Citizenship by Investment programs provides investor and high-net-worth individuals the opportunity to obtain Dual Citizenship and Passport from a host country by investing in their economy. Such programs have been put in place by the host country with the hopes of acquiring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and thereby boost its economy. Most countries that offer citizenship via such Investor Immigration programs use the acquired amount to ensure welfare, advancement, and overall development of the country
While investment remains the primary criterion, certain countries also do have certain residence and language requirements that the investor needs to fulfill. The first Citizenship by Investment program was first launched by St. Kitts and Nevis in 1983. Today, there are number of Caribbean and European countries who are offering alternate citizenship through such programs.