Close to 40,000 People Have Invested in a Passport, Analysis Reveals

The citizenship by investment market has grown at a ferocious pace in the last few years; New programs have entered the fray, and existing ones have seen their application volumes grow. But how many individual passports have been issued to participants in citizenship by investment programs worldwide, all told? We’ve been digging through the data

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Greece to Dethrone EB-5 as World’s Biggest Golden Visa by Year-End

Since the suspension of Canada’s federal Investor Immigrant Program in 2012 (and its complete closure in 2014), the world’s undisputedly most popular golden visa has been the US EB-5 program. That will change before this year is over. Tiny Greece, which has a population of 11 million and a land area that equates to only

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33 Countries That Could Open a Citizenship by Investment Program

Over the last seven years alone, the number of formal citizenship by investment programs (CIPs) has grown from two to twelve, a formidable rate of growth. But where is the CIP-market going next? Which countries may be opening citizenship programs in the near future? I’ve done a quick back-of-the-napkin analysis to find out. CIP-proliferation is not

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IMC Recommends US$150,000 Price Floor for Caribbean CIPs, CARICOM-Level Oversight

In a paper released today – published first on Investment Migration Insider – the Investment Migration Council offers seven concrete recommendations as steps toward regional harmonization (effectively gradual unification) among Caribbean CIPs. The divergence in policies, due diligence, and pricing have been hot-button issues in the Caribbean CIP-market for at least a year and the

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Dominica CIP Had “1,500-2,000 Applications During Last Fiscal Year” Says CIU-Boss Nanthan

During a panel discussion today at the Investment Immigration Summit in Ho Chi Minh City, head of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit, Emmanuel Nanthan, revealed that his country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme had received somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 applications in the preceding fiscal year. The figure is likely the highest reported by any

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The Biggest CIP in History: Cyprus CIP Investment Reaches €6.6 Billion Total (It Appears)

The Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme does not regularly publish any formal reports on the number or nationality distribution of its applicants, nor about the sums invested, but it does share such information with Parliament at regular intervals, certain parts of which does, from time to time, trickle down to the public. As reporters in the

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2 of 3 Investor Immigrants Worldwide Are Chinese Reveals Statistical Analysis

We did the math. The Chinese investment migration market is the investment migration market.  It was no easy task, as data sets don’t lend themselves very easily to apples-to-apples comparisons, sometimes historical records are missing, and sometimes you have to comb through spreadsheets in Greek. Nonetheless, we can say with a great degree of certainty that,

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Malta IIP Investors Spend 2.5x the Minimum on Homes to Qualify for Citizenship

Individuals applying for citizenship by investment through Malta’s Individual Investor Programme increasingly buy, rather than lease, properties in the country. On average, they’ve spent €868,173 on real estate in Malta, some 2.5 times the mandated minimum of €350,000, since the program opened in 2014. According to the fourth annual statistical report from Malta’s Office of the Regulator

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