Easiest Countries to Immigrate to
Be warned that this list mentions many countries that are very different from the USA or Canada.
With most developed countries reducing the number of immigrants they let in, immigration is becoming increasingly difficult. Let's face it: unless you have an advanced, technical skill, it will be very difficult for you to get a visa in a highly developed country.
So what do you? Well, you could settle for a less-developed nation that can still meet your needs. So, this list goes off the beaten path a bit, bypassing many of the developed countries that are the most popular immigration destinations, and instead focuses on less developed countries with lax immigration policies.
It is important to understand that many countries have permanent visas that allow people to stay in the country indefinitely, but this is different than becoming a citizen of that country. Applying and obtaining citizenship can give you significant benefits depending on the country, and all of the countries mentioned in this article have incredible perks for being a citizen.
Keep in mind that some of these countries are not highly developed, but they confer special benefits. Being a citizen of any country that is a member of the European Union is an incredible benefit and thus makes those nations desireable.
These are just the basics if you are really serious about taking the plunge and immigrating to one of these countries you will need to consult with the government agency that handles immigration in that country.
Countries With Easy Immigration Policies
Yes, this is a small country in South America, with a small population, but Uruguay has some of the best national healthcare of any country in South America, among other positives. While Uruguay is a small country, its citizens are very friendly and accommodating to foreigners. Additionally, the nation has very low pollution from industrial technology, and it is generally regarded as one of the cleanest countries in South America.
How to Obtain Residency and Citizenship in Uruguay
There are some specific requirements to obtaining residency and citizenship in Uruguay. To become a citizen of Uruguay, you need to reside in the country for at least five years (three if you're married) and be granted residency to apply for citizenship. The countdown for citizenship starts the moment you set foot in the country.
To obtain residency in Uruguay, you need to follow these six steps:
- Inform the government of your intent to immigrate in writing.
- Provide a birth certificate that has been legalized by the Uruguayan government.
- Provide a legalized marriage certificate. (If applicable.)
- Provide proof of a steady, reliable monthly income.
- Undergo a routine medical exam.
- Prove that you hold a legitimate Uruguayan address.
Residency applications typically take 1-2 years to process.
An amazingly green and beautiful country right at the equator, Ecuador is the ideal romantic South American destination. A benefit to living in the country is that it has a low cost of living and uses the US Dollar as its currency. This country also claims the Galapagos islands.
To immigrate, all you need to be able to show is a guaranteed monthly income of $800 for yourself, and an extra $100 for each of your dependents. Technically this falls under the "pensioner's visa," but the country does not verify that you actually have a pension. If you simply prove to the government that you have a steady income of $800 a month you are good to go. So, if you are retired and have a pension of $800 per month, you can easily settle here. If you're not retired, you can invest in a mutual fund or a fixed deposit that can generate the necessary amount.
There are additional steps to take if you wish to obtain citizenship in Ecuador. If you have succeeded in obtaining a pensioner's visa, you can apply for residency after twenty-one months of residence in Ecuador, then follow the necessary steps for citizenship.
How to Obtain Citizenship in Ecuador
- Be a resident of Ecuador for at least three years.
- Provide a birth certificate from your country of origin that has been verified by the Ecuadorian government.
- Provide the necessary government-issued forms and paperwork that prove your residency.
- Pass the Ecuadorian citizenship test and interview.
Argentina is a large country with a small population. Another beautiful South American country with a good standard of living, Argentina is one of the top spots to immigrate to. The population density is just 15 people per square kilometer. It has a wide variety of climates, ranging from temperate in the north to almost polar in the south. To settle here, all you need to show is a guaranteed monthly income of $850. To become a permanent resident or citizen, that will require some extra steps.
How to Obtain Residency and Citizenship in Argentina
To gain permanent residency and citizenship in the country, you must have lived in Argentina for at least two years, and submit the appropriate documents and paperwork to the National Immigration Office.
- Birth certificate notarized by the Argentinian consulate in your country of origin.
- Proof of residence in your previous country.
