The World’s Top International Citizenship-by-Investment Programs Foreign investors have more than 30 international immigration investment programs to choose from when considering a move abroad. By EB5 Investors Magazine Staff I n search for freedom and quality of life, many of the world’s wealthy investors are looking into citizenship- by-investment programs, allowing them to obtain a second citizenship in exchange for an investment or donation. The investors – typically citizens from the Middle East, China and Russia – are signing up to protect their wealth, give their family a better life, escape political troubles or to enjoy visa-free travel. St. Kitts & Nevis introduced the first citizenship by investment program in the 1980s. Now, there are nearly 30 such programs around the world, predominantly in Europe and the Caribbean, but also in the United States, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. Italy, Ireland and Turkey just joined the club over the past year, leaving the world’s wealthy more choices than ever to obtain a second – or more - passport.