1 in 5 RCBI-Firms Say Dominica Will be Best-Selling Program This Year – 2018 Investment Migration Executive Survey

We surveyed 40 senior executives – CEOs, COOs, Principal Partners, and owners – from the leading residence and citizenship by investment consultancies around the world (not including China) to learn more about the trends shaping the investment migration market. Going forward, we intend to make this an annual survey which, we hope, will provide unique

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IMC to OECD: Singling out RCBI-Countries “Makes No Sense and Cannot be Justified”

In a public response to the OECD’s “blacklisting” of jurisdictions with residence and citizenship by investment programs for alleged circumvention of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), the Investment Migration Council writes that while they sympathize with many of the OECD’s motivations, tax and investment migration are two separate legal concepts that ought not to be

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Malta, Austria Have Best Citizenship, Residence Programs Finds Henley & Partners

In its fourth annual Global Residence and Citizenship Programs report, released today, Henley & Partners finds that Austria has bumped Portugal down to runner-up position and become the world’s best residence by investment program (RIP), while Malta retains its top spot as the world’s best citizenship by investment program (CIP). According to a company press

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IMC’s L’ecuyer Urges Adherence to Ethical Code Following QIIP-Investigation

In a response to the airing of an investigative report on the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) by Canadian state broadcaster CBC Radio Canada, the CEO of the Investment Migration Council (IMC), Mr. Bruno L’ecuyer, has issued an open letter to all Residency and Citizenship by Investment professionals. For background, see Tajick: Public Broadcaster Investigation Rocks

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Dominica Tops CBI-Index Again in 2018, But Major Methodology Flaw Remains

For the second year running, Dominica has ranked first on a global ranking of citizenship by investment programs. The Citizenship by Investment Index, published by Professional Wealth Management, a subsidiary of the FT, is the product of a cooperation between independent researcher James McKay and CS Global, an investment migration consultancy. The index rates each

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A History of Citizenship by Investment – Infographic (Updated)

From Saint Kitts & Nevis in 1984 to Jordan, Moldova, and Montenegro in 2018; we’ve made a step-by-step guide to the history of citizenship by investment programs. The infographic, originally published in June 2017, has been updated to reflect the new citizenship by investment programs in Moldova, Montenegro, and Jordan. We’ve also expanded it to include

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Third of UHNWIs Hold Second Passport, Another Third Plan to Buy One, Wealth Report Finds

34% of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) – defined as those with a net worth in excess of US$30 million – have already obtained a second passport, according to Knight Frank’s 2018 Global Wealth Report. A further 29% of respondents to the report’s Attitudes Survey said they planned to purchase a citizenship, while 21% said

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It’s Official: Greek Golden Visa Biggest in Europe, Breathing Down US EB-5’s Neck

In the first half of 2018 alone, Greece issued nearly 3,000 golden visas – or the equivalent of all golden visas issued in Portugal over the last two years – bringing its grand total of golden visas issued since 2013 (main applicants only) to 8,367, leaving all its European competitors in the dust.  When last

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Investment Migration Nearly a US$20 Billion-a-Year Industry Estimates Chris Kälin

“The investment migration industry will soon reach US$ 20 billion annually,” says Dr. Christian Kälin, CEO and Chairman of Henley & Partners, the man widely regarded as the architect of the modern citizenship-by-investment industry, dubbed by Bloomberg as “the Passport King” and by others as “Mr. Citizenship”. “Depending on how you calculate it, of course, citizenship-by-investment

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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Program to Accept Payment in Cryptocurrencies, Euros

Antigua & Barbuda’s Parliament this Monday amended the Citizenship by Investment Act to allow for cryptocurrencies, as well as euros, to be used as forms of payment for applications to the country’s citizenship by investment program. Prime Minister Gaston Browne expects the move to open new markets and to help mitigate the de-risking problem from

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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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Moldova’s Market Impact: Likely to Attract “Different Type of Clientele” says Harvey

The new Moldova Citizenship by Investment program (MCBI) enters the global CIP-market with a value proposal and price level that places it squarely in competition with the five Caribbean programs, as well as that of Vanuatu. What impact will that have? We asked service providers with their finger on the market’s pulse to weigh in.

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Egyptian Parliament Proposes Residence-to-Citizenship for US$ 391,000 Investment

A proposed bill in the Egyptian Parliament, which received the preliminary approval of lawmakers on Sunday, would allow foreigners residing in Egypt to obtain citizenship after five years in exchange for a deposit of seven million Egyptian pounds in the country’s banks or treasury, reports Bloomberg. Current law only allows for citizenship following ten years

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Gentlemen Prefer Bonds: Why Most UK Tier 1 Investors Pick Fixed Income Over Shares

While the UK Tier 1 Investor visa (UKT1-i) allows for investment in both equity and bonds (corporate and gilts), the overwhelming majority of applicants opt for fixed income rather than share capital. Two program experts explain why. “Prior to the 2014 hike in investment requirements from £1 to £2 million, 95% of investors chose government bonds,” says

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Top 7 Emerging EB-5 Markets To Watch – By EB-5 Daily

This article was contributed by EB-5 Daily The EB-5 Program is a popular way for high-net-worth foreign nationals to obtain green cards for themselves, their spouse, and children, in exchange for investing capital into U.S. job-creating new commercial enterprises. Asia continues to dominate the EB-5 market with four of the top five countries being Asian.

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Industry Consolidation: As RIF and Latitude Merge, Are We Seeing the Start of an M&A Trend?

Executives of Dubai-based RIF Trust Investments and Jersey’s Latitude Consultancy have announced they will be merging the two young firms in a share-swap deal that will also see RIF’s Mimoun Assraoui and David Regueiro take a seat each on Latitude’s Board. The agreement marks the first ever merger between two investment migration firms and is a

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