Moldova

Citizenship-by-Investment Program (MCBI)

The Republic of Moldova has opened a new economic citizenship program granting citizenship to qualified foreign investors, who bring wealth, talent, and highly qualified skills to the Republic of Moldova. The MCBI program requires applicants to make a defined economic contribution to the country through the Public Investment Fund. In exchange, and subject to a stringent vetting and due diligence process, including thorough background checks, applicants and their families can become citizens of Moldova, and obtain the country’s passport.

Official Name: Republic of Moldova
Surface Area: 13,068 sq mi
Capital: Chisinau
Official Language: Romanian / Moldovan
Population: 4 million inhabitants
GDP: USD 21.260 Billion (est. 2018)
GDP per Capita: USD 6,000
Henley Passport Index: Ranked 44th with 122 destinations visa-free access
Member of: UN, WTO, Council of Europe and other org.

Benefits

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Competitive pricing structure and strong value proposition

 
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Full citizenship, with passport rights, for the all applicants

 
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Visa-free access to 122 destinations, including all the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area, Russia, Turkey, and other countries

 
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No physical stay requirement

 
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No military obligations

 
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Dependent children up to 29 years of age and parents (of either the main applicant or the spouse) from 55 years of age can be included

 

Requirements

1
Public Investment Fund (PIF) contribution: A minimum non-refundable contribution to the PIF starting from EUR 100,000 for a single applicant.
2
A foreign citizen or stateless person is considered eligible for the scheme, when having a good economic and financial reputation, and he/she poses no risk to Moldova, and
3
Must be free from criminal record, fraud, malpractice, financial fraud or indemnities

Process

Moldova has developed a four-tier due diligence system, which is considered the most thorough in the world for this kind of program. The regulations stipulate that the issuance of a certificate of naturalization under the MCBI program, shall take a maximum of three months from the date on which the complete application is submitted, provided that the due diligence processes are carried out without any difficulties.

Costs

The following cost layout is an example for a single application without the inclusion of family members. For a personalized cost layout including additional family members, please request a quote from a Bellevue Zurich Advisory associate.

Single
Applicant
Couple
Family
of Four
Family of
Five or More

Public Investment Fund (PIF) Contribution

EUR
100’000

Service Provider Fee (per application)

EUR
35’000

Processing Fee (per applicant)

EUR
5’000

Due Diligence Fee

EUR
6’000

Passport Fee (per applicant)

EUR
300

Escrow Account

EUR
700

Public Investment Fund (PIF) Contribution

EUR
115’000

Service Provider Fee (per application)

EUR
35’000

Processing Fee (per applicant)

EUR
5’000 (MA)*
2’500 (SP)*

Due Diligence Fee

EUR
6’000 (MA)*
5’000 (SP)*

Passport Fee (per applicant)

EUR
300

Escrow Account

EUR
700

Public Investment Fund (PIF) Contribution

EUR
145’000

Service Provider Fee (per application)

EUR
35’000

Processing Fee (per applicant)

EUR
5’000 (MA)*
2’500 (SP)*
1’000 (0-15)*
2’500 (16-29)*
5’000 (PAR)*

Due Diligence Fee

EUR
6’000 (MA)*
5’000 (SP)*
5’000 (16-29)*
5’000 (PAR)*

Passport Fee (per applicant)

EUR
300

Escrow Account

EUR
700

Public Investment Fund (PIF) Contribution

EUR
155’000

Service Provider Fee (per application)

EUR
35’000

Processing Fee (per applicant)

EUR
5’000 (MA)*
2’500 (SP)*
1’000 (0-15)*
2’500 (16-29)*
5’000 (PAR)*

Due Diligence Fee

EUR
6’000 (MA)*
5’000 (SP)*
5’000 (16-29)*
5’000 (PAR)*

Passport Fee (per applicant)

EUR
300

Escrow Account

EUR
700

*MA: Main Applicant; SP: Spouse; 0-15 : Dependant children from 0 to 15 years; 16-29 : Dependant children from 16-29 years; PA: Parents above 55 years of age

Important Points to Consider

Moldova has entered into an association agreement with the EU, and is aiming to become a candidate country of EU membership. Relations between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova have intensified in the past years.

Visa waiver agreements are not yet established between Moldova and the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States.

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