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March 26, 2024

Bypassing the Middleman: Why European Residency Programs Often Don’t Require Local Agents.

Unlike Caribbean Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs, many European Residency by Investment (RBI) programs operate without the mandatory involvement of a local agent. This streamlined approach offers several advantages for potential residents, making the process more direct and potentially less expensive. Let’s delve into the reasons behind this difference:

Focus on Direct Investment:

  • European Approach: European RBI programs primarily aim to attract direct investment into the local economy. This can be through real estate purchases, business ventures, or government bonds. The emphasis is on the investment itself, fostering economic growth and job creation.
  • Caribbean Contrast: Caribbean CBI programs often prioritize additional revenue streams beyond the investment. Fees associated with local agents can contribute significantly to program income.

Simpler Application Procedures:

  • Streamlined Systems: European RBI programs tend to have more established and standardized application procedures. Government websites often provide clear instructions and online forms, making the process more transparent and potentially navigable without intermediary assistance.
  • Caribbean Complexity: Caribbean CBI programs can involve more complex application steps, including background checks, due diligence procedures, and physical residency requirements. Local agents often have specialized knowledge and connections to navigate these intricacies.

Reduced Costs for Applicants:

  • Direct Savings: Bypassing local agent fees can translate to significant cost savings for applicants. These fees can range from several thousand dollars to a percentage of the total investment amount.
  • Transparency in Costs: European programs typically have clear and upfront government application fees. This allows for better budgeting and cost control compared to programs with additional agent fees.

However, Consider These Caveats:

  • Language Barriers: Navigating official documents and communication with government authorities can be challenging in a foreign language. Applicants with limited language skills may still benefit from professional translation services.
  • Legal and Tax Expertise: Understanding the legal and tax implications of residency can be complex. Consulting with qualified legal and tax advisors specific to the chosen European country may be necessary.

Globalia: Your Guide to European Residency

While local agents aren’t mandatory in most European RBI programs, Globalia can still be your valuable partner. We offer:

  • Program Comparison and Selection: We can help you compare different European RBI programs based on your investment goals and residency preferences.
  • Investment Guidance: We can connect you with qualified investment advisors to navigate the investment options within your chosen program.
  • Relocation Assistance: We can provide support with finding suitable housing options and settling into your new European residence.

Contact Globalia today to explore your European residency options and embark on a seamless journey towards your dream European home.