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LG G Pad III 10.1 LTE Android tablet with 6,000mAh battery goes official

“The G Pad II 10.1 FHD LTE is a mid-range Android tablet with 32GB of storage and an octa-core SoC”

LG introduced the G Pad III 8.0 Android tablet in South Korea in June. Now, the company has launched a new variant of the slate called the LG G Pad III 10.1 FHD LTE. The brand’s new tablet comes with a built-in kickstand, which allows it to be adjusted up to 70-degrees in four different modes. It also features Time Square UX, which can be used as a desk clock, tabletop calendar, or digital frame.

As its name suggests, the LG G Pad III 10.1 FHD LTE features a 10.1-inch display bearing a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor of unknown make, mated to 2GB of RAM. The slate comes with 32GB of internal memory, which can be further increased up to 2TB by inserting a microSD card.

The G Pad III sports a 5-megapixel camera on both the front and back. It gets 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port connectivity options. It is fuelled by a beefy 6,000mAh battery. The tablet boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office for Android.

The LG G Pad III 10.1 FHD LTE has been priced at the equivalent of Rs 25,000, and is available in South Korea in a single black hue. The brand will also be launching the G Pad III series tablets in other markets in early next year with the G Pad III 10.1 with a stylus pen.

Apple plans to make iPhones in Bengaluru from April

BENGALURU: Apple plans to make iPhones for the Indian market in Bengaluru. Wistron, a Taiwanese OEM maker for Apple, is setting up a facility in Peenya, the city’s industrial hub, to manufacture the iPhones. The facility will start production from next April, according to industry sources.

Top sources in the company confirmed to TOI that Apple is “very serious” about beginning assembly operations —and thereafter full manufacture — in India by the end of next year. “Bangalore is being looked at seriously,” said multiple sources within the company. Local manufacture will help Apple price its phones competitively as full imports attract 12.5% additional duty.

Foxconn, Apple’s largest Taiwan-based OEM, earlier committed to setting up a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra. The assumption was the plant would make only Apple products. But sources say Foxconn has tied up with other players like Xiaomi and OnePlus for local manufacture and not necessarily to only make Apple products there.

This will be Apple’s second big announcement for Bengaluru. In May, Apple announced a design and development accelerator in the city to grow the iOS developer community and also to guide Indian developers to leverage Apple’s programming language Swift and build apps for Apple TV and Apple Watch. The facility will open early next year.

 The Bengaluru manufacturing facility underscores India’s importance for the Cupertino-based company. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s multi-city India tour earlier this year signalled the growing importance of India powered by the demand for Apple products by a burgeoning middle class. Data from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Technology Market Research showed that Apple sold 2.5 million iPhones in India from October 2015 to September 2016, a rise of more than 50% over the year-ago period.
The revenue numbers speak for themselves. Apple India clocked robust sales touching Rs 9,997 crore in the 2016 financial year, up 56% from Rs 6,472 crore, previously. The company’s net profit grew 21% to Rs 294 crore during the same period with deeper retail penetration and lower prices for older iPhone models that garnered a huge user base. An email sent to Apple didn’t elicit a response till the time of going to press.

Apple has published job openings on its portal for a few positions at its OEM’s factory in Bengaluru like operations program manager and product quality manager. Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst (telecom) at CyberMedia Research, said, “Apple coming to India is a big booster for the make in India initiative.”

ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe review: offers the performance but charges a premium

“ASUS attempts a wild gamble with the high-end and high-priced ZenFone 3 Deluxe. We find out if the gamble works or not”

Which brand comes to your mind when you see a sticker price of Rs 63,000 for a smartphone? If we were to take an educated guess, we’d say you are thinking Apple, Samsung, HTC, or BlackBerry even. What if we were to say that ASUS’ top-end variant of the ZenFone 3 series, aptly named – the ZenFone 3 Deluxe – actually demands that price? We won’t really be surprised if you actually flipped out after reading that. Especially because no ASUS ZenFone smartphone has every charged such a premium before. This puts the phone squarely in the league of the Apple iPhones and the Google Pixels of the world.

Pricing aside, ASUS packs the ZenFone 3 Deluxe with all the top-end hardware components but the kitchen sink – as expected. Let’s find out if it is worth braving the current wave of demonetisation in our country and splurging on the phone.

