Georgian citizenship

Welcome to Georgia

All Applicants are required to submit their application for Georgian
citizenship through an authorized Agent/Representative.

Become a Georgian citizen (including immediate family) with visa-free travel to the European Union Schengen zone. Qualified applicants will undergo strict background clearance, and make an investment of US$135,000 (plus costs) into a Georgian enterprise that has obtained official Georgian government recognition as “a substantial contribution to the Georgian state”

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Georgia, through the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, on April 7, 2021, executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Manhattan Link, LLC that certifies the following (partial extract from the signed MOU):

The Georgian Presidential Administration and specifically the President of Georgia has sole authority to grant Georgian citizenship, including Georgian citizenship by exception.

Manhattan Link LLC, a Delaware limited liability company with offices in New York city, provides public and private entities with financing solutions.

Manhattan Link LLC founded and manages a Georgian Joint Stock Company known as “Georgian Health Fund” (GHF), with the intention to invest a substantial amount of capital in order to develop a state-of-the-art medical facility in Tblisi Georgia that will become a regional hub for medical treatment, medical tourism, training and certification, and pharmaceutical production and distribution. GHF has been designated by the Georgian government as a "national interest initiative".

A significant portion of the capital required for the Project will be derived from US-based institutional investment, or alternatively from private investors seeking a combination of return on investment and the benefit of Georgian citizenship .

Existing Georgian citizenship law provides for the acquisition of Georgian citizenship by exception to any applicant that makes an investment that is considered a “substantial contribution” to the Georgian state.

The goals of the Investment into the Project are to be considered a “substantial contribution” to the Georgian state, economy and its people.

This Is Georgia
Photos By: Badri Vadachkoria
Did You Know

"GE" is the entry for Georgia in ISO 3166-2, which is the standard, published by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (eg. provinces and states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1
Note: the state of Georgia in the United States uses the code "GA"

Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 sq. km. The country is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan.

The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. The population of the country is 3.718 million.

Georgia is a unitary semi-presidential republic & the government is elected through a representative democracy.

Over the past decade, Georgia's economy has grown steadily at an average annual rate of 4.5%.

Georgia has diversified GDP structure which is well- positioned for sustainable growth. In 2018, the GDP amounted to GEL 41 billion representing 8.5 % growth over the previous year.

Georgia is in the 6th position in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking and 16th place in the Index of Economic Freedom by the Heritage Foundation.

In 2018, imports from the United States amounted to USD 360 M, representing 34.15% growth over the last year. The same year export to the United States was around USD 160 M demonstrating an increase of 31.3%.

Foreign direct investments from the United States was USD 103,7 million (growth 30.1%, 2018).

Georgia - Open For Business

Visa-Free Travel & Eligibility for E2 Visa of USA

Since 2017 Georgian passport holders have the benefit of visa-free travel to EU-Schengen zone countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

For nationals of India, Vietnam, Russia, & China- who are not eligible for the American E2 visa, becoming a Georgian citizen is a viable route to the United States. Georgians do qualify for the E-2 with an investment of approximately $100,000 which allows the investor and family to live in the US and operate that business. The spouse can obtain a full work permit, and children study free up to the end of high school.


E2 Visa Start-up Hub

One of the benefits of acquiring Georgian Citizenship includes eligibility for the E2 non-immigrant visa, which is for entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking to establish a business presence in the United States. As of August 17, 1997 Georgia, and the United States agreed to E2 visa eligibility based on the Georgia Bilateral Investment Treaty (signed March 7, 1994, entered into force August 17, 1997). E2 eligibility is also extended to those who acquire Georgian citizenship. By way of example, citizens of India, China, Russia, Vietnam, Venezuela, and Brazil do not qualify for the E2 since those countries do not have the required treaty with the United States. Upon the acquisition of Georgian citizenship, that individual becomes eligible for E2 status.

