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17 August 2017
Geneva, 17 August 2017   The Investment Migration Council (IMC), the worldwide association for Investor Migration and Citizenship-by-Investment, has today announced the appointment of additional members to serve on its Governing Board and Advisory Committee. The new appointees include: Nadine Goldfoot, Partner, ...
16 August 2017
New Zealand’s government has confirmed that Australia’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, is a dual citizen. Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia’s constitution. Mr Joyce revealed earlier that he may have ...
10 August 2017
Malta has ranked ninth in an analysis of citizenship by investment programmes conducted by an international research group of 12 countries, with the country among the top three for due diligence procedures. Cyprus and Malta also emerged as two of the ...
10 August 2017
Cyprus ranks 7th out of 12 countries studied in an analysis of citizenship-by-investment programmes by the Financial Times group’s Professional Wealth Management, ahead of Malta, Bulgaria and Austria, the other European Union member states on the list, Cyprus Mail reported. ...
10 August 2017
The federal government has once again stripped Helmut Oberlander of his Canadian citizenship for serving in a Nazi death squad and lying about it to enter Canada. Oberlander, 93, was an interpreter for the Nazis and served in Einsatzkommando 10a, a ...
10 August 2017
Downing Street has sought to rein in Chancellor Philip Hammondin an apparent attempt to prevent Brexit divisions descending into a cabinet civil war. Theresa May’s official spokesman made clear that freedom of movement will end in March 2019, despite previous ...
10 August 2017
A new set of tax residency rules that were approved last month in Cyprus are meant to supplement the country’s existing “183-day rule” rather than replacing it, International Investment now understands. They are also deemed to have entered into ...
10 August 2017
Citizenship applications for the Caribbean island of Grenada have boomed in the last three years. Reports have emerged that Grenada’s citizenship by investment program, introduced in 2014, is being used to fast-track US E2 visa applications. Grenada is the only ...
10 August 2017
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme was recently ranked second best in the world, behind only Dominica, and while Les Khan, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), is proud of this achievement, ...
10 August 2017
The Citizenship by Investment Board (“the Board”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nestor Alfred to the position of Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective today, 8th August, 2017. Nestor holds a BSc. Management ...
26 July 2017
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) in St Kitts and Nevis has announced the addition of a Residency Programme for people looking to live and work in the federation. Les Khan, the unit’s CEO, made the announcement at the ...
26 July 2017
One of China’s most wanted ­fugitives who is holed up on a tiny Caribbean island says he is willing to return to the mainland to face his accusers – but only as a “free man”. Accused of financial crimes ­involving ...
26 July 2017
Tighter immigration rules in the wake of Brexit are likely to have a significant effect on several British industries, with far more EU8 citizens working in the UK than British citizens living abroad. Around 1.3 million citizens of EU8 countries – Poland, ...
26 July 2017
Pam Golding Properties has partnered with investment migration firm Henley & Partners to provide buyers seeking international property assets with a view to acquiring dual residence or citizenship. The partnership comes at a time when increasing numbers of affluent locals, ...
26 July 2017
Australia’s third largest party the Australian Greens lost a second senator on Tuesday, forced to resign after realizing she had dual citizenship and was ineligible for office, only days after another Greens senator resigned for the same reason. The ...
26 July 2017
The Investment Migration Council (IMC) hosted a workshop in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro on the planned Special Investor Program of Montenegro on Thursday, 20 July 2017    The informative workshop explored opportunities for the proposed Special Investor Program ...
7 July 2017
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) said it is adding value to the range of programmes on offer by making available a residency programme to people wanting to live and work in St. Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, ...
7 July 2017
Additional Information released re Implementation of the Travel Ban On June 27, we issued a client alert regarding the latest Supreme Court decision, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, and advised that parts of the Travel Ban were scheduled to go ...
6 July 2017
On June 16, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with St. Kitts and Nevis. Economic performance moderated in 2016. Growth moderated, reflecting the deceleration in tourism-linked sectors and contraction in manufacturing output, while still ...
30 June 2017
St. John’s, Antigua; Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Charmaine Quinland-Donovan is assuring all industry participants, new citizens and the general public that citizenships granted and the resulting travel documents issued, have ...
29 June 2017
For those who wish to live and work in the UK there are two attractive visa options: The Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, according to Sable International’s John Dunn. “The ...
27 June 2017
As of June 27, 2017, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will need a visa to visit Canada. From that date, any existing electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) issued to a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda will become null and void, and affected individuals ...