Specs at a glance

Size 5.7 Inch
Resolution Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
CPU Dual core, 2.15 GHz + Dual core, 1.6 GHz, Snapdragon 821
Internal memory 256 GB
External memory Up to 128 GB
Capacity 3000 mAH, Li-ion, Non removable
Primary camera 23 MP
Secondary camera 8 MP
Network support Dual SIM 4G
Other options Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Battery Capacity 3000
Operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow


Dimensions: 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5 mm
Weight:  170 grams

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe oozes ‘premium’ the moment you take it out of its classy retail packaging. The body of the phone is made from aerospace-grade aluminium alloy and ASUS has somehow managed to cleverly hide the plastic antenna lines – used to receive the radio waves – present on other metal body flagships like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (review) and the HTC 10 (review). This is definitely a great feat as far as engineering and designing a smartphone is concerned because antenna lines are nothing but an eyesore. 


 The edges of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe are neatly chamfered and the corners are rounded. Despite the large 5.7-inch screen size, the phone feels ergonomic thanks to the curved rear and small bezels. However, we are not really fans of the black border around the display, which breaks away from the otherwise cohesive design of the phone. The primary camera module has a slight bump and it sits on the convex part of the curve on the rear. This means that the phone wobbles when placed on a flat surface. The fingerprint scanner is placed below the camera module and it is a long rectangular block instead of a circle. For a flagship phone, the performance of ZenFone 3’s fingerprint scanner is iffy at best: it is not very responsive for one, despite the company’s claims, and furthermore it failed to recognise the fingerprint more often than not.

The power button and the volume rocker are placed conveniently at the right edge of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The travel on these buttons are not too great and they feel slightly mushy to press. We have another minor design inconsistency to point out – the backlit capacitive buttons below the display are offset closer to the bottom and are not center-aligned. This might not be a deal breaker for many, but it irks us primarily because the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a premium smartphone and minute attention to detail is the least we expect.

All summed up, we’d like to say that ASUS has tried really hard to make the ZenFone 3 Deluxe stand out but falls short on multiple counts.



Size: 5.7 Inch
Resolution: Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Display Type:  Super AMOLED
Pixel Density:  386 ppi

The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the ZenFone 3 Deluxe offers a display resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, which is comparatively low considering most Android flagships offer QHD displays. However, this is a good idea because it helps in saving some precious battery life – more details later. ASUS adds a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against accidental scratches. Despite using an AMOLED panel, the colour saturation is in check and the overall tone is pretty neutral too. Two thumbs up to ASUS for tuning the display right. The viewing angles are pretty good and so is the overall brightness. ASUS also bundles an app called Splendid that gives you the freedom to customise the colour temperature, hue, and the saturation. You also get a bluelight filter toggle that makes it easier to read with control over the levels. We like this implementation better than the night shift mode on the Apple iPhone 7 / 7 Plus.



Operating System: Android
OS Version: 6.0, Marshmallow

Let’s just say this upfront: the ASUS ZenUI skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is an assault on your senses and not in a good way. The moment you start the phone you are inundated with customisation options and pre-loaded apps that you need to more than just a minute to take it all in. Let’s start with the pre-loaded apps. You get your regular suite of Google apps but along with it you also get ASUS’ homegrown apps like MyASUS Service center, PhotoCollage, MiniMovie, just to name a few. Apart from this, you also get built-in games and other third-party apps like Need for speed and Go2Pay, and many more. Unfortunately, most of these apps cannot even be uninstalled and can only be disabled.


Moving on, if you are a tinkerer you will love the customisation options on offer like custom animations for home screens and themes. In our opinion though, all this feels a little too overwhelming after a point, and we feel that you will eventually settle for a particular layout. You also get other software tweaks like a One Hand Operation mode, an option to keep an always on screen, a special OptiFlex tool that enhances any app’s launch speed, and the list is unending. Quite evidently, ASUS is hellbent on giving you complete control over the operating system and the software.

Despite our discomfort, we have to hand it to ASUS that none of the features or tweaks feel broken at any point and it is a completely polished software. We’d totally understand if some users actually like this approach to skinning Android.



