CBI Real Estate Panel: “Allowing Only Ready-Built Projects Defies the Point of CIP”

During a panel discussion at the Investment Migration Forum in Geneva last week, CIU-heads and agents exchanged views on how to ensure the integrity of CBI real estate. The chairman of CIPA, furthermore, indicated a regional CBI-regulator could soon become a reality.

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L’ecuyer: “Shocked and Alarmed” at MEPs’ Misconceptions of IM Industry

The IMC’s chief executive says “there is a very big misunderstanding of what this industry is all about” but thinks the reshuffling of the European Parliament is a unique chance to set the record straight.

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Harvey Law Takes Golden Visas Off Shelf, Turns Focus to Startup/Entrepreneur Programs

Harvey Law Group’s global managing partner, Jean-François Harvey, tells IMI his firm is phasing out of the golden visa market, opting instead to focus on startup and entrepreneur visas, a category of immigration that, he points out, adds more value to the destination economy – and his firm.

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“Fewer, Bigger Firms”: Regulation Will Drive Industry Consolidation, Says H&P CEO

Speaking to IMI in Davos last month, newly appointed CEO of Henley & Partners, Jürg Steffen, said he was optimistic about the industry’s future growth but that increased regulation would bring about an environment in which smaller firms will struggle to survive.

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Antigua PM: Crypto-Payments Will be “Very Important” for Overcoming Banking Issues in Caribbean

Cryptocurrency will be “very important” for overcoming banking issues, lack of progress on harmonization may be due to inertia, and new CIP competition from Europe is ultimately a good thing, Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua & Barbuda told Investment Migration Insider in Davos.

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“We Agree With Most of What’s in It,” Says MIIP-Boss Cardona About EC Report

Speaking to IMI in Davos last week, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency, the entity charged with managing Malta’s citizenship by investment program, the MIIP, said he was, overall, “quite happy” with how his program was portrayed in the European Commission’s report on the investment migration industry. Watch the full interview by clicking

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Don’t Miss Our Exclusive Coverage of Investment Migration in Davos 2019

In January 2019, for the first time, the investment migration industry was represented in Davos during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss Alps. Investment Migration Insider was on-site to provide broad coverage. See the video in this story for a taste of what we’ll be publishing in the coming weeks. Our coverage

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Les Khan: Saint Kitts’ Real Estate Option “Really Taking Off” and SKN’s DD is “Ahead of Malta”

Les Khan spoke to Investment Migration Insider during the 12th Global Residence & Citizenship Conference in Dubai earlier this month. Earlier this year, Saint Kitts & Nevis halved the investment requirement for its real estate option, reducing it from US$400,000 to US$200,000. The move has paid off, according to the CIU-boss. “Our real estate option

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IMC-Boss L’ecuyer on EU/OECD: “We’re Engaging the Powers That Be to Set the Record Straight”

During an interview with IMI at the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO of the Investment Migration Council, spoke about how the industry association is meeting the challenges brought on by increased scrutiny from supranational bodies like the EU and the OECD. “We want to meet with the

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CIPA Has to be More Proactive, Says Head of Saint Lucia CIU

“The truth is I don’t think CIPA has been very proactive,” says Nestor Alfred, speaking in the context of OECD-blacklists during the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong. “We have not been in the forefront and have not been making statements” he continues, and suggests that, as the technocrats of the industry, CIPA needs to

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Harvey Speaks Out on CBC’s QIIP Investigation: “It Helped Our Business, Believe it or Not”

Speaking to Investment Migration Insider during the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong last week, Jean Francois Harvey, head of the law firm that bears his name, spoke about the practical consequences of his employees appearing on hidden camera in an investigative report by Canada’s CBC last month. Questioned as to what was the fallout

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Kochenov: EU Cannot Stop CIPs Without First Becoming Superstate

Residence and citizenship by investment programs have come under criticism in the European Parliament in recent months with several MEPs calling for their closure. That – according to Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen, Professor Dimitry Kochenov – would be impossible, unless the European Union first became a superstate. More on

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Malta Residence Program Approaching 800 Applications Says MRVA-CEO Cutajar

Investment Migration Insider spoke to Roderick Cutajar, head of the Malta Residence Visa Programme, during the 2018 Investment Migration Forum in Geneva. He revealed that the program’s application numbers were quickly approaching 800, that the strong interest had led to a few months’ increase in processing time, and that many applicants are buying – rather than

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