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Long-Term MM2H Agents Question Program’s Future, Ask If Erratic Govt. Action is Deliberate

October 6, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   It’s been a grueling year for both participants in and purveyors of Malaysia’s My Second Home (MM2H) program. Now, a 15-year veteran MM2H advisor questions whether authorities really want foreigners to make Malaysia their second home. The trouble started in September 2019, when agents began reporting...

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azevedo , birthright-citizenship , club , cunha-vaz , europe , golden-visa , jus-soli , naturalization , policy , policy-updates , portugal , residence-by-investment

Immigration Lawyers Optimistic on Prospects for Jus Soli in Portugal This Year

September 22, 2020

Ahmad AbbasJordan   It’s been nearly two months since the Portuguese Parliament approved an amended citizenship law that would grant birthright citizenship (otherwise known Jus Soli) to children born on Portuguese soil. While children born in Portugal to foreign nationals resident in the territory already do qualify for naturalization,...

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club , data , editors-picks , eu , europe , golden-visa , intel-data , latvia , policy , residence-by-investment , statistics

The Protracted Demise of Latvia’s Golden Visa

August 4, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Once first among its European equals, Latvia’s golden visa has languished since 2014. Of the roughly EUR 1.5 billion the program has made since opening in 2010, EUR 1.4 billion entered prior to July 2016. Last week, Latvia’s Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs released data...

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Dominica Becomes Latest CIP to Announce More Flexible Dependent Definitions

June 25, 2020

Dual hurricanes in 2017 set off a Caribbean “price war” that saw the region’s five citizenship by investment programs (CIPs) drastically reduce investment and donation thresholds, stopping just shy of US$100,000, a level that’s become both an economic and psychological floor – if only an informal and implicit one....

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As CIP Moratorium Expires, Moldova Still Undecided on Program’s Future

February 24, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   The moratorium on Moldovan citizenship by investment expired on Thursday without a Parliamentary decision on the program’s future. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Prime Minister Ion Chicu of Moldova commented that his cabinet intended to propose a further extension of the ongoing moratorium on the country’s...

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chinese , club , data-and-intel , europe , european-commission , golden-visa , greece , greek , policy , processing , residence-by-investment

After Waiting Two Years for Greek Golden Visas, 35 Investors Prepare Class Action Suit

February 17, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   35 Chinese investors in Greek real estate who filed their golden visa applications up to two years ago are preparing legal action against the Greek state demanding compensation and immediate residence permits. Legal provisions pertaining to Greek investor visas stipulate a processing period of no more...

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Malta IIP Not Going Anywhere, New PM Affirms – Opposition to Sit Out Regulator-Appointment

February 3, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Malta’s new Prime Minister, Robert Abela (Labour) has indicated that, while he will consider targeted reforms, the country’s citizenship by investment program (MIIP), as such, will remain in place. The opposition has turned down the government’s invitation to take part in consultations on selecting a new...

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club , europe , golden-visa , lisbon , policy , porto , portugal , real-estate , reform , residence-by-investment

Portugal Realtors’ Association Urges Caution on Golden Visa Reform

January 14, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   In a communiqué circulated last week, Luís Lima, President of the Portuguese Association of Real Estate Professionals and Companies (APEMIP) expresses concern that authorities will become overzealous in their pursuit to reform the ARI (colloq. the “golden visa” program) to channel a greater share of program...

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anti-bribery , bruno-lecuyer , club , imc , policy , policy-updates

IMC Introduces Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy

January 8, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   The Investment Migration Council today publishes the investment migration industry’s first global standard Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) Policy, which will come into effect on March 1st and apply strictly to all members. “This is another step in further professionalizing our industry and harmonizing standards globally,” says...

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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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