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The recent geopolitical situation in the Middle East has motivated a significant number of Asian high net worth individuals to consider moving westward towards European markets, contributing considerably to the development of the so-called “rich immigration”. With the above in mind, the Montenegrin Government has been working on an attractive citizenship-by-investment program which is expected to provide a significant boost to the existing economy by allowing the expansion of various forms of business from abroad. Starting from January 2019, the Government of this NATO-member country will grant citizenship by investment to 2,000 qualifying entrepreneurs from non- EU Countries for a limited period of 3 years. Per the scheme, foreign investors will be considered eligible for naturalization by exception if they meet one of the following investment criteria:
  • – Invest 250,000 in projects located in non-developed areas of Montenegro (generally located in the north of the country), provided that such projects are previously approved by the Government of Montenegro; or
  •  Invest 450,000 in projects located in developed areas of Montenegro (southern region), previously approved by the government of Montenegro;
Investors should note that an additional amount of 100,000 will be required by the Government for each submitted application. This amount (Government Fund Donation) will be used for regions under development in Montenegro. The Government has stated that application will be a speedy procedure, allowing for a permanent residence status within three weeks and a subsequent citizenship granted within six months. We advise non-EU nationals thinking about investing in Europe to seriously consider the option of investing in strategically-located Montenegro which is expected to be a full EU member by 2025. Coupled with the skilled workforce, a stable tax system and general safety and stability, the new investment incentives make this small coastal country a very attractive European investment destination. Eurofast has been operating in Montenegro for over 10 years with fully fledged offices offering advisory services to foreign and local clients. Feel free to contact our local advisors can for assistance with to assess whether yourfulfil the program’s eligibility criteria as well as assistance during the application process. Eurofast, the longest presence Int’l consulting Company in Montenegro, with an office from the first day of Montenegro’s independence can undertake every step of your application. You can contact our Montenegro office, at: Tel: + 382 20 228 490 Authors: Christodoulos (Lakis) Damianou Chief Executive Officer
Jelena Zivkovic
Acting manager