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ET & Arcum Global present “Global Investment Immigration Summit 2020” – Investment & business based mobility

India was placed 6th globally, in terms of wealth of over US$ 8,148 billion and is expected to be the 4th wealthiest country in the coming decade.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2019, 04.10 PM IST|Original: Nov 28, 2019, 12.36 PM IST
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With the continuous change in the global economic & political scenarios, wealthy individuals are choosing countries that are best suited for their need. While over the last few years, China has witnessed the highest outflow of HNIs, India is ranked third after Russia 1.

In 2018, India was placed 6 th globally, in terms of wealth of over US$ 8,148 billion and is expected to be the 4 th wealthiest country in the coming decade 1.

The wealth stats of the top economies combined with the lucrative investment-based residency & citizenship options offered by different countries has changed the global mobility scenario. The strength of passports can now lead families and businesses to step ahead in future.

With the aim to providing a single platform to cater to all the investment and business based mobility needs, we are proud to announce the ‘Global Investment Immigration Summit 2020’. It would be organized at The St Regis, Mumbai on February 1 st, 2020 by ET along with Arcum Global, a premier firm for Global Residents and Global Entrepreneurs.

“The 2020 Summit would not only cover the residency/citizenship by investment but also aims at focusing on residency by way of business set up,” says Divesh Sharma, Director-Global Advisory & Legal Affairs, Arcum Global.

There are various ways of obtaining residency/citizenship and it is not always necessary that the applicant should invest a substantial sum. For instance, an entrepreneur/senior executive with an established business for more than 3 years, could apply for US L1 Visa and thereafter apply for US green card through EB-1C category. Whereas someone who is looking for US green card for children, could think 6-8 years ahead and invest USD 900,000 in the US EB-5 Program.

Similarly; someone looking to open a business in Canada could apply for Canadian Start-up Visa with an investment of as low as CAD 75,000. And for someone considering Canadian residency through passive route, Quebec Investor Visa -which requires an investment of CAD 1.2 million- could be a more feasible option.

European Countries, on the other hand, also have multiple residency options- most of which are secured through investment in properties or investment in government bonds. Each of such options has some unique offering. For example, Cyprus is the only European country providing permanent residency through investment of € 300,000 in property. While, the Greek Golden Visa offers residency renewable after 5 years with a relatively lower investment of € 250,000 in property. Portugal offers Golden Visa renewable after 5 years, with an investment starting from € 350,000.

Malta, being one the most growing economies in Europe, offers residency by way of investment of €250,000 in government bonds along with a donation of €30,000 to the government.

On the other hand, Netherlands being one of the most stable economies in Europe has higher investment requirement. The Dutch Golden Visa requires an investment of €1.25 million into a Dutch Venture Capital firm.

Notably, Cyprus and Malta are the only two countries offering the European citizenship by investment. European gateway through Cyprus citizenship could be obtained by making an investment of €2 million combined with a donation of €150,000. Maltese Citizenship, on the other hand, requires a donation of €650,000 coupled with an investment of €150,000 in government approved securities.

“Whilst, both of these countries offer right to live, work and travel anywhere in Europe, the selection would be a matter of personal preference and investment abilities of the investor,” says Divesh Sharma of Arcum Global.


With numerous second residency and second passport options, the ultimate choice of investors depend upon various factors like existing or future family/business tie-ups, education of children, visa free access for global mobility, retirement plans and better quality of life.

“Though every option is distinctive, ‘the fundamental need’ and ‘suitability’ are two of the key determining factors when we put one option over the other before our clients. A better home and a better business outlook is where our success lies,” adds Divesh Sharma.

To know more or to register for an invite for the “Global Investment Immigration Summit 2020” organized by ET & Arcum Global, click here.

1 NW Wealth Report, 2019
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