26 June 2017
HTS News4orce said it has been “reliably informed” that Cindy McLean, chief executive officer of the (CIU) is now on leave “with immediate effect”. No further details on this move are available. She has been the agency’s CEO ...
26 June 2017
According to a recent IMF report, revenues from the Citizenship By Investment programs in member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union have been on the decline. The ECCU is comprised of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and ...
26 June 2017
Representatives from the region’s five Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia on Friday, June 16 to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of Heads of Government ...
16 June 2017
Klasko Immigration Law Partners announces that H. Ronald Klasko and William A. Stock have been selected for inclusion in The Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Guide for 2017. The 10th annual list — selected by Lawdragon and produced in partnership with Human Resource ...
16 June 2017
The multi-billion dollar investment migration industry, which sees governments offering visas and citizenship to people in return for investments in local businesses and property, is surfing the crest of a wave. Having ridden a boom in demand from newly affluent ...
16 June 2017
I. Introduction   During the last decades, Cyprus has developed as a well-respected international financial and investment centre due to its effective legal system, the low rates on company tax, the efficient administration system and highly skilled workforce. On the ...
16 June 2017
The Government is planning to introduce a scheme somewhat akin to the ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ via introduction of a new law in Sri Lanka. For this purpose a Bill dated May 29, 2017 has been specifically published and is yet to ...
15 June 2017
In this article I propose to provide a visual summary of the difference between the E-2 work visa and the EB5 green card to explain why the E-2 visa may be a better choice for you as an investor immigrant. ( ...
15 June 2017
Real estate experts in the EB-5 visa field strongly believe new legislation governing the controversial immigration program that rewards foreign investors with permanent U.S. residency will pass by the end of September. “Either Congress will pass a new EB-5 ...
15 June 2017
A growing group of South Africans are increasingly eyeing obtaining the UK’s £200 000 Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa as political and economic woes continue to pummel their homeland. This is according to Gary Kockott, Managing Director for SA at Sable International, who ...
2 June 2017
Saint Lucia will be well represented at the Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, Switzerland from June 5th to June 7th. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet will attend the event, after spending a few days in London, along with members of ...
1 June 2017
Great participation and intense interest by the audience followed the one day forum on the Greek Golden Visa Program co-organized by Enterprise Greece (www.enterprisegreece.gov.gr) and the Investment Migration Council (http://investmentmigration.org), on Monday, May 29 in Athens, ...
1 June 2017
A unique Canadian business immigration program opened for new applications on May 29. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) offers international investors the opportunity to obtain permanent resident status in Canada by making a risk-free $800,000 CAD investment that is guaranteed by ...
1 June 2017
A 2017 report by market research firm New World Wealth concluded that a record 82,000 millionaires moved to a new country in 2016, up 26% from 62,000 in 2015. The estimate is that approximately 100,000 millionaires will move country each year by 2018. A millionaire in this report ...
31 May 2017
As a controversial U.S. investment visa scheme comes under fresh criticism, Sam Walls of Little Rock, Arkansas, faces a different problem as he courts wealthy Chinese. Walls and his team at Pine State Regional Center are looking to raise $200 ...
31 May 2017
A top executive at an international due diligence firm is warning agents of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) to be wary of Chinese applicants who are either on the run, or may soon be on the run from the ...
31 May 2017
Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) in the Caribbean have been the subject of much criticism, even though the financial and economic benefits of the programmes are undeniable. These programmes are operated by: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and ...
31 May 2017
Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris says the Team Unity-led Government views the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) as an integral part of the long-term development of St. Kitts and Nevis that will “bring benefits to the ...
31 May 2017
To the Editor: Re article, “EU Passports for Sale in Cyprus Lure Rich Russians” (Originally published on May 11): Whilst we are strong advocates of independent and οbjective journalism, we regret to note that this article remains in our view a ...
19 May 2017
As a part of its annual events calendar, between the 5th and 7th June, the Investment Migration Council (IMC) will be holding its annual Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. This is a unique forum where key players from the ...
16 May 2017
The recent credit downgrades by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s ratings agencies, and the potential effects of junk status, has wealthy South Africans seriously reviewing the available options for diversifying their personal interests and investment assets beyond the country’ ...
16 May 2017
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris is confident that that the revamped Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program can protect it from criminally obtained money to obtain citizenship and is willing to sacrifice profitability in the program In ...
