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Expert Analysis: What Does Trump’s Suspension of L-Visas Imply for The E2 Program?

June 23, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Concerned about the employment prospects of American citizens in the wake of lockdowns, President Trump yesterday signed an executive order that will see new entries to the United States on the basis of most visas in the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L-visas suspended until December 31st...

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caribbean , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , mcnamara , policy-updates , saint-lucia , sponsored-feature

Saint Lucia Expands Definition of Qualifying Dependants

June 23, 2020

McNamara Citizenship ServicesSponsor   The Government of Saint Lucia, in its continued effort to revitalize the Citizenship by Investment Program, has made some important changes to the existing legislation through the Citizenship by Investment (Amendment) Act No.4 of 2020. The changes make the program competitive with its Caribbean counterparts...

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analysis , china , club , columns , editors-picks , industry-trends , luc-lu , mr-lus-tea-leaves

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About China’s Investment Migration Market

June 22, 2020

Luc Lu 陆琦Shanghai/Singapore “Hi, Luc. Business is getting harder and harder. Winter is coming. Can we work together to find a way out?” More than one industry peer has raised questions using words to that effect with me in the last few months. Their marketing budgets have been decimated...

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club , data , eb-5 , iiusa , intel-data , north-america , regional-center , statistics , united-states , uscis

EB-5 Regional Centers Closing at Fastest Rate on Record

January 6, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Between January and September 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) terminated 75 regional centers and approved only six. Of all 361 regional center terminations since 2008, 80% have taken place in the last three years. A statistical report compiled by US immigration law...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , compliance , cyprus , due-diligence , europe , policy , requirements

Cyprus CIP Agents Have Until Feb 15 to Prove 2013-18 Clients Maintained Investments

January 5, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   The Ministry of Finance is checking that naturalized investors going back to 2013 fulfilled investment requirements and has given service providers until February 15th to provide the paperwork. In a circular headlined “Check on the retention of investments and/or the permanent residence of persons naturalized under...

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club , europe , european-commission , golden-visa , opinion , opinion-of-the-editor , portugal , transparency , transparency-international

Court Impels Portugal’s Govt. to Share Detailed Golden Visa Data (Including Some That Don’t Exist)

January 4, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Opinion of the editor: For the last year and a half, Transparency International (TI) has pressed Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Affairs to share more detailed statistics on the country’s residence by investment program (the ARI, or golden visa) than it currently does. The Ministry has so...

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antigua-and-barbuda , caribbean , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , ciu , club , data , intel-data , statistics

Antigua CIP H1 2019 Data: Applications Dip, 97% Pick Contribution Option

January 3, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   The recently released six-month report on the Antigua & Barbuda CIP shows applications in H1 2019 are down by 40% compared to H2 2018 and that the share of applicants who choose the real estate or business investment options rather than the NDF contribution option is...

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club , editors-picks , opinion , policy , price , trends

Programs Mulling Price-Hikes in 2020: What is the Optimal Min. Investment Requirement?

January 2, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   A handful of investment migration programs are weighing the introduction of higher investment thresholds this year. How can they price them correctly? In economics, total revenue is a function of P and Q; the price of whatever is sold multiplied by the quantity. Investment migration programs...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , europe , montenegro , policy-updates

Montenegro Enacts Crucial Amendment to CIP Rules, Admitting Minor Dependents

December 31, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   The Montenegrin Citizenship Act has, until now, had a critical inadequacy; it did not formally allow anyone under the age of 18, or even adult dependents, to obtain citizenship by investment. In December last year, we explained why: The Montenegrin Citizenship Act states in Article 12, which would...

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astaphan , caribbean , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , galaxy , ramada , saint-kitts-and-nevis

Video Shows Workers at St Kitts CBI-Resort Striking, Allegedly Over Non-Payment

December 30, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   A video recorded by a passer-by shows what eye-witnesses say are workers at the Ramada Resort CBI-project in Saint Kitts protesting and blocking the road that runs past the resort. The protesters reportedly told onlookers they were on strike over non-payment. To confirm whether non-payment was,...

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