Puerto Rico Country Profile

For more details visit Puerto Rico (USA) Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
  • Visa-free Countries
  • Visa-required Countries
  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Unrestricted: Any child born in the territory automatically becomes a US citizen.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    See USA
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
    See USA
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
    See USA
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
    See USA
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    See USA
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
  • Language test
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    See USA
  • Citizens of specific countries
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A citizen of a country practicing CITIZENSHIP-BASED taxation generally pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income, regardless of where they reside. The only way to get rid of a tax residency status in such a country is by renouncing citizenship.

The Act 60 incentives (former Act 20 and Act 22) can lower selected business income of any American to just 4%, and eliminate entirely capital gains tax on stocks, crypto.
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Service Providers available in Puerto Rico (USA)
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Full relocation services (real estate search, bank account opening, driver's licence, etc.)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Real Estate (agents, lawyers)
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Puerto Rico (USA) Overview
  • Region
    North and South America
  • Capital City
    San Juan
  • Largest City
    San Juan
  • Currency
    United States dollar
  • Languages
    Spanish, English
  • Population
    3.3 million (136th)
  • Life Expectancy
    81.7 years (35th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $118.7 billion (62nd)
  • GDP/Capita
    $36,117 (33rd)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Expensive (5/7)
  • Climate
    Average (3/5)
  • Safety
    Very Dangerous (6/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Very High (1/5)

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What happens if Puerto Rico becomes a state?

In late 2018, after more than seven fantastic years of living in Chile, I decided to move to Puerto Rico to take advantage of the island’s incredible tax incentives. By moving to Puerto Rico, I traded my right to vote in US federal elections for a 4% tax rate. And I’m pretty confident I got […]


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100: Why you should absolutely consider Puerto Rico NOW

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HUGE opportunity in Puerto Rico... and the developed country whose looming debt crisis is far worse

We just finished a really -sensational- conference here in San Juan over the weekend showcasing Puerto Rico… with all of its challenges and opportunities. We’ve talked about this before– Puerto Rico is an attractive place to live and do business thanks to some forward thinking tax incentives which stem from its unique status as a […]

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