European Community and Schengen countries
European Community and Schengen countries
Since 1992 Feod Group has provided full legal support for the relocation to the EU:
According to the Treaty of Lisbon which came into force on the 1st of December, 2009 the European Union shares competence in migration policy which is a part of a boarder policy area – freedom, security, justice. This policy aims to establish a framework for legal migration, taking into account the importance of integration of third-country nationals into host societies. The EU legal migration covers the conditions of entry and residence for certain categories of immigrants.
Note: the third-country national is any person who is not a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland.
Feod Group Immigration Services:
- Obtaining a long-term national visa
- Obtaining an Investor visa
- Golden Visa in Europe
- EU Blue Card
- Obtaining residence permit, permanent residence, citizenship of EU countries
- Professional assistance after visa denial to EU countries
- Appeal, representation in the courts of the EU
Temporary Residency Permit – an immigration status which issued to the third-country national usually for a one year period but may be issued for a shorter period of a time.
Permanent Residency Permit – an immigration status which issued to a third-country national and allows a person to reside indefinitely. The person with such a status is also known as a Permanent Resident.
The main criteria for acquiring the EU Permanent Residency Permit:
- a person has resided in EU territory legally and continuously for not less than five years. There are several conditions when a Permanent Residency Permit could be issued within a 3-year period, e.g. matrimony relations with a EU citizen;
- a person is able to prove sufficient funds to maintain himself/herself and the members of his/her family. Furthermore, the sufficient financial means shall be regular and stable for during last 12 months;
Who can be qualified under EU Residency Permit:
- third-country national having a work permit issued by a EU legal entity;
- a third-country national registered or purchased a business in the territory of EU Member State;
- a third-country national carry on his/her business activity in the territory of a EU Member State and registered as self-employed, using his/her own financial sources;
- a representative of an overseas/international company, implemented its activity in the territory of a EU Member State;
- an overseas/third-country national investor invested funds in amounts specified by a EU Member State legislation;
- overseas/third-country national real estate owners who purchased a property at a minimum amount specified by the EU Member State legislation;
- family members of an EU Member State citizens (spouses, children under 18 years old and some other categories of relatives);
- international students taking a long-term academic course of study at a state accredited educational institutions;
- third-country nationals taking long term medical treatment in the territory of a EU Member State;
- international clergymen implementing their missionary work on the territory of a EU Member State;
financially independent retiree.
Feod Group Legal and Business services:
- Registration of a company in the EU countries, accountant services
- Obtaining tax resident status
- Buying an existing business in Europe
- Opening an account with a bank in an EU country
- Real estate for rent in all countries of Europe
- Buying apartments, houses, villas in Europe
Important: Obtaining professional advice at the first consultation the Feod Group will clarify the basic issues of immigration and moving to EU countries, the conditions for obtaining an Investor visa or a Golden Visa in Europe, the conditions for buying or renting real estate, taxes for non-residents and residents, stages of checking a business before buying, family reunion and many other issues. All consultations are conducted by qualified Ukrainian and also international lawyers.
Types of immigration programs in the EU countries
1. Residence permit without investment as a financially independent foreigner
The category “Financially Independent Foreigners” is intended for those who do not want to make investments or even want to use this residence permit as a “reserve airfield”.
A residence permit without investment is present in the immigration law of most countries of the European Union:
The key factors for applying for such a residence permit are:
- 1. Confirmed income (income in your country from the activities of the company, from the rental of real estate, from investments, etc.)
- 2. The availability of savings;
- 3. Availability of housing (purchase, rental);
- 4. Confirmation of a good reputation (lack of criminal record, immigration violations, etc.).
Advantages of obtaining a residence permit in the category “Financially Independent Foreigner”
- No need to make investments or buy real estate to obtain a residence permit
- No language proficiency requirements
- Free stay in the EU countries
- The residence permit status in Europe for the whole family: minor pupils and students, spouse, dependent parents.
- Opportunity to obtain citizenship after 6-10 years of permanent residence.
2. Residence permits for investors
Residency for investors, which in the laws of different countries is called an “Investor Visa” or “Golden Visa” can be issued upon the purchase of real estate, government bonds, investment in the country’s economy, a bank deposit.
The amount of required investments for obtaining an investor visa differs in each country and starts from 250 thousand €.
A residence permit for investments in Europe is actively welcomed to attract investment in its economy. The main criterion for obtaining an Investor visa or a Golden visa is always an analysis of the capital for the investment and its origin.
Residence permit for investors in Europe:
3. Business immigration to Europe
The concept of business immigration in the legislation of the countries of the world implies the investment of a foreigner in the created or bought an existing business. Many European countries grant foreigners permanent residence status in order to create a company that will pay taxes to the state and create jobs for local residents.
|IMPORTANT! A common mistake of a candidate for business immigration to Europe is that a candidate always needs to buy something (real estate, or a business, or register a company) to apply for a residence permit in the business immigration category before applying for a visa. But, we draw your attention to the fact that a new registered company with a minimum authorized capital is not the basis for obtaining a residence permit in Europe or a visa for the business immigration category.|
Key requirements for obtaining an Entrepreneur visa in Europe:
- Innovation – implies that the applicant’s business plan is feasible, original, will provide the market with a missing product or have a competitive advantage.
