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CBI Guide passes 4.2 million page views

CBI Guide – the independent guide to citizenship and residency by investment programmes, digital nomad visas, and golden visas – has passed two significant milestones.

CBI development Ramada St Kitts officially opens

The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, officially opened the Ramada St Kitts hotel on 2 December.

Thailand announces new 10-year visa program for wealthy foreigners

Thailand, known as the land of smiles, is a popular destination in Southeast Asia renowned for its beaches, incredible landscape and friendly welcome. As the country recovers from tourism losses caused by COVID-19, the government has announced a new long-term visa programme that will allow ‘wealthy’ foreigners and certain highly skilled professionals to stay in … Continue reading Thailand announces new 10-year visa program for wealthy foreigners

Welcome to the world’s first digital nomad village – Madeira

Designed as a utopia for remote workers, and located on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, the world’s first official digital nomad village offers free workspace and wifi for those staying a month or more.

10 reasons to invest in citizenship of North Macedonia

From offering a powerful passport and easy access to living and working in the US to low taxation, a fast-growing economy and business-friendly environment, there are multiple reasons to invest in North Macedonia’s Citizenship by Investment programme.

Sales success for Beach House by Silversands

Luxurious hospitality and residential property developer Ora Caribbean says that subscriptions for its stunning Beach House development have now closed due to unprecedented demand.

Why Egypt’s citizenship by investment programme is worth considering

The newest programme on the citizenship by investment block, unveiled just as the pandemic kicked off, Egypt joins Jordan and Turkey in providing an attractive economic immigration option especially to HNWIs in the Middle East.

Oman unveils residency by investment programme

Following the UAE’s recent unveiling of residency by investment, the Sultanate of Oman has announced a move to also offering foreigners renewable 5 or 10-year residency visas.

The UAE relaxes its residency regulations for foreigners

Following the launch earlier this year of 5-10-year visas for entrepreneurs, investors and specialised talents, the UAE has further announced the introduction of a new class of visas, marking the latest in a series of steps to liberalise its stringent residency rules with the aim of attracting talent, boosting economic growth and diversifying its oil-focused … Continue reading The UAE relaxes its residency regulations for foreigners

Jordan lowers criteria for citizenship by investment

The government of Jordan has approved amendments to Jordanian citizenship and residency lowering costs and making more family-friendly to appeal to more foreign investors.

Mauritius lures foreigners with more affordable residency by investment programme

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 unveils new residency by investment programme

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.

Anichi Resort & Spa is Dominica’s latest eco-chic CBI investment

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.

St Kitts and Nevis boosts diplomatic ties with UAE

Justin Kareem Hawley has been appointed as the first Ambassador of St Kitts and Nevis to the UAE.

Dominica and St Kitts & Nevis top 2021 CBI Index

The Commonwealth of Dominica and St Kitts & Nevis shared first place in the annual CBI Index report produced by Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine, published by the Financial Times.

Google co-founder secures New Zealand 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.

100 days to take full advantage of Portugal Golden Visa

The Portugal Golden Visa Scheme has been a great success but changes come into effect from January 1 2022 which means the scheme will no longer apply to popular destinations such as Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve.

Second home CBI market booms post COVID

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 … Continue reading Second home CBI market booms post COVID

Investment migration pioneer declares citizenship by investment ‘unstoppable’

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 … Continue reading Investment migration pioneer declares citizenship by investment ‘unstoppable’

Saint Kitts passport crowned strongest of CBI Caribbean countries

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 … Continue reading Saint Kitts passport crowned strongest of CBI Caribbean countries

Six months left for Saint Kitts’ CBI family offer

There are just six months left for families to take advantage of the limited time offer for families under Saint Kitts citizenship by programme, which allows families of four citizenship for a reduced fee of US$150,000.

Why investors should look at Porto Montenegro as the first choice for Montenegro’s citizenship?

Encircled by mountains, Montenegro offers a safe haven, with protected harbours, sheltered towns and sights of unspoilt natural beauty. Its distinctive, rocky coastline hides away the UNESCO protected Boka Bay, home to Porto Montenegro, and many of the Adriatic’s secret coves, secluded beaches and friendly, welcoming locals.

7 reasons to invest in citizenship of Vanuatu

Whether you’re looking to second citizenship as an insurance policy for your family, a route to global mobility or an escape to permanent residency, the South Pacific island of Vanuatu could be the right second passport choice.

Dominica’s CBI resort Secret Bay lands highest sale on island

The Residences at Secret Bay, one of Dominica’s award-winning Citizenship by Investment resorts, recently recorded its highest-ever sale in the country with a Secret Bay’s clifftop villa selling for US$7.1 million.

Dominica PM says airport ‘dream’ is within reach

Dominica’s Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit says a contract for the development and construction of an international airport on the island – funded by its citizenship by investment programme – will be signed before the end of May.

Dominica entices Chinese with ‘investment in your future’

Head of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit, Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan, invited investors and their families in China to become citizens of Dominica during a speech at the China Offshore Summit in Beijing.

Vistra Residency Services approved by Aġenzija Kommunità Malta

Vistra Residency Services Limited is now a licensed agent approved by Aġenzija Kommunità Malta.

Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau uses AI to promote CBI program

To help promote Vanuatu and the benefits of its Citizenship by Investment Program, The Vanuatu Investment Migration Bureau (VIMB), through its Dubai office, is working with AI-powered Travel Assistant company, Eddy Travels.

St Kitts & Nevis – The Great Escape

At a time when more people have been looking to get away from it all (for longer or for good), those nations viewed as safest and less developed with great standards of living have thrived. Just ask St Kitts & Nevis – the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the off-the-beaten-track destination for wellness … Continue reading St Kitts & Nevis – The Great Escape

Dominica offers assistance to St Vincent after volcano eruption

The recent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines has seen neighbours Dominica offer assistance and support to evacuees.