16 May 2017
A report published by Forbes – a leading global media company – states that Chinese investors are turning to the US L1 visa to extend their stay in America. The report comes amid increasing uncertainty over the future of the EB5 green ...
16 May 2017
There is no doubt that Singapore has been attracting companies and firms from across the globe, given its relatively free economy. In 2016, the World Bank ranked Singapore second in the ease of doing business, further cementing its position as a ...
9 May 2017
Entrepreneur and investor immigration allows Canada to attract people that can launch innovative businesses, increase the flow of foreign direct investment to Canada, and support economic development goals such as building infrastructure. A new report by The Conference Board of ...
5 May 2017
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended the St Kitts and Nevis government on Wednesday on its efforts to strengthen the citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme, the oldest of its kind in the world. “I would like to commend the ...
28 April 2017
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, on Monday, held a national consultation with stakeholders to discuss the performance of the island’s economy and to map a way forward. The national consultation, hosted at the state house conference centre, ...
27 April 2017
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25 April 2017
Investment achieved through the Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme, which offers residency permits to investors, reached €3bn in March, according to figures published on Friday by the Immigration and Borders authority, SEF.   By the end of March, investment resulting from ...
25 April 2017
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) in Saint Lucia has attempted to counter a pledge by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the country’s citizenship by investment programme ( ...
25 April 2017
It seems that the Trump administration may bring in further restriction for the H1B specialty worker visa and L1 visa programs (includes the L1A intra-company transfer visa for executives and managers and L1B intra-company transfer visa for ...
25 April 2017
Minister for health and environment Dr Kenneth Darroux has stressed that any myths being spread about Dominica’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme should be dispelled. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, that we make no ...
25 April 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced major changes to citizenship laws, making it tougher for foreign nationals to become Australian citizens. Aspiring citizens will have to undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, ...
12 April 2017
As Brexit puts a question mark over the rights of EU nationals in Britain, Lithuania is rushing to let its citizens keep their Baltic passports if they opt to become British.   A bill tabled in the 141-seat parliament would ...
12 April 2017
Known as a favourite tourist destination with its idyllic beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, Cyprus has also attracted attention for its citizenship-by-investment programme, which fits well with the property sector there. In a nutshell, the Cypriot government in the past ...
12 April 2017
More than 1,500 residency permits for Greece immigration have been granted since the introduction of the Golden Visa Investor Program. Chinese and Russian candidates dominate the visa holders, as is the case with the majority of the world’s residency-by-investment programs. ...
12 April 2017
A Defense Department official says that the U.S. military will continue to welcome noncitizen recruits and that the Trump administration also will continue a long-standing policy that allows members of the military and their families a pathway to citizenship ...
7 April 2017
Following a walk out on Tuesday by all opposition parliamentarians after a motion to reverse changes to the citizenship by investment programme (CIP) was removed from the order paper, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has pledged to review ...
1 April 2017
The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), a Canadian immigration program that allows international investors to obtain Canadian permanent residence by investing CAD $800,000 risk-free, will reopen in less than two months. The QIIP is Canada’s only passive investor immigration program, ...
28 March 2017
A number of companies from European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece and Cyprus will be at the upcoming International Property Show (IPS) in Dubai, UAE, to woo regional investors with Golden Visa programmes. A show focused on B2 ...
28 March 2017
Germany has retained its position at the top of the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index in the 2017 edition of the annual travel freedom ranking. Global residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners produces its index in partnership with ...
28 March 2017
Singapore has kept its top spot amidst Southeast Asia as the country with the highest visa-free access, revealed the 2017 Visa Restrictions Index, an annual travel freedom ranking published by the global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners. The ...
27 March 2017
While the United States has welcomed the efforts made by St Kitts and Nevis to tighten its citizenship by investment programme, and is working with the federation to make the programme a model one, according to US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, ...
27 March 2017
The Acting CEO of the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) Thomas Anthony has resigned from the post. His resignation comes after his boss the CEO Chisanga Chekwe also resigned from the post. Educated in the United Kingdom, ...
23 March 2017
The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head the country’s important Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Quinland-Donovan’s appointment takes effect from March 27. Prime Minister ...
10 March 2017
There is growing concern among international investors in Grenada’s citizenship-by-investment program about the attempt by the government to seize a foreign-owned resort. A court in Grenada has temporarily blocked the government’s plan to forcibly end a 99-year lease ...
