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Jordan Halves the Price of Its CIP Despite Reported Avg. Investment of US$6.9m

September 3, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Ahmad AbbasJordan   The Jordanian Investment Commission this week reported its two-year-old citizenship by investment program had raised US$1.38bn from just 200 investors. On Tuesday, Khalid Al-Wazani, Head of the Jordanian Investment Commission (JIC), announced that 200 investors (counting main applicants only) had already claimed Jordanian...

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ahmad-abbas , al-jazeera , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , cyprus , editors-picks , europe , nicos-nouris

Cyprus’ Spat With Al-Jazeera Takes on Geopolitical Overtones

September 1, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   On August 23rd, Al Jazeera published the first in a series of reports on the Cyprus CIP, based on a list of 1,400 citizenship applications the network said had been leaked to them earlier this summer. The “Cyprus Papers” branded the Mediterranean citizenship program as an...

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ahmad-abbas , asia-pacific , bno , club , europe , hong-kong , policy-updates

Home Office Encourages Hongkongers to Come to the UK Now and Apply for Leave at Border

July 28, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   The UK Home Secretary (HS), Priti Patel, provided further details regarding the Hong Kong British Nationals Overseas BN(O) visa on July 22nd. The BN(O) visa route will be open to applicants from January 2021. The BN(O) visa is the UK’s response to the People’s Republic of...

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Dominica CIP Tightens Due Diligence, Bars Some Nationals From Applying

March 2, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   Dominica has had a reputation for being the most open and simple program among its peers, and previous visa rejections from countries with which visa-waiver agreements do not preclude participation in the Dominica CIP (unlike among other Caribbean CIPs). The program has not, moreover, had an...

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Moneyval and IMC Largely See Eye to Eye on Cyprus CIP’s AML/CFT Vulnerabilities

February 26, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   Moneyval, one of the EU’s chief financial watchdogs, has submitted a detailed report highlighting Cyprus’ efforts in combating money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) within its internal financial structure. The report provided its readers with mixed results, praising the efforts of the Cypriot government’s in...

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ahmad-abbas , china , club , coronavirus , editors-picks , industry-trends , report , wuhan

Coronavirus Will Radically Impact the Investment Migration Market

February 11, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Ahmad AbbasJordan   China CorrespondentMainland China   The viral epidemic is a black swan event that will materially reconfigure the investment migration industry. And not just within China. The demand for investment migration is now massive and urgentDozens of countries organized evacuation flights out of Wuhan....

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What the EU Needs to Learn From Canada’s Targeted Investment Migration Model

January 27, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   The money-for-rights model of investment migration – while economically successful – is a hard sell, politically. Canada’s model offers a compromise. Canada’s Entrepreneurial Provincial Nominee Programmes may be the answer to utangling Europe’s investment migration dilemma. Parliamentarians from a particular segment of the political spectrum, and...

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ahmad-abbas , analysis , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , investment-migration , mena , middle-east , residence-by-investment

7 Principles Investment Migration Professionals Must Grasp to Succeed in the MENA Region

December 16, 2019

Ahmad AbbasJordan   The MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region is the world’s second-largest investment migration market (after China) and the biggest of all for the citizenship by investment subcategory. It’s home to nearly half a million millionaires (according to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report) who are, more than...

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ahmad-abbas , analysis , club , editors-picks , europe , golden-visa , italy , residence-by-investment

Italy’s Investor Visa Could be Europe’s Most Popular if Only it Didn’t Ignore Market Realities

December 12, 2019

Ahmad AbbasJordan   The Italian Investor Visa (IIV) has been around for almost three years without gaining any meaningful traction. Why? The short answer: The IIV investment comes with a high financial risk and there are cheaper, more viable ways to gain residency in Italy. The long answer: Since...

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ahmad-abbas , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , history , opinion , roman-empire

Julius Caesar, the Grandfather of Citizenship by Investment, Never Demanded “Genuine Links”

December 11, 2019

Ahmad AbbasJordan   It was a couple of years back, during an investment migration expo in Jordan, that Mohammed Asaria, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Range Developments, asked the attendees an intriguing question while giving a speech; “Does anyone here know what country offered the first citizenship by investment program?”...

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