Malta Permanent Residence Programme (MPRP) update

The Malta Permanent Residence Programme (‘MPRP’) officially came into force on 29 March 2021 as per Legal Notice 137 of 2021. The Residency Malta Agency (the ‘Agency’) was also officially set up on that day as per Legal Notice 136 of 2021.

St Kitts and Nevis Launches Digital Currency DCash

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has launched a digital currency, known as DCash. This has been implemented by St Kitts and Nevis in its drive to deliver a digital transformation. St Kitts and Nevis is one of the first Eastern Caribbean nations to embed the pilot currency which is considered legal tender and offers a safer, faster … Continue reading St Kitts and Nevis Launches Digital Currency DCash

Celebrating 2 Million unique page views for CBI Guide

Since launching in June 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, CBI Guide has just hit a significant milestone – hitting more than 2 million unique page views.

Malta, Austria, Portugal top Henley & Partners index

Malta’s new programme has seen the EU country remain at the top of the Global Citizenship Programs Index (GCPI), while the Austria Private Residence Program and the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program share top spot in the Global Residence Programs Index (GRPI) — this according to Investment Migration Programs 2021, released by Henley & Partners.

Dominica opens three health centres funded by CBI program

Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that three health and wellness centres opened in Dominica last week. The Marigot health centre, the Georgetown health centre and the Bellevue Chopin health centre are part of the 12 health centres funded by the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, with eight now near completion.

Saint Kitts extends its citizenship by investment programme limited time offer

Following unprecedented demand, Saint Kitts & Nevis’ citizenship by programme has extended its popular limited time offer allowing families of four citizenship for a reduced fee of US$150,000. 

Cyprus will explore new investment incentives

The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has said that the EU country will not be replacing its citizenship by investment programme – but other incentives would be offered for investment.

10 reasons to invest in citizenship of Montenegro

With its strategic location, abundance of natural beauty, rising tourism, surge in property development and the lowest tax rate in Europe, not to mention its potential membership of the EU in 2025, the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro is ripe for investment. Here are CBI Guide’s top 10 reasons to secure citizenship by investment of … Continue reading 10 reasons to invest in citizenship of Montenegro

UAE offers citizenship to investors, entrepreneurs and creatives

The United Arab Emirates has announced a significant change of policy regarding Emirati nationality, with it now being available for selected specialists.

CBI property of the week: The Alpina Saint Lucia Hotel & Alpina Square

Approved by Saint Lucia’s citizenship by investment programme, The Alpina Saint Lucia Hotel and Alpina Square offer investors the opportunity to acquire real estate – hotel rooms, serviced apartments or offices – in Saint Lucia, delivering not just an attractive ROI but Saint Lucian citizenship and passport.

Dominica to increase visa-free access by 20-25% in 2021

Dominica’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme is set to up its global mobility ante with 28-35 more countries expected to be added to its passport by year-end making a second passport from this Caribbean island a very attractive proposition.

Antigua to introduce new real estate projects for citizenship by investment

Following the expansion of two boutique hotels in leading CBI Caribbean country Antigua & Barbuda, international HNWIs have the opportunity to invest shares in exchange for citizenship of this Caribbean nation

Citizenship firm RIF Trust boosts presence in North Africa with new Morocco office

With the aim of providing residency and citizenship by investment support to HNWIs in Morocco, RIF Trust, part of the Latitude Group, has followed its recent expansion into China with the opening of an office in Morocco

CBI property of the week: Kimpton Kawana Bay, Grenada

Located on one of the world’s best beaches, five-star luxury resort Kimpton Kawana Bay on the Caribbean island of Grenada offers citizenship investors the chance to not only secure Grenada’s powerful passport, but also hassle-free ownership of a title deeded studio or suite with the potential for a very attractive return on investment.

2020’s spike in Nigeria’s second citizenship interest expected to rise in 2021

The Residences at Secret Bay, a luxury resort in Dominica approved as a property investment by the country’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme, has reported that 27% of its CBI contracts in 2020 came from African nationals. Industry experts forecast the number to rise to 35% in 2021 as Nigeria, the continent’s fastest-growing market, continues … Continue reading 2020’s spike in Nigeria’s second citizenship interest expected to rise in 2021

CBI country St Kitts ranked as one of the best Caribbean islands to visit in 2021

The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, a dual-island Caribbean nation that pioneered Citizenship by Investment with its programme unveiled nearly 40 years ago, has been encompassed in the Caribbean Journal’s ranking of the region’s best islands to visit in 2021. Good news for investors wishing to acquire citizenship of the country via investment in a government-approved tourist … Continue reading CBI country St Kitts ranked as one of the best Caribbean islands to visit in 2021

Portugal’s RBI programme to promote investment in low-density regions from July

Following the announcement last year that Portugal’s highly successful residency by investment programme was removing Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve as property investment options, with the aim of increasing investment in low-density areas, the Portuguese authorities have further announced this will become effective on July 1, 2021.

CBI countries Grenada and Antigua & Barbuda boast two of the world’s top 30 beaches

While choosing a citizenship by investment programme based on a country’s shoreline isn’t recommended, among a sea of CBI Programmes that are similar in nature, the beauty of its beach could be the deciding factor. Enter Grenada’s Grande Anse and Antigua & Barbuda’s Pink Sand Beach, deemed two of the world’s best beaches.

Climate resiliency is high on Dominica’s 2021 agenda

With the support of its world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme, the Caribbean island of Dominica is working on becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation.

The first Passport Index of 2021 confirms global mobility strength of CBI Countries

When it comes to freedom of movement, the just-released Henley Passport Index Q1 2021 reveals that while Asia Pacific passports deliver the greatest global mobility, the countries offering citizenship by investment programmes continue to maintain and even increase their freedom of movement footprint with four CBI countries ranked in the top 10 most powerful passports.