10 March 2017
International citizenship and residence advisory firm, Henley & Partners is opening a new office in St. Lucia, its fourth office in the Caribbean region. The firm will work closely with the Government of St. Lucia to promote its relatively new ...
10 March 2017
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has officially begun reviewing applications of 17 Iranians and two Yemenis who received passports through the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the CIU, Thomas Anthony said the unit has received ...
10 March 2017
The Australian passport has been deemed 16th most valuable in the world, according to a listing from global consulting firm Nomad Capitalist. The listing takes into consideration 199 countries on the basis of their “value of citizenship.” Australia finds itself tied ...
10 March 2017
To access the data sheet on the Portugal’s Golden Residence Programme (GRP) results as of the 28th February 2017, please click here ...
7 March 2017
Developer Breaks Ground on $200 Million Dollar Project “Together, public and private agencies have ensured that transparency, correct procedure, respect for the law and honest communication have prevailed.  It is because of their steadfastness that we are able to turn the ...
6 March 2017
The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently enjoyed ...
6 March 2017
Demand for construction workers in London looks set to grow due to the completion of Crossrail and the extension of the Northern Line alongside other infrastructure projects. But a new analysis reveals the Capital is struggling to attract and train ...
28 February 2017
The people managing the Citizenship-by-Investment Programme (CIP) have launched an aggressive initiative aimed at improving the image of the programme. Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) invited members of the media to a press luncheon on Tuesday where the underlying theme ...
22 February 2017
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has been awarded Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental and conservation work in the country. King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal decree approving the citizenship on 31 July, officials said on Friday. Jolie, who adopted a ...
14 February 2017
The U.S. may lose its luster as an immigration destination for Asia’s wealthy thanks to Donald Trump’s anti-China rhetoric and scenes of valid green card holders being held at airports across the country after the U.S. ...
14 February 2017
Two United States senators have introduced legislation to end a controversial visa program popular with Chinese investors that gives out green cards in exchange for investments in American businesses that create jobs. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) ...
14 February 2017
Italy is joining the growing investment migration movement. The Government of Italy amends its immigration and tax laws, paving the way for the development of a residence-by-investment program in one of the largest countries in Europe. The new provisions, already ...
14 February 2017
The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) says it views as “reasonable” a call for a Commission of Inquiry into the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) even as it condemned the violence and vandalism that led to the destruction of ...
12 February 2017
Swiss voters decided Sunday that they want to make it easier for “third-generation foreigners” to get Swiss citizenship. They rejected a complex tax reform initiative aimed at getting Switzerland in line with international standards. The “simplified naturalization of third-generation immigrants” ...
12 February 2017
Despite Thursday’s declaration by the Minister of Economic Investment, Asot Michael, that the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) had been “authorised” to carry out a probe into the issuing of passports to 17 Iranians and two Yemenis, no official request ...
7 February 2017
Sudan has been added to the list of states whose nationals are not allowed to apply for citizenship under Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The ban was communicated as a Cabinet decision which was made public ...
6 February 2017
Although there has been no official word, either from foreign banks in Dominica or the Roosevelt Skerrit administration, that government citizenship by investment (CBI) accounts have been closed, there is, however, speculation in Roseau and elsewhere that the banks are ...
30 January 2017
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought to clarify the status of Iranian national Ali Reza Halat Monfared who has been arrested on allegations of being involved in Iran’s biggest ever corruption scandal. By way of the Citizenship by ...
26 January 2017
The inflow of funds into Portugal attracted by the country’s ‘golden visa’ fast-track residency programme for big foreign investors rose 87.5 percent last year to €874 million, according to figures released by the SEF Immigration Office. Total investment under the Residence ...
26 January 2017
Turkey’s real estate market is poised for a turnaround in international sales this year, thanks to a new citizenship law for foreign investors, said Spot Blue International Property in January, adding that the weakness of the Turkish lira will ...
26 January 2017
Politicians have called on the Government to explain why US tech billionaire Peter Thiel was granted New Zealand citizenship more than five years ago, saying there are many unanswered questions. The Department of Internal Affairs has confirmed Thiel became a ...
26 January 2017
The Hungarian Government Debt Management Agency (ÁKK) announced that the government will stop accepting requests for Residency Bonds on March 31stof this year. The Residency Bond system is a program that allows wealthy foreigners to essentially purchase a permit of ...
