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The Best Citizenship Money Can Buy

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While “comprehensive immigration reform” winds through the U.S. political process, a few countries (including the United States) have already severely bent nationalistic standards supposedly regulating entry of foreigners. The U.S., Britain, Canada and Austria let rich investors, who pass background checks, qualify for an express lane to residence or citizenship. The line's even less onerous in the Caribbean nations of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis, which offer quick citizenship for investments of $100,000 and $250,000, respectively — the latter especially valuable, giving access to 139 countries including all of Europe. The U.S. minimum is $1 million, or half that for investment in an “economically depressed” area, but the reward is only a “green card,” with citizenship still five years away.

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