European Citizenship & Passport:
Three Ways To Get An Excellent Second Passport In 2019

Yes, it IS possible to get a European Citizenship & Passport for foreigners– even for Britons & Americans… 

There are three ways of how you can get an EU citizenship. 

And if you’re lucky and qualify for you the first option you could get an excellent European passport in just a few months for almost free.

But even if you aren’t lucky, you can still obtain an excellent Portugese passport without spending millions of Dollars if you invest a little bit of time.

In this article we’ll cover all three options and several European countries where you can get citizenship easily.

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Easiest Citizenship & Second Passport Options Comparison Table

Inside you’ll find…

  • The 5 easiest options to obtain EU citizenship & passport and 9 options outside the EU
  • How and where to obtain a valuable citizenship and passport after just two years of residency (while paying next to nothing)
  • The best instant citizenship options for singles, families and those who want EU citizenship
  • Which options allow you to obtain a second passport while spending the least amount of time in the country
  • The 14 countries that might give you FREE citizenship & passport if you have parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents from there

This sheet could save you tens of thousands of dollars and YEARS of time.

Benefits of getting a Second Passport

I’ll never forget the day when the FedEx envelope finally arrived.

Inside was my very first second passport. I was officially not only a citizen of the US, but of Italy, too. It was incredible. And one of the things that got me started on my journey.

Suddenly I realized that I was no longer beholden to one nation. That no single government had exclusive authority over me. I had more options. I had more freedom.

It was a feeling I’d never had before. It was like I had been missing something for my whole life, but never even knew it until that exact moment. Then I wondered how I had ever gotten along before without a second passport and citizenship.

Having a second passport is the ultimate insurance policy. I cannot overstate the benefits.

We have health, car and life insurance to mitigate financial risks. Generally, we don’t question the value of insurance. And we especially don’t question the value when we’re in a car accident or have to visit the hospital.

But, there’s a missing piece of risk mitigation that no too many consider (congrats to you on this page – you’re among the few thinking about your international options). And that’s why a second citizenship and passport are so valuable.

A second citizenship and passport ensure that, no matter what, you always have a place to go. To live. To work. To do business. To retire. And in some cases, even seek refuge.

And being a European citizen is particularly valuable, because it will give you the right to live, work and do business in all 28 European Union countries — like France, Spain, Germany and Sweden. 

If you’re not finding the right employment opportunities at home, for example, you can broaden your search to Europe. And if you have children, they would get access to the excellent European education system at a fraction of the price.

Now, obtaining a second citizenship – whether in Europe or elsewhere – often takes time to establish, sometimes years. So, it’s advisable to start thinking about your options now.

Here are the three ways of how to get EU citizenship…

Option #1: Get European Citizenship By Descent & Ancestry [The Cheapest & Easiest Way]

The first and easiest way to get a European citizenship & passport is through your ancestry and descent.

You may be eligible for European citizenship by descent if you have parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents from Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and many other countries.

This type of citizenship is known as jus sanguinis and is commonplace across most of Europe.

One of the biggest benefits of citizenship by descent is that it often costs only a few hundred Dollars in government fees and can usually be done in just a few months.

That’s why it’s an excellent option that we recommend EVERYONE considers first before pursuing any other way to get a second passport.

To get a better idea of how this process works, you can download a free in-depth intelligence report on How To Get an Italian Passport & Citizenship By Descent here.

Even if you don’t have Italian ancestors this report this report will give you a better idea of how citizenship by descent works.

Italian Citizenship By Descent
Further ReadingCitizenship By Descent Example: How To Get an Italian Passport

But Italy is not the only country that’ll give you a European passport if you have ancestors from there.

Ireland and Poland, for example, will grant citizenship if you can prove that you have a parent or grandparent from there.

Hungary will go even further back if you can prove ancestry way back from the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Your ancestors can also get you one of the world’s most valuable passports: 

In the Sovereign Man Passport Ranking, the German passport ranks 6th best in the world and gives holders visa-free access to 162 countries, including all of Europe, the US, Canada, and the UK. 

(By comparison, a US passport enables citizens visa-free travel to 157 countries.)

Germany even has a special citizenship project for individuals who were deprived of their German citizenship on political, racial or religious grounds. And this program applies to descendants, too.

So, with the right ancestry and documentation, you could be on your way to a second passport the EU in only a matter of months and it could potentially cost you next to nothing.