25 January 2017
On the 24th January, the European Commission published its third EU Citizenship Report, presenting actions to ensure citizens can fully enjoy their rights when working, travelling, studying or participating in elections. Europeans are more than ever aware of their status ...
18 January 2017
To access the data sheet on the Portugal’s Golden Residence Programme (GRP) results as of the 31st December 2016, please click here ...
12 January 2017
With only six months on the job, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) Chisanga Chekwe has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. However, the reasons for the CEO’s resignation remain unclear. ...
10 January 2017
Les Khan, CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), announced today that the Cabinet has approved changes to the Citizenship by Investment programme. The changes are being implemented to better integrate applicants into the life of the Federation by ...
10 January 2017
Caribbean citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes are among the best in the world. With the option of investing in real estate or contributing directly to national foundations and trusts, qualified applicants can be granted citizenship in as little as 90 days. ...
10 January 2017
On January 1, 60 Minutes — an investigative programme aired by the US television company, CBS Corporation — ran a segment on ‘Citizenship by Investment Programmes’ (CIP) that are operated by several countries around the world. For reasons best known to itself, 60 Minutes focused ...
10 January 2017
An Everett developer’s guilty plea Wednesday to federal fraud charges is the latest example of abuse of the EB-5 program offering green cards to foreign investors. Lobsang Dargey used the program to fuel his fast rise in the Puget ...
5 January 2017
Residency-by-investment programs are an attractive option for some HNW individuals, but may be designed to the detriment of the country in which the program is available. According to our 2016 Global Wealth Managers Survey, 18.7% of total HNW wealth is held offshore. ...
5 January 2017
Prime Minister Mackenzie King was the first Canadian citizen. On January 3rd 1947, at Canada’s Supreme Court in Ottawa, he took the oath. Yesterday, 26 new Canadians did the same, also in the Supreme Court. 70 years, and a couple of revisions ...
5 January 2017
Antiguan and Barbudan diplomat Casroy James is being called on to voluntarily step down after he admitted to receiving monies purported to be bribery payments, but which he said were legitimate fees for consultancy work. Former National Security Minister of ...
5 January 2017
On December 22nd, 2016, the minister to whom citizenship-by- investment is assigned signed a statutory instrument making amendments to the Citizenship-by-Investment Regulations No. 89 of 2015. At this time, these are the only changes that have been made to the Citizenship-by-Investment legislation. Please ...
23 December 2016
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, updated the general public on the status of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) during the Sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, December 13. Dr. Harris noted that there have been ...
23 December 2016
Most countries in the world offer a deal offering fast-tracked residency permits and, ultimately, citizenship in return for investments in local businesses and property. With the UK voting to leave the European Union, it is becoming more attractive for wealthy ...
15 December 2016
Representative from at least five Caribbean countries are to meet here later this week to discuss the Citizenship by Investment (CIP). The Coordinator of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit, Emmanuel Nanton said that the countries in the Caribbean with ...
9 December 2016
The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to ...
7 December 2016
Another move to propel the St. Kitts-Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) forward is the introduction of the International Marketing Agent Initiative, says Les Khan, CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), while appearing on the government’s radio-television ...
7 December 2016
New Zealand will double the amount of investment needed for permanent residency, the country’s immigration minister said on Wednesday, while also increasing the number of visas it issues. The ‘Investor 2’ visa will require NZ$3 million (1.68 million pounds) in investment ...
29 November 2016
The Government of Montenegro has today issued an international public tender notice for the development and implementation of a Special Investor Program under which a person may be granted Montenegrin citizenship. Details available from the Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development ...
25 November 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal’s Golden Residence Programme (GRP) results as of the 31st October 2016, please click here ...
18 November 2016
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua Government is reporting a decrease in applications for the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). According to Lennox Weston, the minister of state in the Ministry of Finance, this can be attributed to a ...
18 November 2016
Uncertainty and fear over a United States governed by a Donald Trump administration appears to be pushing wealthy Americans to look for alternative citizenships – and the Caribbean just might benefit. The Republican’s upset win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ...
18 November 2016
The number of people looking to get a second passport has increased after Donald Trump won the race for the White House, sources have said. Henley & Partners, which has an office in Dubai that also helps wealthy individuals acquire ...
18 November 2016
International citizenship and residence advisory firm, Henley & Partners, has been appointed by the Government of Grenada to restructure its citizenship-by-investment program. The mandate of the firm’s Government Advisory Team is to work hand in hand with the Citizenship ...