CBI property of the week: Boka Place, Montenegro

Investing in property at one of the Mediterranean’s most sophisticated and buzzing marinas, Porto Montenegro, will not only provide you with an attractive ROI due to the Balkan country’s burgeoning tourism, but with it, Montenegrin citizenship and passport of a country that is set to join the EU by 2025.

Saint Kitts increases passport power adding 26 new countries in 5 years

Continuing to build on its nearly 40-year citizenship by investment programme success with the sustained addition of more countries to its already powerful passport, Saint Kitts offers those who acquire citizenship of this small Caribbean nation visa-free access to the most destinations of any Caribbean country, with the latest signed-up countries including North Macedonia, Jordan … Continue reading Saint Kitts increases passport power adding 26 new countries in 5 years

Singapore to unveil Tech Pass residency visa in 2021

As countries continue to roll out long-stay visas for foreigners in an attempt to replace lost tourism dollars and to attract remote workers, Singapore announces the launch in 2021 of 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.

206 investors granted Jordanian citizenship in the last 12 months

Since October 2019, more than 200 investors have obtained Jordanian citizenship via the country’s citizenship by investment programme, bringing US$1.222 billion of investment into the country’s coffers.

CBI property of the week: Bois Cotlette Estate, Dominica

Investing in shares in one of the oldest surviving estates in Dominica, now a 53-acre self-sufficient eco-friendly estate, will give you not just a return on investment, but also Dominican citizenship (second passport) and a safe secure and peaceful haven for yourself and your family should a second pandemic hit.

Saint Lucia CIP extends Covid-19 Relief Bond option until end of 2021

Launched under Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment programme in reaction to the pandemic in May, the temporary COVID-19 Relief Bond which gives potential investors the chance to acquire citizenship by purchasing government bonds for half their previous price, has been extended for one more year.

Covid and Brexit travel rules push Brits to seek EU mobility via second passports

Thanks to the ongoing pandemic and the upcoming Brexit situation, which from 1st January 2021 will limit British citizens’ travel to the European Union, there has been a surge in British citizens enquiring about citizenship by investment in order to guarantee open and easier travel mobility within the EU.

Slovenia considering launch of citizenship and residence by investment programmes

In a bid to combat the economic impact of the pandemic, Slovenia announces it is considering a proposal to launch a citizenship or residence by investment programme for 2021, making it the latest Balkan country to do so.

Dominica’s award-winning Secret Bay phase 2 villas now open to citizenship investors

The Residences at Secret Bay, Dominica’s only six-star, award-winning, all-villa resort has completed construction on four new villas and is concurrently launching its Phase 2 sales, remaining true to its commitment to offering new citizenship investors buy-in of a ready villa.

Malta sets up new agency that caters for all matters relating to citizenship

Earlier this year, Malta’s citizenship by investment programme, the Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP) came to an end after six years. Despite the programme’s tough stance on due diligence (Malta outranks most other CIPs for its stringent vetting procedures), the Maltese Government decided to scrap the MIIP prematurely and replace it with a new programme … Continue reading Malta sets up new agency that caters for all matters relating to citizenship

The ultimate in remote working, Iceland unveils six-month residency visa

Adding to the globe’s growing list of digital nomad visas introduced in 2020 is Work in Iceland, a programme that allows foreign national remote workers the chance to reside in, and work remotely from, the stunning country of Iceland with their family for up to six months.

Thai property developers to gift foreign condo buyers five-year residency visas

In a bid to lure foreigners to invest in property in Thailand, and until December 2022 only, Thai-based property developers are giving investors who acquire a condo worth US$333,000 or more a Thai Elite visa, allowing them residency in Thailand for five years.

CBI property of the week: Tamarind Hills, Antigua

Whether you have US$200,000 or US$1.5 million to spend, investment in a luxury, beach-front, sea-facing apartment or villa in the Tamarind Hills resort, one of Antigua & Barbuda’s most successful CBI programme developments, will give you not just a tangible return on investment, but citizenship of this incredible Caribbean island (and an Antiguan passport).

Greece and Croatia latest countries to unveil digital nomad visa programmes

Following the unveiling of a raft of remote working visas in the last six months, Greece and Croatia are the latest nations to roll out the red carpet for global remote workers, with programmes designed to lure digital expats to their shores in a bid to replace the lost tourism dollars due to the pandemic.

Shopping for citizenship and residency skyrockets during pandemic restrictions

From closed borders and travel restrictions to lockdowns and quarantines, the effects of the pandemic throughout 2020 has led to a surge in enquiries for second passports and residency by investment proving that what once was a luxury for HNWIs has now become a necessity.

Dominica approves eighth property development for citizenship by investment

Extending the property investment options for Dominica’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment Programme to eight, the nation’s Government approves brand-new real estate development, Timbo’s Downtown, a boutique resort that’s anticipated to become a hotspot for business lodgings and luxury leisure in Dominica.

Latitude webinar delivers latest updates on St Kitts & Nevis CIP Programme

Latitude Residency & Citizenship hosted an exclusive webinar with special guest Les Khan, CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit, who discussed recent updates to the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Chinese investors to get on-the-ground citizenship advice following RIF Trust expansion

Dubai-based RIF Trust, part of global residency and citizenship by investment advisory firm, the Latitude Group, has expanded its operations to China, with two new offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, providing Chinese HNWIs with on-the-ground support from December 2020.