Primary camera:  23 MP
Flash: Dual-color LED Flash
Secondary camera:  8 MP

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe uses a 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 sensor for its primary camera which is mated to a lens that has an f/2.0 aperture. ASUS also adds a TriTech auto-focus technology, which is nothing but a combination of laser, phase detection and continuous auto-focus methods. ASUS claims that this helps the camera lock focus in under 0.03 seconds. While we couldn’t verify the exact accuracy of the statement, one thing is for sure – the camera focusses on subjects really fast even in testing lighting conditions. A 4-axis OIS and EIS (especially for video) has also been added for good measure.




In regular daylight shots, we noticed that the camera captures to underplay the saturation and give more prominence to details. However, despite the fact that close-up shots come out incredibly detailed, the camera sort of struggles to exhibit the same performance in wide angle landscape shots. Thanks to the fairly large aperture, portrait shots offer a decent amount of depth in the background. We did notice a slight lens distortion along the edges of the image in a few of our sample shots but that’s okay considering most smartphone cameras suffer with this issue. We noticed another peculiar issue during testing – the camera produced shots with a clear pink tint in all our HDR shots. In low light, the camera starts underperforming and the results are not even comparable with cameras on other flagship smartphones in the same price range. Having said that, the Low Light shooting mode on the ASUS sacrifices all the megapixels to shoot a 5MP image with more details. And somehow – using some clever software trickery – this works well.

Talking about shooting modes, just like the ZenUI skin, ASUS also offers a smorgasbord of options in the camera app as well. From tinkering individual settings in the Manual mode to using the Super Resolution mode to stitch multiple images and create a large 51MP image, ASUS leaves no stone unturned. Images captured using the Super Resolution mode look pretty sharp and detailed when not viewed at their full resolution. You can choose to use this mode as default to shoot images especially if you are only going to share them on social media. Click on the images in the gallery below to view the camera samples in full resolution.


The front camera uses an 8MP sensor. It captures decent selfies and offers a Beauty mode like most rival Chinese manufacturers do. Thankfully, the mode is not as aggressive as some of the other implementations we’ve seen in phones like the Gionee S6s (review) or theOPPO F1s (review). It improves your skin tone and texture but not to the extent that you look like a White Walker from Game of Thrones. The rear camera can also capture 4K videos with stereo sound recording. The camera holds on to focus without any trouble even if subjects are flitting within the frame and the overall image quality is pretty good too. The video quality replicates the image quality with muted colours and more emphasis on details instead.

Performance and battery

CPU:  Dual core, 2.15 GHz + Dual co…
GPU: Adreno 530
Memory: 256 GB + Up to 128 GB
SIM Slots: Dual SIM , GSM+GSM
Battery: 3000 mAH

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe we reviewed uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It also comes with 256GB of storage and offers a microSD card slot for additional storage as well. You will not be left wanting for more storage space.

These specs are enough to ensure that the phone never stutters and offers a super smooth performance. From running high-end games to day-to-day operations, the phone handles any task with the ease you’d expect from any flagship smartphone. But all this performance comes at the cost of slight heating issues especially when doing strenuous tasks. Thankfully, it doesn’t get unbearably hot. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe also supports Hi-Res audio meaning you can also run your 24-bit / 192KHz audio files for great audio quality. The bundled earphones are pretty average though and you might want to use better quality audio equipment to make full use of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe’s capabilities. The single speaker grille can also get pretty loud and the sound quality is pretty crisp too but the lack of stereo sound is a bit of a letdown. The call quality over the earpiece is good too.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe uses a 3,000mAh battery to power itself. ASUS uses Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech for fast charging and we must say it is really damn fast. The battery charges from 0 to 100 in under 70 minutes flat. This is as good as OnePlus’ Dash charging technology and that is saying a lot. However, the overall battery life is average at best. The phone managed to last 9 hours and 22 minutes in our battery test and we constantly got a screen-on time ranging from 3 hours 20 minutes to 4 hours. Essentially, you will have to look for a charger after 20 hours of moderate usage.


Our short answer to should you buy the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe with 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 821 SoC right now is – no. Look at other equally capable phones, yet much cheaper phones, like the OnePlus 3T, Nubia Z11, and the Moto Z (review) instead. Quite honestly, the ZenFone 3 Deluxe badly needs a price cut and, if and when that happens we’d possibly ask you to reconsider the phone.

