Passports

If your aspiration is to become a citizen of another country, we can advise on how to apply for a passport.

If you are interested in a second passport to aid your global travel, manage risk or reduce your tax burden, we can advise on suitable jurisdictions as well as the routes to citizenship within them.

In some countries, the process may take several years. For example in the UK you might acquire an investor visa, spend a period of 2-5 years’ continuous residence in the country, be granted indefinite leave to remain and then after a further 12 months be ‘naturalized’ and given a passport. We have successfully guided many clients and their families through this process and it is always satisfying to see them complete their journey.

In others, notably Cyprus, Malta and several Caribbean jurisdictions, it is possible to become a citizen by investment with immediate effect. We have considerable experience in obtaining second passports for clients in all these jurisdictions.

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The US-born son of a UK businessman

When he became engaged to a Swiss citizen, the son of a high-profile UK businessman asked us to help him obtain a British Passport and expatriate from the US. We were also asked to draft a prenuptial agreement. Timing was of the essence but as a global, full-service firm we created a team of immigration, family and private client lawyers to meet tight deadlines.

Amendment of Foreign Affairs Manual

Advocated on behalf of US citizenship renouncing persons and convinced the US Department of State to amend the Foreign Affairs Manual to allow renouncing citizens to retain their US passports while waiting for Department of State to issue the Certificate of Loss Nationality, and thereby permit these persons to continue to be able to travel to the US.

Major Brazilian real estate investor

Assisted a major Brazilian real estate investor to immigrate to the US, start a new business, acquire US real estate and reorganize his Brazilian and offshore investments. This involved obtaining a new passport and visas, international tax and corporate structuring, real estate advice and business planning.

Colombian family's US passport surrender

Advised a Colombian family on the surrender of their US passports in order to come into compliance with their US tax and reporting obligations and thereby cease to be subject to US compliance in a highly tax efficient manner.

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