Caribbean Queens: why the islands stand out in the CBI landscape

When it comes to the Citizenship by Investment options on the global table, the Caribbean countries continue to lead the way offering affordable, fast, efficient and stable routes to second passport ownership. Couple this with global mobility, mainly Covid-free spaces, and an excellent quality of life, and it’s clear to see how these West Indies’ … Continue reading Caribbean Queens: why the islands stand out in the CBI landscape

Dominica is among National Geographic’s top 25 destinations on rise for 2021

Global editors of National Geographic Travel have announced the 25 destinations they consider to be on the rise for 2021 across five areas, including Adventure, Culture and History, Nature, Family and Sustainability, with the Caribbean island of Dominica (aka the ‘nature isle’) selected for its adventure tourism that has simultaneously helped to fuel its climate … Continue reading Dominica is among National Geographic’s top 25 destinations on rise for 2021

Chinese and South Africans rush to invest in Portuguese residency by investment before 2021 changes

Portugal has seen an increasing number of Chinese and South African citizens rushing to purchase residency and ultimately citizenship in Portugal via the country’s successful residency by investment programme. This comes following a recent announcement that the popular Portuguese areas of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve are set to be removed as investment regions from … Continue reading Chinese and South Africans rush to invest in Portuguese residency by investment before 2021 changes

WEBINAR: St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Update

Latitude Residency & Citizenship is hosting an exclusive webinar discussing recent updates to the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme – with special guest Les Khan, CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit.

Antigua sees high number of applicants for its remote working residency visa

Just one of a raft of remote working visas unveiled worldwide in the last five months, Antigua and Barbuda’s Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) Programme, which invites remote-working foreigners to reside on the island for up to 24 months, has witnessed a high number of applicants, especially from the US, UK and Canada, and has been … Continue reading Antigua sees high number of applicants for its remote working residency visa

Dominica’s CBI-approved Cabrits Resort & Spa wins Best New MICE Hotel 2020

The first-ever real estate project approved by Dominica’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment programme, the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica has been awarded top spot in the inaugural World MICE Awards, the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry.

Russia set to launch residency by investment programme

With the aim of strengthening the Russian economy and creating new jobs, Russia’s Economic Development Ministry has put forward a draft bill for a residency by investment programme, which would allow foreigners to invest in the country via various routes in exchange for permanent residency.

Recent changes to Italy’s residency by investment programme makes it a far more attractive proposition

In order to attract more foreign investment, the Italian government has implemented changes to its residency by investment (RBI) programme to make it both more attractive and competitive, including slashing some of its minimum investment thresholds by half, and opening it up to third-world country nationals.

Antigua & Barbuda recognised as best emerging sustainable destination for 2021

The Caribbean island of Antigua & Barbuda, which runs a successful citizenship by investment programme that includes the option of investment in eco-friendly resorts, has been named 2021’s Emerging Sustainable Destination of the Year in global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Awards 2021.

Saint Lucia first to offer owned/managed e-payment platform for CBI Programme

With the aim of delivering an application and investment process that is friction-free and to combat delays caused by the pandemic, Saint Lucia’s CIU has unveiled its e-payment platform, making the Caribbean nation the first citizenship by investment programme to offer a wholly owned and managed e-payment platform as part of its recently launched website.

CBI Guide hits 1 million page views in just 5 months

Launched on June 10 with a news story titled ‘Chinese citizens turn to CBI for Plan B‘, the CBI Guide has just passed the significant milestone of 1 million page views.

British Virgin Islands is latest Caribbean nation to consider residency by investment programme

Following eight months of uncertainty thanks to Covid, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is the latest nation to announce investor visa programmes aimed at replacing lost tourism dollars. Both the proposed Invest-and-Stay and In-Stay programmes will provide foreigners with residency/remote working visas in exchange for investment.

Residency investment in Porto’s 5* Rebello hotel open for South Africans

South African citizens have the opportunity to invest in the five-star Rebello hotel in Portugal’s second city, Porto, as part of its popular residency by investment programme. For an investment of €350,000, investors can expect to receive 3% returns and a residency permit with citizenship and a Portuguese passport after five years.

Saint Kitts and Nevis commits to a digital economic transformation

As one of the first countries to deliver a digitalised solution for its citizenship by investment programme applications, Saint Kitts & Nevis is set to implement a digital transformation throughout 2020-2022 aimed at boosting the economy and making the Caribbean island nation a world leader in digital delivery for its citizens, residents and investors.

Montenegro’s new nature-focused tourism campaign good for citizenship investors

Tapping into the increased appreciation for nature following the digital restrictiveness of the pandemic, the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro, which allows foreigners to invest in property via its citizenship by investment programme, unveils a new global campaign showcasing its natural beauty, from dense green forests and wild mountain rivers, to powdery ski slopes and … Continue reading Montenegro’s new nature-focused tourism campaign good for citizenship investors

Greece considering changes to Residency by Investment programme

Following the overhaul and suspension of the citizenship by investment programmes of Malta and Cyprus, respectively, Greece is reviewing its popular residency by investment programme, which has seen a surge of interest in the last few months, with proposed changes including a fee structure aimed at attracting investment to less touristy parts of the country.

Saint Lucia sees double-digit percentage increase in citizenship by investment applicants in recent months

Rigorous due diligence. Check. Integrity and transparency. Check. Minimum financial outlay. Check. Booming economy. Check. Exemplary handling of the pandemic. Check. It’s easy to see why the Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment programme, which has entered its fifth year of successful operation and undergone a recent rebrand, has proven so popular in the past few … Continue reading Saint Lucia sees double-digit percentage increase in citizenship by investment applicants in recent months

Saint Kitts & Nevis announces inclusion of siblings in its long-running CBI Programme

Following a recent spate of changes by CBI-bearing countries to make their programmes more family-friendly, the Saint & Kitts Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit has announced the inclusion of siblings in its CBI Programme, making it the last Caribbean island to do so.

