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UK Tier 1 Investor Visa on Track to Raise £1 Billion in 2019 – Record Interest From Hong Kong in Q2

August 22, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   While the number of main applicants dipped slightly in Q2 – from 131 to 124 – the overall number of dependents rose to levels not seen since before the program’s minimum investment requirement doubled in 2014. Including dependents, 350 individuals secured their Indefinite Leave to Remain...

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china , citizenship-by-investment , data , golden-visa , intel-data , rcbidirectory , statistics

Cyprus CIP and US EB-5 Most Common Programs in China-Market, Analysis Shows

August 21, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   The Residence and Citizenship by Investment Company Directory contains 732 firms that offer investment migration services. 102 of these have registered offices in China. These include all of China’s 50 largest RCBI-firms and, while there are thousands of small immigration outfits in China, we believe the...

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editors-picks , europe , golden-visa , greece , greek , policy-updates , rozakis , tax

Greek Golden Visa Stakeholders Rejoice as New Govt. Eliminates VAT on Property Investment

August 20, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Greek property just got a whole lot cheaper for foreign investors. The country’s new center-right government has declared it will not collect VAT on real estate investments for the next three years. Still 25% below its pre-crisis peak, Greece’s GDP is set to grow by more...

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caribbean , carlyle-rogers , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , dominica , election , opinion , politics , saint-kitts-and-nevis , truth-to-power

4 Warnings to Caribbean Politicians Who Seek to Make CIPs Political Footballs During Elections

August 18, 2019

Carlyle RogersDubai/Anguilla   Within the next 6-9 months, two major Caribbean CBI jurisdictions, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis, will face general elections. Owing to their British-heritage electoral systems, the precise dates for ballot-casting depend on the actions of those two countries’ respective prime ministers, who can call early...

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china , crisis , investment-migration , luc-lu , mr-lus-tea-leaves , mr-lus-tea-leaves-2 , opinion

The Crisis in China’s Investment Immigration Market: Part 2

August 17, 2019

Luc Lu 陆琦Shanghai/Singapore   The following is a continuation of Luc Lu’s The Crisis in China’s Investment Immigration Market: Part 1. In part one, we mentioned that, with the advent of a deregulated Chinese investment migration market in late 2018, the competitive advantage of the country’s gargantuan immigration companies...

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caribbean , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , dominica , skerrit

25% of Dominica’s GDP and Half of Govt. Revenue to Come From CIP This Year

August 15, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Confirming the prediction from last year, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has confirmed in his budget address that revenue from the country’s citizenship by investment program will represent 25% of GDP and some 51% of government revenue in the fiscal year 2019-20. The statement highlights the...

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As Hong Kong Impasse Intensifies, Investment Migration Firms Report Surge in Inquiries

August 14, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   As anti-Beijing protests continue to escalate in Hong Kong, service providers say inquiries about alternative residence and citizenship from the city’s wealthy are surging. “We’ve definitely seen an uptick in inquiries from Hong Kong,” says Nick Stephens of NTL Trust. “Particularly online. We never used to...

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austrie , caribbean , cbi , citizenship-by-investment , dominica , lennox-linton , politics , skerrit

CBI-Debate Escalates to Ad-Hominem Attacks in Dominica As Election Looms

August 13, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Both sides of the aisle fling scathing allegations as the citizenship by investment program takes center stage in the political debate ahead of possible elections. Dominica last held a general election in December of 2014 and the legal mandate to call the next election extends to...

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analysis , citizenship-by-investment , editors-picks , etias , europe , european-commission , policy-update , politics

What All RCBI-Professionals Need to Know About ETIAS, Europe’s Upcoming Travel Authorization System

August 12, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), currently under development and slated to debut in 2021, will have implications for the investment migration market. Here’s what you need to know. What is ETIAS and who will need it to travel to Europe? Modeled on the...

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citizenship-by-investment , data-and-intel , financing , leverage , reader-mailbox

Reader Mailbox #2: Which Residence and Citizenship Programs Allow Financing?

August 11, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   A reader asks: Can I use borrowed funds to finance my residence or citizenship by investment? RCBI jurisdictions, generally, don’t want program participants to use financial leverage to qualify for their citizenship or residence permit. I suspect this is because a) they’d like to have more...

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