The E2 visa is essentially small business visa that is renewable as long as the business remains operational. It requires a small investment of about $150,000 as capital into a commercial enterprise that will have daily operations, with at least one US employee and a physical location. In general terms, this should suffice for E2 visa issuance once a US Consulate reviews the E2 documents and adjudicate the visa. In some cases, a person already in the US (as a visitor for example) can file the E2 request and ask for a “change of status” instead of applying from outside the US. This option limits the applicant’s ability to travel internationally.

The significance of the E2 is twofold:

  1. It is a sort of small business visa that efficiently allows an investor to create (using his own capital) a US-based business, which authorizes the investor and family to reside in the US and to commence business operations, and is usually granted within months.
  2. Upon arrival, the spouse can apply for non-restricted employment authorization (work permit). Other than the nationality restriction, there are no E2 quotas and the visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business operation remains viable.

In the case of applicants from India, China and Vietnam, quota restrictions for other immigrant visa categories are significantly delayed due to the oversubscription of those visa categories. For example, for those who have a pending immigrant visa based on an offer of employment, the expected wait list is approximately three years for Chinese nationals, and eleven years for Indian nationals. In the EB5 category (permanent residency by investment), the wait is about six years for Chinese applicants and four years for Vietnamese applicants. The E2 visa would permit these applicants to reside and work in the US while waiting for these backlogs to reduce.

The E2 visa is especially useful because of the spousal work permit, which often leads to full-time employment, and also creates a path for an employment-based permanent residency process initiated by that US employer.


Setting Up E2 Business in Puerto Rico for Tax Benefits

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has its own taxing authority separate and apart from the US Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). US citizens are taxed on their worldwide income, except that a bona fide Puerto Rican resident can shield Puerto Rican sourced income from US taxes. In 2012, Puerto Rico established an incentive program (then known as Act 20-22, now known as Act 60 where Act 20-22 was consolidated in 2019). An E2 investor who sets up US business operation in Puerto Rico and agrees to become a Puerto Rican bona fide resident (and otherwise qualifies) would avail himself of the same tax benefits. In the case of a restructured business (relocating an overseas business to Puerto Rico) could reduce or eliminate foreign taxation of that business (example follow below).

Act 20 provides tax incentives for companies that establish and expand their export services businesses in Puerto Rico. Under Act 20, income from certain services (outlined below) rendered for the benefit of non-Puerto Rican resident individuals or non-Puerto Rican foreign entities is taxed at a tax rate of 4%. Moreover, dividends are 100% exempt from Puerto Rico taxation.

Eligible Act 20 services include:

  • Research and development
  • Advertising and public relations
  • Data processing centers
  • Call centers
  • Scientific, management, information technology and marketing consulting services
  • Professional services
  • Development of computer programs
  • Shared management services
  • Educational and training services
  • Hospital and laboratory services
  • Investment banking and other financial services

EXAMPLES:

  1. An E2 investor seeks to open a business that conducts research and development of software for several clients located outside of Puerto Rico. The E2 investor is from a country that does not tax its citizens who relocate abroad. Upon issuance of the E2 visa the investor relocates to San Juan Puerto Rico and opens the office, hires 2 employees and starts his business. After the first year of operations the business has generated $600,000 in gross revenue and after all business expenses are accounted for it shows net review of $350,000. As the beneficiary of the Act 20 Decree, the company pays 4% tax of the net review and the E2 investor pays 0 on the profit that he received as a dividend. The same E2 business in the US would most likely result in a dividend tax obligation of 30% of the net profit (or $105,000).
  2. Same facts as above, except that the E2 investor has an existing business for the past 5 years in his country of origin, with annual revenue of $1 million and $350,000 net revenue. He wants to maintain that operation but decides to open an affiliate in Puerto Rico and relocate with his family to live in San Juan. He opens the new office in San Juan and after the first year of operations he files tax returns in his country of origin and in the Puerto Rico/US as follows: country of origin gross and net revenue is $500,000 and $100,000. In Puerto Rico the gross and net is $1,250,000 and $750,000. His personal tax in the country of origin is 45% of net or $45,000, and the tax due on the net dividend paid in Puerto Rico ($750,000) is 0.

