- April 21, 2017
- Posted by: CIP Journal
- Category: Citizenship
Moldova to open a new citizenship by investment (CBI) programme offering passport to foreigners investing in the country. Moldova’s has passed new regulations in 2017 governing a new citizenship by investment program according to Annex no.1 to the Government Decision no. from 2017 – REGULATIONS on the acquisition of citizenship through investment
According to Baltic Magazine, Moldova offers passports to cash rich foreigners – in a bid to boost the weak levels of investment that the country has seen in recent years.
The Moldovan government passed new regulations, according to which, the investors who have invested a certain amount of money in the country’s economy, will be granted citizenship in Moldova and the right for visa-free entry into the EU.
Citizenship by Investment
The qualifying investments for citizenship in Moldova are
- Contribution to the Public Investment Fund for Sustainable Development – EUR 100,000
- Government bonds: EUR 250,000 locked for 5 years
- Real estate: EUR 250,000 (property investment) kept for 5 years (one or more real estate)
qualify for citizenship by investment in Moldova and investments have to maintained for 60 months.
Note: Moldova CBI is currently not open officially. Please stay tuned for updates.
A foreign citizen or stateless person is considered to be eligible for the scheme good economic and financial reputation and he/she poses no risk to Moldova, and must be free from criminal record, fraud, malpractice, financial fraud or indemnities
As many as 5000 foreign persons will be given citizenship under the investment scheme in Moldova.
The Republic of Moldova actively pursues EU membership and neither participates in Schengen zone.
Moldova passport is ranked #54 powerful passport in the world with visa free travel to 102 countries including all EU member states, United Kingdom, Russia etc according to Henley visa restrictions index 2017
Moldova has a population of 3 million (2017) with GDP of $20 billion and the capital and largest city is Chișinău
Currently there are only 8 countries offering official citizenship by investment programs.