During a pandemic, the residence permit in other countries and become a second citizenship for Russians alternative exit visas. “We see an unprecedented boom of interest of Russians to the programs, allowing to obtain a residence permit abroad,” — said the Director of Department of foreign real estate and private investment, Knight Frank, Marina Shalaeva, quoted Forbes. The company said that for the March — may 2020 the increase in the number of complaints has increased by approximately 20% (compared to the same period last year). The comparable growth of demand recorded in the company of UFG WM. According to senior partner multistrange office ITS Wealth of Alexey Ilyukhin, this second wave of demand of Russians for foreign passport or residence permit (permit). The first was recorded after 2014. According to Knight Frank, the Russians, in particular, interested in a residence permit in the European Union, the most popular country in the region — Portugal, followed by the Caribbean (Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis), the island of Cyprus and Malta. As says the publication, these jurisdictions are considered more economical option for obtaining a residence permit compared to most EU countries. According to Henley & Partners, among European countries, citizens are now actively examining the option of obtaining a passport of Montenegro. Forbes reminds that this country launched a program of granting citizenship through investment in November last year, the investment threshold is $250 thousand. Experts expect that in autumn the growth of demand for foreign passports and residence permits will continue. Part of the demand from customers for a second passport analysts also explain that appears during the quarantine, free time and new priorities.
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