by Simon Black
I remember the day like it was yesterday.
Fifteen years ago, I received my Italian passport in the mail, shipped to me directly by the Italian consulate in New York.
A few years prior, I found out I was eligible for an Italian passport through ancestry.
My grandparents are of Italian descent… so Italy deemed me eligible to become a citizen as well.
On top of that, I was able to get my passport almost for free (I only had to pay a small application fee).
That day was the first time I had really ever felt a real sense of freedom.
For the first time, I was no longer beholden to just one nation. No government authority would have exclusive rights over my sovereignty.
I now had more options… and more freedom.
Back then, I wasn’t fully aware of the possibilities and opportunities multiple passports (and residencies) would open up for me.
In fact, I was just beginning my journey to internationalize my life.
But now, looking back, getting that second passport radically changed my life forever- and for the better.
Today, I cannot stress enough the benefits of having a second passport— and I believe it’s a fundamental cornerstone of a solid Plan B.
That’s because a second passport is the ultimate insurance policy. And getting a second passport has only gotten more important since I first started Sovereign Man, ten years ago.
Most of us don’t second guess buying house insurance, car insurance, even rental insurance…
But most of us don’t think for a second of insuring ourselves against the idiocies of the country in which we were born.
Yet history has shown us time and time again that governments will never hesitate to put the wellbeing of their citizens LAST, after satisfying the interests of the status quo.
That’s why it’s so important to have a way out– a means to get out of dodge should your home country take away your freedoms.
Having a second passport ensures that no matter what happens in the world – and no matter what policies your home government decides to force upon you – you’ll always have a place to go.
A place where you and your family can thrive, build a business and take advantage of opportunities.
If you have children, a second passport can be passed onto them- imparting them with a unique generational gift that will pay dividends many years into the future.
And there are a couple of ways you can obtain a second passport.
Two of these require that an investment of personal resources – time and money – and the second two require that you be either flexible or part of a lucky bloodline.
Other countries will give you a passport in exchange for a donation to their “investment fund.” These are usually found in the Carribean or other island nations.
Some countries will grant you citizenship just for being born there. The United States is undoubtedly the most famous of those, but others like Brazil or Argentina can be just as appealing.
And lastly, a handful of countries – mostly European, will consider you for citizenship if you can prove that some of your ancestors hailed from the country.
That’s how I got my first second passport. Like I said, my grandparents were Italian, and therefore I was eligible for Italian citizenship.
That means that not only do I have the right to live, work and do business in Italy but because of Europe’s Schengen Area, I can do all of the above in 26 countries in Europe without a visa… for the rest of my life.
That’s an incredible flexibility and a huge gift: having a second passport can really open doors to a whole new world.
There are a dozen or so of these options in Europe – notably in Hungary, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Italy.
But some countries like Spain will also grant citizenship to people of certain ethnic descent.
Generally, the process is relatively straightforward and hassle-free.
It’s something I recommend to absolutely everyone. If there’s a chance you might have European ancestors, it should be at the top of your list of priorities.
Just like other types of insurance- the time to obtain one is BEFORE you might need it.
To guide you through some of the options, my team put together a preview of one of our premium reports that’s usually only available to members of Sovereign Man: Confidential.
Usually, this process can take years (like it did for me), but inside we cover a unique shortcut that can cut the time to just a few months.
It’s a great example of the kind of information we strive to provide to members of Sovereign Man: Confidential: unique, little-known opportunities that have the potential to radically expand your options in the world – and ensure you thrive, no matter what happens next.
I hope you take action on this. If you do, I am almost certain your life will never be the same again.