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Malta IIP Suspends License of Company Implicated in Kickback Allegations

September 25, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (IIP) Agency has suspended the license of BT International Limited. In a statement posted on its website on September the 22nd, the Malta IIP Agency announced the suspension force until further notice. The Agency did not immediately respond to a request for...

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cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , eu , europe , rcbi , slovenia

EU-Member Slovenia to Evaluate Citizenship by Investment

September 24, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Some two months following the formation of a coaltion government in March this year, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša established the Strategic Council for Debureaucratization, a new government advisory body with a mandate to identify and cut red tape, to digitize public services, to reduce taxes,...

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analysis , asia-pacific , club , coronavirus , industry-trends , michael-b-krakat , relocation , trends

What If, When Borders Reopen, CBI Citizens Actually Move to Their COVID-Free Island Havens?

September 23, 2020

Michael B. KrakatUniversity of the South Pacific   Residence- and citizenship by investment (RCBI) laws allow the sale of passports with negligible or zero naturalization requirements. Any country may consider RCBI, holding recourse to its international recognition as a state to create, tap into, and leverage the asset of...

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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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asia-pacific , cbi , cip , citizenship-by-investment , club , dsp , editors-picks , policy-updates , ronald-warsal , vanuatu

All Citizens “Equal in The Eyes of The Vanuatu Govt.” Assures Chairman Warsal in Response to Media Reports

September 21, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Vanuatu’s citizenship by investment programs have grabbed headlines over the last week chiefly for two reasons: First because the government had signed an exclusive agreement with one of its Master Agents to handle applications from stateless investors. Second, because the country’s Deputy Prime Minister told Radio...

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analysis , asia-pacific , club , david-lesperance , honorary-citizenship , reasonable-doubt , vanuatu , vdsp

Lesperance: Vanuatu Govt. Inadvertently Admits Fatal Flaw in Its Honorary CIP

September 19, 2020

Reasonable DoubtWith David Lesperance A contrarian expert on contingency plans for the wealthy delivers uncomfortable truths. For months, I have been raising the issue that Vanuatu was selling an internationally meaningless status called “honorary citizenship”. In various blog posts, I compared honorary citizenship with being honorarily pregnant in that...

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10 on the Weekend – Laszlo Kiss: Your Biggest Business Concern? “Corruption.”

September 19, 2020

Ten On The Weekend is a regular 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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analysis , citizenship-by-investment , club , editors-picks , hnwi , industry-trends , knight-frank , residence-by-investment

Investment Migration’s Next Frontier Market: First-World Millionaires?

September 18, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   To be an investor migrant, fundamentally, you must be two things: dissatisfied with your current travel and/or settlement freedoms and; able to afford participation in an RCBI-program. In practice, that usually means you are a wealthy national of a non-Western (or non-rich) country. The vast bulk...

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club , coronavirus , data , editors-picks , europe , golden-visa , greece , greek , intel-data , portugal , statistics

The Portuguese Golden Visa Market Has Bounced Back – The Greek One Has Not

September 15, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   While approvals for Portugal’s golden visa are already back on track for a statistically normal year, those of Greece have halted. Once more, the statistics coming this month from the Ministry of Migration Policy via Enterprise Greece appear retroactively adjusted; the number of main applicants approved...

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asia-pacific , data , imi-research-unit , intel-data , juwai-iqi , malaysia , mm2h , real-estate , report , statistics

Malaysia Investment & Immigration Report 2020 – From Juwai IQI, in Partnership with IMI

September 14, 2020

Christian NesheimEditor   Juwai IQI, Asia’s biggest prop-tech group, has partnered with IMI Research Unit to produce a special report on immigrating to and investing in Malaysia. IMI Research Unit has provided the investment migration-related data, while editorial content and data on real estate investments and economic indicators are...

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