US Passport Ranking 2021

When it comes to passport rankings, the approach to uncovering the most powerful passports in the world has usually focused solely on mobility – how many countries can you get visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to? While this is very important in ranking a passport, we believe that this overlooks other important factors. With dual citizenship increasingly popular, individuals want to look for countries that offer excellent investment opportunities and have a good quality of life. With this in mind, Global Citizen Solutions developed a pioneering Global Passport Ranking that incorporated these factors into the ranking system, with the US passport ranking as the best in the world. Read on to discover why American passport holders have the most powerful passport in the world, with a detailed breakdown of the US passport ranking score and country profile.

USA Passport Ranking 2021

Why seek second citizenship? The answer is relatively simple – whether you are looking for greater financial or personal freedoms, second citizenship provides you with increased security, greater global access, and the opportunity to diversify your assets.

Our Global Passport Index uses a quantitative scoring system to determine the attractiveness of a passport. Our approach is based on measuring global passports’ access to other countries (with visa free access or visa on arrival), but also investment opportunities, and quality of life. For this, three separate indexes were created. So, based on this approach, how does the USA fare? The US Passport ranks differently across each index.

1. The Enhanced Mobility

Holds the most weight (50%) and is based on the number of countries that the passport holder has access to, alongside the “attractiveness” in terms of quality of life standards.

USA’s passport ranking: 10th

2. The Investment Index:

Worth 25% of the overall calculation and is based on the country’s economic strength, looking at investment opportunities and how easy it is to conduct business.

USA’s passport ranking: 4th

3. The Quality of Life Index:

Worth 25% of the overall calculation. Six components related to the quality of life are covered under this index – sustainable development, cost of living, level of happiness, environmental performance, freedom, and migrant acceptance.

USA’s passport ranking: 23rd

For more information, see the USA country profile here.

US passport ranking: the strongest passport in the world

The United States of America is an economic powerhouse, with the highest GDP in the world, which helps the USA in taking the top spot in our Global Passport Index. However, it is the overall positioning, performing well in each index, that ensures that the USA has the most powerful passport in the world. Indeed, while the country’s performance in the Quality of Life Index is perhaps lower than one may first expect, this is made up for by the investment opportunities that the country has to offer.

US passport ranking: Enhanced mobility

A US passport provides the passport holder visa-free or visa on arrival access to 172 countries or territories. A key reason for their strong performance in mobility is that the US has negotiated and established treaties that allow citizens with easy access to travel, business, and trade. Otherwise, there would be long visa processes that would slow down negotiations.

Countries that American passport holders have easy access to include EU countries, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Australia, and New Zealand.

US passport ranking: Investment opportunities

The USA provides investors with a very diverse and developed economic market, with the most lucrative consumer market in the world. It is unsurprising that the USA performs so well in the Investment Index.

The USA has a Gross National Income per capita (GNI) of $66.080 and personal taxation of 37%, which makes the USA a “most favorable” option for investors. The USA ranks well on all aspects of markets and innovation – innovation capability, financial system, product market, market size, labor market, and business dynamics. The USA particularly excels on market size.

The opportunities to invest in the country are extremely attractive to investors. This is perhaps one of the key reasons why the country offers many attractive visa schemes for expats looking to invest in America. Take the EB5 Visa program and the E2 Visa program, two excellent options. The Business Visa also allows citizens to spend 90 days in the country for business ventures.

USA passport ranking: Quality of life

In some aspects, the USA performs exceptionally well in quality of life – such as in sustainable development, freedom of speech, environmental performance, happiness, and migrant acceptance. However, because of a high cost of living, the USA performs least well in the Quality of Life Index.

Nonetheless, the USA is at the forefront of innovation, which has been making inroads on the country’s level of sustainable development and environmental performance, looking to become a global leader in these aspects.

The World’s most powerful passports:

The US comes out on top of the pack as having the strongest passport in the world. This is followed by Germany (2nd), Canada (3rd), Netherlands (4th), Denmark (5th), Sweden (6th), UK (7th), Finland (8th), Norway (9th), and New Zealand (10th).

In the Americas, the world’s most popular passports are: 

Securing a second passport

Outside the popular routes of citizenship by birth, marriage, and naturalization, citizenship-by-investment or residency-by-investment programs are becoming increasingly popular.

Citizenship-by-investment is a win-win, as it boosts the country’s economy and allows individuals to become truly global citizens and enjoy certain personal freedoms and financial prosperity.

Global Citizen Solutions is a boutique global citizenship and residence advisory firm, providing citizenship and residency solutions to international clients. Contact us today to begin your journey to obtain true global citizenship.

Some of the countries that we currently offer citizenship or residency by investment are the following:

About the global passport index

About the global passport index

Passport rankings have typically focused on the number of countries that allow visa-free access, with those that allow easier mobility and great access ranking highly. However, we believe that this is an oversimplified approach and that there are other important benefits that are fundamental to consider when acquiring a second passport – such as investment opportunities and quality of life.

To create our Global Passport Index, quantitative data like composite indicators were used to analyze specific criteria that determine the attractiveness of a passport. The ranking is based on data from various institutions and multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and the Sustainable Development Report, and was put together in collaboration with senior analysts.

Our full methodology can be found here.

US Investment Green Card: Which is the best route?

Take the EB5 Visa program and the E2 Visa program, two excellent options to consider for individuals looking to secure second citizenship in the USA. You will be able to experience the stability, investment opportunities, and personal freedoms that come with living in the USA. Global Citizen Solutions can help you understand which option is best for you, working diligently from start to finish to ensure a successful application.

US Investment Green Card: Which is the best route?

US EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 is an investor visa that allows you to obtain a green card by directly investing $500K in a qualifying business. The green card is temporary and only valid for two years. However, you are able to apply for a permanent visa after this time, with US citizenship attainable after five years. Note that on 3 December 2021, the US Congress will vote on the US budget, and there is the possibility that the investment threshold may increase from $500K to $750K or even $900K.

The EB-5 visa is a direct pathway to gaining a US passport, making it a very attractive scheme for investors looking to increase their financial and personal security.

You can see our guide on the EB-5 Visa here.

If you are interested in the EB-5 scheme you have until 3 December 2021 to take full advantage of the current investment criteria before potential changes roll out. You can book a call here today to discuss the possibility of this green card route to securing American citizenship.

US E2 Visa

The US E2 Visa allows individuals to live and work freely in the US without having to worry about leaving their family behind – you are able to bring your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 with you. Permanent residency is attainable, with an eventual citizenship a possibility by naturalization.

To be eligible, the investor must be from a country with an established E-2 Treaty agreement with the USA. If the country is eligible, then the application must make a substantial investment into an enterprise and intend to be the lead manager or business owner of the venture. Finally, the fund that is invested in must be classified as at-risk.

You can see our US E2 Treaty Investor Visa Guide here.

A comparison of the two routes can be found here.

Discover more about the most powerful passports in our Global Passport Index.

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