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The report attempts to identify the most consequential transformations that have taken place in the investment migration market over the last year, to prognosticate as to which marks 2020 will leave on the market in the long run, and to outline how industry professionals can prosper in the new investment migration market.

Investment Migration After COVID – Trends and Outlook 2021

Investment Migration After COVID tells the story of what we expected to happen after the pandemic, compares that to what happened, and highlights what dozens of leading investment migration executives anticipate will change in the years ahead.

  • Findings of the April 2021 Investment Migration Executive Survey©
    • How pandemic-related government restrictions have affected the service deliverability;
    • How the pandemic has affected demand;
    • Which source markets are growing the fastest;
    • How client’s preferences have changed as a consequence of the pandemic,
    • In which regions IM companies are planning to open new offices;
    • Which programs have risen and fallen the most in popularity over the last year;
    • Which programs were the best-sellers in the last year, and which are expected to be the best-sellers in the next year; and
    • Which application processing units were the most efficient in 2020.
    • How companies have adapted to new work habits necessitated by the pandemic, such as working remotely, reducing travel and in-person event attendance, and the degree to which such changes are likely to persist in the long term.
  • A review of the April 2020 COVID Market Impact Survey©
    • How IM executives expected the pandemic to impact demand compared to what actually happened;
    • How demand has changed between April 2020 and April 2021; and
    • What IM executives expected to happen with border restrictions compared to what actually happened.
  • An interview with Nestor Alfred of the Saint Lucia CIU
    • How did the Unit change its policies to go from being a laggard to being the most efficient CIU, according to IM executives?
  • The mega-trends driving the transformation of the IM market after COVID
    • The West wakes up to investment migration;
    • Crypto-millionaires: The new new rich;
    • The race to digitize and remote-enable program processing;
    • Beyond visa-free travel;
  • How major investment migration programs performed in 2020
    • The winners and losers of the pandemic.
  • The biggest differences between the IM market before and after COVID, according to industry leaders
    • Stefan Kraus, COO of Henley & Partners;
    • Jean-François Harvey, Global Managing Director of Harvey Law Group;
    • Eric G. Major, CEO of Latitude;
    • Mohammed Asaria, Founder of Range Developments;
    • Micha-Rose Emmett, CEO of CS Global Partners;
    • Nicholas Stevens, Managing Director of NTL Trust;
    • David Lesperance, Managing Partner of Lesperance & Associates;
    • Paul Williams, CEO of La Vida Europe; and
    • Sam Bayat, Founder of Bayat Legal Services.

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This report is a detail-rich discussion on each of the world’s ten highest-ranked RCBI markets according to the findings of the Investment Migration Market Eligibility Index© (IMMEI).

The IMMEI and this accompanying report were created in response to investment migration executives’ repeated inquiries as to which RCBI markets globally show the most promise and which, consequently, should be the focus of their time, resources, and company expansion plans.

The 10 Most Eligible RCBI Markets
Report 2020

The report contains a wealth of data on each of the ten most eligible markets, and the essential information necessary for investment migration executives to make informed choices as to which markets to target, such as:

  • RCBI participation statistics
    • The number of approved applications for every major investment migration program from each market, for every year in the period 2015-19. Find out which types of programs (RBI vs. CBI vs. SUV) are the most popular among particular nationalities.
  • HNWI population estimates and forecasts
    • How many HNWI live in each market now, and by how much is the HNWI population expected to grow over the next five years.
  • RCBI company competition analysis
    • Which RCBI companies have offices in which markets? How many RCBI companies does each market have? Which RCBI companies are dominant in each market? The report contains a database of more than 100 RCBI-firm offices in the top 10 markets.
  • Legal, regulatory, and political
    • See which countries impose capital controls, restrictions on dual citizenship, or limits on foreign ownership. Compare the performance of each market’s currency over the last decade.
  • Accessibility
    • How cheap or expensive would it be to expand into a particular market? How hard is it to find qualified local personnel?Compare markets on cost of living, the price of Grade A office space, talent pools, and salary expectations.
  • Long-term market potential
    • Compare countries on how fast their economies and populations have grown in the last five years and at what pace they are forecast to grow over the next five.

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South Africa is home to one-third of Africa’s High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and slightly less than a third of Africa’s total private wealth. Increasingly, wealthy South Africans are seeking to emigrate and are looking with particular interest to Anglosphere destinations.

Rapidly growing demand – driven by economic stagnation, high levels of violent crime, and endemic institutional corruption – served by a very small number of local specialists characterize the South African investment migration market. 

While South Africa has a well-developed private wealth services industry, the field of investment migration has not reached the degree of competitiveness observed in larger, more mature markets like those of Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.

