As a rule, immigrating through investment requires a significant amount of capital:
- In Australia, the minimum investment amount is AUD 1.5 million; residence is granted after 4 years of successful investment.
- In the UK, the minimum investment amount is £2 million; residence is granted after 5 years of successful investment.
- In Ireland, the minimum investment amount is 500,000 euros; the residence permit is given immediately.
- In New Zealand, the minimum investment amount is NZD 3 million; residence is granted immediately.
In Canada, the federal program for investors and entrepreneurs has been closed since 2014, but there are regional programs for entrepreneurs. Each province has its own conditions and requirements for candidates.
The time taken to obtain residence often depends on the size of the investment capital. The more money you invest, the faster you can get residency. For example, if you invest £ 10 million in the UK, the waiting period for residency is reduced to 2 years. In Australia, Premium Investors with capital of A $ 15 million can apply for residency after 12 months of investment.
Investors also have certain age and English language requirements, although these are much more lenient than in professional immigration. There may also be requirements and restrictions on where to invest money. For example, in Australia and New Zealand, you cannot invest directly in residential real estate, but you can invest in funds and development companies.