While we’ve been pretty straightforward with our verdict, let it be known that the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe is by no stretch of imagination a bad phone. It is a polished product with a few issues that can easily be overlooked if you are not too finicky about these things. That said, it is bad enough you have to stand in never-ending queues to withdraw money in this current economic climate, that we cannot, in our right minds, ask you to spend Rs 63,000 on a phone that doesn’t offer any standout feature like the Moto Z’s modularity or the LG G5’s (review) dual camera.


Editor’s rating: 3.5 / 5



  • Good display
  • Smooth performance
  • Quick charge 3.0 is blazing fast


  • Very pricey
  • Low-light performance of rear camera is average
  • Bloatware-heavy
  • Fingerprint scanner is iffy

“Golden visa” for investors in UAE

UAE plans to introduce special preference visas for foreign businessmen who are going to invest in the country’s economy, reported Emirates 24|7.

“The Ministry of Interior is studying a proposal to start issue “golden visa” for businessmen and we plan to implement it at the federal level,” – said the head of the General Directorate of stay of foreign nationals Mohammed Ahmad Al -Marri.

The system of privileged or so-called “golden visas” for foreign investors is currently operating in several European countries. In particular, in the UK a Tier visa or an investor visa is issued once for three years on condition of investing £ 1 million. The minimum threshold for the “golden” visa in Greece is 250 000 euro, in Cyprus – 300 000 euros, in Portugal and Spain – 500 000 euros. It is expected that this step will lead to an increase in foreign direct investment in the UAE, including the sphere of real estate. The duration and cost of such type of visa have not been announced yet.

Portugal Immigration Services

Portugal has become one of the most popular destinations for migrants due to its Golden Visa Program. The property-for-visas program has been highly successful and since it started in 2012, it has sold some 1.53 billion euros worth of homes. Portugal has achieved this success because of the many benefits it offers to migrants, which include:

Temperate weather:- Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe, with an average temperature of 13-degrees C. The warmest months are from March to October with temperatures reaching their hottest in July and August.

Beautiful beaches:- The coastal regions of the country, which stretch along the entire southern and western areas, are among its strongest draws for tourists. Portugal is known for having some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, including famous ones that can be found along the Algarve, where there is spectacular scenery such as scalloped bays and looming cliffs.

English-speaking:- Younger Portuguese are taught English in school, making it easier to communicate with them.

Affordable cost of living:- This is one of the biggest draws for expatriates who want to live in the country. The cost of food is much cheaper compared with other countries in Western Europe, and property is affordable.

Travelling around the country is easier:- Public transportation in the country is efficient and cheap. While the costs of petrol and automobiles are relatively more affordable than in other Western European countries; the country has a good network of carriageways and highways, and the traffic is considerably lighter except during peak hours.

What Is The UAE Golden Visa

What Is The UAE Golden Visa?

The UAE is a country that is unique in the world because it allows individuals from almost any country in the world to obtain a visa in a straight forward model.
According to Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, a new model is being considered. One that would be specifically designed to attract wealthy individuals: a so-called ‘Golden Visa’.

What Is The UAE Golden Visa?

A Golden Visa is issued by countries to provide wealthy individuals a fast track to a fully valid residency permit. In return these individuals need to make a substantial investment in the country, thus supporting the economy.
It is often a very straightforward and flexible programme, with simple and clear legal requirements, and extremely reduced minimum stay requirements.
This type of residency programme is not new. It is often used by governments in distress to increase their tax base with some ‘strong shoulders’, or by governments that are business oriented.
These programmes are attractive for individuals who wish to live in a country with a better quality of life or to obtain certain benefits. Residency in Europe can increase their travel options within the Schengen area. The UAE would be attractive for its stable and tax free business environment in a turbulent region.
Currently the UAE does offer residence visas for business owners (investor visas), employees. Also it offer a visa for property owners who invest at least 1 million Dirhams; however this is not a residence visa but a 6-month multiple-entry visit visa.

What Are The Requirements Of The UAE Golden Visa?

