One of the easiest countries in which to establish permanent residency. All you have to do is apply for an employment pass, be the spouse or child of a Singapore citizen, or plan to make an investment in the country.
Becoming a citizen of the country is also fairly simple; you just have to be a permanent resident of the country for two or more years.
If you live in Belgium for five continuous years and are a Swiss national or citizen of an EU/EEA country, you will automatically be given permanent resident status. If you aren’t a citizen of one of those countries, you have to apply.
Being a permanent resident of Belgium affords you the many of the privileges and rights of a Belgian citizen. Becoming a citizen adds to that the ability to leave the country for more than two years at a time, but the requirements are much more rigorous.
All you have to do is apply for the Pensioned Tourist Program and prove you have at least $600 or more per couple per month coming in from an approved pension.
You can’t hold a Panamanian passport on this visa, but it does allow you to establish permanent residency. If you’re too young for retirement and you are a citizen of one of 50 “friendly” countries – which include many European countries, Canada and the U.S. – you can apply for Panama’s "Friendly Nations" Visa.
Also you must be willing to establish a business within the country or have a job offer from a company in Panama or those who want to invest in deforestation programs. Citizenship is a little more difficult to establish and may only be obtained after five continuous years of residency – three years for foreign spouses of Panamanian citizens.
You can call Paraguay home after you deposit $5,200 in a Paraguayan bank account. It is after a wait of three years that residents can apply for citizenship, which then goes for an approval for a year.
You can establish permanent residency or apply for citizenship after living in the country for five continuous years. A permanent residency is renewable after 10 years and allows you the right to education, healthcare and worker's rights at jobs.
Obtaining citizenship also makes you a citizen of the EU, which grants you the benefits of such. Immigrants applying for either permanent residency or citizenship must have proven language skills, proof of financial stability or a job, and must prove they have integrated into French society.
To become an Ecuadorian, you need only $1000 and a clean criminal record. Moreover, one can only be out of the country for 90 days in a span of 3 years. The applicant also has to show $800 per month income, invest $25000 in a CD from an Ecuadorian bank, or invest $25000 in real estate.
This country, based on the eastern coast of Central America, allows a person to become a permanent resident only if they’ve stayed in the country for five years. The willing citizen must have a bank balance of $2000 a month to prove that they can live up to the country’s lifestyle. The only reason one cannot apply for citizenship is if either of one's parents is a citizen of a country at war with Belize.
The beauty and climate of Brazil makes it an attractive option for expats, though the cost of living is higher than you might expect and the crime rate makes security an issue. Retirees over 60 years of age with a verifiable income of $2,000 per month for the retiree and up to two dependents can establish permanent residency (additional dependents require another $1,000 per month). If you plan to invest at least $50,000 in a business or real estate in the country, you can apply for an Investor’s Visa.
Becoming a citizen of Brazil is another matter. Unless you marry a Brazilian citizen, you must have resided in the country continuously for 10 to 15 years. Foreign spouses may apply after one year of permanent residency.
DR can offer citizenship in as little as two years. You can speed up the process by investing $200,000 in real estate or a business. Apart from that, you also have to show a steady income.
Hungary, provides a residence permit if the investor is willing to make an investment in Hungarian Government Bonds. The quantum of investment is a minimum of 300,000 Euros. Once you pay the money, you can get a permanent residence permit within 2 months.
The Balkan nation offers the best of both worlds as it will give you the benefits of Europe and a visa-free access to the Schengen Area. If you’re an entrepreneur and are willing to invest at least 400,000 euros, you can become a Macedonian citizen in less than a year.
Getting a residency permit in Seychelles is a bit expensive as it costs 12,500 USD (150,000 Seychelles rupees) for each person. Also, there is a condition that says a hopeful resident must explore opportunities for contributing to the economic, social or cultural life of Seychelles.