Let me start the year by asking this: How many unregulated industries can you think of which store sensitive data, deal with government officials and control the international flow of capital?
So it’s little wonder that the investment migration industry is often in the firing line. And whilst much of the criticism levied at the industry is flawed and/or biased, by committing to a programme of best practice and setting our own professional standards we can ensure that our ‘permission to operate’ is not jeopardised.
Which is why I am excited to start the year with news that we will be launching IMC Education and Training imminently. Establishing a framework of certification and accreditation will demonstrate the transparency and responsibility to which our industry must adhere. (Thus enhancing our commitment to standards and educating those who work in the industry to a common set of values and professional practices, both of which come under constant scrutiny.)
This programme leads to professional status within the IMC and is the benchmarked professional level for those working in the IM industry. This is the first global Investment Migration course of its type at this level and it is specially designed for those working in the industry.
Imagine potential immigrant investors asking service providers “Are you certified?” before even considering their services. Imagine your companies telling potential recruits they need a diploma in IM to be considered for management positions. I know many of you find it difficult to find experienced and trained staff; more often than not you have to provide some sort of internal training which is incredibly costly and takes away valuable time from your own schedules.
Moreover, with a culture of qualified professionalism prevalent across the industry, we can begin to isolate independent incidences of misconduct and unethical behaviour that has been judged, unfairly, to be representative of the industry. Whilst we all agree that such accusations are often fabricated, we are unable to sufficiently rebuke them without an educational framework that is the cornerstone of responsibility.
The new framework created by the IMC will cater for all levels of background and experience: a certification in Investment Migration, a Diploma and a Post-Graduate Diploma. All courses will be delivered through a flexible range of learning methods to enable individuals to study in a way that complements their lifestyle and will be supported by a world class on-line Learning Management System and accredited by a respectable UK university.
Leading on from this, I also study the ethics related to globalisation and free movement in my CIP Forward piece.
In other news, you may have read an OECD report on investor migration and tax evasion. Of course, we agree with the OECD that individuals should be prevented from using such programmes to avoid accurate CRS reporting or to engage in financial crimes. But is the problem so prevalent that it warrants the OECD to publish a ‘black list’? Read our article by Sir Ronald Sanders who updates the IMC on what we can expect from its publication.
Bruno L’ecuyer IMCM
Chief Executive & Member of the Governing Board
Sir Ronald Sanders
The Coming OECD Black List
Reports are wrong in stating that eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are on a ‘black list’ recently released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over Citizenship by Investment (CBI) and Resident by Investment (RBI) schemes that they operate… Read more >
The Need for Standards, Education and Qualifications in the Investment Migration Industry
More than ever before the global Investment Migration (IM) industry needs to demonstrate transparency, responsibility, high standards of integrity and enhanced due diligence processes, given the levels of scrutiny, comment and challenge currently being experienced… Read more >
The Tier 1 Investor Visa and Qualifying Investments
The UK Tier 1 Investor Visa still remains to be one of the most sought-after visas in the world. According to Home office statistics ending March 2018, UK Tier 1 Investor Visa applications rose by 11% from the previous year, and there appears to be no signs of demand slowing down amid the hysteria of Brexit… Read more >
The Entire Truth Concerning Swiss Franc Loans
The Swiss Francs loan issue is not only of concern in our country, but was raised at a European level, as evidenced by the countless pending cases, with the result that this matter attracts a high degree of interest. Read more >
The world is changing – globalisation has become an irreversible norm. We live in a time of unprecedented global peace, a new Pax Romana where conflicts are more often resolved through sanctions than kinetic warfare. The private sector has been far more successful than nation states at eradicating diseases like polio and malaria (witness the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for example)… Read more >
We are happy to welcome 60 new members from 22 countries.
Ajay Kuriakose Jacobs
Anastasia Yianni Mikhaylova
Anthony Rutter Giappone
Christina Borg DeBono
Datin Sharifa Ikhlas Syed Ismail Aljaffree
Giselle Liliana Bru
Jean Paul Fabri
Jean Philippe Chetcuti
Jusztina Rebeka Juhasz
Mehmet Derya Adiguzel
Raheel Sheikh Rashid
Sabah Al Kazzaz
Yi Koon Tan
The must-attend specialised global gathering for the investment migration industry. Renowned academics, government officials, representatives of international organisations, as well as the world’s leading professionals will be gathering once again in Geneva for an exceptional Forum. Be part of this unique environment to network and hear first-hand valuable insights from visionary experts. Read more >
Join the IMC in Mumbai & Dubai as IIUSA Kicks Off their 2019 Global Banquet Series
IIUSA will host the next two events of their Global Banquet Series in Mumbai, India (Feb. 20) and Dubai, UAE (Feb. 24). Read more >
Investment Immigration Summit Mumbai
Organised by Beacon Events, Investment Immigration Summit Mumbai is the leading immigration conference in India, attracting hundreds of India’s top immigration agents & consultants, private bankers and wealth managers, international immigration law firms, and government officials from around the world. Read more >
Investment Immigration Summit Dubai
Organised by Beacon Events, Investment Immigration Summit MENA is the leading immigration conference in the Middle East, attracting hundreds of MENA’s top immigration agents & consultants, private bankers and wealth managers, international immigration law firms, and government officials from around the world. Read more >
Global Citizenship Conference
The 13th annual Global Citizenship Conference has become the world’s largest and most significant gathering on investment migration, bringing together industry leaders, top-tier international service providers, and senior government officials. Read more >