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Jordan Halves the Price of Its CIP Despite Reported Avg. Investment of US$6.9m

The Jordanian Investment Commission this week reported its two-year-old citizenship by investment program had raised US$1.38bn from just 200 investors.

On Tuesday, Khalid Al-Wazani, Head of the Jordanian Investment Commission (JIC), announced that 200 investors (counting main applicants only) had already claimed Jordanian citizenship through investment since 2018.

Though not sharing any statistical breakdown, the JIC disclosed that the 200 investors have a diverse range of original citizenships, including:

  • Syrian
  • Iraqi
  • Palestinian
  • Finnish
  • Canadian
  • Lebanese
  • American
  • Pakistani
  • Indian
  • Kittitian

The total value of the investments recorded under the program’s aegis since its conception two years ago, said the JIC, amounted to more than US$1.38 billion, and the creation of 7,369 jobs was directly attributable to the program.

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It was not immediately clear how the Jordanian CIP had persuaded its participants to invest, on average, sums seven times greater than the required minimum. One plausible explanation is that the extant investments of individuals only recently naturalized through the CIP may have been retrospectively included in the count.

Notwithstanding the extraordinary investor largesse with which Jordan is already favored, the JIC has found it advisable to reduce its minimum investment requirements by 25-50% (depending on the investment option).

The Jordanian Council of Ministers announced the following changes to its minimum investment requirements:

  • Central bank deposit option: US$1 million (down from US$1.5m) held for three years (previously five);
  • Treasury bond investment option: US$1 million (previously US$1.5m) held for six years (previously ten);
  • Jordanian-company share capital investment option: US$1 million (previously US$1.5m) and a holding period of three years (unchanged);
  • Jordanian small-and-medium enterprise investment option: US$750,000 (previously US$1m) and a holding period of three years (unchanged);
  • Company establishment and provision of no fewer than 20 employees within the capital region: US$1.5 million (previously US$2m) maintained for three years (unchanged);
  • Company establishment and provision of no fewer than 20 employees outside the capital region: US$1 million (previously US$1.5m) maintained for three years (unchanged).

Christian Henrik Nesheim AdministratorKeymaster

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 16 years in the United States, China, Spain, and Portugal.

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