Cyprus CIP and US EB-5 Most Common Programs in China-Market, Analysis Shows

The Residence and Citizenship by Investment Company Directory contains 732 firms that offer investment migration services. 102 of these have registered offices in China. These include all of China’s 50 largest RCBI-firms and, while there are thousands of small immigration outfits in China, we believe the sample size is large enough to be representative. We

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As Startup Visas in Major Chinese Cities Prove Successful, Expect Nationwide Roll-out

Over the past few years, China has increasingly promoted the concept of “mass entrepreneurship and innovation” and implemented policies to promote it nationwide. Now, China is extending the target audience of this concept to include foreign nationals. Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau, as early as in May 2018, had already launched a brand-new “private affairs”

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Greek Golden Visa Firm in Hot Water for Alleged Bypass of Capital Controls in China

In a case that has both Greek and Chinese authorities investigating what they say are criminal activity, an Athens-based real estate investment company headed by the former executive chairman of one of the country’s largest retailers has become the focus of media attention in Greece over the last week. According to Tornos News, authorities claim

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What Happens in Year 5? Chinese Applicants to Portugal’s Golden Visa Are Watching and Waiting

This article was contributed by Daniel Twomey, Head of Business Development at La Vida Europe Ltd. Since its inception in 2012, the largest proportion of applicants for the Portuguese Golden Visa (GV) programme have, without doubt, been Chinese. In recent years, however, there’s been a steady decline in demand from Chinese applicants; a decline that

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450 Chinese EB-5 Investors Sue US Govt. Over 15 Year Wait Times

Press release via Business Wire: A group of more than 450 Chinese EB-5 investors are suing the U.S. government to challenge visa policies that keep investors waiting up to 15 years to come to the United States. American Lending Center (ALC), one of America’s leading EB-5 regional centers, has joined the suit to support and

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The “Great Integration” of China’s Migration Market : Education and Tourism Merging with RCBI

This article was written by Luc Lu, Investment Migration Insider’s official partner in China. Fewer than one in ten Chinese hold a passport. That figure contains within it a large proportion of students and tourists, the two main catalysts of international travel among the Chinese. Such a low percentage of passport-holders, seen in conjunction with

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The Marketing Price War in China’s Domestic Investment Migration Industry, by Luc Lu

This article was written by Luc Lu, Investment Migration Insider’s official partner in China In China’s migration market, the emergence of the global digital commercial age has been accompanied by an internet “reform”, which has helped domestic migration firms save a great deal of effort and money on marketing. The previously preferred traditional media tools –

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Chinese Investment Migration Trends: Ireland, Greece Push Caribbean CIPs Out of Top 10 Destinations

The Hurun Research Institute in association with Visas Consulting Group (a leading Chinese immigration company) has released the Immigration and the Chinese HNWI 2018 report which includes the “Chinese Immigration Index”, a ranking based on an investment migration program’s suitability for Chinese applicants, the “Preferred Destinations for Immigration Ranking”, as well as a variety of

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Range-Boss Asaria Dispels Fake News Regarding Arrest in China

Yesterday, a news outlet based in the Caribbean published a story claiming Mohammed Asaria – founder of Range Developments, the developer of Park Hyatt Saint Kitts, the Cabrits Resort in Dominica, as well as the Six Senses Saint Kitts – had been arrested and detained in China on suspicion of illegal fundraising. Range Developments have

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Portugal’s Golden Visa Raises €103M in April, But Chinese Interest is Crashing

Official figures from Portugal’s Immigration and Borders Service show that while the country’s Golden Visa program raised €103M in April, interest in the program is falling rapidly, particularly among the Chinese. Highlights from this month’s Portugal Golden Visa statistical release: – China remains the top source country for applications, with 34 main applicants obtaining their golden

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Watch: Why Big Chinese Firms Fail to Capture the Vietnamese Investment Migration Market

The big Chinese investment migration firms have thus far not been successful in penetrating the fast-growing market neighboring them to the south, despite geographical proximity, as well as political and economic similarities. Investment migration practitioners with decades of experience in the Vietnamese market say a clash of cultures is to blame. During a panel discussion

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Applications for Australia’s Golden Visa Down 72% From Peak As Chinese Lose Interest

Applications to Australia’s Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program has fallen from an average of 46 a month during the 2015/2016 fiscal year to just 13 a month between July 2017 and January this year. Driving the collapse in demand are tighter regulations and competition from European programs. In its first three years, Australia granted an average of

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Shanghai Govt. U-Turns on Hukou Cancellation Policy After Outcry

Investment Migration Insider last week reported that Shanghai’s municipal government had announced it would instate, by May 1st, a policy of canceling the hukou (household registration) of Shanghai residents found to have obtained a permanent residence permit abroad. Read: China to Forcibly Cancel Household Registration of Chinese Holding Foreign Residence Permits Following a series of strong reactions,

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China to Forcibly Cancel Household Registration of Chinese Holding Foreign Residence Permits

In a story that has alarmed hundreds of thousands of overseas Chinese, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government has issued a statement on its official WeChat account in which it informs readers that Chinese nationals holding a foreign permanent residence permit (PR) will have to cancel their Shanghai hukou (户口 – household registration) or have it forcibly

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