Thailand Elite Residence Visa Applications Up 11x in Four Years

Stephane TajickMontreal   Interest in the Thailand Elite Residence Program is growing at a ferocious pace. Permit issuances are up 64% on the year, and have grown by a factor of eleven in just four years. The Thailand Elite Residence Program has made a notable comeback over the last few years. First introduced in 2003, the program remained relatively unknown to the industry until it was re-marketed in 2014. Three years later, Thailand Privilege

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Remembering the Dead Part 2 – Citizenship by Investment Programs of Yesteryear

Stephane TajickMontreal   This is the second in a two-part series on now-defunct residence and citizenship by investment programs. This week, we look at citizenship by investment programs that are no longer with us. See Part 1 here: Tajick: Remembering the Dead Part 1 – Residence by Investment Programs of Yore In the eighties and nineties, the citizenship by investment (CBI) industry

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Tajick: Remembering the Dead Part 1 – Residence by Investment Programs of Yore

This is the first in a two-part series on now-defunct residence and citizenship by investment programs. This week, we look at residence by investment programs (colloquially called golden visas) that are no longer with us. As we enter 2019, the investment migration industry is surfing confidently on a rising tide of both demand for and

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Tajick: 50+ Misleading, False and Biased Statements Found in EU Report on RCBI

Recently, the EU Parliament published a draft report on financial crimes, tax evasion, and tax avoidance. This draft report “Concludes that the potential economic benefits of CBI and RBI schemes do not offset the serious money laundering and tax evasion risks they present; calls on Member States to phase out all existing CBI or RBI schemes

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Tajick: The RCBI-Industry’s Role in Shaping the New Global Economy

Researcher Stephane Tajick explores the near-to-medium term future of the RCBI-market, and tries to predict the industry’s role in the new global economy. Redistribution of talent Pretty much all advanced economies  – as well as several large emerging countries like China, Brazil and Russia – have extremely low fertility rates. The global fertility rate is below 2.5

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Tajick: Public Broadcaster Investigation Rocks Québec IIP

On the 20th of September, the whole investment migration industry in Canada was holding its breath before the airing of the Enquête investigation report on the Quebec Immigrant Investor program. The investigation team went undercover in Hong Kong to unravel the darkest secrets of the program and the industry. It came with the purpose to

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3 Reasons the EU Could Learn to Love Citizenship by Investment – By Stephane Tajick

This article was contributed by regular columnist Stephane Tajick.  For more articles by Stephane, see the “Tajick’s Take” column. The principal offering of any citizenship by investment program (CIP) is access to EU member states, be it visa-free travel within the Schengen area or the right of settlement in European countries. Since the source of

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10 Major Changes That Impacted the Investment Migration Market During the Last Year

This article was contributed by regular columnist Stephane Tajick. Every year at STC, we review some of the main immigration programs catering to High Net Worth Individuals and business people. We gather detailed information on all immigration programs, but also on the permanent residency and citizenship processes themselves.  This year, we reviewed 189 programs, some

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Where Will the Next Citizenship by Investment Program Emerge? – by Stephane Tajick

Regular contributor and CIP-researcher Stephane Tajick offers a detailed analysis to attempt to forecast where we may expect new citizenship by investment programs to launch in the near-term. In the last two years alone, four formal citizenship by investment programs (CIPs) have opened – in Saint Lucia, Vanuatu, Turkey, and Jordan –  and new ones are

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Tajick: 3 Common Myths Canadian Media Uses to Demonize Investor Immigrants

Whereas questioning the degree to which unskilled refugees – tens of thousands of which Canada welcomes annually – sufficiently contribute to the economy is sure to earn you scorn, derision, and epithets like “xenophobe”, investor immigrants can be slandered with impunity. That’s because they are rich, a group of individuals it’s culturally acceptable to criticize. When concerns

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Canadian Immigrant Investor Myth #2: The Chinese Are Driving Up Property Prices

By Stephane Tajick Is there a form of discrimination in our targeting of wealthy Chinese looking people in Canada? Are all Asian-looking people with money foreign Chinese investors or is it possible that we also put Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Asian ancestry with a bit of money in the same bag because some

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Canadian Immigrant Investor Myth #1: They Pay Less Tax Than Refugees

By Stephane Tajick Since the end of Canada’s Federal Immigrant Investor program a few years ago by the Conservative Party, who used strong words to bash the program, the industry is still waiting for the new Liberal government to create a set of programs catering to high net worth individuals (HNWI) after the debacle of the Conservative

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5 Ways the US Tax Reform Will Impact EB-5 – by Stephane Tajick

Contributed by Stephane Tajick Congress has given its final approval to the House and Senate conference committee agreement on tax reform legislation (HR 1), a bill that brings the widest change to US tax policy in 30 years. The reform will affect corporate and personal income tax, and replace the dreaded “worldwide taxation” policy with

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The Cost of Hurricanes – Why Now is the Best Time for Caribbean CIPs to Form a Cartel, by Stephane Tajick

Contributed by Stephane Tajick This year has been particularly destructive for the Caribbean, with two devastating Category 5 hurricanes sweeping in from the Atlantic. Until the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, close to a decade had passed since the terrible years of 2003 to 2007, when eight Category 5 hurricanes destroyed everything in their

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Opinion: Rich Chinese driving up Canadian property prices – Myth or reality?

By Stephane Tajick In recent decades, property prices have been surging to record heights in both Vancouver and Toronto. Inhabitants in both cities have been voicing concerns about the growing unaffordability of housing. In Vancouver and Toronto, it’s commonly believed that rich Chinese are the main cause of the surge in property prices. The myth

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The recipe for a successful citizenship by investment program – Suggestions for Montenegro

By Stéphane Tajick There has been a swift increase in Citizenship by investment programs the last few years: Antigua & Barbuda, Cambodia, St Lucia, Vanuatu might be joined by Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Turkey in the near future. We turn our attention to Montenegro as its been attracting special interest of late. The Ex-Yugoslavian nation currently

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