Why you Need a Second Passport
It really depends on how fast you want to acquire the second passport, how much money you have and what level of “Visa Free Travel” you want in obtaining a second passport.
In the U.S., it is 100% legal to have 2 passports or “Dual Citizenship” as it is called. General Arden even knows which countries will accept felons.
There are numerous reasons for acquiring a second passport. When there is an apocalyptical crisis as an American citizen you may not be able to leave the USA, but as a foreign citizen, the US government must allow you to leave. At one time in history in Japan, their citizens were not allowed to leave for 200 years. Anyone who tried to leave Japan was executed.
Traveling with a US passport makes you a target for terrorists. Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year old, retired American, went on a cruise with his wife in the Mediterranean. He was shot by terrorists in the head, killing him in his wheelchair, and pushed overboard.
It wasn’t too long ago that nearly every human being lived their entire lives without traveling more than 10-miles from home. For the small handful of people, who actually did venture out, you could make it across the globe with no official documents whatsoever.
This began to change rapidly in the 1920s. The newly formed League of Nations began meddling in the business of international travel and worked to standardize an international identification document that would be required by travelers to cross most borders.
The ominous phrase, “Papers Please,” was born from this standardization.
These days, international travel is big business for governments. Think about all the massive bureaucracies that have been created, as a result of national borders. Immigration checkpoints. Customs. Border patrol. Passport offices. Even the IRS is involved in passport application procedures.
As much as it would be nice to go back to the days when people were free to crisscross the world without such inconveniences and indignities, this just isn’t going to happen. So, since we can’t go back to a zero-passport world, the next best solution is a multiple passport world.
Nearly everyone on the planet becomes a citizen of some country at birth… either due to the citizenship of their parents or the country that they were born in. Most people live their entire lives with this sole citizenship and usually reside in the same country.
In a way, this is akin to having all of your eggs in one basket– living, working, banking, etc. in the same country of your citizenship. And history is full of colorful examples of those baskets breaking… from economic hardship to social turmoil to natural disaster to all-out genocide.
Ultimately, the concept of having multiple citizenships is about having more baskets… and spreading your eggs around. It means having more flexibility, no longer being constrained by the limitations of a single country.
For example Today, governments use passports to document and control their citizens. Of course, passports are not going away. You will continue to need one to travel.
A second passport keeps the government from locking you in. Without it, the government in your home country can effectively place you under house arrest by taking back your passport. This is why you’re better having more than one.
Among other things, having a second passport allows you to travel, live, and do business in places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
Obtaining a second passport is a fundamental step toward freeing yourself from absolute dependence on any one country. Once you have that freedom, it’s much harder for any government to control your destiny.
Once you obtain a second passport, the political diversification benefits will last for generations. You will be able to pass on multiple citizenships to your future children and grandchildren.
No matter where you live, you can benefit from the political diversification that comes with a 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 before the 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.
Beware of Scam Passport Websites
This is not information that you will find on Wikipedia. In fact, there is not much legitimate information available on the internet for how to obtain a second passport.
The websites for the ‘passport industry’ are 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.
They will promise you low prices, fast processing, take your money and the website will disappear. It has happened over and over again. So please use the professionals at our affiliate “Arden Group” to protect yourself from financial loss.
How to Get a Second Passport
You basically have three legal options to acquire a second passport:
- Citizenship through Naturalization
This is where you become the 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, 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 two years of residency. For some residencies, you don’t even have to live in the country, it might be enough to visit once a year during this naturalization period.
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.
You can also obtain citizenship through marriage. There is one country where you can get married in the morning and get your citizenship and passport in the afternoon. There is an EU country where after one year of marriage and residency, you can obtain your citizenship and passport in just one more year.
- 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 bank deposits, real estate or in certain funds as specified by the local government.
There are 4 Caribbean countries where you can obtain your instant citizenship and passport in as little as 3 months with the least expensive one at a cost of $100,000. These countries have visa-free travel to the UK and the EU.
