About Digital Émigré

Find out how we help you get EU citizenship and residency

Digital Émigré is a European Union (EU)-focused citizenship consultancy and information hub. Our objective is to help people get a second passport in the EU, so they can benefit from freedom of movement across 30 prosperous and diverse countries.

What is EU freedom of movement? 

When the EU was founded, one of its core benefits was the right to ‘free movement of persons’ within the bloc.  

That includes the 27 countries of the EU itself, plus Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland. Every EU citizen has the right to freely settle, work, study, and retire in any of those 30 states, just as if they were born there.  

But, as the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. As British nationals, we’re part of the only group in history to have experienced both sides of the coin.  

We know what it feels like to have such privilege taken away by political decisions out of your control. 

That’s why we’ve made it our mission to help other people get EU citizenship, by offering tailored emigration strategies and advice.  

We chose the name Digital Émigré because, historically, an émigré leaves their country of origin because of political reasons. And digital, because we’re primarily aimed at people who earn their income online.

What does getting EU citizenship involve?

There are several different ways to become a citizen of a country, including birth, marriage, ancestry, and naturalization.  

We only focus on citizenship by naturalization, because it’s a proactive strategy that you can control with careful lifestyle planning. 

To become a naturalized citizen of a country, you typically need to maintain residency there for a certain number of years (this differs by country). 

The process looks like this: 

  • Step 1: Become a temporary resident of your target country 
  • Step 2: Renew your temporary residency status until you reach the number of years to become eligible for citizenship 
  • Step 3: Apply for citizenship by naturalization
  • Step 4: Once your citizenship is granted, apply for a passport  

As a non-EU national, there must be a good reason for the country to grant you residency. For example, being sponsored by an employer, enrolling in university, or being a professional athlete.  

But those pathways come with many challenges. We prefer the easier ways.  

That’s why we only deal with two residency-to-citizenship pathways: 

  1. Residency by investment 
  2. Residency by passive income

Our clients either have money to invest directly in their target citizenship country, or have passive income, either from remote work, online business or other sources. 

We don’t advise on employer sponsorship, student visas, or any form of residency other than the two mentioned above. 

Want to discuss your emigration plans?

Just send us a message!

Digital Émigré Founders & Team

Samantha North

Samantha has a background in journalism and is currently based in Portugal, where she is working towards second citizenship.

Having spent 12 years living abroad in eight different countries, Samantha has a good understanding of the many challenges involved in relocating internationally.

After founding Digital Émigré in the summer of 2020, she now advises clients on how to get citizenship in the EU, with a particular focus on Portugal.  

Malek El-Qallali

Malek has a background in global management consulting, working with clients in the UK and across the Middle East.

Based in the UK, he handles operations and strategy for Digital Émigré, while also completing his PhD in Management.

Malek moved from Libya to the UK in 2008, and became a dual national in 2019.   

John Mather

John is a wealth manager with cross-border tax experience since 1973 specializing in property and structured finance, now residing in Madeira.

He advises clients on investment routes for the Portugal Golden Visa, in particular venture capital funds and property, with a focus on Madeira.

John also provides expat tax planning and wealth management services between Portugal and other jurisdictions.

Our network across the EU

Digital Émigré delivers tailored residency and citizenship services through our network of carefully selected partners across the EU. These include immigration lawyers, international financial advisors, real estate consultants, and cross-border tax experts. We choose all our partners for their high integrity, reliability and comprehensive knowledge of the many challenges involved in international relocation.

Want to discuss your emigration plans?

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