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Portugal’s abolishment of residency through investment gives boost to Greece Golden Visa, stats confirm

10:06 PM | 19 May, 2023
Portugal’s abolishment of residency through investment gives boost to Greece Golden Visa, stats confirm

ATHENS - The Golden Visa Programme offered by Greece seems to be attracting international billionaires as €1.57 billion was invested in the country through the Programme in the last 12 months.

The recent data from the Department of Immigration Policy confirms that in the last 12 months, 6,064 applications for new permits have been submitted. Out of these applications, 2,072 residence permits have already been issued while another 3,976 are pending.

Some media reports even estimate the figures of investment to be about €2 billion in the backdrop of the fact that the current minimum investment threshold is €250,000.

The investment figures (€1.57 billion) reported by leading publication Ekathimerini show that in the first quarter of this year, a total of 1,052 new licenses were issued, thus accounting for a surge of 141 per cent compared to the same period in last year’s statistics. 

In addition, for a period from January until March this year, requests for granting of a permanent investor residence permit surged by 156 per cent, thus reaching 2,367.

Greece’s Golden Visa investment immigration scheme permits wealthy foreigners the opportunity to acquire residency in the country if applicants make a significant financial contribution to this country, or over €250,000.

The program is also gaining traction owing to the fact that Portugal has now abolished its Golden Visa program due to multiple reasons including the housing crisis. 

The research conducted by the London investment immigration firm Astons implies that Americans are now attracted to Greece’s Residency by Investment scheme. It said that in March alone, online searches for the Golden Visa Programme of Greece increased by 75 per cent.

 It bears mentioning that Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, had unfolded plans that the country would increase the minimum amount of investment for this scheme, in some parts of the country.

It was reported that the minimum investment would have to be €500,000 instead of €250,000; however, the decision has been postponed until July 31.

At present, several European countries offer a Golden Visa scheme for wealthy citizens from other countries but the European Union has been advocating against this program, saying it allows criminals to find refuge in countries under the garb of investment. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
 
76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
 
1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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