How to Get an Irish Passport (and Where to Live When You Get There)

How to Get an Irish Passport (and Where to Live When You Get There)

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June 30, 2016

An Irish passport is a good thing to have. If either parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, then no matter where you were born, you’re entitled to Irish citizenship. Even if both you and your parents were born outside of Ireland, but one of your grandparents was born there, then claiming citizenship is simple.

What a Second Passport Can Do for You

What a Second Passport Can Do for You

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May 25, 2016

Until about 100 years ago, you didn’t need a passport for international travel. If you were traveling for some official purpose, or needed a way to identify yourself, you often had the option of carrying one. But you didn’t need permission from anyone to cross international borders. For better or worse, that’s not how things are today. Your passport doesn't belong to you. It belongs to whatever government issues you a passport and it can be taken away, for any reason.

How to Legally and Safely Obtain Your Second Passport

How to Legally and Safely Obtain Your Second Passport

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July 9, 2015

One of my favorite scam stories is of the German lady living in Paraguay. Claudia Bettina Muller was arrested last year for printing fake passports in her basement. Police found printing and engraving machines, along with boxes of blank passports and counterfeit government forms. But before I had ever heard of Claudia Bettina Muller or the Paraguayan police caught up with her, I had heard of this scam. I had come across a speaker at an event in Nevada who claimed he could get anyone in the attentive audience a Paraguayan passport in as little as a month. This was possible he maintained, because he had high-level government contacts. The cost was only $45,000. (That's half of what any of the second citizenship programs I work with charge.) Right then, as he spoke, I knew it was a scam.

Three Places You Can Buy A Second Passport

Three Places You Can Buy A Second Passport

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June 26, 2015

Now and again when an American (or any other national) grumbles about the sad state of affairs in their home country they may hear a sharp response: "If you don’t like it here, go find another country." If you can spare a few hundred thousand dollars, or maybe a million, you can do just that. You can buy what is euphemistically called "economic citizenship."

The Biggest Lie You’ve Been Told about Going Offshore

The Biggest Lie You’ve Been Told about Going Offshore

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January 14, 2015

Is it un-American to go offshore? In the United States, government officials and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service have for years done their best to convince people that obtaining a second passport is somehow crooked, even unpatriotic. The media persists with this steady drumbeat of negativity, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the legal and constitutional right of U.S. citizens to hold dual or even multiple citizenships. Indeed, a second passport—a second citizenship—is one of the most important tools in any sovereign person's personal and financial toolkit.

Escape from America Made More Difficult

Escape from America Made More Difficult

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August 13, 2014

Benjamin Franklin—one of the most astute and beloved of America's Founding Fathers—once observed: "Where liberty dwells, there is my country." Whether the people of the United States have remained true to the intent of America's Founding Fathers is certainly open to question. Since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, Americans have been subjected to the questionable Patriot Act, massive government NSA surveillance, and a flood of restrictive and questionable laws that curb liberties.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Second Passport

6 Reasons Why You Need a Second Passport

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February 7, 2014

If you believe that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing you can do today, then obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in achieving your goal. This is because it's a fundamental step toward minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain...