Category: Articles

Europe and the Politics of Migration

  As we head towards mid-2017, we continue to see diametrically opposed developments across the European Union in investor, and broader, migration discourse.   On the one hand, migration and nationalism featured prominently in European elections. In the Netherlands and France, centrist victories provided respite from anti-immigration rhetoric. The Dutch election was seen by some […]

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Austrian Citizenship

  Basic requirements An application for Austrian citizenship in most cases requires – apart from some other requirements – that the applicant has a minimum time of lawful and continuous residence in Austria of at least 6 or 10 years, depending mostly on his current citizenship, his family background (e.g. married to an Austrian) and […]

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A Positive for the Foreign National Investor PEPs and FACTA

  Politically exposed persons (PEPs), and foreign nationals who possess a U.S. temporary visa, before residency by investment may be subject to the U.S. foreign account tax compliance act (FATCA) and the financial action task force (FATF).   Foreign National Investors (hereinafter FNIs) may obtain U.S. permanent residency by their investment of personal funds (USD$500,000.00 […]

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The Immigration Market in China: Threats and Opportunities

  For centuries, China has experienced many historical periods of emigration and in the era of modern emigration, large numbers of Chinese have migrated to popular immigration destinations such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., etc.   For many of these destination countries, China has been a top immigration source country.  But in recent years, significant […]

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Citizenship-by-Investment Scheme ‘there to stay’ in Times of Renewed Economic Growth

Traditionally, citizenship has been a legal status entailing the registration of an individual, including coming from a third country, with the government of a given country and his/her acceptance into that country’s political framework through legal means. Citizenship ‘by exception’ is the citizenship acquired in exceptional circumstances by an individual from another country, whereby the […]

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