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Real-Time Average Processing Time Data for 11 Major Investment Migration Programs


IMI is today launching a new tool for IMI Pro members: Investment Migration Program Processing Time Data – Real-world data on current processing times for major residence and citizenship by investment programs, updated quarterly.

Investment migration practitioners and their clients need up-to-date estimates of how long they can expect to wait for approval of their applications before they submit them. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the world’s residence and citizenship by investment programs don’t publish live updates on processing times. 

To bridge this information gap, IMI has begun to collect real-time data on the actual, observed processing times from dozens of international investment migration companies to provide the most accurate estimates available.

IMI Pro members can can access the Q2 2024 processing time dataset on this page.

How we gather the data

IMI gathers processing-time data in three different ways:

1. From official sources
This is only feasible in a minority of cases because most program authorities don’t publish regular processing time updates. In our Q2 2024 dataset, the only processing data that come from official sources are those of the golden visa of Greece, where authorities publish detailed application and approval data on a monthly basis.

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2. Empirical observations by practitioners
Most of the data in our overview comes from real-time updates from investment migration companies. IMI contacts 4-10 providers for each program and obtains from them the total processing time for their most recently approved application for each program. 

We then calculate a processing time estimate based on the average of the responses. We also provide the range of responses for each program. For example, for the Antigua & Barbuda CIP, seven investment migration firms in Q2 2024 reported processing times ranging from 5 to 13 months, and 7.6 months on average.

3. From third-party databases 
The most accurate source of data is official statistics because it encompasses all applications filed. But this data is typically not available. Empirical data from practitioners is a decent but imprecise proxy for official data because the sample size is relatively small. Third-party databases, however, represent a middle-ground: It doesn’t comprise all applications, but the sample size is larger than what can be collected empirically from service providers. 

In the case of the Portugal golden visa, where official data is not available, we have relied on the next-best source of data: Nomad Gate’s crowdsourced application timeline data, which contains the self-reported processing times of nearly 700 golden visa applications and is continuously updated.

We will update the page quarterly to enable us to observe trends in processing times.

If you are a service provider that submits a high volume of cases on a regular basis to any of the world’s major investment migration programs, please reach out to us if you’re willing to help submit data by contacting the editor on cn@imidaily.com

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