To learn which other countries offer this easy way to get European citizenship, you can take a look at our in-depth article on citizenship by descent.

But even if you aren’t lucky enough to be part of the “lucky bloodline club” you can still get European citizenship without investing millions of Dollars…

Option #2: Get European Citizenship Through Naturalization [Anyone Can Do This]

In most countries around the world, you can acquire citizenship by first becoming a legal resident, and then maintaining that residency for a certain number of years.

The required time is generally at least five years, but it can be as low as one year in certain cases.

And maintaining residency doesn’t always mean that you have to actually live full time there.

Here are the three easiest European countries to get residency in to become a citizen.

1. Portugal
The Easiest OVERALL Option for EU Citizenship.

Portugal’s first class passport comes with visa-free access to 159 countries. That includes the ability to live, work and travel freely in all 28 member-states of the EU (27, if you discount the UK).

To get a Portuguese passport, you’ll need to become a resident of Portugal, and after five years, you can apply for citizenship.

Portugal’s Retirement and Online Worker Visa is the best way to obtain residency in Portugal. It  requires you to have sufficient means to support yourself.

It varies by consulate, but “sufficient means” usually requires showing at least €14,600 in savings or liquid investments– extremely low for a passport of this quality.

During the first year of your residence you will be required to spend a minimum of four months in the country and can’t leave for more than 6 consecutive months at a time. 

After the first year, your temporary residence permit renews in two-year intervals.

During each two year period you have to spend at least 16 months in the country and can’t  can’t leave for more than 6 consecutive months.

After five years of temporary residency in Portugal, you will be eligible for permanent residency and citizenship (the naturalization period was reduced from six to five years in mid-2018). 

Given the low barriers to entry, the lax residency requirements and the short-time to naturalization, Portugal is by far the easiest way to get EU citizenship (without ancestry).

Keep in mind however, that even though it’s possibly the easiest European passport to get, the path from Portuguese residency to full citizenship takes at least five years of residency.

2. Belgium
The Easiest Option For for Business People to get EU Citizenship.

If you’re looking to start or relocate a business, Belgium offers a fantastic, Tier 1 passport with visa-free access to 158 countries. 

Just like Portugal, with a Belgian passport, you’ve got free access to the European continent. You could live and work anywhere in the EU. 

First of all, you’ll need to establish economic ties in Belgium to get residency through one of three options…

1. Set up a company in Belgium

Set up a company in Belgium and run it for a few months to prove it’s an actual operating business. Then apply for a Professional Card, which grants you residency in Belgium. 

2. Get a job with a Belgian Company

Get a job with a Belgian Company before entering Belgium. Your employer will need to sponsor a work permit for you.

3. Use a hybrid option

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Once you’ve established residency through economic ties, you’ll need to maintain the residency for five years to become eligible for naturalization.

In Belgium the minimum time spent in the country is not defined per se, but a “reasonable enough time to prove strong ties to Belgium.” 

So you should keep your business open and active… Not commit crimes, learn a little French, Flemish or German and participate in the community.

3. Spain
The Best Option for Those of Latin Descent to get EU Citizenship

Spain is by far the fastest and cheapest option for citizens of countries that used to be Spanish colonies.  

Citizens of any Spanish-speaking country in the Americas, plus Brasil and the Philippines, can get Spanish citizenship with just two years of residency, and they don’t have to renounce their old citizenship.

If anyone else wants to become a citizen of Spain they must spend 10 years living there, and renounce their old citizenship.

A Spanish passport ranks in the top 10 in our international passport ranking, with visa-free access to 161 countries, including all of the European Union.

You’ll need to prove €25,816 or more in savings or liquid investments to apply for your initial entry visa into Spain from your local consulate at home. Once in Spain, you will pick up your residence permit. 

After two years, you will become eligible for naturalization as a Spanish citizen and a passport.

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Inside you’ll find…

  • The 5 easiest options to obtain EU citizenship & passport and 9 options outside the EU
  • How and where to obtain a valuable citizenship and passport after just two years of residency (while paying next to nothing)
  • The best instant citizenship options for singles, families and those who want EU citizenship
  • Which options allow you to obtain a second passport while spending the least amount of time in the country
  • The 14 countries that might give you FREE citizenship & passport if you have parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents from there

This sheet could save you tens of thousands of dollars and YEARS of time.

Option #3: Get European Citizenship By Investment [The Quickest Option]

The final option is to buy a citizenship in a EU country.