- Copies of your identification documents
- Proof of financial security, such as work contracts or bank statements indicating a positive cash flow.
Brazil is a great country with a rich culture and a high human development index. As the largest country in South America in terms of land mass and population, Brazil has some serious diversity. From the Amazon rainforest to the golden beaches of Rio de Janiero, there are plenty of breathtaking sights and sounds to take in. The country is also known for being very kind and accommodating to outsiders.
To settle here, you have to be retired and have a monthly pension of $2000. You can take two dependents along with you. For every dependent you bring, you will need an extra $1000 per month. There are additional steps required if you want to obtain permanent residency and citizenship in Brazil.
How to Obtain Residency and Citizenship in Brazil
The quickest ways to obtain residency in Brazil involve marrying a Brazilian national, having a child with a Brazilian national, being a high-level researcher or scientist, showing proof of a fixed monetary income, or investing a significant amount of money into the country. Those who invest a minimum of R$450,000 (about $126,000) into a Brazilian company or real estate will get a fast track to residency and citizenship.
To apply and obtain citizenship, a foreigner must live continuously in Brazil for fifteen years; however, that time can be reduced to as low as four years if you have sufficient understanding of Portuguese, and you hold a job that pays a sufficient amount of money.
Svalbard is a large collection of islands north of Norway. Though officially a part of Norway, Svalbard boasts a multi-national population from countries as far-flung as India, the United States, Canada, Japan, and South Africa. The Norwegian government has devolved a significant amount of control to Svalbard to self-govern itself. Due to its location within the arctic circle, the climate is very inhospitable, which coupled with its remote location, makes Svalbard one of the most sparsely-populated places in the world (its population is approximately 2,667).
In actuality, anyone can move to Svalbard and settle as there is no need for a visa or any type of permit. However, this is a very expensive place, and you need to prove that you'll be able to support yourself.
Proof of significant income is the only requirement to live in Svalbard, and they take it seriously: unemployment and homelessness are outlawed on the archipelago. This is due to the rough conditions, the fact that it is 1,000 miles from mainland Europe, and the constant polar bear attacks. Yes, that is right, polar bear attacks are common in Svalbard. A very cold and barren place, but beautiful and isolated, Svalbard is a destination for those looking to get away from the trappings of modern life, but it comes at a significant cost.
With some of the easiest immigration laws on the planet, Panama is a great option, especially for those who already have American citizenship. The country uses the US Dollar and since the United States is on Panama's list of "friendly countries" it is easy to get a long-term visa. You can get a long-term retiree visa so long as you have a monthly income of at least $1,000. For those on the younger side, you simply have to put $5,000 in a Panamanian bank and you are eligible to apply for a friendly nations visa.
If you want to obtain Panamanian citizenship, you will have to live as a resident in the country for five years before you can apply. Keep in mind that Panama does not allow dual citizenship so you will have to renounce your citizenship from your home country.
Bulgaria has one of the easiest residency and citizenship programs of any nation in the EU, and it can be a great way to gain the benefits of the European Union in a short amount of time.
The quickest way requires a bit of cash upfront to invest though, as the process to get a fastrack Bulgarian citizenship requires an initial investment of BGN 1,000,000 (approx USD 600,564) to gain a residency visa, then another investment of BGN 1,000,000.
The whole process of citizenship only takes about eighteen months, and you don't have to actually live in Bulgaria if you don't want to. Instead of buying property you can buy government bonds and then get your investment back after 5.5 years.
This Central American country features fabulous beaches and plenty of other scenery. With a land area the size of Wales and a population the size of Bakersfield, CA, Belize is a sparsely populated paradise with easy immigration policies.
You can apply for permanent residency after living in Belize for a year, all you have to do is continue to renew your 30-day travel visa until you get to the 50-week mark and then fill out the paperwork and pay $1,000. To apply for citizenship, you must live in Belize for five years and have permanent residency.
What Do You Think?
JItender Verma on August 31, 2020:
My name is Jitender Verma i would like to move brazil or Argentina.
what is the procedure my age is 36 years and i am a government employee.
