Investment Visa Overview

Seychelles Residency & Citizenship options

The Seychelles Investor Visa program is an excellent way for investors to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Program 1
  • Name
    Seychelles Investor Visa
  • Description

    The Seychelles Investor Visa is a fast-track residency program that offers investors the opportunity to live and work in the Seychelles. To qualify for the visa, applicants must make a minimum investment of $1,000,000 in an approved project. Investments can be made in a number of different sectors. In addition to the investment, applicants must also demonstrate that they have a strong financial history and a proven track record of business success.

  • Requirements

    Invest at least $1M in the Seychelles. From the $1,000,000 investment, 50% can be allocated to the acquisition of immovable property.

  • Validity
    Direct permanent residence
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3-5 days
  • Investment Amount
    1,000,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    Must not be absent for more than 1 year if applying for citizenship after 11 years.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Seychellois passport is presently ranked 27th. It allows entrance to 154 countries without requiring a visa. Seychellois passport holders receive visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the entire European Union, giving it a better overall mobility score and making it a desirable passport. This enables for practically quick travel to some of the world's most popular destinations. Seychellois passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 75 countries. Thailand, the United States, and Australia are among the nations that require a visa.

Passport Rank

27

Visa Free Countries

154

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    125
  • Visa on Arrival
    27
  • Visa Online
    2
  • Visa Required
    18
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, China
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    50%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    56%
Passport Ranking Factors

Seychelles Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Seychelles passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Seychelles passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Seychelles passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 125 visa-free Seychelles passport countries, 27 visa-on-arrival Seychelles countries, and two eTA destinations. Seychelles passport holders can visit a total of 154 countries, either without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with an electronic travel authorization (eTA). As a result, the Seychelles passport is ranked number 27 in the world. Separate from the Seychelles visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 75 other destinations where Seychelles passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa to access (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Seychelles Citizenship by Descent

You can apply for citizenship by ancestry in the Seychelles if:

  • any of your parent or grandparent was born in Seychelles;
  • You have not been sentenced to a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year or more for an offence punishable under any laws of Seychelles;
  • You have obtain at least 80% marks in 1 of the 3 national languages in the citizenship qualifying examination.
Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    2
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    12
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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