1 in 5 RCBI-Firms Say Dominica Will be Best-Selling Program This Year – 2018 Investment Migration Executive Survey

 

We surveyed 40 senior executives – CEOs, COOs, Principal Partners, and owners – from the leading residence and citizenship by investment consultancies around the world (not including China) to learn more about the trends shaping the investment migration market.

Going forward, we intend to make this an annual survey which, we hope, will provide unique insights into the market as a whole and the participants within it.

While the sample size of our initial survey is small (getting people to answer a questionnnaire is a thankless task), the size of the companies surveyed – as well as their internationally diversified program portfolios – makes it a highly representative selection. We expect to have a much larger sample size next year.

Companies participating in the survey included (some firms opted not to disclose their names):

ARQ Group
Arton capital
Astons
Atlas Citizenship
Baxters International
Bayat Legal Services
Brookes & Partners
Chapter Place Associates Ltd
Citizen Lane
Citizens International
CJ International Group Inc.
CTrustGlobalm LTD
Discus Holdings Ltd
Elevay
GICG
Harvey Law Group
Henley & Partners
HF Corporation
Immigrant Invest
Imperio Global Citoyen
Latitude Consultancy Limited
Mahandru Associates
Nexia BT
NGE
NTL IMMIGRATION.
Oneworld Mideast
Ousheng & Partners
Passports Global Ltd
REACH Immigration
Resident Global
RIF Trust
Savory and Partners
Secondpass Global
Shard Capital
Stephane Tajick Consulting
Tier 1 Global Business Consultants Ltd

Results

Factors skewing the results: Most of the firms surveyed are global RCBI-consultancies. We excluded local advisories such as law firms and real estate developers from the survey as these typically specialize in only one or two programs. This means that highly popular programs like the Greek, Portuguese, and Spanish Golden Visas, as well as EB-5 and QIIP – which are generally processed by local companies – are underrepresented in the survey.

Dubai is the RCBI-hub: Fully 30% of RCBI-consultancies surveyed were headquartered in the UAE.

A rapidly expanding industry

The RCBI-business is booming; a majority of firms surveyed indicated they would open more offices, hire more staff, and expand into new markets in 2018.

Business is growing: Four out of five companies said they planned to hire more staff in 2018. See our job listings page for available positions in the RCBI-field.

Taking up more office space: 72.5% of companies surveyed expressed an intention to open on or more new offices during 2018. More than one third said they planned to open an office in the Middle East, and a quarter said they were eyeing Southeast Asia.

Key markets

Middle East is the most important client source: Nearly half of companies surveyed said the Middle East was their largest source market. Here, the results are likely skewed due to the lack of EB-5 companies participating in the survey; Chinese applicants account for about 2/3 RCBI-program participants worldwide. 

See also: 2 of 3 Investor Immigrants Worldwide Are Chinese Reveals Statistical Analysis

Emerging RCBI-markets: 35% of firms say they want to expand activity in China, 32.5% in the Middle East. Perhaps more noteworthy was that while twice as many companies expressed an interest in improving their footprint in Africa as in Russia.

Hottest programs

Dominica CIP a big hit in 2017: 15% of firms said Dominica was their best-selling program last year, closely followed by Saint Kitts and Antigua.

Dominica expected audience favorite in 2018: More than one in five RCBI-executives anticipated Dominica would be their biggest audience favorite in 2018, followed by the UK and Malta.

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Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider. He welcomes readers to connect on Linkedin.