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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Cyprus Application Cap “Imposed to Satisfy European Union” Says Local CIP-Attorney

During the Cyprus Citizenship and Residence by Investment Conference in Limassol last month, Investment Migration Insider asked two Cyprus-based lawyers specializing in the program about the impact the new regulations of the Cypriot Investment Scheme would have on the program’s demand and practitioners.  “The Cyprus government is very cautious in keeping in line with the observations of

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Asaria Speaks Out: “We Put All This Fake News Behind Us” and “Let Our Projects do The Talking”

Speaking to Investment Migration Insider during this week’s Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, Mohammed Asaria, founder of Range Developments, adopted a decidedly sanguine attitude toward recent malevolent attacks on his firm’s reputation. “It was very surprising to me that I had been purportedly detained in China when I was in Geneva […] It’s a shame

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Eric Major: Resolving Arton/IMC Matter is “In Everyone’s Interest” and Latitude Can Play a Role

During this week’s Investment Migration Forum in Geneva, attended by more than 300 delegates representing industry stakeholders from around the world, Investment Migration Insider had the opportunity to get comments from several key industry figures, one of whom was Eric Major, Founding Partner of Latitude Consultants.  Major indicated that Latitude, through its new cooperation with Arton

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CIP-Countries Have “No Option” But to Invest in Solid DD Structures Says Malta IIP’s CEO

Jonathan Cardona, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme, told Investment Migration Insider during an interview that he believes Malta’s due diligence was “a cut above the rest”, that high due diligence standards would “save the industry”, and that other CIP-countries would have “no option” but to implement similar standards to remain sustainable. Commenting on

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“Malta’s Due Diligence Will Become the Global Standard” – Interview with Chris Kälin, Part 2

In this second part of an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, CEO and Chairman of Henley & Partners, talks about where the residence and citizenship by investment industry will be in five years. “There will be more regulation, no question,” said Kälin, and indicated a focus on due diligence would become

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Saint Kitts CIU-Boss’ Walks Us Through His Due Diligence Process Step by Step

During February’s recording of the upcoming documentary series Caribbean Citizenship by Investment, we recorded an interview with Les Khan, head of the Saint Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit, in which he walked us through the multi-layered due diligence procedures to which he subjects applicants to the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. Don’t miss

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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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Several Successful Cases of Citizenships for Bitcoin Already, Says Vanuatu Information Centre Boss Harris

During an exclusive interview with Investment Migration Insider, head of the Vanuatu Information Centre, James Harris, revealed three separate pieces of major news: One, the price of the Vanuatu Development and Support Programme (the DSP, effectively a CIP) has been reduced. Two, his office has already successfully processed several cases of citizenship by investment in Vanuatu with

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EB-5 Re-Authorization Without Increase in Quota “Would Kill the Program” Says Regional Center CEO

CEO and Chief Counsel of Manhattan Regional Center, Winnie Ng, says she was relieved the proposed EB-5 legislation ultimately did not gain inclusion in the omnibus bill on March 26th and that she’s optimistic that legislative changes will eventually solve the retrogression issues haunting Chinese and Vietnamese applicants. During an interview with Investment Migration Insider

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“Mostly Fabricated and Poorly Researched Stories” says Kalin About Bad Press Against Industry

Commenting on recent accusations of collusion with the government of Malta, Kalin – during an interview with Investment Migration Insider – indicated such stories had been blown out of proportion and had more to do with the politicized nature of Maltese public life than any malfeasance on the part of his firm. “In Malta, they

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PM Skerrit in Interview: CIP-Countries Working on Price Agreement, Deeper Integration

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sat down with Investment Migration Insider to talk about how instrumental the Citizenship by Investment Programme has been to the country’s recovery efforts following last year’s hurricanes (which he calls “literally, a lifesaver”), how he expects the five CIP-countries in the Caribbean to agree on closer cooperation regarding information sharing

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Interview With Henley & Partners’ COO on Kazakhstan’s New Residence-by-Investment Program

Following a public tender contended for by three different companies, the newly established Astana Financial Center (AIFC) of Kazakhstan has awarded Henley & Partners the mandate to design a residence-by-investment program within the AIFC zone. COO of Henley & Partners, Dr. Juerg Steffen, spoke about the new program during an interview with Investment Migration Insider

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“We Could See a Doubling in the No. of CIPs the Next 3-5 Years” Says Eric Major in Interview

In an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Eric Major and Chris Willis of recently launched investment migration firm Latitude shared their views on the state of the industry, its future growth potential, and what might decelerate the tremendous growth experienced during the last few years.  Major points to three chief causes for the increasing demand

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The More CIP Countries, the Better For the Industry, Says Mohammed Asaria in Interview

Vice Chairman of Range Developments, Mohammed Asaria, tells Investment Migration Insider in an interview that the introduction of more countries to the citizenship by investment market will keep countries “on their toes” and compel them to refine their product. Range Developments is the firm behind the winner of Caribbean Travel Awards’ “Best New Hotel in the

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Two Separate EB-5 Class Action Suits Under Preparation, Says Ron Klasko

Speaking on the issues of retrogression (the technical term for 12-year waiting lists for Chinese nationals) and the redeployment of capital invested in EB-5 projects, Ronald Klasko, head of Klasko Immigration Law, spoke to Investment Migration Insider about how many immigration law firms’ interpretations of the “sustained at risk” clause, as well as the 10,000

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Watch: Caribbean CIPs Should Have a Single Processing Unit, says Former Head of Antigua CIU, Thomas Anthony

In an exclusive interview with Investment Migration Insider, Thomas Anthony, head of Exiger’s Immigration, Citizenship, and Visa Practice, and former head of the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) laments the absence of a price agreement among Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programs (CIPs) and urges further integration among the programs, going so far as to

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Get With the Times or Face Extinction, Says Head of Chinese Migration Firm

Jacky Yan, President of Can-Achieve, one of China’s largest investment migration agencies, tells Investment Migration Insider that the Chinese immigration client today is completely different from a decade ago and that firms that are slow to diversify and innovate will not survive. “Clients today are 10-15 years younger, on average, than they were a decade

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Malta Should Mentor Caribbean CIPs on Due Diligence, Says Thomson Reuters General Counsel

Peter S. Vincent, General Counsel for Thomson Reuters and an avid watcher of due diligence practices among citizenship by investment programs, says he is concerned about how the Caribbean price war is affecting due diligence standards in the region, and holds up Malta as a textbook example of how to conduct effective and reliable due

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EB-5 Quota Likely to Expand to 24,000 Applicants, Say Industry Leaders

Robert Kraft of IIUSA and Scott Barnhart speak to Investment Migration Insider about why they believe the new law on EB-5 will not be ready by December 8th this year, but that when it is ready it will allow for as many as 24,000 applicants to participate in the program. Our readers are the best-informed

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