CNN Names Park Hyatt Saint Kitts No. 1 New Hotel in Caribbean

Investment Migration Insider is spending this week and next crisscrossing the Caribbean as part of our work on an upcoming documentary series about the region’s five citizenship by investment programs (stay tuned). We ask our regular readers to forgive the irregular and somewhat reduced reporting volume during this period. Just as we are visiting the Park

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Saint Kitts CIP Reduces Govt. Fees on Real Estate in Response to Developer Concerns

The government of Saint Kitts & Nevis has reduced the fees it charges applicants investing under the real estate option of its citizenship by investment program. A family of four are now charged US$75,000, rather than the US$125,000 it previously charged a typical family (US$50,000 for the main applicant, US$25,000 for a spouse and US$25,000 for

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Investment Migration Council Opens Caribbean Office, Represented by Latitude

Press release via Investment Migration Council: Geneva, 25th January 2018 The Investment Migration Council (IMC), the worldwide association for Investor Migration and Citizenship-by-Investment, headquartered in Geneva, has opened an office in the Caribbean represented by Latitude Consultancy Limited.  This ‘touch point’ serves to spread the reach of the IMC and its work throughout one of the

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Arton: IMC Lawsuit Moving Ahead – IMC: We Still Don’t Know What They’re Talking About

On Saturday, Arton Advisors published a press release in which the firm states it is very much moving ahead with its lawsuit of the Investment Migration Council over a report the Council published in cooperation with Transparency International. Responding to the press release, the IMC maintains, as it did in June when Investment Migration Insider

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HF Corporation Launches its Own CBI Index – Malta and Cyprus Come Out on Top

Dr. Hussain Farooq’s HF Corporation has crafted its own index of citizenship by investment programs, the Ius Pecuniae Index (IPI). The IPI becomes the 7th such ranking to attempt to objectively classify the value of citizenships – in this case limited only to the eight countries that offer formal citizenship by investment programs – after the

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Release: Germany Takes Top Spot in 2018 Henley & Partners Passport Index: UK,China, Russia Improving

Press release via Henley & Partners: Germany holds on to 1st place on the Henley Passport Index (henleypassportindex.com) for the fifth year running, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017. Singapore ranks 2nd globally on the 2018 edition of the index, with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight

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Grenada CIP Revenue Double in 2017 to $130M According to CIU-Boss

In a press release, reprinted below, the partnership between the Grenadian government and Henley & Partners is credited with the meteoric rise of revenues for the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme. When figures for the second quarter came out earlier this year, Investment Migration Insider reported that Grenada was on track to bring in close

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Oakland Businessman Charged With Using EB-5 Investments For Personal Projects, Home Purchase

Via the United States Securities and Exchange Commission: Washington D.C., Jan. 17, 2017 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an Oakland, Calif.-based businessman accused of misusing money he raised from investors through the EB-5 immigrant investor program intended to create or preserve jobs for U.S. workers. The SEC alleges that

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Tech-Pioneer Awarded Henley & Partners’ Global Citizen Award

Henley & Partners Press Release: Monique Morrow, humanitarian, technological pioneer, and co-founder of The Humanized Internet, was today awarded the prestigious Global Citizen Award® by leading international citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners. The award ceremony took place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong, as part of the 11th annual Global Residence and

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Malta and Portugal Take Top Spots in Henley & Partners’ Annual Residence and Citizenship Program Ranking

Henley & Partners press release: London, November 7th, 2017 Malta is ranked as the world’s top citizenship-by-investment program and Portugal as the world’s top residence-by-investment program, according to the Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2017–2018 report, which has become the industry standard for benchmarking and measuring the attractiveness of investment migration programs. The report was released today

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NTL Trust and SelfKey Partner to Process CIP-Applications on Blockchain

Press release: Immigration by investment agent NTL Trust will process applications through SelfKey, a blockchain based Digital Identity platform The investment migration sector is increasingly adopting blockchain technology and crypto-currencies. NTL Trust, an investment migration specialist, has partnered with the SelfKey Foundation to conduct document collection and KYC processes on the SelfKey digital identity platform.

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As SKN CIP Application Volume Picks Up, Les Khan Assures Marketing Agents Hurricane Fund is Legal

During a recent trip to the Middle East, Les Khan – head of the Saint Kitts & Nevis CIU – fielded questions from international marketing agents as to whether the recently announced Hurricane Relief Fund donation option is legitimate, following a spate of negative press coverage. Khan allayed their concerns, ensuring agents that the Fund

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Saint Kitts PM Strikes Back at Critics of SKNCIP Hurricane-Discount

In its first official statement on the matter, the Harris administration defends its decision to reduce the contribution requirement for Saint Kitts & Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Programme, a move roundly criticized by, among others, opposition politician Denzil Douglas. The Harris administration are now calling out Douglas for “shamelessly attempt[ing] to sully the country’s image

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Range’s Dominica Resort Development Spared the Worst of Hurricane Maria

Despite the widespread devastation and a rising death toll left by Hurricane Maria in Dominica, Investment Migration Insider was yesterday pleased to report that the island’s CIU is now fully operational. Today, Range Developments, builder of the Cabrits Kempinski Resort near Portsmouth Dominica, reports that its construction activity has suffered minimal setbacks. “RANGE DEVELOPMENTS FULLY

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Visa-Waiver Week Continues: Saint Lucia and Vanuatu Both Sign Agreements With UAE

The latest in a flurry of visa-free dealmaking activity resulting from the United Nations General Assembly this week, both Saint Lucia and Vanuatu have now signed mutual travel-freedom agreements with the United Arab Emirates, according to an article in Emirati newspaper Ahlan. Earlier this week, Saint Kitts signed similar agreements with Russia and Indonesia and signaled

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Les Khan to Head Citizenship by Investment Programmes Association (CIPA)

The Citizenship by Investment Programmes Association (CIPA), a club for CIP-brandishing countries in the Caribbean, has appointed Les Khan, CEO of the Kittitian CIU, as their chairman, according to a press release (below). Les Khan – who gave an exclusive interview with Investment Migration Insider this summer – is perhaps the most obvious choice for

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German Nationality World’s Best, Afghan Worst, According to Index Released Today

Investment Migration Insider has previously sung the praises of the Quality of Nationality Index, which the editor considers to have the best data and soundest methodology of all the citizenship/passport indices. Today, at a well-known modern art museum in London (which made the author sign an indemnity form promising not to name it) before a

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Senior Private Banking Executive to Head Henley & Partners’ Government Advisory Practice

Henley & Partners have announced that Dominique N. Bolli, a Georgetown-educated Swiss national with a private banking and wealth management background from several illustrious firms, will be leading their Government Advisory Practice. London, Thursday, 7 September 2017 Former senior private banking executive, Dominique N. Bolli, has been appointed as Head of Henley & Partners’ Government

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Vanuatu appoints new head for VIC, tasked with promoting citizenship program

The Vanuatu Information Centre has just appointed James Harris as Managing Director.   Press release: Managing Director appointed for Vanuatu Information Centre (VIC) global network Port Vila 3 September 2017 The Board of the Vanuatu Information Centre (VIC) network recently appointed Mr James Harris to the position of Managing Director for VIC. Based initially out

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Press Release: Investment Migration Council expands governing board

Via the Investment Migration Council: THE INVESTMENT MIGRATION COUNCIL APPOINTS ADDITIONAL GOVERNING BOARD AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS Geneva, 17th August 2017 The Investment Migration Council (IMC), the worldwide association for Investor Migration and Citizenship-by-Investment, has today announced the appointment of additional members to serve on its Governing Board and Advisory Committee. The new appointees include:

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