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How easy is it to get a second passport?

There are lot of advantages to having a second passport. It increases your travel and residency options considerably. For some people getting a second passport can be areal headache and cost a lot of money but for some people with specific ancestry from specific countries it is actually quite easy.

I have done a fair amount of research into this and I wanted to share what I have discovered.

There are many different options here. There are many countries on the map, and each have different rules on how you can get a passport. Including:

1. Inherit
2. Live
3. Invest
4. Adopt a child or Marry

Lets go through them one at a time.

1. Inherit. What is your background? If you are of Italian, Polish, Irish, German or Indian decent then you may be lucky enough to get the cheapest and easiest 2nd passport in town.

Courtesy of Simon Black from Sovereign Man:

A) Poland. The rules for receiving Polish citizenship from a grandparent are a bit convoluted, but if you have Polish ancestors in your bloodline, it may be worth contacting a firm like CK Law Office in Warsaw; they’ve helped a number of Sovereign Man readers obtain Polish passports.

B) Italy. Not quite as complicated as the Polish nationality law, Italy also confers citizenship to descendants of certain Italian nationals going back two generations. You can find out more at

C) Ireland. Ireland has perhaps the most clear laws in conferring citizenship to descendants of Irish nationals. You have to do the legwork in finding the right documents, check out for assistance.

D) Germany. It’s not exactly a cheery subject, but Germany confers citizenship for children and grandchildren of former Germans who were deprived of their citizenship status between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945 on racial, political, or ethnic grounds.

E) India. While not quite full citizenship, individuals with Indian ancestors as far as three generations back (great grandparents) can apply for a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card. A PIO Card entitles the holder to live, work, attend school, own property, etc. on parity with an Indian citizen. The only restrictions are voting or holding public office.

2. Residency. Almost all nations will offer you citizenship if you live there long enough. On the shorter side, about 3 years of residency would be what is required. Rather than give you an exhaustive list the question is. Where do you want to live? But some of the shorter ones include New Zealand, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Chile.

3. Invest. If you have money there are plenty of countries allow you to simply invest a certain amount of money in that country and they will grant you citizenship within weeks. You can find a comprehensive list here along with the minimum investment requirement.

There is another much cheaper option if you are patient enough. Dominican Republic can offer citizenship for less than $10,000 without any requirement for you to live there. However the process does take approx 3 years. This company will explain and hold your hand throughout the whole process.

4. Adoption or Marriage. Well I hope you are not thinking of buying a child or a bride just for a passport? Many nations offer citizenship by marriage, but if this is in your top 100 reasons for choosing a wife your not really someone I want to help. But if you happen to be marrying someone with another citizenship, make sure you do the research to find out if you can get citizenship. As for adoption, that is far less common. However Brazil is one of those countries. But once again, if this is the primary purpose behind your decision to adopt a child, then do the child a favor and don’t. However if you are looking at doing it anyway, then Brazil might be a place you want to start investigating.