Eight CBI countries in fDi’s top 20 most attractive locations for investment

According to fDi’s Tourism locations of the future ranking for 2019/2020, the top 20 nations considered to be ripe for investment include eight countries that currently offer Citizenship or Residency by Investment programmes. Another reason to invest via citizenship or residency, perhaps?

Watch: Grenada Prime Minister praises Kimpton Kawana Bay development

With recent site visits from the Grenada CBI Unit and Prime Minister commending the project for its impressive progress and positive contribution to the country, Kimpton Kawana Bay is well on its way to completion, both in terms of construction, and overall sales. We caught up with some of the role players in Grenada recently, … Continue reading Watch: Grenada Prime Minister praises Kimpton Kawana Bay development

15 reasons why you should become a citizen of Caribbean island Grenada

If you’re planning to secure second citizenship, be it as an insurance policy for your family, a route to global mobility, or an escape to permanent residency, the Caribbean island of Grenada should be on your consideration list. From its excellence in education to its economic stability and family inclusiveness, here are 15 reasons why … Continue reading 15 reasons why you should become a citizen of Caribbean island Grenada

Dominica’s CBI Programme generates over one billion dollars in three years

The Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that the Caribbean country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme has generated more than 1.2 billion dollars in revenue since 2017. According to the PM, the Programme has witnessed an 8% increase in revenue from the fiscal year of 2017-18 to 2018-19 and a 13.4% increase in 2019-20.

Why exactly is Portugal seeing a record number of citizenship applications?

Could Portugal’s recent record number of Residency by Investment programme applicants be attributed to the country’s quick handling of the pandemic? Or is it Portugal’s EU membership and powerful passport making it so popular? Or could it be the country’s first-class medical and educational offerings, relaxed pace of life, ideal climate, and affordable and speedy … Continue reading Why exactly is Portugal seeing a record number of citizenship applications?

Upcoming St Vincent and the Grenadines election could pave way for citizenship by investment

If St Vincent and the Grenadines’ opposition NDP party were to win in the forthcoming election on November 5, it could mean the unveiling of yet another – the sixth – Caribbean-based Citizenship by Investment programme.

Portugal to remove Porto and Lisbon as investment opportunities from its residency programme

From 2021, Portugal’s popular residency by investment programme, which offers an affordable route to Portuguese citizenship and EU membership and which has seen a record number of applications in 2020, will change its conditions, allowing applicants to invest in real estate only outside of Porto, Lisbon and the popular Algarve region.

Flood of digital nomad visa programmes offer remote workers taste of citizenship investment

The pandemic has brought with it the opportunity to work remotely and the desire to reside somewhere pandemic-free. And with tourism-dependent countries desperate to replace lost dollars, a flood of digital nomad visa programmes has hit the market in recent months, extending the portfolio of opportunities offered by the global citizenship and residency by investment … Continue reading Flood of digital nomad visa programmes offer remote workers taste of citizenship investment

Montenegro approves even more development projects for citizenship by investment

The youngest citizenship by investment programme, Montenegro’s CIP, which has seen a 142% surge this year, has recently extended its portfolio of approved development projects to offer economic citizens 11 investment options, with everything from a 5* hotel room in a popular ski resort to a luxury residence in the Med’s best marina.

Leading CBI country Saint Kitts & Nevis set to reopen October 31

Following Saint Kitts & Nevis’ recent announcement that it will reopen for tourism on October 31, the Caribbean island, which boasts the world’s most established CBI Programme, has outlined the entry and travel requirements of its phased reopening and listed the hotels and resorts that are open.

Dominica unveils Safe in Nature campaign offering managed ‘travel bubble’ experiences

With the aim of reassuring tourists, residents and potential citizens as to Caribbean island Dominica’s safety, the Discover Dominica Authority has unveiled a Safe in Nature campaign, providing managed experiences within a travel bubble that comprises everything from accommodation and transport to spas, restaurants and activities.

Just-released Passport Index Q4 2020 confirms global mobility shift

As international travel resumes following the pandemic, but with Covid restrictions still in place, a new global mobility hierarchy has emerged, according to the just-released Passport Index 2020 Q4 edition. While some of the world’s most powerful passports like the US have lost their shine, others have gained global mobility ground.

Why wouldn’t you want to live in one of the happiest places on the planet?

Ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world, remote South Pacific island Vanuatu combines high levels of wellbeing with a low carbon footprint and a culture of inclusion, and it’s one of the last places on Earth with no confirmed Covid cases. And for just US$130,000, foreigners can become citizens in just 45 days. … Continue reading Why wouldn’t you want to live in one of the happiest places on the planet?

Saint Lucia’s CIP rebrand reinforces its reputation as secure, reliable, authentic

With a fresh new look and feel and a brand-new tagline of Authentic, Respected and Secured, Saint Lucia’s re-branded Citizenship By Investment Programme reinforces its identity as a CIP that delivers good governance and rigorous due diligence… a message that’s increasingly important and one that lies at the heart of its re-brand.

Dominica’s CBI-approved resort developments continue progress despite pandemic

While applications for Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment programme have slowed during Covid, there’s been no slowdown in the construction of the island’s CBI-approved developments – eco resorts and hotels – all of which have continued construction at pace despite the pandemic.

Cyprus suspends its successful but controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme

Following media criticism of Cyprus’ Citizenship by Investment programme and a subsequent investigation exposing political abuse, the Cypriot government has today announced that it will suspend its highly successful Citizenship by Investment programme, taking effect from November 1.

Grenada PM impressed with progress of Kimpton Kawana Bay project

Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, says he is impressed with the progress of work on the Kimpton Kawana Bay project. During a recent tour of the project site, Dr. Mitchell, accompanied by Parliamentary Representative for the area, Honourable Nickolas Steele, witnessed the start of work on the construction of the fourth … Continue reading Grenada PM impressed with progress of Kimpton Kawana Bay project

Bulgaria offers free property to Hong Kongers investing in Citizenship by investment

Last month, in response to the unfortunate and complicated situation in Hong Kong, Bulgaria’s Immigrant Investor Programme (BGIIP) unit announced that it is offering complementary real estate to Hong Kong citizens who wish to acquire Bulgarian economic citizenship.

