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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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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Sophia the Robot: “Benefits of Investment Migration Are Clear”

In an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Sophia, the AI-sensation from Hanson Robotics and the first ever robot to obtain citizenship, said the benefits of investment migration, to both host countries and clients, were extraordinary. Sophia, who spoke during the 12th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Dubai today, further indicated she is totally, definitely,

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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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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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Henley & Partners Awarded Mandate for New Kazakhstan 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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More Than 20% of Our Applicants Are Chinese Says Head of Thai Residence Program

Thai Elite Residence, one of the world’s newest residence by investment programs, is a departure from orthodoxy in the investment migration market. While the practice of accepting cash donations in exchange for passports is well established among citizenship by investment programs, Thailand is the first to introduce a contribution option for long-term visas. For the

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