There is a serene EU country on the Mediterranean Sea, whereby you can obtain your instant citizenship and passport in only 3 months with a refundable 2 million Euro investment in residential real estate. There are beautiful seaside villas and yacht harbors available.
It is also one of the lowest business tax countries in the EU with only a 10% corporate income tax.
- The Insider’s Way
Most people don’t know about the “backdoor” way to a second passport. It doesn’t involve any money (beyond nominal government fees) and you don’t have to spend time “naturalizing” if you don’t want.
Best of all, millions of Americans automatically qualify through this channel… could you be one of them?
There are 15 very popular places to obtain this “instant” passport.
Reasons for Needing a Second Passport
Say your home government has a bad habit of sticking its nose in other nations’ internal affairs. This could make you a target if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the next time ISIS radicals decide to attack a public area.
There are, of course, passports with minimal risk of foreign policy blowback. When was the last time you heard of anyone targeting Swiss passport holders? Nobody ever hijacks an airplane and threatens to kill all the Lithuanians.
There are no evil men in caves plotting terrorist attacks against Uruguayans. Nobody is burning Panamanian flags in the streets of Pakistan to protest innocent deaths at the hands of Panama’s fleet of unmanned Predator drones.
Simply put, some nationalities are a bit more high profile due to the actions of their governments. Others aren’t.
In times of war or conflict, borders normally are closed. This is one of the reasons why such large humanitarian tragedies occur. People are trapped inside a war zone.
However, it is normal practice for foreign nationals to be allowed to leave the danger areas in the early days. In fact, many governments take efforts to help their citizens to evacuate. With a second travel document, a family has an option to escape. A second nationality can save your life!
There are many such opportunities as this that can be opened up with the right legal document. All a family needs to do now is to get that document.
2. Government Can’t Stop You from Leaving
A second passport can also come in handy when your home government starts restricting where its citizens can go. For example, after Castro came to power in Cuba, the government used to make its citizens apply for an exit visa to leave the island. It did not grant them easily.
In the event of a financial meltdown, “Trump’s Wall” could be used to stop US citizens and their money or gold from leaving. The US government cannot stop a citizen from another country from departing.
Cash is Being Banned
In fact, it won’t be long before cash is banned, so you better get it out while you can. For the moment, you and your wife can take out $20,000 total each trip.
India’s recent decision to ban Rupee notes above 500 has become the financial media’s topic du jour. “India has removed 86% of all cash from circulation.” However, India is in fact just the latest in a series of countries to ban physical cash in higher denominations.
The war on cash has been going on since at least 2014, if not earlier.
To that end, “France has banned any transaction over €1,000 Euros from using physical cash. Spain has banned transactions over €2,500. Uruguay has banned transactions over $5,000.”
Outside of these countries Canada, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico and other nations are currently either proposing or rolling out programs that will ban cash from certain transactions if not completely.
And if you think this is impossible in the US, think again. A campaign is already underway to do precisely this.
Indeed, the number of high profile financial “experts” who have called to ban higher bill denominations if not banning cash altogether grows almost weekly.
As former Chief Economist for the IMF, Harvard’s Ken Rogoff is one of the most listened to economists in the US.
Rogoff’s current book is literally titled “The Curse of Cash.”
Then there’s former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers. Summers has called repeatedly to stop producing large denominations of cash in the US. Indeed, despite the chaos this policy has caused in India he coauthored a piece stating:
“Nothing in the Indian experience gives us pause in
recommending that no more large notes be created
in the United States, Europe, and around the world.”
Even current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, arguably the single most powerful financial insider in the world, stated during a Q & A session “cash is not a convenient store of value.”
Regardless of your personal views on Rogoff, Summers, and Yellen, they are some of the most powerful and connected financial insiders in the world.
If they are calling to ban cash, you better believe that discussions on how to do it are taking place behind closed doors at the highest levels. The fact that insiders at this level are openly stating this tells us that a campaign to ban cash in the US is already underway.
