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Want a Second Passport?: the Easiest Countries to Gain Citizenship

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Want a Second Passport?: the Easiest Countries to Gain Citizenship


For residents tired of their country and ready for a move, here are six sovereign states where citizenship is easy to come by.


Experts living across the globe at International Citizens Group have looked at which countries in the world have the simplest requirements for citizenship.


Gaining dual citizenship will give possessors an extra passport, more visa-free travel, additional employment options, and special tax perks in some places.


The most common ways to get dual citizenship are through ancestry, marriage, and investment.


Joe Cronin, President of International Citizens Group, said: “When living abroad or at home, having two passports from different countries can be very helpful.


Depending on which country you decide to apply for dual citizenship in, it can offer tax benefits and extra ways to travel between. It also opens up a whole other country for you to work and play in.


If you have got your heart set on becoming a dual citizen, but you’re not sure where to start, this will be a great guide. We have put together a list of some countries where the process to get dual citizenship is relatively easy compared to others.


By thoroughly investigating a range of options, you can find the right second home for you and gain the security and flexibility you are looking for.”


Countries you could gain citizenship in:


1) Ireland

One of the easiest ways to become a dual citizen of a country is through your ancestry. Many places offer a ‘jus sanguinis citizenship’, which means the passport and citizenship are granted based on the blood of your ancestors.


This is the case in Ireland, meaning a person with family from the country will find it simple to get dual citizenship and if they have a grandparent who was born in Ireland, they will be entitled to free Irish citizenship. Applications can be made through the Foreign Birth Register.


The ease and versatility of citizenship here is why Ireland has over 14 million passports in circulation, despite having a population of just four million. Having Irish citizenship will give a person the right to live or work across the European Union, but passport holders have to live in the country for at least 280 days every two years, before becoming tax residents.


2) Italy

Like Ireland, Italy offers citizenship to those whose ancestors were born in the country. However, the rules are tighter and not everyone qualifies. Males can pass on citizenship with few limitations, but those with female ancestors born before 1948 will only be able to gain citizenship through children born after that year.


There are additional limitations for ancestors born in Trentino Alto-Adige, Venezia-Giulia, and Veneto. Anyone who has identified a qualifying relative can begin the application process, after incurring a $25 fee.


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