Originally published at: Montenegro Citizenship By Investment for LGBT Expats | Go VisaFree
Montenegro Citizenship By Investment for LGBT Expats
Montenegro’s parliament passed a bill on life partnership for same-sex couples on June 1, 2020, making it the first Western Balkan country to legalize same-sex marriage. The law took effect on July 15, 2021.
This law also means that its citizenship by investment will be open to same-sex couples from all around the world. With this new regulation, Montenegro became the only country in the Balkans to do so.
Note: Same-sex couples can apply for Montenegro citizenship program if they’re legally married.
LGBT Inclusion in RCBI Programs All Around the World
Canada acknowledges same-sex marriages and unmarried de facto spouses. Since 2013, the United States has offered immigration privileges to married same-sex couples, making it another viable alternative for same-sex international investors.
Same-sex marriages aren’t recognized in St.Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda. So, their CBI programs don’t include same-sex couples.
Portugal, Malta, and Greece RCBI programs stand out among other EU countries thanks to their LGBT inclusion. Same-sex couples can apply for Portugal Golden Visa, as long as they can provide proof of the civil partnership. For Greece Golden Visa, you’ll be required to sign a cohabitation agreement.
Malta, as a pioneer country in LGBTQ inclusion, is the most LGBT-friendly country in Europe. When you apply for a Malta Golden Visa a marriage or a civil union certificate will suffice. If you and your partner aren’t married, make sure you can prove that you’re in a relationship.