Citizenship-by-investment refers to acquiring citizenship and passport in a third country by investing significant sum of money legally with permission from the Government.
A person holding citizenship and passport issued by more than 1 country. For example, USA, UK, Switzerland place no restrictions on holding nationalities. While some countries such as Singapore, Saudi Arabia forbid more than one nationality.
The process of applying for a second citizenship or passport is normally done through an Authorized Government Agency such as GIS. An assigned Citizenship Consultant shall explain to you the application process in detail which could vary from program to program.
The application costs of a citizenship by investment program depends on the program you choose and the number of family members that are applying with you. The cost will also depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option or any other option. Currently the most cost-effective citizenship for single applicants starts at USD 100,000 and USD 150,000 for a family of four members (financial contribution towards a Government Fund).
Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents. Fees for family members vary from country to country. You will be able to include your children as dependents up to the age of 30 and parents over the age of 55, nevertheless, this might vary slightly as every country has different age requirements in accordance with their legislation. Please contact us for a free consultation.
There are many benefits of obtaining an alternative nationality and passport and finally becoming a citizen of the world. Below are some of the major advantages:
With its stunning scenery and vibrant cultures drawing visitors from across the globe, the Caribbean is one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
The Caribbean has an educated, multilingual workforce and sophisticated financial systems, and is a short hop to the United States, Mexico and other large markets. The region has big potential to further develop its services, logistics, agriculture, creative and digital sectors.
Rich ocean resources drive the “blue economy” in these markets. While the small size of these countries can prove challenging, it also means they can respond quickly to opportunities for innovation and to improve their competitiveness.
The key to maintaining the value of their passports in terms of visa-free travel privileges is to ensure that they are very selective about who is granted citizenship so as not to give other countries a reason to impose a visa. The governments are acutely aware of this and contract third party U.S. firms to vet their clients.
Each client’s individual situation is different. If you are obtaining a new passport for easier travel, each Caribbean passport is broadly similar however if you’d like visa-free travel to Russia and China, Grenada is the only one that offers it.
Antigua currently offers the best value for money for a family application. And underpinning their sustainability is the fact that the country has a large number of international residents and visitors, and is relatively affluent in the Caribbean region from its high-end tourism industry and as a transportation hub.
Antigua has the strictest due diligence and restricts 7 countries from applying altogether (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, North Korea, Somalia and Sudan). There is no fast track option and their due diligence is contracted out to two US-based companies. Both Antigua and Grenada in our experience take their diligence requirements extremely seriously.
The Antigua & Barbuda government allows dual citizenship and will not publish any information about persons acquiring citizenship nor will they inform your present country of citizenship.You may be required by law in your home country to declare a second citizenship and we recommend you take professional legal advice on this matter
Yes. Your family can also obtain citizenship under your application. Qualified dependents can include parents above the age of 65 and children up to 25 years of age with additional government fees payable.
To qualify for the property investment program, you need to make a minimum investment of USD $400,000 in a government-approved real estate project, such as GISGL Hotel & Spa. In addition, you need to pay other fees and taxes as applicable and fulfill the formal requirements as specified by the government.
Government approvals and processing may take about 3-6months from the submission of your application, though currently the processing time is very efficient and 3 months is the average length of the process.
It is important to choose a reputable and approved legal representative for the processing of your citizenship application. GIS can recommend approved legal representatives who work very closely with the Government Citizenship-by-Investment Unit to ensure smooth processing of each application and to maximize the efficiency of the process.
The various benefits of having a Antigua & Barbuda passport include visa-free travel to approximately 140 countries, tax free status, tax-free trade with Canada, duty-free trade within the Caribbean and more.
A holder of a PRP who eventually wishes to be granted Citizenship has an advantage in that he may legally reside in the Republic for five consecutive years prior to filing an application for Citizenship by naturalisation in the traditional way (as opposed to the Citizenship by Investment route). This is the only advantage afforded even though many persons opt to obtain the PRP first, and subsequently proceed with an application for Citizenship by Investment, especially when they intend to reside in the Republic with their families.
Upon filing of a completed Citizenship application, it usually takes between two to three months before a decision is made by the Ministry of Interior.
There are no residency prerequisites either prior to filing the Citizenship application or following the granting of Citizenship. This is one of the many benefits of the Cypriot Citizenship by Investment program, when compared to other EU Citizenships programs.
Once citizenship is granted, the applicant can receive a Cyprus passport on the same day simultaneously with the issuance of the naturalization certificate, if done in person in Cyprus. On that day, the applicant issued a sworn statement that he accepts citizenship and can then obtain the Cypriot passport issued by the Ministry of Interior, on payment of acceleration fees of €120. Alternatively, the applicant may obtain the Cyprus passport any time after the naturalisation certificate is issued, from the Citizens Service Centers at a lower cost of €70, but it could take up to two weeks to have the passport issued in this case. A Cypriot passport will also be issued to the Investor's spouse and dependent children up to the age of 27, provided they are in full-time education.
