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Six Signs an Investment Migration Program’s Due Diligence Process is Not Good Enough

October 8, 2020

James SwensonLondon   The recent publishing of the Cyprus Papers by Al Jazeera has once again raised concerns that the investment migration industry could potentially be leveraged by convicted criminals and money launderers to obtain residency and citizenship outside normal channels. To outside observers, these headlines are further evidence...

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10 On The Weekend – James Swenson: Compliance Becoming a “Box-Ticking” Exercise

August 29, 2020

Ten On The Weekend is a weekly feature on IMI, the concept of which is simple: Each weekend, we ask the same ten questions of a different industry figure, letting readers get to know the interviewee on a more personal and informal level than they might in an ordinary business...

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ahmad-abbas , caribbean , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , dominica , due-diligence , policy-updates

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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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , cyprus , due-diligence , europe , legal , revocation

Legal Technicality Holding Up Cyprus’ Revocation of 26 Citizenships

February 5, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Following a comprehensive round of retroactive due diligence on citizenship by investment applications approved prior to the 2018 tightening of vetting procedures, Cypriot authorities identified 26 cases of inappropriate naturalizations. To rectify missteps of the past, the government vowed to revoke those citizenships. But the country’s...

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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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Cyprus to Conduct Retroactive Due Diligence on Pre-2018 CIP Investors

October 30, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Cyprus will conduct due diligence on past applicants, audits on all investors at regular intervals in the future, and revoke citizenships if necessary. The Cypriot Ministry of Interior will re-examine citizenship by investment applications submitted prior to the introduction of more stringent vetting requirements in 2018,...

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cbi , chetcuti-cauchi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , due-diligence , index , intel-data

The First CIP Due Diligence Index Ranks Malta IIP 1st, Jordan CIP Last

June 18, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   The residence and citizenship by investment industry has never been short on indices. At last count, there are at least eight passport/citizenship rankings and another three that rate CBI programs. Although all three CBI indices include due diligence as a component in their ranking of programs,...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , ciu , civiquo , due-diligence , golden-visa , industry-trends , residence-by-investment , risk , vetting , yakof-agius

Improving Applicant Approval Rates With a Standardized DD Risk Matrix

June 3, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Citizenship by investment units (CIUs) and RCBI-firms across the globe each conduct due diligence on CIP-applicants, using their own – often opaque – procedures. Now, one company aims to propagate a standardized, open-source, 8-step risk assessment framework to allow anyone to reliably identify the relative risk...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , concessionaire , due-diligence , europe , montenegro , policy-updates

Montenegro CIP Finally Picks Official Due Diligence Providers

May 13, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   After rejecting all 13 companies that applied to become the Montenegro CIP’s official provider of due diligence services in March this year, the government’s Secretariat for Special Projects has announced that it received 11 correctly filed applications by the April 1st deadline, from which it has...

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due-diligence , editors-picks , eu , eu-citizenship , europe , european-commission , henley-and-partners , influencers , interview , interviews , peter-vincent

While EU Worries About Handful of CIP Investors, Millions Get Non-CIP Citizenship Without Vetting

May 10, 2019

Christian NesheimEditor   Peter S. Vincent throws the real European security threat into stark relief: The 99.9% of annual new EU citizens that don’t come through CIPs are hardly checked at all. Speaking to Die Weltwoche, Peter S. Vincent – a seasoned veteran of US Homeland Security with National...

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