Investor Visas: Residence Permits/Citizenship for Investors

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This video looks at the basics of investor visas from their historical background to why we see them today and attitudes towards them. We then go into some famous examples of investor visas and differences between them.

0:00 Introduction and Overview
1:38 Historical Background
3:08 Attitudes Toward Investor Visas
6:05 Why Apply for an Investor Visa?
7:48 Example: St. Kitts & Nevis
9:43 Example: Malta
11:55 Example: USA
14:08 Example: Portugal
17:00 Wrap-up

* Thank you to Kevin O’Dell for helpful assistance on this video

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