This criterion pertains to a €5m/€2.5m (depending on whether the application is submitted as a group or individual) investment in the participation rights or shares of a Cyprus company(ies) that maintains offices and operates in Cyprus, employing a minimum of five Cypriot citizens, for a period of three years.
An eligible company/business can also be one that was acquired by the Investor, up to three years prior to filing his citizenship application.
In all cases, the Investor must demonstrate the correlation with the companies or businesses purchased. This requires the investor to continue to be an owner or be directly involved in the operations of the businesses acquired.
Any property purchased three years prior to filing the Citizenship application is eligible. Additional properties may be purchased in order to meet the total sum required for this investment criterion, namely €5 million (or €2.5 million in the case of a group application).
The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program is a program whereby individuals make an investment in Dominica either through a Government approved real estate project or a donation to the country’s Economic Diversification Fund and in so doing qualify to apply to become naturalized as citizens of Dominica. The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program was established by an Act of Parliament, the provisions of which are set in regulations published pursuant to Sections 8 and 20(1) of the Dominica Citizenship Act, including Section 101 of the Constitution.
As an applicant for citizenship, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and able and willing to make the required contribution. You must engage an Authorised Agent who will assist you in preparing the required forms and supporting documents.
Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents or grandparents. Fees vary according to the number of family members you include in your application for citizenship.
There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax in Dominica. As a citizen, you would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in Dominica.
From submission of the application to an approval in principle, we normally take less than three months.
No, you don’t have to attend a mandatory interview. However, an interview may be required at the discretion of the Government.
The program was introduced to promote economic growth, attract real estate development, increase foreign direct investment to the country, support the development of infrastructure and provide for a sustainable future.
You can travel to more than 143 countries without requiring a visa, including the EU and Schengen countries, China, Hong Kong and Singapore
Processing your application should take from 3 to 6 months.
To apply for the citizenship program in Grenada, you must be at least 18 years of age, be of a good character with no criminal record, and have good health.
No, this is not necessary. Spouses and dependent children up to 25 years can be included within the same application.
You don’t need to speak English to be an applicant.
Citizens of EU countries can apply for Maltese citizenship under the Individual Investor Programme.
Currently, the policy of the Maltese Government excludes from applying individuals who are nationals of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), or are non-nationals but reside, do business, have significant ties with, or connections to these countries. Citizens from countries included in the US Travel Ban also cannot apply. The full list is presented below:
MIIPA reserves the right to update the list of banned countries from time to time. Such list will be communicated with all Agents accordingly.
The Maltese language is not a requirement for naturalization and no citizenship tests will be carried out at this time.
MIIP applications can only be filed through the services of the Concessionaire or Accredited Agents duly appointed by Malta Individual Investor Program Agency. These are listed on the Malta Individual Investor Program Agency website.
Yes, you can hold more than one citizenship after having been naturalized as a Maltese citizen. Malta recognizes dual citizenship, however, your current country of citizenship may have restrictions.
The acquisition of citizenship occurs on the date of the issue of the naturalization certificate. Children born before this date will not automatically become Maltese citizens. Children born after this date can become Maltese citizens.
When applying to be a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis by way of investment, the main applicant must contact an authorised person
Yes. Two or more applicants may apply for citizenship together by purchasing one piece of real estate, provided each main applicant contributes the minimum investment of US$400,000.00.
The application process may take as little as 90days but may be delayed for cause. Applicants will be kept apprised of the status of their applications through their authorised person.
A police certificate refers to a statement from a national law enforcement authority on the status of a person’s criminal record. It is also referred to as
certificate of no criminal record or “police clearance record
No. The application form for citizenship by investment can only be obtained through and submitted to the Citizen by Investment Unit by an authorised person.
Each main applicant and all permitted dependents 16 years and older are required to produce a police certificate.
Saint Lucia passport is ranked 33st of Passport Index with visa-free travel to 145 countries in the world according to IATA in 2019. The visa-free travel access includes the United Kingdom, European Schengen states, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, etc. However, Economic Citizens of Saint Lucia (passport holders) still need a visa to travel to Canada and the United States.
You are only required to pay the full amount, only after receiving “Letter of Approval” from Government. You will have 60 days time to commit to the investment. If you are refused, it could be of the following reasons:
You have not passed background and due diligence checks done by the Government.
You have prior criminal convictions or visa denials.
You have lied or provided false information in your application.
Have been convicted of a criminal offense except for a minor traffic offense.
Have been denied any category of visa to a country to which Saint Lucia has visa-free access and been unsuccessful in subsequently obtaining visa.
Have been declared bankrupt by a court; and
Have been declared, by a court or qualified health practitioner to be mentally incapacitated.
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Vanuatu Development Support Program which began 13 March 2017.
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It is the first important government check that determines whether your application can proceed or not. The check is done by the Vanuatu Financial Intelligence Unit which is linked to Interpol on any financial adversities such as legal cases, court orders or criminal activity.
USD 5,000 non-refundable. If your result is non-adverse, it means you are clear and can go ahead to sign a Service Engagement Agreement with PSCVL.
Your valid passport, police clearance and USD 2000 which you need to send to us.
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