In the Books section, you’ll find works exploring topics related to residence and citizenship by investment. Some are scholarly tomes; others more casual reads. For convenience, we’ve segregated the list into academic and non-academic works. If you know of a book that should be on this list but isn’t, please email the editor on

Academic Works

Citizenship and Residence Sales:
Rethinking the Boundaries of Belonging

Cambridge University Press
Dr. Dimitry Kochenov
Dr. Kristin Surak

“Rigorous and sparklingly innovative interdisciplinary volume on emergent global commodification of citizenship status, offering a robust set of stringent empirical and historical analyses, framed by a resolutely non-romanticist conceptual approach to citizenship as status and practice, this collection lays indispensable groundwork for a new generation of ‘citizenship studies’. Essential reading for the field going forward.”

The Golden Passport:
Global Mobility for Millionaires

Harvard University Press
Dr. Kristin Surak

“A groundbreaking study of a contentious practice that has become popular among the nouveaux riches, The Golden Passport takes readers from the details of the application process to the geopolitical hydraulics of the citizenship industry. It’s a business that thrives on uncertainty and imbalances of power between big, globalized economies and tiny states desperate for investment.”

EU Citizenship and Federalism: The Role of Rights
Cambridge University Press
Dr. Dimitry Kochenov

“Kochenov’s definitive collection examines the under-utilised potential of EU citizenship, proposing and defending its position as a systemic element of EU law endowed with foundational importance. Leading experts in EU constitutional law scrutinise the internal dynamics in the triad of EU citizenship, citizenship rights and the resulting vertical delimitation of powers in Europe, analysing the far-reaching constitutional implications.”

Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset
Princeton University Press
Yossi Harpaz

Citizenship 2.0 focuses on an important yet overlooked dimension of globalization: the steady rise in the legitimacy and prevalence of dual citizenship. Demand for dual citizenship is particularly high in Latin America and Eastern Europe, where more than three million people have obtained a second citizenship from EU countries or the United States.”

Ius Doni in International Law and EU Law
Dr. Christian H. Kälin

“Dr. Christian H. Kälin establishes the concept of ius doni in the contemporary legal and political theorizing of citizenship. Providing a comprehensive analysis of the subject, it discusses the legal and political concepts of citizenship. It also introduces a new term for what is already an increasingly common and accepted practice of granting citizenship on the basis of substantial contributions to the state.

MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Dr. Dimitry Kochenov

“The story of citizenship as a tale not of liberation, dignity, and nationhood but of complacency, hypocrisy, and domination. The glorification of citizenship is a given in today’s world, part of a civic narrative that invokes liberation, dignity, and nationhood. In reality, explains Dimitry Kochenov, citizenship is a story of complacency, hypocrisy, and domination, flattering to citizens and demeaning for noncitizens. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Kochenov explains the state of citizenship in the modern world.”

Ius Doni: The Acquisition of Citizenship by Investment
Ideos Verlag
Dr. Christian H. Kälin

“We are in the midst of a global trend: the transformation of citizenship. This includes the acceptance of dual citizenship and the advent of ius doni, which provides the possibility of alternative citizenship by making an investment. At the same time it creates social and economic development opportunities for States. This study introduces the concept of ius doni into the contemporary legal and political theorising of citizenship. Providing the first comprehensive analysis of the subject, it discusses the historical, legal and political concepts of citizenship.”

The Global Market for Investor Citizenship
Jelena Džankić
Pallgrave Macmillan

“This book presents a systematic study of the history, theory and policy of investor citizenship and residence programmes. It explores how states develop new rules of joining their community in response to globalisation and highlights the tension between citizenship policies aimed at migrant integration and those, such as the sale of passports, which create ‘long-distance citizens’.”

At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship
NYU Press
Peter J. Spiro

“At Home in Two Countries charts the history of dual citizenship from strong disfavor to general acceptance. The status has touched many; there are few Americans who do not have someone in their past or present who has held the status, if only unknowingly. The history reflects on the course of the state as an institution at the level of the individual. The state was once a jealous institution, justifiably demanding an exclusive relationship with its members.”