India on August 19, 2020:
I am from THE GREAT INDIA and i want to migrate to the uruguay USA or africa. i am desperate life here is terrible and there is so much people and no money. they also make work all day like dog and we dont have house, urugaya make me happy and also give me food to eat please
if you are listening government please take me in as a refugee as there is war between india pakistan and there are also earthquake in india
ABABIO MATTHEW on August 17, 2020:
CURRENTLY WORKING IN GHANA AS A CREDIT OFFICER BUT WILLING TO GET JOB IN ECUADOR AND MIGRATE THERE
fouzi on July 04, 2020:
currently working as a content writer in India, love to get job and migrate to Ecuador
Meesar Tungro on June 29, 2020:
I'm a juggler by profession. What is the NOC code if I apply for Canada Express Entry?
saood alam on December 17, 2019:
Currently working in Pakistan as banker. need help to get immigration of Svalbard.
Harpreet Singh on December 12, 2019:
Currently, im working in India ..married & have a single child too..
whats the process of migrant to Uruguay. Please suggest whole process
midnight sensation on October 17, 2019:
More information if i wanted to be an immigrant yo Belize
Joshey KR on October 04, 2019:
lam intrested in Migrate uruguay and balize. Please let me know which process I have to follow
MUHAMMAD MUNAWAR on October 01, 2019:
AOA. I am 52 and Govt. servant of Pakistan. I would like to settle in abroad like canada after my retirement after 1-year. How can I do for this purpose. please guide.
Sharank on September 01, 2019:
Im malaysian but.Im Australia bank blacklist here. So can I enter to singapore.my name is blacklist Australia only?
Lameck on August 20, 2019:
I am interesred in migrating to Panama or Brluza. Please let me know which process l have to follow.
Samad Iftikhar on August 14, 2019:
I am Civil Engineer by profession from Pakistan. I want to immigrate to South America where there is good job market for construction engineer and where the future exists for the technical and skilled people. I need information in this regard. i am single and will turn 30 this November.
Suenette Trefz on July 21, 2019:
My husband and I are interested in immigrating to Belize.
Who can provide me with information.
aqeel on July 15, 2019:
`m 42 years old Asian government employee, having a family with 4 children. Prefer to get permanent residency in any countries to following Belize, Uruguay . I have full skilled in legal side, Computer Skilled . My wife skilled at fashion designer, cooking, making cake and bread, some drink like milky or Thai Tea. How can we survive there for the terms and conditions applied?
Surendrababu Ari on June 20, 2019:
I have interested to migrate to abord. Please send opportunity alerts to me.
Maureen on June 19, 2019:
Want to migrate to Belize from Nigeria, how do i go about it?
mojtaba raouf on April 27, 2019:
dear i am iranian anesthisiologist MD for at least 5 yr exprience interested to imigrate to ur country pls guide me thanks
Neels on April 02, 2019:
Uruguay is a wonderful country - very peaceful and safe! We lived there for 9 years and my son is married there and still live there!
But remember - a very expensive country if you do not earn USDollars and if you can not speak Spanish - forget it! You will not get a job and will not be able to communicate!
But it is still my favourite place to be!
Thanks and hope this helps.
joshua on March 15, 2019:
i would love to migrate and settle in panama, can some one assist and help i get a way through.
Sukatin from Indonesia on January 22, 2019:
I`m 43 years old Asian Businessman, having a family with 2 children. Prefer to get permanent residency in any countries to following Belize, Uruguay or Canada. I have full skilled in Design Graphic, Build Advertising Media, Computer Skilled, Cooking like Asian Food, Western Food, Bartender and more about cooking. My wife skilled at cooking, making cake and bread, some drink like milky or Thai Tea. How can we survive there for the terms and conditions applied?
alaksaha on January 06, 2019:
I'm 58 years old Asian Businessman, having family of 4 including 2 adult children. Prefer to get permanent residency, as well as Citizenship in any of the following countries; Bulgaria, Latvia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica or Uruguay, provided which one is more assured and relatively faster in process. If needed I can invest up to one million USD. However if you have any better suggestion, please write to me with specific proposal.
