Hungary's New Golden Visa: A Faster, Cheaper Path to EU Residency

Hungary's New Golden Visa: A Faster, Cheaper Path to EU Residency


Hungary's New Golden Visa: Faster, Lower Thresholds to Outcompete Rivals

Hungary's new golden visa program, the GIP, promises to give rival EU golden visas in Spain, Portugal, and Greece stiff competition.

Lower Thresholds, Faster Processing

  • Hungary's investment thresholds are lower than competitors: €250,000 for real estate funds, €500,000 for new residential units, or €1 million donation.
  • Greece's threshold is €800,000, while Portugal has changed its rules frequently.
  • Hungary processed applications in 3 months last time, while Greece and Portugal face backlogs and multi-year wait times.

Direct Investments, No Risks

  • Unlike Hungary's previous bond program, the new GIP involves direct investments in funds and properties, eliminating counterparty risks.
  • The bond program was plagued by controversy, corruption, and nepotism before closing in 2017.

Potential Drawbacks

  • The physical presence requirement to qualify for permanent residency may be a negative.
  • Regulations like the inability to include adult dependents may need to be ironed out over time.

Overall, Hungary's lower thresholds and faster processing times make the GIP a formidable competitor to other EU golden visa programs.

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