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The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program is the latest European citizenship-by-investment opportunity. It provides access to 122 destinations, including the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area as well as Turkey and Russia. It is the first program of its kind to offer this unique combination of visa-free travel destinations.

The Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program is the latest European citizenship-by-investment opportunity. It provides access to 122 destinations, including the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area as well as Turkey and Russia. It is the first program of its kind to offer this unique combination of visa-free travel destinations.

About the MCBI Program

Launched in the second half of 2018, the MCBI program was developed by the Government of the Republic of Moldova in partnership with its service provider Henley & Partners and the Moldovan Investment Company. The MCBI program requires applicants to make a defined economic contribution to the country through the Public Sustainable Development Fund of Moldova (Public Investment Fund). In exchange, and subject to a stringent vetting and due diligence process, including thorough background checks, applicants and their families are granted citizenship.

To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, 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 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.

It is imperative that main applicants and their dependents have a completely clear background, with no criminal record.

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.

Moldova has implemented a four-tier due diligence system, which is considered the most thorough in the world.

Why the Republic of Moldova

The Government of the Republic of Moldova has a very clear task: to ensure the sustainable development of the country.

The government understands that to achieve this crucial objective, it needs to employ the most up-to-date developmental practices — especially when it comes to innovation, new technologies, and investment. Moldova is therefore undergoing a comprehensive process of modernization and reformation that will see it realizing its economic potential.

Against this backdrop, Moldova offers foreign companies and individuals an attractive climate in which to do business, as well as a host of facilities and a range of advantageous state programs. From the point of view of investment, one of the biggest and most exciting opportunities available within the country is, without doubt, the MCBI program.

The MCBI program provides successful applicants with an abundance of benefits, which include enhanced global mobility, expanded business opportunities, and greater lifestyle freedom.

The Republic of Moldova has a stable economy and a passport that offers diverse travel freedom. The country has established itself as a global leader in tech innovation.

Key benefits of Moldovan citizenship

  • Visa-free access to 122 destinations around the world, including Russia, Turkey, and the countries in Europe’s Schengen Area
  • Citizenship in a country that has a continental climate, a world-class wine industry, and picturesque, varied terrain, including forests and rocky hills
  • A reasonable contribution amount and a highly efficient application process
  • Full citizenship, with passport rights, for the applicant and included family members
  • Easy inclusion of dependent children up to 29 years of age and parents (of either the main applicant or the spouse) from 55 years of age in the application
  • Citizenship transferable to future generations
  • Citizenship in a member state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the World Trade Organization, and many more
  • Citizenship in a state that has entered into an association agreement with the EU and is aiming to become a candidate country for EU membership

Taxation

Moldova has one of the most competitive tax systems in the region and has 48 operational tax treaties in place, which safeguard against double taxation with other jurisdictions.

Residents of Moldova who do not carry out entrepreneurial activity have to pay tax on income from sources located inside the country, as well as from sources located outside the country.

Real estate and wealth taxes are charged for residents of Moldova. Wealth tax is charged on taxpayer’s wealth in the form of residential real estate, including holiday cottages (except for land plots), if a) the total estimated value is EUR 1.5 million or more and b) the total area is 120 m2 or more. The wealth tax rate is 0.8% of the taxable base.

The standard VAT rate is 20%, while the reduced rate is 8%. The recent fiscal reform established a unique tax rate on the income of individuals and legal entities at the level of 12%.

Application

Through the MCBI program, successful candidates can gain Moldovan citizenship within a period of approximately 90 days, provided that the due diligence process can be completed without any hurdles. The key stages of the application process are outlined in detail below.

  • Submission of the specified government forms and the required personal documentation, including passport copies, birth certificates, and police certificates confirming that applicants have no criminal record
  • Initiation of extensive due diligence processes
  • Verification of all the information provided and the sources of all funds
  • Announcement of the application decision
  • Fulfilment of outstanding financial obligations and collection of biometric data at a consulate or embassy
  • Issuance of the passport

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Free economic zones, offering:

  • A 50% decrease in national corporate income tax
  • Three (five)-year income tax exemptions if investing USD 1 (5) million
  • VAT and excise duties exemption
  • Ten-year state warranty for changes in legislation

Industrial parks, offering:

  • The ability to change the destination of agricultural land free of charge
  • The right to privatize state-owned land for construction at a normative price
  • Free allocation of public property assets for the creation of parks, at the owner’s discretion
  • A decrease of up to 70% in annual fees related to land or space leasing

Information technology parks, offering:

  • A 7% unique tax for the sales income charged by residents