In scrambling for money, many governments are turning to selling citizenship to well-heeled foreign investors.

There are two types of programs:

1. Citizenship By Investment Options

This means you receive your European citizenship very quickly and without having to reside in the country for several years first. But these options will also cost a lot more money.

Malta and Cyprus are two choices. In these countries, the governments have taken to naturalizing foreigners who make a very large economic investment and meet other qualifications.

In Malta, for example, they require the main applicant to contribute €650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund (and €25,000 each for a spouse and minor children). This is a donation that you will not get back.

Plus, you must purchase a house with a value of €350,000 or rent for five years with an annual minimum of €16,000. Finally, you must invest at least €150,000 in government-approved financial instruments – stocks, bonds, etc.

This may seem a high hurdle to clear, but within 15 months of maintaining Maltese residency, you’ll obtain citizenship and a passport for visa-free travel to 169 countries. Plus, future generations will benefit… they are eligible for Maltese citizenship by ancestry.

You can learn more about how and where to buy a passport in our in-depth article on citizenship by investment.

Citizenship By Investment Comparison Sheet

Malta is just one of the 13 countries that offer citizenship-by-investment out. 

This comparison sheet will give you a birds-eye view of the most important things you need to know about each citizenship-by-investment program…

  1. The differences between the programs (number of visa-free countries, price, investment options, taxation, …)
  2. Which countries you can enter without a visa with each passport (and  the differences between them)

It could potentially help you save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars by picking the best passport for your personal situation at the lowest price…

Citizenship By Investment Program Comparison

The second type of investment programs are…

2. Golden Visas

This means the governments trade permanent residency in exchange for a significant investment (for example in real estate) and after several years of residency allow you to naturalize as a citizen. Spain and Portugal offer this program. 

Both the Spanish and Portuguese Golden Visas’ real estate investment minimum is €350,000… plus expect government and legal fees to add another €20,000-30,000, depending on your family size.

But, you’re not stuck with a half-million property just sitting there. In Portugal, for example, you can rent your residential or commercial property for income. Also, Portugal allows investors to combine the value of a number of properties to reach the required investment minimum for citizenship by investment.

After a total of five years in Portugal, you can apply for citizenship. In Spain you have to be a resident for two years if you are a citizen of a former Spanish colony or ten years if you aren’t.

A Golden Visa is significantly cheaper than citizenship-by-investment, but you still need to wait several years.

We consider Portugal’s Retirement and Online Worker Visa a better deal.

The one advantage Portugal’s Golden Visa has is that you potentially don’t have to spend any time in Portugal during the five years of residency.

But so far the Golden Visa program in Portugal hasn’t existed long enough to be sure that this will work.

View ALL the Easiest and Fastest Citizenship & Passport Options At A Glance...

Download our free Easiest Citizenship & Passport Comparison Sheet and see all the options you have at a glance.

Easiest Citizenship & Second Passport Options Comparison Table

Inside you’ll find…

  • The 5 easiest options to obtain EU citizenship & passport and 9 options outside the EU
  • How and where to obtain a valuable citizenship and passport after just two years of residency (while paying next to nothing)
  • The best instant citizenship options for singles, families and those who want EU citizenship
  • Which options allow you to obtain a second passport while spending the least amount of time in the country
  • The 14 countries that might give you FREE citizenship & passport if you have parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents from there

This sheet could save you tens of thousands of dollars and YEARS of time.

Conclusion and Further Resources

Keep in mind that while some of the paths to obtaining second citizenship are much quicker than others, none of them are instantaneous. 

Even citizenship-by-investment can take up to two years, such as Cyprus’ program.

So, it pays off to get started in the process sooner rather than later.

After all, it’s hard to imagine that you’d be worse off – especially if you’re a member of the lucky bloodline club – for taking advantage of this.

More options mean more freedom, and that’s always a good thing.

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Inside you’ll find…

  • The 5 easiest options to obtain EU citizenship & passport and 9 options outside the EU ​
  • How and where to obtain a valuable citizenship and passport after just two years of residency (while paying next to nothing)
  • The best instant citizenship options for singles, families and those who want EU citizenship
  • Which options allow you to obtain a second passport while spending the least amount of time in the country
  • The 14 countries that might give you FREE citizenship & passport if you have parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents from there

This sheet could save you tens of thousands of dollars and YEARS of time.

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