Note:
In all cases each interested applicant should consult with his own tax advisor in both jurisdictions prior to proceeding with the E2/Puerto Rico Act 20 application.

Please email dhart@citizenge.org if you have questions or wish to discuss in greater detail.

Involvement With NATO

NATO.INT states as follows, "Georgia is one of the Alliance's closest partners. It aspires to join the Alliance. The country actively contributes to NATO-led operations and cooperates with Allies and other partner countries in many other areas. Over time, a broad range of practical cooperation has developed between NATO and Georgia, which supports Georgia's reform efforts and its goal of Euro-Atlantic integration."

Association Agreement With EU

Georgia possible full EU member in the future.

Georgia and the EU signed an Association Agreement on June 27, 2014. The Agreement was fully ratified by Georgia and all EU member states, and entered into force on July 1, 2016. EU is expected to apply for full EU membership in the next few years. Georgia is considered an "Eastern European country" (preamble of the EU Association Agreement), and thus legally eligible. Georgia's foreign policy strategy for 2019-2022 states that EU membership is a foreign policy goal.

How To Apply

Become a Georgian citizen in just 5 simple steps.

Citizenship Procedure

Georgia's "Organic law on Georgian Citizenship" has existed for the past five years and specifically authorizes "citizenship by exception" which is within the exclusive authority of the President. Specifically, Article 17, section 2(b) states, "a foreign citizen is making an investment in Georgia or he/she has made such an investment in Georgia that contributes or has contributed substantially to the development of the state economy."

All applicants are required to use a recognized representative/agent to submit their application. The requirements are listed here. If you have questions submit them here and a representative will contact you in 24 hours or less

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Agent Network

All Applicants are required to process their Application for Georgian citizenship through an authorized agent or representative. If you would like to become a CitizenGE.org Agent go here. Agents are paid a commission for referring qualified candidates who pass a rigorous background check and who are able to document a legitimate and verifiable source of funds in order to validate the investment funds. Commissions are paid only once Georgian citizenship has been approved in written form by the Georgian authorities.

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Georgian Citizenship - Project Driven

Georgian citizenship by exception under Article 17 requires that an applicant provide a financial contribution (by investment) to the Georgian state economy that is considered "substantial". For this reason, CitizenGE.org has included relevant and qualifying projects as eligible for issuance of Georgian citizenship to those qualifying individuals who make the required financial contribution. Below is a current list of qualifying projects. This list is updated as projects are completed, or new projects are listed available. The applicant cannot designate which project will receive the invested funds.

Open Projects/Initiatives
Check back with us later for new projects as they become available

Healthcare Project


The Georgian Health Fund JSC (GHF) was created in October 2020 to fund a new state-of-the-art medical facility in Tbilisi Georgia that will become a regional hub for medical treatment and training. Manhattan Link, LLC as the founder of this entity has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia (through the Office of the President of Georgia), signed on March 27, 2021. This initiative will provide Georgian citizenship to 5000 families who invest US$135,000 (plus costs). Click here to view an executive summary of the initiative or consult with us or your Agent for further details.

Investment Opportunities

Even if you are not a candidate for Georgian citizenship, you should consider Georgia as a base of operations for your international business, including using a Georgian Joint Stock Company or Limited Liability Company as a tax-free vehicle for your business operation.
We can assist you to open either one of these and include a bank account for the entity and for you personally in US dollars or in Euro, without the need to visit Georgia (you would execute a power of attorney in order to do accomplish this).

Passport Program Comparisons
Country Minimum
Contribution
Minimum
Investment Option
Avg total cost
(family of 4)
$ 100,000 $ 400,000 $ 160,000
$ 100,000 $ 200,000 $ 190,000
$ 100,000 $ 300,000 $ 207,500
$ 117,000 None $ 229,000
$ 150,000 $ 200,000 $ 214,500
$ 150,000 $ 350,000 $ 222,000
$ 250,000 $ 500,000 $ 250,000
$ 1,450,000 None $ 1,450,000
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