Muhammed on October 27, 2018:
I love Syria very much,i wouldn't immigrate to any place if the leave me alone.
saeed ahmed on September 27, 2018:
our family wants to live in Belize ,how can we survive there
Farid Rafieuddin on September 24, 2018:
Hi their, I'm working in airline industry for 24 years and I'm interested moving to Belize. Can you please guide me what initial steps do I have to take for easy immigration...Thanks
Wasay fasi on September 09, 2018:
i would like to move Svalbard
what is the procedure .. Please guide me
Vuyelwa on September 05, 2018:
Hi I would like to find out if I can work as a nurse trained in South africa. Your response will be appreciated.
Saif el naser abd el mohsen ashmawy. on August 14, 2018:
I dream to live.in new socity with full freedum I like my job too much but I do.not get the coresponing salary I have long experiance in valuable field
Davis on August 09, 2018:
I want to immigrate svalbard
Please how can i go there from south africa?
XTYANNE on July 26, 2018:
From your write up I would like to immigrate to Belize since English is the official language there. I am a Registered Nurse Midwife.
rabnayak on July 21, 2018:
With Warm Greetings ,
I am an Indian, 46 Years old married person. I have wife and 2 kids(Both students) and their ages are 16 Years(Girl) and 12 Years(Boy). I want to get settled Permanently in Argentina along with my family.
Currently having small business in India at Delhi.
I hope someone will help and guide me to get settled in Argentina.
With Best Regards,
Charles on July 16, 2018:
Want to travel to Argentina how can I be helped
SHAHZAD HUSSAIN on July 13, 2018:
me from pakistan having age 40 years, i wanna migrate to argentina with my family, having three kids and a wife, kids age between 6 years to 14 years.thanks waiting reply and where i have to go for details
omolade ojo on July 03, 2018:
I will like to immigrate to another country
Justin on July 01, 2018:
There is not a country like USA.
jsmdvs on June 29, 2018:
I just want to leave the US with my family.
Desmond on June 20, 2018:
I am 48 years of age and want to immigrate to Uruguay along with my family. I am presently working. Please provide me more information along with policy & procedures, documents required and total processing fees.
magdalene on June 14, 2018:
how can I migrate to svalbard
Muhammad Tahir Yusufi on June 14, 2018:
My name is tahir i would like to move brazil or Argentina.
what is the procedure my age is 46 years
rupesh chile on June 09, 2018:
I am Fro India - Mumbai ... without IELTS where i can migrate for job easily.... ???
Aliza on May 30, 2018:
I want to shift to a country with my family but we don't hv much resources i need ur suggestions help me plz
George on May 27, 2018:
I would like to immigrate to the U.K or U.SA from South Africa which one would be the easiest
Sadia Mudassar on May 26, 2018:
I want to immigrate Argentina with our family in very low cost may I collect online visa
Muhammmed Habeesh Shaik on May 20, 2018:
I want to immigrate to Svalbard how can I apply ?
moutassem on May 05, 2018:
I want to immigrate to Svalbard how can I apply ?
musanna on April 18, 2018:
I completed to BBA and my wife completed Masters. I want to immigrate to Uruguay but how i don,t know anything plz tell me how i will proceed.
Ari on April 13, 2018:
Don't come to brazil, everyone here wants to leave. We're living in a huge crisis since mid 2013. Everything is ultra expensive and you'll find no jobs or opportunities here.
Zeeshan Sabir on March 11, 2018:
Please I am disabled please I am migrate argentina.
Elizabeth on March 11, 2018:
I am 52 and my husband is 59. We are already pensioners and our monthly income is more than $850 per month. We want to emigrate to Argentina from South Africa.
Can you please give us more info and assist us in this?
I thank you.
Yaqub khan on February 27, 2018:
I want to migrate to Argentina. Can You help me?
Himani Patel on February 18, 2018:
hii m from INDIA..m Physiotherapist by profession..i want professional growth via immigration..please can u advice me which country is helpful for me..?
