Citizenship Sales Outstrip VAT to Become Vanuatu Govt’s Biggest Revenue Source

In 2018, reports Vanuatu’s Ministry of Finance and Treasury, CBI-related revenue reached such unprecedented levels that, for the first time in the country’s history, it displaced VAT-receipts as the government’s single biggest source of funds. “In 2018, revenue from the honorary citizenship programs overtook that of VAT for the first time. The Government remains careful

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On Japanese Citizenship and Naturalization Policies and How They May Change

Hyong-Jin KWON Paris   An estimated 700,000 dual citizens aged more than 22 live in Japan and an even more numerous – but innumerable – group of Japanese dual citizens abroad. Why do we count people older than 22? Because dual citizenship is technically only legal in Japan until the age of 22, at which

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The Bizarre Story of How the King of Tonga’s Court Jester Lost $26 Million Made From Passport Sales

This is the incredible tale of how a Hong Kong businessman persuaded the King of Tonga to sell $26 million worth of citizenships to Chinese investors, and how the King’s court jester lost it all by trading life-insurance policies for the terminally ill. The original passport king Citizenship by investment was not always a legitimate

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