The Residence and Citizenship by Investment Company Directory contains 732 firms that offer investment migration services. 102 of these have registered offices in China. These include all of China’s 50 largest RCBI-firms and, while there are thousands of small immigration outfits in China, we believe the sample size is large enough to be representative.
We set out to determine which residence and citizenship by investment programs were most commonly offered to Chinese clients.
Our analysis reveals that the US EB-5 program, perhaps to nobody’s surprise, is the most commonly offered residence by investment program in the Chinese market. Of the 102 service providers in China, 65 (64%) offered to help with EB-5. Following closely behind, the UK Tier 1 and the Quebec IIP were both represented by 54% of companies.
Among citizenship by investment programs, Cyprus takes a clear lead, featuring on the shelves of 57% of companies in China, while Saint Kitts & Nevis (46%) and Antigua & Barbuda (45%) appeared on the websites of nearly half of the firms.
At the other end of the spectrum, no firms in China offered the Jordan CIP, and only one in 25 companies provided services for the Turkey CIP.
The role that exposure to China’s investment migration market plays in a program’s success or failure is hard to understate; a review of official statistics from residence by investment programs worldwide last year showed that Chinese investors make up an absolute majority of applicants in most major residence by investment programs and a plurality in all but one.
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Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 14 years in the United States, China, and Spain.