Georgia is a small country in the Caucasus located east of Turkey. The country is not part of the European Union, but Georgians can travel to the EU for 90 days in a 180-day period. Business investors can obtain temporary residence in Georgia by investing 115,000 USD. Permanent residence can be obtained after living 6 years in Georgia. Naturalization into Georgian citizenship can happen after 5 years of residence. Citizenship by investment in Georgia is also possible if the investor has made a significant contribution to the state.
Investment residence permit is issued to an alien who made at least GEL 300 000 investment in Georgia in accordance with the Law of Georgia on Promotion and Guarantees of Investments, and his/her family members. Family members shall be an alien’s spouse, under-age child (children) and an incapable dependent(s).
To obtain an investment residence permit, a foreigner must submit the following documents to the Agency:
2) To obtain an investment residence permit, a family member of foreigner holding such permit must submit the following documents to the Agency:
A permanent residence permit is issued to a spouse, parents and children of a citizen of Georgia; also to a foreign citizen who, based on a temporary residence permit, has lived in Georgia during the preceding 6 years. This term does not include the period of residing in Georgia to obtain education or receive medical treatment and to perform activities in diplomatic and other equivalent representative offices.
Documents required to be submitted to the agency:
Georgian citizenship can be acquired by naturalization. The decision to grant Georgian citizenship to a person is made by the president of Georgia; the decision is authorized by presidential order.
For an adult who meets the following requirements:
When Georgian citizenship is granted with an ordinary procedure, paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 do not apply to incapacitated persons; paragraphs 2 and 3 do not apply to persons whose physical disability makes it impossible to assess these requirements; and finally, paragraph 4 does not apply to persons with refugee status.
An underage person who has not acquired Georgian citizenship at birth is granted the citizenship with an ordinary procedure, if one of his/her parents is a Georgian citizen or if the underage person is adopted by a Georgian citizen.
An underage person with refugee or stateless status in Georgia, who was born in Georgia and has been living in Georgia for five years, is granted Georgian citizenship with the ordinary procedure.
To be granted Georgian citizenship with the ordinary procedure, a foreign citizen can apply to the authorized body. Presidential order on granting Georgian citizenship to a foreign citizen comes into effect as soon as the competent state authorities in Georgia receive a document certifying the renunciation of foreign citizenship by that person.
Exceptional procedures granting Georgian citizenship may be applied to a foreign citizen who has made an outstanding contribution to Georgia or in the cases when granting Georgian citizenship to the person is in the national interest of the country; these exceptional situations are prescribed in the Constitution of Georgia.
When granting Georgian citizenship as an exception, the Commission on Citizenship under the Public Service Development Agency establishes the existence of conditions prescribed in the Constitution of Georgia; in certain cases the Commission may invite a foreign citizens for an interview.
You can get more information about Georgia by visiting the official government website.