Tayyab Butt on February 18, 2018:
I want to go argentia
Habib khan on January 07, 2018:
i am pakistani i love Brazil i want to live in brazil pls help me
manasi j. ladu on December 06, 2017:
i love argentina, i want to live there
badar on November 09, 2017:
yes i want to live in argentina
Fatima on November 09, 2017:
Interested in moving to Uruguay pls guide as to what steps and procedures one need to take
Subodhmujumdar on October 01, 2017:
My self my daughter and my wife want a parmant residency of Uruguay. My daughter want to study in the university of Uruguay. Pls guide us how to get the citizenship. Thank you and hopping for the request.
ABDUL RASHEED SHIBU on September 23, 2017:
I am indian working in saudi arabia,since 1997 .my wife from syria,we have 3 children .we are planing imigration to argentina.
wamiq raza on September 17, 2017:
Like to migrtae uraguay. Working in Etisalat Telecom UAE as Corporate sales mamager.
Want a professional growth via immigration in uraguay.
adnan mudsar on September 14, 2017:
i live in jeddah saudia arabia last 6 year but i intrested Argentina,,,,,home country pakistan...
immiahsan on September 13, 2017:
Hi - I am planning to move as Immigrant to Uruguay and start a kind of small business there. If someone can specifically help me out with the information and documentation required? I know Uruguay has not embassy or consulate in Pakistan to get more info/details.
Also, if I travel directly to Uruguay initially as tourist and then apply for residency? plz advise. Thanks my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sachin kapoor on September 05, 2017:
Plz help me visa
Fawad on August 10, 2017:
I am Fawad from Afghanistan I live in Saudi Arabia
I want to stay in Uruguay
I in hard life here
I hope to find anyone to help me about it
GIFT DANESI on July 28, 2017:
I want to settled in uruguay. If any body can help me pls I am an I.T professional here is my Email email@example.com
AFKAR AHMED on July 19, 2017:
Send me information regarding immigration
Anjum on June 24, 2017:
Dear it's a nice piece of work and quite informative. God bless you
Yasir Khan on June 17, 2017:
Hay all, I am in UAE and my salary is US dollar 1500, I want to immigrate to Uruguay, Can anyone from that country help me
Blessing Douglas on June 06, 2017:
I just finished reading on Svalbard. It seems like an interesting place to migrate to. However, I understand one must secure employment and accommodation before migrating. So who's going to help me out with that pleaseeeeeeee
Debasis Nandy on June 02, 2017:
I have completed M.Pharmacy and MBA degree With more than 10 years experience in pharmaceutical company as a Production Chemist.
Akash on May 24, 2017:
Very helpful article !
I wish I can settle in any country lies in central or southern America .
Hope I'll do that one day .
Bakulranjan Jana on May 17, 2017:
I want to migrate to Argentina. Can You help me?
Harry Bagatestes on May 06, 2017:
Why do Indians and Pakistanis post their info in the comment section of any random blog asking for help? Do you really think that someone is going to rush to your aid? Do you actually think anyone cares?
Try looking at official government websites! If you're too dumb to figure that out, I doubt any foreign country wants your stupid ass.
Bakulranjan jana on May 02, 2017:
Nice! I will apply for immigration to Brazil as an agriculture scientist is situation is vacant.
Syed Ali ansir on April 26, 2017:
Hello I m syed Ali Nasir I m live in pakistan my wish I live in Uruguay with my family I hope you are sand me datail immigration thanks
HidaytUllah on April 16, 2017:
I want to get immigration of Argentina .
Rabia A. on April 08, 2017:
I am living in Pakistan and doing my own business. I would like to immigrant to any country with my family. Please help me and guide, how I can register over there.
Aamir Chohan on April 08, 2017:
That is a wonderful and very inspiring piece of information.
I like Argentina & Uruguay. Thanks.
Actavia Farhat on March 11, 2017:
I am a nurse from Pakistan and got some trainings fron Uk and I would like to immigrant to any country with my family. Please help me and guid how I can register over there.
