“We Agree With Most of What’s in It,” Says MIIP-Boss Cardona About EC Report

Speaking to IMI in Davos last week, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency, the entity charged with managing Malta’s citizenship by investment program, the MIIP, said he was, overall, “quite happy” with how his program was portrayed in the European Commission’s report on the investment migration industry. Watch the full interview by clicking

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Les Khan: Saint Kitts’ Real Estate Option “Really Taking Off” and SKN’s DD is “Ahead of Malta”

Les Khan spoke to Investment Migration Insider during the 12th Global Residence & Citizenship Conference in Dubai earlier this month. Earlier this year, Saint Kitts & Nevis halved the investment requirement for its real estate option, reducing it from US$400,000 to US$200,000. The move has paid off, according to the CIU-boss. “Our real estate option

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IMC-Boss L’ecuyer on EU/OECD: “We’re Engaging the Powers That Be to Set the Record Straight”

During an interview with IMI at the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO of the Investment Migration Council, spoke about how the industry association is meeting the challenges brought on by increased scrutiny from supranational bodies like the EU and the OECD. “We want to meet with the

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Harvey Speaks Out on CBC’s QIIP Investigation: “It Helped Our Business, Believe it or Not”

Speaking to Investment Migration Insider during the Investment Immigration Summit in Hong Kong last week, Jean Francois Harvey, head of the law firm that bears his name, spoke about the practical consequences of his employees appearing on hidden camera in an investigative report by Canada’s CBC last month. Questioned as to what was the fallout

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Sophia the Robot: “Benefits of Investment Migration Are Clear”

In an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Sophia, the AI-sensation from Hanson Robotics and the first ever robot to obtain citizenship, said the benefits of investment migration, to both host countries and clients, were extraordinary. Sophia, who spoke during the 12th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Dubai today, further indicated she is totally, definitely,

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Malta IIP Rejects Two Applicants; Other Programs Didn’t

In an interview with TVM yesterday, Charles Mizzi, Chief Communications Officer of the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (MIIPA), revealed that Malta had turned down two applicants – one from North Africa, the other from Asia – even though the individual in question had previously received approvals from other programs. The decision, Mizzi told TVM,

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Kochenov: EU Cannot Stop CIPs Without First Becoming Superstate

Residence and citizenship by investment programs have come under criticism in the European Parliament in recent months with several MEPs calling for their closure. That – according to Chair in EU Constitutional Law at the University of Groningen, Professor Dimitry Kochenov – would be impossible, unless the European Union first became a superstate. More on

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Predicting Application Outcomes With Big Data: The Malta IIP’s Risk Matrix

Yakof Agius, Chief Officer of Risk and Compliance at the Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency, explains how a systematic approach coupled with the collection of data points on large numbers of applicants can, over time, help predict the outcome of a citizenship by investment application before it is even lodged. The Malta IIP, by many

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Malta Residence Program Approaching 800 Applications Says MRVA-CEO Cutajar

Investment Migration Insider spoke to Roderick Cutajar, head of the Malta Residence Visa Programme, during the 2018 Investment Migration Forum in Geneva. He revealed that the program’s application numbers were quickly approaching 800, that the strong interest had led to a few months’ increase in processing time, and that many applicants are buying – rather than

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CIP-Countries Have “No Option” But to Invest in Solid DD Structures Says Malta IIP’s CEO

Jonathan Cardona, CEO of the Malta Individual Investor Programme, told Investment Migration Insider during an interview that he believes Malta’s due diligence was “a cut above the rest”, that high due diligence standards would “save the industry”, and that other CIP-countries would have “no option” but to implement similar standards to remain sustainable. Commenting on

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“Malta’s Due Diligence Will Become the Global Standard” – Interview with Chris Kälin, Part 2

In this second part of an interview with Investment Migration Insider, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, CEO and Chairman of Henley & Partners, talks about where the residence and citizenship by investment industry will be in five years. “There will be more regulation, no question,” said Kälin, and indicated a focus on due diligence would become

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Several Successful Cases of Citizenships for Bitcoin Already, Says Vanuatu Information Centre Boss Harris

During an exclusive interview with Investment Migration Insider, head of the Vanuatu Information Centre, James Harris, revealed three separate pieces of major news: One, the price of the Vanuatu Development and Support Programme (the DSP, effectively a CIP) has been reduced. Two, his office has already successfully processed several cases of citizenship by investment in Vanuatu with

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