Moldova, officially called the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country located in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the North, East, and South. Spread across a total area of 33, 846 km², the country has varied terrain including rocky hills, forests, and vineyards. Its wine regions include Nistreana, known for reds, and Codru, making it a home to some of the world’s largest cellars.
Spearheaded a number of global technological advances, Moldova is now aiming to use the foreign direct investment generated by the MCBI program to power its progress across all other sectors.
Moldova Citizenship by Investment Program
Launched in the second half of 2018, the Moldova Citizenship by Investment (MCBI) program was developed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and is the latest European citizenship-by-investment opportunity.
Under the MCBI program, an applicant is required to make a defined economic contribution to the country through the Public Sustainable Development Fund of Moldova (Public Investment Fund).
To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant:
- must be over 18 years of age,
- should meet the application requirements, and,
- make the primary qualifying contribution
A minimum (non-refundable) contribution to the Public Investment Fund:
- EUR 100,000 for a single applicant
- EUR 115,000 for a couple
- EUR 145,000 for a family of four
- EUR 155,000 for a family of five or more
Post-approval government service provider fees of EUR 35,000 per application
In addition, applicants are required to pay:
- Government fees of EUR 5,000 for the main applicant, EUR 2,500 for a spouse, EUR 1,000 for a child aged 0 to 15 years, EUR 2,500 for a dependent child aged 16 to 29 years, and EUR 5,000 for a dependent parent — of the main applicant or of the spouse — who is 55 years of age or older.
- Due diligence fees are EUR 6,000 for the main applicant and EUR 5,000 for a spouse, dependent children older than 16 years, and/or dependent parents. Biometric passport fees amount to EUR 300 per individual.
The MCBI program regulations further stipulate that a person who has been denied a visa to a country or territory with which Moldova has visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel arrangements and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to that jurisdiction shall not be accepted to the MCBI program.
Key Benefits of Moldovan Citizenship
- No residency requirement
- Low cost of living
- Low tax rates
- Dual citizenship permitted
- Citizenship can be obtained from a minimum investment of EUR 100,000
- Visa on arrival access to 122 countries and territories
- No interview and mandatory travel required during the application process
- Dual citizenship is permitted
- Easy inclusion of dependent children up to 29 years of age