Lately there have been a number of countries that have initiated a type of Golden Vis programme. Naturally each country sets their own requirements but typically it involves making a minimum investment.
The UK for example requires a 1 Million GBP investment in a government approved investment. Portugal requires one of the following: acquisition of any property above € 500,000, the transfer of capital above € 1,000,000 into a business or at a bank deposit, or the creation of a minimum of 10 permanent jobs. Latvia has a residency programme that requires a minimum investment of €30000; after 5 years citizenship can be applied for. Panama has a range of investor programmes; all of which can lead to citizenship after 5 years of residence. Cyprus and Malta offer popular citizenship programmes for investors too.
In short: governments want to make it easy for wealthy individuals to instantly contribute to the economy.


As of now, the Golden Visa is still only being considered by the UAE government. Nothing is yet known about the costs, the duration of the programme and the requirements.
But when the programme is implemented, this can be yet another outstanding tool in the arsenal of the UAE to attract more business and capital to its shores.
Freemont will follow this development closely and report on any future developments.
If the programme gets approved, we will be ready.

Dual Citizenship

This list is based on the best current information available.  Some countries do not allow dual citizenship at all. Others have various restrictions regarding losing or acquiring dual citizenship and for that reason are not listed in the following.  If you are concerned about losing your present citizenship when you naturalize as a U.S. citizen, speak to a representative of your government before filing for naturalization.

Dual Citizenship Generally Allowed After U.S. Naturalization

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Costa Rica
Côte d´Ivoire
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Hong Kong
New Zealand
St. Christopher
St. Kitts
St. Lucia
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom

Dual Citizenship Generally Not Allowed After U.S. Naturalization

Equatorial Guinea
Myanmar (Burma)
New Guinea
North Korea
Príncipe Island
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
South Korea
United Arab Emirates

Dual (or Multiple) Citizenship

Dual citizenship is the result of the interaction of the laws of two countries. People can become dual citizens automatically (normally by birth or marriage), or after successfully applying for the citizenship of another country.

When it comes to multiple citizenship – often also referred to as dual citizenship – the world is divided: there are countries whose citizenship laws allow their own citizens to acquire another citizenship without losing their present citizenship. In contrast, other countries do not allow the acquisition or holding of another citizenship, i.e. the acquisition of another citizenship may lead to the loss of the present citizenship.

Accordingly, the acquisition of an alternative, second citizenship is only legally possible for citizens of those countries which allow dual citizenship.

The following is an overview of citizenship laws in selected countries with regard to dual citizenship. The information is based on Henley & Partners’ interpretation of citizenship legislation in the relevant countries.

Countries which Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Austria1 Denmark Grenada Latvia Philippines Switzerland
Australia Dominica Hungary Lebanon Poland Syria
Bangladesh Ecuador Iceland Lithuania3 Portugal Thailand
Belgium Egypt1 Iran Macedonia Romania Turkey
Belize El Salvador Iraq Malta Russia United Kingdom
Brazil Fiji Ireland Mexico Serbia United States of America
Canada Finland Israel Montenegro Spain (only in certain cases) Vietnam
Chile France Italy New Zealand Sri Lanka Western Samoa
Colombia Germany1 Jordan Pakistan2 St. Kitts & Nevis
Cyprus Greece Kenya Peru Sweden

1Generally not allowed; Persons retain their former citizenship only if they apply for permission so prior to taking out another citizenship. Otherwise citizenship is generally lost ex lege; in Austria: additionally Austria allows dual citizenship if Austrian citizenship is acquired under § 10 (6) of the Austrian Citizenship Act

2According to Chapter 14, Annex J-Article 6* of 1951 Pakistani Nationality Law and the amendments 1952, 1972, 1973 and 2000, holding dual citizenship was not permitted. But now the government of Pakistan recognizes and allows its citizens to also hold citizenships of 16 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and others.

Countries which Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship

The following countries do not allow the acquisition of another citizenship:

Brunei Kazakhstan Mauritius Norway Solomon Islands
China Kiribati Myanmar Papua New Guinea Venezuela
Indonesia Kuwait Nepal Saudi Arabia
Japan Malaysia Netherlands Singapore

Second Passport and Citizenship Specialists

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Each year the amount of countries offering Citizenship by Investment programs increases, while the demand for second passports grows, creating what should be a mutually-beneficial market in which all participants are happy. Mahandru Associates have become the perfect intermediary to ensure this is the case.