The Scramble for Citizens: Dual Nationality and State Competition for Immigrants
Stanford University Press
David Cook-Martin

“It is commonly assumed that there is an enduring link between individuals and their countries of citizenship. Plural citizenship is therefore viewed with skepticism, if not outright suspicion. But the effects of widespread global migration belie common assumptions, and the connection between individuals and the countries in which they live cannot always be so easily mapped.”

Non-Academic Works

Nomad Capitalist
Independently published
Andrew Henderson

“Geography is no longer a limitation for those willing to follow Andrew Henderson’s ‘Five Magic Words’ and “Go where you’re treated best.” As the world’s most sought-after expert on offshore tax planning, second passports, and global citizenship – cited by the BBC, Bloomberg, Elite Daily and more – Andrew has condensed his last ten years of investigative world travel into an unprecedented book to help entrepreneurs and investors keep more of their own money, live where they want, become citizens of the world, and improve their lives and the planet.” 

The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen
Columbia Global Reports
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

“Today there are cosmopolites of all stripes, rich or poor, intentional or unwitting, from 1-percenters who own five passports thanks to tax-havens to the Bidoon, the stateless people of countries like the United Arab Emirates. Journalist Atossa Abrahamian, herself a cosmopolite, travels around the globe to meet the people who have come to embody an increasingly fluid, borderless world.”

The Flight of the Golden Geese: How the 1% Matter to the 99%
Bullhorn Press
Ian O. Angell and David Lesperance

“Flight of the Golden Geese highlights the growing importance of passport portfolio management as a form of wealth protection. There is no denying the facts: The ultra wealthy are packing up their seven-figure tax burdens and fleeing their home countries in droves for Ireland, Singapore, and other tax havens-and why shouldn’t they? For years governments have relied too heavily on a small percentage of citizens to shoulder the lion’s share of their greedy habit, but now these high net-worth individuals, the Golden Geese as they have come to be known, are taking matters into their own hands. “

Expat Secrets: How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas & Make Giant Piles of Money
Independently Published
Mikkel Thorup

“In this #1 Best Selling Book Mikkel Thorup draws on his 20+ years of overseas experience to bring you an easy to understand guide for living overseas, saving money on taxes, obtaining a second passport and travelling the world as an Expat.
The book covers topics like offshore incorporation, eliminating your tax bill, private banking, international gold & silver vaults, residency in a tax-free country, obtaining a second passport, global asset protection, and owning foreign real estate.”

The EB-5 Handbook: A Guide for Investors and Developers
Independently Published
Ali Jahangiri et al.

“Whether you are a foreign investor seeking a United States green card or a domestic developer sourcing capital for your latest project, the United States EB-5 visa program offers unique opportunity. In an industry known to be difficult to understand, The EB-5 Handbook breaks down the EB-5 program into its simple basics— investment, economic growth, and green cards. In The EB-5 Handbook, investors and developers alike will learn the essentials of the program, the benefits it can offer, and how to get started on their EB-5 journey with sections uniquely tailored to each party.”

EB5 2.0 | The Institutionalization of EB5: Changes in Legislation, China, and the Role of the Broker-Dealer
Lioncrest Publishing
Kevin Wright and Michael Fitzpatrick

“Since 1990, the Immigration Investor Visa Program (EB-5) has enabled American real estate developers raising capital for projects from foreign investors seeking to relocate to the United States. In recent years, however, lack of clear regulations, failure to extend legislation, and shortage of visas has made the landscape difficult, especially for Chinese investors, sending the EB-5 industry globally to alternative markets. Fortunately, there is an essential, up-to-date handbook to guide stakeholders through the changes in the EB-5 process.”

Green Card via the Red Carpet: A Comprehensive Guide to Immigrating to the U.S. by Investing in an EB-5 Regional Center
Independently published
Steven Parnell

A book for foreign nationals looking for information about the pros and cons of immigration and the benefits of the EB-5 Regional Center Investor Visa Program. Learn about the regional center and how it benefits immigrants, the authors’ thoughts banking practices, establishing credit, and where to turn for safe and impartial advice. For immigrants with investment possibilities, this is the must-read book.

Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook
Ideos Publications
Dr. Christian H. Kälin

“This book is the quintessential guide for global citizens and their advisers, such as law firms, tax consultants, private banks and family offices. At the same time the handbook is also invaluable for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in expanding their horizons.”