Retiree Residency In France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Or Greece

“Kathleen, I am a 75-year-old woman in remarkably good health. I recently retired as an immigration attorney, but poor retirement planning leaves me with US$1,500 per month to retire on. Born and raised in New York City, I’m pretty flexible. I’ve lived in 10 states, briefly in China, and have traveled regularly.

“I’m wondering if there is a status that would allow me to stay in France for longer than 90 days at a time? Is Italy a possibility? If not, is there a country I could live in permanently? I think I’ve probably 10 to 15 years! Thank you.”

–Billie G., United States

Yes, I believe that with US$1,500 a month in retirement income you could get retirement residency in France or Italy. Ireland would be an option, as well.

If you have a nest egg to invest in a real estate, note that Spain and Greece offer invest-for-residency options. The required minimum investment works out to about US$300,000 at current exchange rates.

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