Mahandru Associates have long been established as the website individuals choose when they want results. Other sites may boast about their so-called achievements; only Mahandru Associates has the worldwide network of lawyers, bankers and diplomats needed to guarantee their clients always acquire what is the Ultimate Symbol of Freedom a second passport to a country of their choice.

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We live in troubled times. Our world is full of restrictions; restrictions on how much we can earn, how we spend, what we can do with our money, where we can travel, where we can live and where we can work. Even more seriously, some of us face prejudice, prejudice against our religion, sexuality, even our very lives. Owning a new passport to a brand new country that is free from such restrictions, free from prejudice, that allows you to do whatever you want with your money is a truly liberating experience, and one which is easily attainable thanks to Mahandru Associates

For those of us that are not criminals, the right to travel without severe restriction in the free world should be ours, and not denied us purely because of the politics of the land of our birth. If one has toiled long and hard to build a business, why should one suffer financially as soon as one starts reaping the rewards of their work?

Ownership of a second passport will open up amazing avenues to you both economically and in terms of liberty.

Thanks to Citizenship by Investment, gaining that precious, life changing second passport has never been easier. Why not take the time to explore some of the fantastic citizenship programs offered by E.U countries like the USA, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus as well as Caribbean countries like Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis on our homepage.

The programs featured on our website cover the full spectrum of individual needs and requirements of the potential passport holder. Whatever your issues are, be they economical, logistical or indeed life-threatening, owning that second passport will make life, richer, more enjoyable and even worth living again, for you and your family.

Second Passport: How Dual Citizenship Can Save Your Life

The idea with a second passport is that no government should have the sole power over your life or your assets. If you are the citizen of only one country, as most people are, you are essentially at the mercy of your government.

If they decide to jail you or confiscate your assets, most of the time you’re on your own, unless you’re the citizen of another country. So owning a second passport through dual citizenship in another country is an integral part of international diversification.

The most telling example of how second passports have saved lives and assets is during World War II, when thousands of Jews were saved from concentration camps thanks to second passports that they managed to get through diplomats from various European countries. For every Jew who managed to get a protective passport, there were countless others who didn’t because of the sheer number of applications.

A more recent example is the revolution in Egypt where many people wanted to leave but the only destinations accessible to these people, due to the origin of their passport, were countries such as Syria where the revolution was in full swing as well.

If those people had an adequate second passport, they could have seen the chaos on their televisions, rather than out of their bedroom window. Instead, they had no other option than to stay in place while bullets were flying. An important point here is that those who already had a second passport beforethe situation started to deteriorate did not have to wait in line. They got out of the country safely and quickly along with their assets. The US Government is constantly making it harder for its citizens to apply for and renew their passports. One example of this is a proposal that would allow the government to invalidate your passport if you don’t file your tax return in time.

How To Get A Second Passport

This is not information that you will find on Wikipedia. In fact, there is not much (correct) information available on how to actually get a dual passport. The ‘industry’ is full of snake oil sales people who assert that they can get you a legal passport in 30 days, as if passports are freely available for anyone who applies. You basically have two options to acquire a second passport:

1. Citizenship through Naturalization

This is where you become resident of a country and wait a couple years until you can apply for citizenship, the natural way. Some countries like Switzerland require you to live in the country for twelve years before they let you apply for citizenship, while others, like Singapore, might force you as a new citizen to go through their two year military service. There are countries out there though that allow you to apply for citizenship after only as few as three years of residency. During this residency you don’t even have to live in the country, it might be enough to visit once a year during this naturalization period.

2. Economic Citizenship: Fast Track To A Second Passport

The fastest, but certainly not the cheapest way, to getting a second passport is through an economic citizenship program, where you essentially buy a second citizenship. These programs often take the form of an investment program where you either invest in real estate or in certain funds as specified by the local goverment. The most well known of these programs is on the island country of St Kitts & Nevis where you make an investment in the country and in return get a St Kitts passport and citizenship. So how much does a St Kitts passport cost? You have two options. Either invest $350,000 in qualified real estate or donate a non refundable amount of $200,000 to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. There are far cheaper dual citizenships to go after though if you’re willing to wait out the naturalization period. You can get a second passport for as little as 2-3% of the cost of a St Kitts citizenship, or even for free, if you live up to certain requirements. If your grandparents originate from a different country, there’s a possibility that you are entitled to apply for citizenship in that country, without having to go through a naturalization period.

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