many other ways but 2years could get you both passports and benefits why you intrested let me know xx

      • Tam

        Why you want to do that for anyone? Isn’t it too good to be true?

      • craig sullivan

        why not life’s boring do something for the adventure be a exciting time safe in this messed up world don’t you just want to try something totally different see where it leads only here once I’m a serious person just love a change in life

    • Seri

      i’m interested but the thing is..i’m a muslim. u know…religion is not a small matter in considering things. but nevertheless, u are a nice person to offer women such a thing. glad to know there’s someone out there who is kind enough to do things like that ^_^

      • craig sullivan

        Im not religious myself but i would have no problem with someone thst is muslim and could respect there religion according to there believes it shout be a reason to stop you getting what you want if you want to get in touch send me your contact details I’d be very happy to speak to you about it x

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