155,000 properties in Turkey sold to foreigners in the last five years

Of the nearly 7 million (6.9 million) houses purchased in Turkey in the last five years, 154,871 were bought by foreign investors, demonstrating a rapid increase in foreign property purchase in Turkey in the last year due to the easing of minimum requirements for acquiring Turkish citizenship by investment.

Saint Lucia’s CBI Programme unveils new content-rich and easy-to-use website

In October, the Citizenship by Investment Programme of Caribbean island Saint Lucia unveiled its new brand identity and website. With its contemporary and clean branding and content-rich, easy-to-use website, the programme’s unit has upped the ante in the global CBI programme stakes as it continues to grow during the pandemic.

Applications to Antigua’s citizenship by investment programme return to pre-pandemic levels

While applications to Antigua & Barbuda’s successful citizenship by investment programme have continued throughout the pandemic, the numbers of applications have only recently returned to what they were pre-coronavirus, according to the Caribbean nation’s Citizenship by Investment Unit.

Bulgaria tackles citizenship by investment backlog with increased October time slots

Following huge delays in applicant interviews for Bulgarian citizenship by investment due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bulgaria’s Justice Ministry has announced an increase in the number of time slots available during October 2020 in the online scheduling system of its citizenship by investment directorate.

Surge in Britons seeking European citizenship due to Brexit

With the UK set to leave the EU on December 31, and with no deal looking likely, citizenship firms have witnessed a spike in British HNWIs looking to obtain second passports or residency permits via economic residency or citizenship in order to secure easier access to the EU come 2021, with Malta, Portugal and even … Continue reading Surge in Britons seeking European citizenship due to Brexit

RIF Trust responds to citizenship by investment boom in Middle East with a new programme

Driven by the rapidly increased demand in the Middle East region for citizenship by investment due to the pandemic, leading Dubai-based CBI advisory group RIF Trust has unveiled the CART Programme, which is aimed at empowering its partners to succeed.

Is Barbados on the brink of launching a Citizenship by Investment programme?

In July 2020, the tourism-reliant Caribbean island of Barbados unveiled a 12-month visa to attract remote workers, and then in September, announced its intention to become a republic next year. With the pandemic having hit its tourism sector hard, could Barbados be revisit its plan from 2016 to launch a citizenship by investment programme?

Greece pursues overseas pensioners during pandemic with flat tax rate

With Greece’s Residency by Investment programme seeming currently on hold but with plans to continue post-pandemic, and the Greek government looking to boost its struggling economy, the country has announced an attractive flat income tax rate of 7% for overseas retirees, in an attempt to woo foreign pensioners to its stunning shores to live out … Continue reading Greece pursues overseas pensioners during pandemic with flat tax rate

The in-demand pandemic passport is changing the CBI industry landscape

While, predictably, the pandemic has triggered a sharp increase in demand for citizenship by investment, unpredictably, coronavirus has changed the who, why and where of the CBI landscape, with applicants from unexpected countries surging, reasons for economic citizenship changing, and some CBI countries really standing out from the citizenship crowd.

Grenada’s CBI Programme offers HNWIs alternative route to the US

As one of just three Citizenship by Investment Programmes worldwide (and the only one in the Caribbean) that allows its citizens to enter, invest and work in the US via the E-2 Investor visa treaty, Grenada’s CIP is proving increasingly popular with HNWIs, especially from India and China, where there is increased private wealth.

Increasing numbers of Africans interested in citizenship by investment

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to create instability worldwide, and economic migration offering both an insurance policy and the option for a better life, there has been a huge spike in demand for citizenship by investment from high-net-worth investors in African, especially Nigerians and South Africans.

Antigua and Barbuda unveils Nomad Digital Residence Programme

With its very low pandemic rate, laid-back lifestyle and 365 breathtaking beaches (one for each day of the year) and following the success achieved by its seven-year-old Citizenship by Investment Programme, Antigua & Barbuda unveils a residency programme allowing foreigners to live in, and work remotely from, the Caribbean island.

Dominica’s new Entrepreneurship Visa Program offers alternative route to citizenship

The government of Dominica has expanded its citizenship by investment opportunities, which includes its successful CBI programme, with the launch of a brand-new initiative. The Entrepreneur Visa Program lets foreigners acquire a residency permit to Dominica, from which they can then obtain citizenship, in exchange for investment in the country.

Why are so many Americans applying for citizenship by investment?

Since the pandemic kicked in earlier this year, not only have a record number of US citizens registered an interest in citizenship by investment, they have shown one of the biggest nationality spikes in CBI programme applications over the past nine months. So why exactly are Americans in pursuit of a pandemic passport?

Antigua & Barbuda improves and updates CBI Programme throughout 2020

From the roll-out of its online application process to the introduction of a third pathway to real estate ownership, Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment programme has been modified throughout 2020, demonstrating its ability to adapt and improve both to meet investor demand and remain relevant.

Vanuatu’s successful Citizenship by Investment Programme to be offered to stateless people

With a lucrative Citizenship by Investment programme under its Asia Pacific belt, the island nation of Vanuatu has put in place plans to become the first-ever CBI programme to allow stateless individuals to apply for citizenship, with accredited agent VanLS obtaining a three-year exclusive licence to handle the applications.

Boost for Dominica as new flights launched between the Nature Island and Barbados

As Dominica continues to build its luxury hotel eco-tourism sector and prioritises the building of its international airport, much of this funded by its successful Citizenship by Investment Programme, Caribbean Airlines begins regular flights for the first time between Barbados and Dominica, with four flights per week to run by mid-October.