Your Passport can be Cancelled
Preventing people and their money from leaving has always been the hallmark of an authoritarian regime. Unfortunately, the practice is growing in so-called liberal democracies for ever more trivial offenses. In the U.S., for example, the government can cancel your passport if they accuse you of a felony. They don’t even need to convict you.
The chess player Bobby Fisher had his passport canceled and spent 6 months in a Japanese jail before he was granted Icelandic citizenship. Fischer’s crime was that he played chess in Yugoslavia in violation of the economic sanctions then in force.
The only person in the world to have been indicted for a violation of this regulation – a regulation that has long since ceased to be in force, and a violation committed in a country that no longer exists – is Robert James Fischer. This case was an example of a major violation of human rights.
The US government also canceled General Arden’s passport and he had not been found guilty yet.
Many people think felonies only consist of major crimes like robbery and murder. But that isn’t true.
The ever-expanding mountain of laws and regulations has criminalized even the most mundane activities. It’s not as hard to commit a felony as you might think. Many victimless “crimes” are felonies.
A study by civil liberty lawyer Harvey Silverglate found that the average American inadvertently commits three felonies a day.
So, if the US government really wants to cancel your US passport, it can find some technicality for doing so…for anyone. That, of course, is not unique to the US government. Any government can revoke or cancel the passport of its citizens for any reason it sees fit.
Ultimately, having a second passport is like having an insurance policy. You might not ever need it, but you’re going to be very glad that you have it in case you ever do.
Again, history is full of catastrophic events that have caused tremendous turmoil in nations… and people who have been trapped inside with no way out have had their lives turned upside down.
A second passport can be that ticket out… safe passage for you and your family to a new place where the opportunities are better, safer, and brighter. It’s a scenario that no one can really imagine… but history shows that few people ever do.
- Freedom to Work in Another Country
With a second citizenship, you’ll always have the right to live and work in another country. Imagine, for example, having a European passport, entitling you to work anywhere in the EU. If you’re living in the US or Canada now that could potentially open up an entirely new line of lucrative opportunities to pursue.
Having an EU passport that provides more rights and freedoms, will make it much more likely that your children will be accepted into a higher-ranking school or university in Europe.
You can also work in a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches and warm water in Nicaragua. See the Arden Group section “Residencies” for information on Nicaragua, where citizenship is available in 5 years with only nominal government fees.
Nicaragua’s Law 306 (enacted in September 1999) is the most attractive–and most aggressive–tourism-incentive law in Latin America. If you’ve ever thought about opening your own B&B, running a tour business, or having a little arts and crafts shop…Nicaragua is the place to do it.
This law is sweeping in scope and offers hard-to-beat benefits for investors who take advantage of the program. If your business qualifies, you pay no income or real estate taxes for up to 10 years and bring in (or buy locally) all the supplies you need, from furniture and boats to linens and cash registers…TAX-FREE.
Not only that, but the application and approval process is straightforward and fast. INTUR, Nicaragua’s institute of tourism, has done an outstanding job of cutting through the usual red tape and outlining very clearly what you need to do.
In addition, the law allows the agency just 60 days to approve your application so you won’t find yourself in limbo for months or even years on end. What’s more, depending on the type of project, an investment of only $30,000 can qualify you for benefits.
You can repatriate 100% of your profits and, after three years, the initial investment as well. (Even if you don’t “register” your investment, banks will freely repatriate profits.)
You’ll find no legal grounds for discrimination against you when you invest. The law allows for 100% foreign ownership in every economic sector.
In general, Law 306 offers investors the following benefits:
- Pay no income taxes for up to 10 years
- Pay no real estate taxes for up to 10 years
- Import into the country all the supplies you need to facilitate your investment – TAX-FREE
Do You have a “Plan B”?
If you live, work, bank, invest, own a business, and hold your assets all in just one country, you are putting all of your eggs in one basket.
All it would take is for the economy to tank, a natural disaster to hit, or the political system to go into turmoil and you could lose everything – your money, your assets, and possibly even your freedom.
You’re making a high-stakes bet for your family that everything is going to be ok in that one country, “Forever”.