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Mauritius residency by investment

Mauritius unveils more favourable visa options including lowering the cost for residency by investment and is seeing a flurry of new developments positioning the island in the spotlight as borders reopen.

Zanzibar residency by investment

Zanzibar joins Mauritius in unveiling a new tax and residency programme to allow foreigners to live and invest in the Tanzanian island as Africa opens up to non-citizens.

Picard Beach Dominica

Anichi Resort & Spa is the latest investment offering under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme giving investors the chance to acquire citizenship with the purchase of preferred or freehold shares in a luxury eco resort with a minimum investment of US$220,000.

New Zealand lifestyle larry page residency

As google co-founder Larry Page acquires New Zealand residency, we find out why increasing numbers of billionaires are investing in the country and what residency and citizenship options the country offers to ultra high net worth individuals.

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Demand for second homes in safe destinations that have fared best during the COVID-19 pandemic is growing from high-net-worth buyers looking to commit to homes in countries with warm climates where life has largely returned to normal.

The UK government lifted travel restrictions in May, opening the door to buyers keen to secure an overseas escape or establish second citizenship based on real estate investment. Recent statistics show that enquiries for property in Portugal rose by 93 percent. A survey of 2,500 overseas buyers showed 90 percent were looking to buy in Spain.

Some island destinations have seized this opportunity to offer new pathways to citizenship for investors or special permits for those working remotely. Dominica has a digital nomad visa – an 18-month residential certificate for those who want to live in the country while working remotely in another. The Caribbean nation's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme had also proved increasingly popular with US citizens who can use Dominican citizenship to travel around the globe.

"The option of securing a second or third home has proven to be a valuable asset for many investors," says Micha Emmett, the CEO of CS Global Partners, a London-headquartered citizenship advisory. "With COVID-19, real estate investment is now often combined with a second citizenship or residency to secure that safe haven for their families."

Dominica's CBI Programme has greatly helped the island's recovery from Hurricane Maria. CBI confers second citizenship to those who invest in the nation's economy and is a route many take to attain greater travel mobility, business opportunities and a Plan B in times of crisis. Main applicants who invest USD$100,000 in the government's Economic Diversification Fund can gain full citizenship of Dominica and the right to work, study and live in the country also known as the 'Nature Isle of the Caribbean'.

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Widely considered the pioneer and one of the world’s foremost experts in investment migration, Henley & Partners Chairman Dr. Christian H. Kaelin says the significant worldwide expansion of investment migration is simply unstoppable.

Speaking at The World Ahead Gala Dinner hosted by The Economist in Athens in July, Dr. Kaelin stated that all over the world countries have realised the importance of residence and citizenship to attract much-needed foreign direct investment, debt-free capital, talented entrepreneurs, and experienced investors.

Further accelerated by the need to alleviate the financial distress following the Covid-19 pandemic across the world, Dr. Kaelin pointed out that more and more countries are offering investment migration programmes or introducing new options, like digital nomad visas or tech visa, in order to attract highly sought-after talent and capital to support their economies and strengthen their ‘sovereign equity’.

This year, Singapore announced the launch a Tech.Pass visa programme offering tech entrepreneurs from across the world the chance to set up and operate companies in the southeast Asia trading hub. While the UAE, which has a high expatriate population, recently announced it was enhancing its Golden Visa program to grant citizenship to select individuals, such as "investors, doctors, specialists, inventors, scientists, talents, intellectuals, artists and their families”.

Dr. Kaelin coined the term ‘sovereign equity’ in 2019 in Davos to describe how investment migration has the ability to endow nations with sustainable investments in a relatively short time frame without them having to increase debt and thereby burden future generations – while gaining highly qualified and experienced entrepreneurs and investors as new residents or even citizens.

Dr. Kaelin stressed that, particularly in Europe, there is also a pressing need to introduce much more positive migration policies to manage the global refugee crisis constructively while also attracting international investors and talent. He acknowledged that although politically challenging, it also presents a tremendous opportunity for the EU.

“We need more, not less immigration of people who contribute positively to society,” he told the audience.

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For the fifth consecutive year, St Kitts and Nevis has topped rankings for offering the strongest passport amongst all Caribbean nations that offer Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programmes.

According to data from the International Air Transport Association, holders of the St Kitts and Nevis passport can travel to 157 countries. And despite the pandemic, citizens of the dual-island nation can travel to more countries than last year.

Boasting the longest-running CBI Programme worldwide, launched in 1984, St Kitts and Nevis also outranked other countries that offer the programme, including MontenegroTurkey and Vanuatu. Globally, St Kitts and Nevis was classified as the world's 24th strongest passport, surpassing larger and more developed nations.

"We are proud to hold the position of the strongest citizenship by investment passport in the Caribbean for the fifth consecutive year," says Les Khan, CEO of St Kitts and Nevis' Citizenship by Investment Unit.

"It once again underlines the strong offering of the St Kitts and Nevis passport and Citizen By Investment programme, as well as recognising our ability to be agile and to adapt and innovate. This year, for example, introducing new alternative investment options, digitalising applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, and introducing a limited time offer, whilst continuing to apply the highest standards of due diligence."

St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme


Established in 1984, Saint Kitts’ CBI programme remains the ‘Platinum Standard’ of the industry. It is widely renowned in the industry for being one of the most efficient, transparent and reliable options for economic citizenship and was announced as the second best CBI Programme worldwide (just one point less than Dominica) according to the CBI Index 2020.

The fastest CIP worldwide, it is the only citizenship by investment nation to offer a secure, fast-track route. For a fee, the Accelerated Application Process (AAP) delivers a guaranteed 60-day result.

The programme is also family-inclusive, allowing for parents and grandparents of both the main applicant and spouse, above the age of 55 and 65, respectively, as well as siblings, having recently announced the inclusion of siblings in an application.

The fastest and most straightforward route to second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis is the Sustainable Growth Fund which currently offers applicants a limited-time offer. Until January 15th, 2021, families of up to four who choose to become citizens only need to invest $150,000 instead of $195,000.

Want to learn more about this route to citizenship? Headquartered in London with 14 offices worldwide, including in Malta and the UAE, our preferred partner, Latitude, is a leading international firm in Citizenship-by-Investment and is a government-approved agent for all the programmes it offers including St Kitts & Nevis.

To find out more about the Saint Kitts & Nevis CBI Programme, read our country profile by clicking here