The Top 10 Easiest Countries To Immigrate To In 2021

Friday 9th April 2021

You might recall that we previously looked at the Top 10 easiest countries to emigrate to back in 2020, but has this changed following the BREXIT transition and Coronavirus? Well, we’re about to find out. 

Last year, the easiest countries to immigrate to were: 

  • UAE 
  • Germany 
  • Australia 
  • Canada 
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland 
  • Portugal 
  • Sweden 
  • Costa Rica 
  • Montenegro 

Whilst some of the easiest countries to immigrate to still rank in the top 10, this year there are some new contenders, kicking the likes of Switzerland, Sweden and Portugal off of the list.

Mexico 

Looking to immigrate to Mexico for more than 180 days? You will need to apply for a temporary visa for your stay in the country. Upon the approval of the temporary visa you will be required to renew this each year for up to 3 years.

Following this, if you’re still looking at residing in Mexico, it’s time to apply for a permanent residency, however it's important to remember that this cannot be done before 4 years of living in the North  American country. 

Whilst this sounds easy, and for the utmost part it is, there arecertain requirements that you must meet to be provided with permanent residency, these are: 

  • Having family connections in Mexico 
  • Proof of sufficient monthly income 
  • A regular status of temporary residence 

Some of these may seem impossible, especially if you don’t have any family in Mexico, but don’t panic, meeting just some of these requirements will help you to gain a permanent residency. Let’s face it, it’s unlikely if you’ve lived in Mexico for 4 years already that you haven’t got a sufficient monthly income to live off, that’s two requirements covered right there! 

Singapore 

Unlike many other countries, Singapore has an open door policy when it comes to immigration, so it’s no surprise that there is a large expat population and has a steadily growing number of immigrants in the country. 

If you are moving to Singapore for work, it’s likely that you’ll be amongst some of the highest paid people in the world, and as a result of the low cost of living people can enjoy a high standard of living. We can only imagine that it doesn't take much persuading to move to this beautiful country, making it one of the easiest countries to immigrate to. 

Canada 

Since the announcement of BREXIT, Canada has become a popular destination to immigrate to for British expats, so much so that it has one of the highest per capita immigration rates in the world. 

For anyone aged 18-30, it's easy to move to Canada, all you need is to apply for the International Experience Canada program, where you will be able to get a temporary working visa for up to two years. However, there are only limited spaces on this program, so you’ll need to make sure that you have at least $2,500, as well as a return ticket and proof of health insurance if you are chosen as one of the lucky applicants. 

You’re probably thinking, what about the over 30’s, well they would need to apply for permanent residency, this can be done via the Express Entry route, applying as a federal skilled worker. From here you will be assessed and receive a score out of 1200 based on your education, work experience etc. For more information on the routes into moving to one of the easiest countries to immigrate to, check out Moving2Canada.com

 

New Zealand 

Like Canada, New Zealand also offers a working holiday visa for 18-30 year olds who are looking to mainly visit the country on a holiday but would like to make a little bit of money whilst they are there, a great option for people who are visiting New Zealand for a while whilst travelling around the world. 

Others can gain visa’s through the Essential Skills in Demand lists (ESID); these are the Long Term Skill shortage (LTSSL), the Regional Skill Shortages List and The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortages List. 

It’s worth noting that if you’re looking for a permanent residency visa in the long run, the Long Term Skill Shortage List policy, may help your eligibility for this, however the other lists may not. 

Paraguay 

Maybe one of the easiest countries to immigrate so far is the South American country Paraguay, with the only requirement for permanent residency being that you only need to have $5,000 (USD) in your bank account, this must be deposited into a Paraguay bank or purchased in local property

British passport holders will be granted a 90 day stay in the country upon arrival, however to avoid fines its very important that you make sure that your passport is stamped, dated and signed by an immigration official

What’s better is that if you want to still be a British citizen, you can have dual citizenship in Paraguay, meaning that once you have permanent residency in the country, you will become one of their citizens as well as any children you may have whilst living there. 

Montenegro 

Immigrating to Montenegro, can be easy with 4 easy steps.

First, you will need to, buy a home, start a company and make yourself executive director, or alternatively arrange full-time employment. Once you have done this, you will then be able to apply for Temporary Residency, this will need to be renewed each year, until you have spent 5 years in the country where you will then be able to apply for permanent residency. 

Finally, upon another 5 years of living in Montenegro, you will then be eligible to apply for citizenship. So, after 10 years in the country you can become a Montenegro citizen.

Whilst that sounds like a long immigration process, in the long run it’s actually fairly easy, which is why it makes the top 10 easiest countries to immigrate to. 

Thailand 

Thailand  is one easiest countries to immigrate to because, like Montenegro, once you have been a resident for a certain amount of time (3 years in Thailand), you are able to apply for permanent residency if you; make a 3 - 10 million THB investment in the economy, be a highly skilled academic (or an expert in a desirable field), are in a relationship with somebody who already has permanent residency in the country, whether they are a Thai citizen or not, it doesn’t matter as long as they have permanent residency. 

For more information about immigrating to Thailand from the UK, check out this great article by the British Expat Guide, who look into the important things such as visa’s, as well as the benefits of living in the extraordinary country such as the cost of living, the weather and more. 

 

Panama 

Thanks to the launch of the Friendly Nations visa, this allows citizens from over 50 countries around the world to apply for a fast track permanent residency, this includes the United Kingdom. So, if you’re looking to immigrate to Panama from the UK it couldn't be easier, all you need to do is, put $5,00 (USD) into a Panamanian bank and establish a company, from then you will be able to get a passport. Although, if you’re retired you can take advantage of the pensionado visa scheme, which if you have at least $1,000 per month from your lifetime pension you can obtain residency. If however, you spend more that $100,000 on a property, you are only required to have a monthly income of $750 per month. 

Qatar 

To enable you to be able to sign a rental agreement, pay fines, and most importantly officially identify yourself in Qatar, you will need to gain a residence permit. This is required for everybody living in Qatar so if you are going to be immigrating with children they will need to have one also. If you’re moving to the country for a job, it is likely that your employer will be organising this for you as your sponsor, this paperwork must be carried out in the country, so you may be required to travel out beforehand.  However, if you are already in the country this can be carried out whilst on your temporary visa. To find out more about what is required when applying for a residence permit, this article from Expatica, has some really useful information. 

All in all, as long as you have employment arrangements, the immigration process to Qatar is very easy. 

Denmark

For those immigrating to Denmark, following a temporary residence of more than 8 years makes you eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit. As with all of these countries, there are many requirements involved in qualifying for permanent residency, in Denmark, to find out what these are, please make sure to check out the New to Denmarkwebsite.

8 years sounds a long time, right? Well… if you meet all of the following criteria, this may make you eligible for permanent residency after 4 years instead. 

You need to:

  • Pass the Danish language test 3
  • Have been employed for at least 4 years in total during your time in Denmark
  • Pass the active citizen exam or have displayed active citizenship
  • Must have had an annual average income above a certain amount

Whilst we’ve looked at the entry requirements making some of these the easiest countries to move to in this article, people may often consider things such as healthcare a reason to be an easy country to move to. Look at it this way, the lifestyle may make the choice to move very easy, or the job opportunities make it a no brainer to move, which overall causes less stress for you and make the choice to move to another country a lot easier. 

Looking at these countries, each of them have a lot to offer when it comes to the lifestyle, weather and quality of life, making them all great options if you’re looking to move out of the UK.