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Hi, I'm Samantha North. Here's why I founded Digital Émigré.

In 2016, a political decision in the UK took away my rights to live freely across the 27 other countries of the European Union. I was really unhappy about that, so I took action to get EU citizenship back.
I created an online business so I could earn money from anywhere. Then I researched citizenship pathways across the whole EU. I chose Portugal, for its excellent combination of lifestyle, immigration and tax factors. In summer 2020 I moved to Lisbon.
By 2025, I’ll be eligible to apply for Portuguese (and EU) citizenship. That means I can live, work, study and retire across 28 countries, including Portugal, the UK, and the rest of the eurozone. I’ve chosen to live in a country that fits my values.
With Digital Émigré, I help people design similar journeys. Clients have included fellow Brits escaping Brexit, Americans ditching toxic Trumpism, and Hongkongers rejecting authoritarian Chinese rule.
Along with my team of local partners, I guide clients to find the best EU country for their specific needs, build portable income, secure residency using passive income visas, and get EU citizenship.

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Advice on remote working, emigration and citizenship strategy

citizenship of malta
Samantha North

Citizenship of Malta for remote workers: Everything you need to know

UPDATE: We’ve received additional information that the five years is the earliest point at which you can submit an application for citizenship by naturalisation. After that, approval is at the discretion of the minister of immigration. As you can imagine, this leads to unpredictable timelines. We recommend proceeding with caution when considering Malta as a

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EU permanent residency vs citizenship
Samantha North

EU permanent residency vs citizenship: How are they different?

It’s time to explore two important concepts: EU permanent residency vs citizenship. I often get people asking me questions about the different rights granted under EU permanent residency vs citizenship. People tend to confuse the two, so I’m here to shed some light on the matter. In this article, we’ll look at the meaning of

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How to get Portuguese citizenship
Samantha North

How to get Portuguese citizenship (and why it’s the best in the EU!)

In this article we’re going to talk about how to get Portuguese citizenship. If you’ve been reading Digital Émigré for a while, you’ll know that we’re enthusiastic about Portugal. The Digital Émigré team has researched various pathways to citizenship across the EU. We’re convinced that Portugal offers the most flexible and most accommodating pathway to

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