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Egypt Unveils New Citizenship by Investment Rules, Posing a Challenge to Turkey

In a strategic move aimed at spurring foreign investments and propelling economic growth, the Egyptian government has made a groundbreaking decision that is poised to reshape the dynamics of real estate investment and citizenship acquisition in the country.

As of now, the citizenship by investment program in Egypt has been expanded, allowing applicants to acquire properties not just from government projects, as was the tradition, but also from private property developers and individual owners. This widening of eligibility criteria opens up fresh possibilities for those aspiring to secure Egyptian citizenship through real estate investments.

Initial Steps in the Process

Before delving into the specific requirements and documentation needed for this novel path to Egyptian citizenship, it's crucial to understand the initial steps in the process:

  • Obtain a File Number: Before engaging in property-related activities or bank transfers, applicants must secure a file number from the Egyptian Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Transactions initiated before obtaining a file number will not be considered in the citizenship application.

  • Invest or Wait for Approval in Principle: After obtaining a file number, applicants can either proceed with the investment or wait to receive approval in principle. Investing immediately after obtaining a file number can expedite the final approval process, with each phase typically taking between 3 and 6 months.

  • With these preliminary steps clarified, let's explore the essential documents and steps applicants must follow when opting for this property-based route to citizenship.

Step-by-Step Guide to Qualifying for Egyptian Citizenship through Real Estate Investments:

  1. Property Purchase Contract: Submit a copy of the property purchase contract, detailing the specifics of the property transaction.

  2. Property License or Building Permit: If the property is under construction, provide a copy of the property license or building permit to validate its legality and ensure compliance with construction regulations.

  3. Utility Bill (if applicable): If the property is in use with utility services, submit utility bills as supplementary documentation.

  4. US$300,000 Transfer Proof: Provide irrefutable evidence of a US$300,000 transfer through a bank transfer or customs ports spanning land, sea, or air borders. Deposit the specified amount into a designated bank account.

  5. Five-Year Property Ownership Declaration: Declare an unwavering commitment not to sell the property for a minimum of five years from the acquisition date.

  6. Property Registration Evidence: Produce compelling evidence affirming the property's registration in the Real Estate Registry or its oversight by state-owned authorities, establishing its legal status.

  7. Investment Payment Terms: Applicants have the option to pay for the real estate investment over one year from the date of receiving the primary approval. Citizenship will only be granted upon proof of a US$300,000 investment.

This decision notably places the Egyptian citizenship program in direct competition with its Turkish counterpart. The required investment is now significantly lower, at US$300,000, compared to the Turkish program's $400,000 threshold. This competitive edge is likely to attract a wave of international investors.

Furthermore, the Egyptian real estate landscape is on the brink of a paradigm shift, with nearly every real estate developer gearing up to recalibrate marketing strategies to include the promotion of citizenship through real estate investment. This transformation is expected to usher in a new era of real estate investment and development in Egypt, capturing the interest of investors worldwide.

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