- Finance – means that the applicant has a certain level of income and capital sufficient to cover his business plans in Europe.
- Viability – implies that the applicant has entrepreneurial experience and is actively developing the necessary skills, knowledge and experience in order to successfully conduct business in Europe.
Countries for business immigration to Europe:
4. EU Blue Card and Intra-corporate Employee Transfer
• EU Blue Card
The EU Blue Card is a scheme to attract highly-educated, qualified and talented immigrants of third-countries national to the European Union.
It was enacted in July 2011 by EU Member States (except the U.K., Ireland and Denmark). The EU Blue Card which radically change the European labour market. For the first time talented and educated individuals and workers with advanced work experience will be admitted by the whole of the EU not just one country.
The special EU Directive established also a single application procedure for a residence permit and a common set of rights for third-countries nationals legally working and residing in a Member State.
Basic conditions for obtaining a Blue Card:
– the applicant has an employment contract which stipulates a salary exceeding 1.5 times the average annual salary in a given EU Member State (by decision of the country and depending on market needs, the threshold may be reduced to 1.2 times);
- relevant recognized University Degree or work experience;
- the presence of a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa in the country party to the Agreement;
- compulsory health insurance recognized in EU member states;
- availability of documented proved education / professional qualifications.
The main advantages for a Blue Card holders:
- ability to move within the EU Member States on a periodic basis without getting a work permit to change jobs;
- those qualified for the EU Blue Card will be able to bring their families to the EU under favorable conditions;
- The EU Blue Card holders are given rights comparable to those as EU citizens lead to better integration and social cohesion;
- the valid period of the EU Blue Card will be between one and four years with the possibility to renew;
- the gross annual salary should be at least 1,5 times the minimum annual salary in a Member State concerned;
• Intra-corporate transfer of employees (Intra Company Transfers)
Intra Company Transfers – a subcategory designed for employees of international companies who have received a job offer in a branch of the same company in the EU.
Prerequisites for Corporate Transfer of Employees. It is necessary to prove and confirm:
- That the companies belong to the same group of enterprises or,
- That the companies have signed a cooperation agreement with each other, and that the foreign company sends an employee to temporarily provide the company with services in the EU.
- That the employee has worked in a company abroad for the period of time established by the legislation of the country. The term may vary depending on the situation in the Company, for example: how long has the company operated, how successfully it conducts business, etc.
5. Citizenship for investment in Europe
The following are specific country laws which provide for the possibility of obtaining not only a residence permit, but also the ability to quickly obtain citizenship for investment.
The Government of Malta has launched Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations 2020 upon successful completion of previous Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme which has reached its quota of 1,800 applications.
The Government of Cyprus has closed the Citizenship by Investment Program from November 1, 2020.
If a wealthy individual wishes to obtain new citizenship quickly without disruptions to life, the Citizenship by Investment Program is an attractive option. You just need to choose a country and make an investment.
The acquisition of citizenship on the basis of the investment made in the economy of a country involves many complex procedures and approval of the respective Government. That is why it is essential that an applicant is professionally advised and receives qualified help from the commencement of an application process which starts far before an application has been officially lodged. It is very important that highly qualified immigration solicitors evaluate and approve the key issues of a case before the official application procedure commences.
6. Renting real estate in Europe, buying a business or residential real estate in Europe
Feod Group cooperates with leading real estate agencies in the EU countries and provides services for the selection of apartments, houses, apartments for rent to non-residents. Our international lawyers will check the lease, will carry out all the necessary formalities for signing a long-term lease of real estate.
In the case of buying property in the EU, our Ukrainian and international lawyers will prepare your documents for the purchase of real estate, check the documents of the seller, the documents of the property and carry out full due diligence of residential or commercial property.
In the case of buying an established business in the EU, Feod Group will provide you with services for selecting a business, its technical, financial and legal audits with a detailed report, and will provide services according to the corporate scheme and tax planning for the purchase of EU commercial real estate.
The portfolio of a company selling business and real estate in Europe is constantly updated depending on customer demand. We will select a business or property according to your criteria.
Why do customers choose Feod Group:
Feod Group has over the years established themselves as specialists in the area of immigration and all categories of visas to the U.K., Schengen Area countries, European Union Member States, the U.S. and Ukraine. Within the ever changing legislation to immigration law and visa requirements we at Feod Group are on the pulse of these rapid changes and in a unique position to assist you in Ukraine and overseas in obtaining your individual needs.
1. Feod Group has been providing a wide range of legal, business and immigration services since 1992 in Europe, the USA and other countries of the world.
2. Due to the presence of offices in Ukraine, Europe and USA, we can expedite paperwork and provide professionalism and efficiency to the client.
3. The company employs lawyers, experts in various spheres of law and jurisdictions of countries around the world.
4. We provide our clients with the relevant services related to relocation and assimilation abroad, services for organizing family relocation abroad, enrollment of children in schools and much more.
For an initial review of your request, Feod Group recommends using professional advice with immigration lawyers, where you will receive detailed information about the immigration opportunities and tax advantages of European countries.
To arrange a meeting, call us at:
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We will be happy to be of service to you!