Situated on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe, Montenegro is known for its magnificent and unparalleled natural beauty. Emerging as a sovereign state in 2006, Montenegro is a member of NATO, uses the euro as its currency, and is an official candidate country for EU membership.
The Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program was developed by the Government of Montenegro and was launched in 2019 as part of its ongoing efforts to attract foreign direct investment and increase economic activity in the country. The program requires applicants to make a defined economic contribution to the country.Enquiry Factsheet
Minimum financial requirement of EUR 450,000 (investment of EUR 250,000 and a donation of EUR 200,000 to the country)
Approximately eight–ten months from submission of the application to approval
The right of free movement to Montenegro, the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area, Russia, and Türkiye, among others
The Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program was launched by the Government of Montenegro as part of its ongoing efforts to attract foreign direct investment and increase economic activity in the country.
The Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program requires applicants to make a defined economic contribution to Montenegrin society through an investment in an approved development project, and a capital contribution to a fund designated by the government for the advancement of under-developed areas. In exchange, and subject to a stringent vetting and due diligence process, including thorough background checks, applicants and their families are granted citizenship.
To qualify for the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements, and make the qualifying contributions to the Government of Montenegro. There are two routes to choose from to qualify for the program:
In addition, there is a government fee of EUR 200,000 per application. This contribution will be directed to a special fund for the advancement of underdeveloped areas (EUR 100,000) and towards the Innovation Fund of Montenegro (EUR 100,000).
All applications are submitted through intermediary agents such as Henley & Partners, which have been officially accredited to the Government of Montenegro for this purpose. Once received by the relevant government department, applications are processed within eight to ten months.
Successful applicants to the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program are exempt from the country’s restrictions on dual citizenship stipulated in Article 8 of the law on Montenegrin citizenship. Article 12 of the law states that citizenship may be exceptionally granted to individuals on the basis of special contributions (such as economic interest) to the country, which applies to successful program applicants.
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