The South Africa Investment Migration Report 2020

The essential report for investment migration firms that want to expand their South African client base. This report contains:

  • A detailed overview of South Africa’s HNWI demographic
    • The city-level distribution of South African HNWIs
    • The countries and asset classes in which they have the highest propensity to invest – now and in the near future;
    • Their educational and professional background;
    • Their age, gender, ethnicity, and language profiles;
    • Projected growth rates in the number of South African HNWIs
  • South African HNWI investment migration preferences
    • Historical data and forecasts on South African participation in RCBI programs worldwide;
    • The degree to which they are likely to prefer CIPs, RIPs, or
    • Entrepreneur visas;
    • Annual growth rates in South African participation in RCBI Programs
  • Comprehensive lists of RCBI service providers in South Africa
    • South Africa-based RCBI specialists;
    • International RCBI specialists present in South Africa;
    • Non-specialist RCBI service providers in South Africa;
    • Third-party institutional partners present in South Africa
  • South Africa-specific regulatory and business challenges
    • Taxation;
    • Capital controls;
    • Police certificates and restrictions on citizenship
  • Comprehensive analysis
    • Primary motivating factors for emigration;
    • Programs on which to focus your marketing efforts;
    • How best to source clients;
    • Which locations within the country should be in focus;
    • Local competitive analysis

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When entering a new investment migration market, developing business locally can be a costly and time-consuming affair; you might need to attend local conferences, get coverage in the local press, or spend your marketing budget to target potential local clients online.

To save your company time and money, the IMI Research Unit has done the heavy lifting by researching 10 key African markets and compiling a curated list of more than 300 private-client companies you can contact today to begin developing your African business.

Investment Migration B2B Partners List – Africa

Whether your investment migration firm is in the process of entering the African market or is already established there, the Investment Migration B2B Partners List Africa will help you immediately expand your network of client feeder-firms and introducers, and grow your African client volume.

The list of more than 300 firms across Africa include

  • Wealth/asset managers
  • Law firms and trust companies
  • Private banks
  • Investment banks
  • Accounting/audit/advisory firms

The list contains firms in the following African countries:

  • Angola
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania

To get an idea of what type of companies you’ll find in the list, see the below sample firms:

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The IMI-STC Investment Migration Program Database – 2021 edition

The world’s most comprehensive database on residence and citizenship by investment programs – compiled and maintained by Stephane Tajick Consulting – contains essential information on more than 200 investment migration programs.

For each program and subprogram, you’ll find entries on:

  • General program information
    • The government’s official website for that program
    • Program inception date
    • Date of last program amendment
    • Application quota (if applicable)
  • Application process
    • Languages
    • Definition dependents
    • Application costs by dependent type
    • Renewal information
    • Appointed agents information
    • Processing time
    • Procedures
    • Restricted nationalities
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  • Investment requirements
    • Investment types, amounts, timelines, holding periods
    • Special benefits corresponding to the investment
    • Whether financing of the investment is permitted
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  • Conditions of acceptance
    • Links to required documents lists, age restrictions, financial requirements
    • Source of funds, criminal records
    • Medical exams and insurance
    • Language and business experience requirements
    • Business plan requirements
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Malaysia Investment & Immigration Report 2020

Juwai IQI, Asia’s biggest prop-tech group, has partnered with IMI Research Unit to produce a special report on immigrating to and investing in Malaysia.

IMI Research Unit has provided the investment migration-related data, while editorial content and data on real estate investments and economic indicators are provided by Juwai IQI.

What’s in the report

  • An overview of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program
    • Program history and milestones;
    • Accredited agents;
    • Application data;
    • Chinese interest;
    • Health security;
    • and more.
  • A guide to real estate investment in Malaysia.
    • Impact of COVID-19;
    • Market outlook;
    • Economic indicators;
    • Regional market breakdowns;
    • Rental yields;
    • Transaction costs;
  • An analysis of the program’s future prospects

Singapore Investment & Immigration Report 2020

Juwai IQI, Asia’s biggest prop-tech group, has partnered with IMI Research Unit to produce a special report on immigrating to and investing in Singapore.

What’s in the report

  • The “Switzerland of Europe”
    • Reasons for Singapore’s continuous need for immigrants;
    • Highly targeted immigration strategies;
    • Global Investor Program (GIP)
    • Entrepass
    • Foreign workforce numbers
    • Future of immigration to the “Little Red Dot”
  • 2021 Singapore real estate investment guide
    • How to buy in Singapore;
    • Critical steps in the buying process;
    • Taxes and fees;
    • Resident tax rates;
  • Q&A with market experts
    • Impacts of the coronavirus on the housing market;
    • Rental yields;
    • Challenges and opportunities after the pandemic;
    • Transaction volume and price range of foreign buyers
  • Winds of change: Migration plans based on tax planning and wealth inheritance

COVID-19 Economic Security Guide

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Publisher’s summary

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    • An analysis of the global political and economic situation
    • Secure Bases to establish residency or citizenship
    • Robust sectors and opportunities for investment
    • Our views on other assets including gold, cash, cryptocurrencies and real estate
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    • Individual country reports highlighting interesting opportunities for offshore banking, company formation and establishing second residency and citizenship
    • Industry reports exploring resilient and stable sectors of the global economy that present interesting investment opportunities
    • Macroeconomic and geopolitical reports analyzing the fast-changing global situation and how it can affect us as individuals