Vanuatu achieves record surplus due to citizenship demand

Increased demand for economic citizenship of Vanuatu has given the cyclone-battered south pacific island a massive financial boost, achieving a record US$33.3 million surplus in the first half of 2020 and marking a 32% year-on-year increase in citizenship-related revenues, exceeding, by August, its annual projection.

Dominica’s CBI-approved Jungle Bay Eco Villas to complete by early 2021

Approved as an investment property by Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, the award-winning eco-luxury development, Jungle Bay, which is set to re-open in October 2020, has continued the building of its phase one and phase two developments throughout the pandemic with 60 new investable eco villas due to complete early 2021.

Which Citizenship by Investment Programmes are the most family friendly?

When it comes to securing economic citizenship, high-net-worth individuals are looking increasingly for Citizenship by Investment programmes that allow them to include their families, both immediate and extended. And the CBI Programmes are responding, with many adjusting their dependent criteria to cater to client demand. So which CBI countries are family friendliest?

Turkey declared most popular Citizenship by Investment programme

With nearly 4,000 citizenship applicants approved during the first three months of the pandemic, Turkey continues to process high volumes of passport applications via its Citizenship by Investment programme, with no let-up during Covid. Such numbers make Turkey’s CIP currently the most popular on the market today.

Dominica’s CBI-approved Secret Bay resort to unveil new villas by November

During a RIF Trust-led webinar on September 7 to discuss the benefits of Dominican citizenship by investment, the CEO of Dominica’s CBI-approved Secret Bay announced that as part of phase two of the award-winning eco resort’s development, four new two-storey villas would be ready by November 1, 2020.

Will Malta, Europe’s best CBI Programme, continue its rise once re-launched?

For the first time, Malta has emerged as the best Citizenship by Programme in Europe, according to the CBI Index 2020. However, with the country’s programme having reached its cap of 1,800 and with its re-launch following new rules and guidelines from October 1, will the new iteration continue its upward trajectory?

Dominica PM headlines CBI programme webinar

As Dominica once more emerges as the world’s best CBI Programme according to the just-released CBI Index 2020, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit joined a panel of specialists in a RIF Trust-run webinar to discuss the benefits of citizenship in this Caribbean nation. And CBI Guide was there to report.

Caribbean nations Dominica, Saint Kitts and Grenada top CBI Index 2020

Following the release of the latest CBI Index, for 2020, the Caribbean countries continue to outrank the rest of the world with their long-running, competitively priced and highly regulated Citizenship by Investment Programmes, with Dominica coming top, closely followed by Saint Kitts and Grenada.

Will CIPs become even more of a lifeline for countries post-pandemic?

If well executed, a Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) can, and does, bring countries much-needed investment to help boost economic growth, create jobs and fund development. And with the negative effects of the pandemic taking hold, such programmes could become even more of an economic lifeline.

Grenada CBI-approved resort under new management

Grenada CBI-approved resort under new management One of Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment-approved investment properties, the Mt Hartman development, has a new developer and management team, and work has started on the initial stages of the development.

CBI-approved Four Seasons Nevis sees surge in villa sales during pandemic

One of the Saint Kitts & Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment-approved properties, The Four Seasons Nevis has seen a massive spike in sales during the pandemic with demand for its stunning beachside freestanding villas booming.

New CBI-approved Montenegro development announced

Roll up, roll up, a brand-new development of managed residences located in the prestigious luxury waterfront location of Porto Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s largest marina, offers an approved and affordable investment option for applicants to Montenegro’s popular Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Dominica to introduce biometric passports

With ePassports proven to strengthen the security of Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passports, Dominica announces a move into biometric passports, while Saint Kitts is introducing biometric-shared background checks as part of its CBI programme due diligence.

All Caribbean CIP islands now part of Travel Bubble

All five of the Caribbean countries offering the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme have now committed to participating in the CARICOM Travel Bubble.

Antigua & Barbuda makes amendment to CBI programme

The government of dual-island Caribbean nation Antigua & Barbuda has made an amendment to the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme in order to ensure holders don’t lose their citizenship during the current pandemic.

Montenegro sees 142% surge in citizenship by investment applications during Covid

As the newest kid on the citizenship by investment block, Montenegro is currently seeing a huge surge in demand for its economic passport. So, what exactly is the pull of this little Balkan country?

Dominica’s new international airport is top priority

Earlier this month, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that his government was placing the construction of the Caribbean island’s new and much-anticipated international airport as its number one priority, with the aim of putting Dominica firmly on the global map.

Vanuatu’s CBI brings big revenues for 2020

According to the Vanuatu National Citizenship Commission (VNCC), nearly US$53 million in revenue was made in 2020, thanks to the pacific island’s highly successful Citizenship by Investment programme.

Two Dominica CBI-approved resorts re-open

On August 7th, the Caribbean island of Dominica fully reopened its borders for tourism and hospitality. According to Tourism Minister Denise Charles this means that all travellers, including non-nationals and those visiting for CBI purposes can travel to the Nature Island.

Decline in Cyprus property sales to foreigners

The first seven months of 2020, from January to July, has seen a 43% decline (compared to 2019) in property sales in Cyprus to foreigners, according to official statistics.

Grenada reaffirms strict position on CBI

The CEO of Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment programme, Percival Clouden, issued a circular on July 22 stating that any actions that are taken to reduce the amount of investment by a citizenship applicant below the statutory minimum real estate threshold is illegal and will be investigated accordingly.

Saint Kitts targets GCC region with its CIP

Following a significant increase from Middle East HNWIs in Saint Kitts’ citizenship by investment programme during the pandemic, the Caribbean nation is taking renewed steps in cementing its CIP within the GCC region.