18 November 2016
The government of Antigua & Barbuda has not jumped at the opportunity to salvage Iraqi investor Ahmed Abbas Oleiwi Al-Hassani’s US $1.5 billion condominium project at Pensioner’s Beach or in arranging for it to go ahead elsewhere. Instead, Minister ...
18 November 2016
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The main opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Monday called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to be open and transparent with the population regarding the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The SLP said it also ...
18 November 2016
PORT OF SPAIN, St Kitts (WINN) — Revenues earned from the sale of citizenship are supporting the economic recovery being experienced in the Eastern Caribbean countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) country report on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union ( ...
3 November 2016
October 31, 2016 — Ottawa, Ontario – The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today the Government of Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirements for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens on December 1, 2017. It demonstrates the importance that the Government ...
2 November 2016
BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The chief executive officer at the St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), Terrance Crossman, has been terminated. Crossman was handed a termination letter on Friday. The reasons for his dismissal are unclear. The dismissal ...
19 October 2016
Since taking up his post as the new CEO of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Les Khan has been working hard to implement reforms that will define the citizenship by investment (CBI) program as innovative ...
10 October 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal’s Golden Residence Programme (GRP) results as of the 30th September 2016, please click here ...
5 October 2016
Launched in October 2014, the Investment Migration Council (IMC) is the only global association for professionals involved in investor migration and citizenship-by-investment. The IMC has been growing rapidly under the leadership of its Chief Executive, Bruno L’ecuyer.  It has recently ...
3 October 2016
Pafilia Cyprus Property Developers has been fined €100,000 for mis-leading home buyers in a case that focused on the commercial practices that the company used in 2007 when selling apartments to them. The complaint was filed with (CCPS) by home buyers in ...
3 October 2016
On September 26th, EB5 Economist, an economic research firm specializing in analyzing the economic impact of EB5 projects, launched a newly developed, proprietary EB-5 Job Calculator. This calculator is a tool to help EB-5 project developers and professionals quickly estimate ...
22 September 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal’s Golden Residence Programme (GRP) results as of the 31st August 2016, please click here ...
29 August 2016
As the EB-5 visa backlog for natives of China continues to increase, parents looking to use the EB-5 program to obtain U.S. permanent residence for their children are faced with the prospect of their children reaching the age of 21 ...
29 August 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 31st July 2016, please click here. ...
22 August 2016
The global roll out of the Home Office’s Access UK visit visa service is now complete. In 2014 the Home Office introduced a new digital application service for customers in China to apply for visitor visas online. Following its successful ...
17 August 2016
LONDON — Until Britain voted to leave the European Union, Philip Levine never thought deeply about his Jewish heritage. But looking for a way to ensure that he could still work and live in Europe once Britain leaves the bloc, Mr. ...
16 August 2016
On July 13, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the consideration of the 2016 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. The regional recovery is gaining ground, supported by continued low oil ...
11 July 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 30th June 2016, please click here. ...
27 June 2016
Fees for getting a passport through the Dominica CIP will increase for individuals and families wishing to apply for citizenship If you’ve been thinking of getting a second passport, one of the countries that offers this facility is hiking ...
20 June 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 31st May 2016, please click here. ...
23 May 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 30th April 2016, please click here. ...
28 April 2016
On Wednesday April 20th, IIUSA hosted its 11th Annual General Membership Meeting (“AGM”) in Washington, D.C., kicking off the 9th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference, the longest running EB-5 conference attended by international investment and economic development professionals around the ...
28 April 2016
The St. Lucia government is strongly defending its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in the face of harsh criticism from an expert in residence and citizenship planning, who described it as poorly designed and lacking transparency and said his firm ...
26 April 2016
Cooperation between trade associations to promote global standards of best practices for investment migration professionals  On April 21st, Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the U.S.-based not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”) and ...
25 April 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 31st March 2016, please click here. ...
22 April 2016
A former senior Canadian civil servant has been named the incoming head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) in move that the government of Antigua & Barbuda said will reassure the international community of the programme’s transparency. According ...
21 April 2016
Since the outset of the EU migrant crisis over two years ago, countless proposals have been tabled by EU and national authorities, civil society and independent policy exponents to address some of the most salient causes and impacts of this ...
20 April 2016
A ground-breaking report by a high-level commission, headed by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has tabled a series of far-reaching proposals for an urgent reform of the United Nations Human Rights architecture. Composed of some of the world’s ...