Talha Waseem on March 04, 2017:
I want to study in Australia
Can anybody help me out from Australia regarding my studies?
Collins Gaius on January 08, 2017:
Am a Nigerian I wanna migrate TO INDIA but that a-lot indians are wanting to migrate gets me scared . after reading this article started thinking Uruguay, please send me details of where best to travel to here is my email : firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com on December 19, 2016:
I am interested to migrate any friendly EU country
I go through the above mentioned posts, I like it but mostly peoples are forced to stay your one country and love your people. I understand, this is batter than other options, it no other choice what should we do?
I want migrate to any friendly EU country on December 18, 2016:
I am an India citizen. I want migrate to any friendly EU country. Please advice anyone can helps. I am self employed and can support myself. I just want change in life.
Please email me : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance.
MASUMA BHUIYAN on December 18, 2016:
I am from Bangladesh. I have total 6 years of experience in Research organization. Now I want to move and settle down in best country of south America. As per my search, I have three choices. Ecuador, Chile & Uruguay. Please suggest.
Please help me I want get immigration to Svalbard please help me my no my email # email@example.com
Qasim on November 29, 2016:
hello friends! i am a graduated student and want to move and settle down in uruguay or ecuador. what are the steps for settling therem kindly guide me. I am from Pakistan.
RAm on November 29, 2016:
Svalbard is an island near the North Pole operated by two (Norwegian and Russian) coal mining companies. No purpose to migrate if you don't want to work in the mines.
Prashant on November 23, 2016:
I am from India. I have total 12 years of experience in chemical industry. Now I want to move and settle down in best country of south America. As per my search, I have three choices. Ecuador, Chile & Uruguay. Which one is better for settle with Family. Please suggest.
Sandi on November 22, 2016:
Where is the best place to immigrate to if I am from the US and my fiance is in Nigeria?
Bill on November 11, 2016:
I have 13 years experience as a wildland firefighter, and five years experience as a cowboy on a family-run cow/calf ranch. What country would be easy for me to immigrate to, with these qualifications ?
Beverley on October 26, 2016:
Where are the most pet friendly countries one may go to where you may take 8 cats?
Atif Mustafa on October 02, 2016:
Smahtwa if I want to emigrate from Egypt to any country if allowed helped me as soon as I been lost from this country I want to go to any other country I'm ready for any conditions the whole I am ready waiver of Egyptian nationality
Amir on September 04, 2016:
Why Not chose Lithuania,its very simple and fast track
trip.a on August 13, 2016:
Hello., I am Lebanese and I,d like to get outta here and start a new fresh life , I am 28 yrs old and I'm still a university student , I been working sof different jobs my whole life , I don't want to stay here anymore asa there is no future in this country, Uruguay seems to be a friendly country with easy steps to immigrate to,, can someone help me with further info pls ,
tohmina khatun mona on August 08, 2016:
I am interested to be immigrant of Uruguay.Please help me how I can apply for so.
RubyG on August 06, 2016:
Any inputs on standard of living, cost of living, medical care standards, social benefits, rights to work and taxation norms at any of these destinations ? It's would be a great help! Thanks
amul on July 28, 2016:
would like to immigrate country with easy immigration policy pls dude some one can help me
Ryan on July 27, 2016:
Currently looking tomove to Brazil.... I work as an internet marketer and hopefully dont need to look for a job while there
Aliya on July 26, 2016:
I am an Indian, want to migrate with family. Please guide me to migrate to a good place
asif on July 24, 2016:
hi, i am from pakistan but i lived in saudi arabia working as accountant, can some help to move uruguay my e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Farooq Ahmed on July 14, 2016:
Dear - I am planning to move as Immigrant to Uruguay.
If someone can specifically help me out with the information and documentation required.
Kingsley Obinna. on July 06, 2016:
Am a Nigerian resident in Nigeria. Am a practicing medical doctor and want to migrate to Brazil to start off life. Any one with the best approach for me should email me on email@example.com