Kimpton Kawana Bay launches sales of last units

The next 5-star beach resort to open in Grenada, Kimpton Kawana Bay, has announced the launch of its final units for sale, in the Kiawah building which is the last phase of the project to be built.

Portugal unveils online service for renewal of residency

At the end of July, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) unveiled a new functionality in SEF Portal allowing foreign nationals and third-country nationals to renew their residence permit online up until October 30, 2020.

Dominica adapts CBI programme for benefit of families

The Citizenship by Investment Unit of Dominica recently announced a series of amendments to the country’s citizenship by investment programme, making it easier for applicants to include their extended families in the application.

Cyprus approves bills to tighten CBI programme

On July 31, Cyprus Parliament approved two proposed regulations which are set to tighten the country’s citizenship by investment programme.

Dominica’s new Budget will use CBI programme funds

Following this week’s Budget announcements for 2020-2021, Dominica is set to use the revenues made from its successful Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme in order to build new housing, among other pinpointed public services including healthcare and education.

Which country will be next to launch a CBI programme?

In these times of economic instability, launching a CBI programme could bring much-needed revenues to that country. From Albania to Mauritius to Egypt, we investigate which countries could be on the verge of unveiling citizenship by investment programmes.

Could Henley be out of Malta’s CBI programme?

Previous criticism of Malta’s citizenship by investment programme has led to the government recently overhauling it, announcing in July that a new CBI programme with new rules is set to launch from September. So what does that mean for advisory firm, Henley & Partners?

Dominica’s CBI-approved resort scores prestigious accolades

Dominica’s CBI-approved six-star Secret Bay Resort has been named the Number One Resort in the Caribbean and the Number Six Resort in the world by Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

Cyprus’ CBI programme boosts country’s real estate market

According to the 11th edition of the KPMG Cyprus Real Estate Market Report – The Insights, the real estate sector in Cyprus contributed 16% more in 2019, compared to 2018, with the country’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme contributing to this increase.

Webinar heralds success of Saint Kitts and Nevis’ CIP

Longevity, strict due diligence, adaptability and transparency are all reasons why the world’s longest running CBI Programme, Saint Kitts and Nevis, continues to be so successful. In a recent webinar, the Saint Kitts’ Prime Minister joined with other industry experts to discuss the country’s citizenship by investment successes

Is the Solomon Islands considering a CBI programme?

Following the financial success that Vanuatu’s CBI programme has brought the island nation, could its South Pacific sister, the Solomon Islands, be on the verge of launching its own programme?

Passport Legacy opens office in Nigeria

A leading citizenship by investment advisory company, Passport Legacy has announced the opening of a new office in Nigeria.

Malta CBI programme deadline extended

The July 31 deadline to apply for residency, the first step to Maltese citizenship, under the country’s current Individual Investor Programme has been extended to mid-August.

Which second citizenships offer the most passport pulling power?

Following the latest update of Henley’s Global Passport Index, we evaluate the global mobility you can expect from securing a second passport.

Cyprus CBI programme reforms continue

The Cypriot government continues to announce reforms to its citizenship by investment programme.

Four hotels approved for Montenegro’s CBI

The government of Montenegro has given approval for four hotels to be included in its recently-launched citizenship by investment program.

Dominica Hilton resort approved for CBI

Hilton’s Tranquility Beach Resort on Dominica has been granted an eligible investment option under CBI.

Malta’s IIP given complete overhaul

Following previous criticism of the Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (MIIP), the Maltese government has overhauled the programme.

9 reasons to secure a second passport

From freedom of movement and family legacy to tax efficiency and investment opportunities, the CBI Guide highlights the top nine benefits of obtaining second citizenship.

Cyprus resumes review of CIP applications

Following a temporary freeze on the Cyprus citizenship by investment program in January, the government has re-started discussions on tightening criteria.

One month left to apply for Malta’s IIP

For applicants interested in starting the process to secure a second passport for Malta, there is just one month until deadline for residency.

Investment for Caribbean islands’ airports

The World Bank provides US$159 million in loans to four Caribbean countries, including Dominica and Grenada, to help improve air connectivity.

Saint Lucia’s CIP brings in US$48 million

Since launching in 2016, Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment program has contributed millions to the socio-economic development of the country.

Caribbean islands compete during Covid-19

From temporary price reductions or exclusion of government fees to expansion of list of dependents, the Caribbean countries are upping the citizenship by investment (CBI) stakes with new adjustments during the pandemic.

Antigua & Barbuda reveal post-pandemic plans

PM Gaston Browne explains that throughout the pandemic the country’s CIP has continued to receive a steady stream of enquiries.

Infographic: Saint Lucia CBI

View Country Profile for Saint Lucia. Read latest Saint Lucia CBI news.

Why Antigua & Barbuda CBI is best for big families

Offering one of the most competitively priced CBI programs worldwide, Antigua & Barbuda has just made itself the most affordable and attractive citizenship choice for those with large families.

Which is the best Caribbean CBI program?

The five Caribbean Citizenship by Investment programmes may all seem similar, but there are some unique differences that may help you decide the best second passport choice for you. We ask, who’s the Caribbean Queen?

Cyprus tightens CBI Programme regulations

Cyprus’ Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme is set to be updated with new regulations.

Dominica uses CBI funds for education

One of five Caribbean countries to offer a Citizenship by Investment program, Dominica has revealed that in the last few years it has spent millions of dollars on education, funded entirely from its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program.

World Bank backs Dominica airport

The World Bank will provide the Commonwealth of Dominica with a concessional loan worth US$13 million.

CBI raises education standards

The Commonwealth of Dominica has spent $26 million to sponsor its youth studying abroad.

Chinese citizens turn to CBI for Plan B

More Chinese are enquiring about citizenship by investment (CBI), with St Kitts and Nevis a clear favourite.