18 April 2016
The United States Government has warned regional countries  offering the citizenship by investment programme (CIP), to refrain from issuing   “unless the issuing government is confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant”. In a statement ...
4 April 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results as of 29th January 2016, please click here. ...
28 March 2016
The Home Office has published its response to two reviews of Tier 2 policy, undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee. The government has announced its response to two reviews of Tier 2 policy by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). Tier 2 is ...
18 March 2016
Extending the Super Priority Visa Service to Astana is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit or work. The new service, which ...
14 March 2016
Poll shows ‘overwhelming support’ for granting nationals reciprocal rights to live and work freely in each other’s countries. A new poll has found “overwhelming support” within Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for granting nationals reciprocal rights ...
23 February 2016
17 February 2016 – New York, NY Klasko Immigration Law Partners is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to be the North American Regional Representative Office of the Investment Migration Council (IMC). The IMC will now have regional representative offices in ...
12 February 2016
To access the data sheet on the Portugal (GRP) program results for the month of January 2016, please click here ...
25 January 2016
No permanent resident visas have been issued 1 year after the pilot program was launched A pilot program that was intended to attract rich immigrants willing to make a non-guaranteed investment of $2 million over 15 years in return for permanent residency in ...
22 January 2016
To access the data sheet on the Golden Residence Programme (ARI),  please click here ...
12 January 2016
The government set out its proposed changes to the fees for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services for 2016–17. Specific fee changes for 2016–17 will apply after further legislation is laid in Parliament by April this year. The new ...
4 January 2016
London, December 2015 Fragomen LLP has been appointed as the Investment Migration Council (IMC) Regional Representative Office (RRO) for Europe. Last November, Fragomen Worldwide, the world’s leading immigration services provider, joined with other leaders in the fields of immigration and ...
7 December 2015
The Invest In the USA (IIUSA) Board of Directors has voted unanimously in support of a bipartisan, bicameral agreement among the chairmen and ranking members of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to reform and reauthorize the EB-5 Regional ...
27 November 2015
Hong Kong, 26th November 2015 The Investment Migration Council (IMC), the worldwide association for Investor Immigration and Citizenship-by-Investment, head-quartered in Geneva, has opened offices in Hong Kong and is represented by Mandeville & Associates, a well-known Immigration Consultancy firm with over 20 ...
11 November 2015
10 November, 2015 – Washington While the ongoing migration crisis continues to preoccupy Europe’s policymakers and public’s, another important migration trend has almost disappeared from the headlines, although not from policymakers’ list of concerns: the emigration of well-prepared young Europeans to ...
30 October 2015
The UK Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its much anticipated review on the current Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur visa system. This report was requested by the Home Secretary and asked the MAC to carry out a review of ...
29 October 2015
The UK Government has today announced it is making changes to the Immigration Rules affecting various categories. Amongst other categories, changes refer to the Tier1, 2, 5 of the points based system. To download a copy of this ‘statement of changes’ please ...
13 October 2015
7 October, 2015 – Monaco   The Government of Saint Lucia has officially launched its Citizenship-by-Investment programme at a Monaco conference. According to Prime Minister Kenny D. Anthony the Saint Lucia Citizenship Programme will commence accepting applications for citizenship by investment on January 1 ...
5 October 2015
1 October, 2015 – London, UK Henley & Partners, the global leaders in residence and citizenship planning, has published the annual Visa Restrictions Index for the last decade, and now launches the latest 2015 edition. This year’s Index, along with the unique cumulative ...
23 September 2015
22 September, 2015 – Washington, DC This afternoon, the US Senate released its proposal for the “continued resolution” (CR) to extend current funding levels for the federal government through December 11, 2015 and includes reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program for the same duration ...
19 June 2015
Prompted by questions from the Member of Parliament for Rural West, Antigua & Barbuda learnt, for the first time, that more than 500 passports have been sold after a year and four months of operation of the Citizenship by Investment ...
5 June 2015
A final suite of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada's citizenship laws will be fully in force as of June 11, 2015. The changes – part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year – ensure new citizens can fully and quickly ...
3 October 2014
The founding of the Investment Migration Council was announced today. The Investment Migration Council (IMC) has been formed by the leading experts within the immigration and citizenship by investment industry to bring together the foremost ...
1 October 2014
The Geneva-based Investment Migration Council (IMC), which is the worldwide association representing professionals from the investment migration and the citizenship-by-investment industry, has announced the appointment of Bruno L’ecuyer ...
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