2 December 2021
Malta offers EU second passport and citizenship in return for a qualifying investment made by high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).
29 November 2021
Beginning November 28, 2021, you may be able to renew your USA B1/B2 visa if you meet all of the following requirements.
23 November 2021
An agreement has been signed between the Commonwealth of Dominica and China, which will permit visa-free travel between the two nations.
21 November 2021
Countdown To Saint Kitts And Nevis Limited-time Offer On Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Program Expiration. Now Is The Ideal Time To Apply.
17 November 2021
QICMS lists the top Interview Questions concerning the UK Sole Representative Visa. We can help you prepare for a Sole Representative Visa interview.
16 November 2021
If you are applying for a UK sole representative visa, you must provide a detailed business plan that meets the requirements.
15 November 2021
The Sole Rep visa program is for an overseas business planning to set up a branch or subsidiary in the United Kingdom (UK).
11 November 2021
Cyprus approves 390 golden passports applications after the Citizenship-by-Investment program was ended in November 2020.
8 November 2021
As the minimum investment amount for fund subscription will increase to EUR 500,000, now is the time to apply for the Portuguese Golden Visa Residence Program.
2 November 2021
You can lose your right to US permanent residence for any of a variety of reasons. QICMS discusses the main ways that LPR can lose Green Card status.
28 October 2021
Have any marriage green card questions? Find the marriage green card answers you need to your questions directly from qualified experts at QICMS.
26 October 2021
QICMS debunks dodgy myths about Canada business immigration. I can be a Canadian permanent resident (PR) by buying a property in Canada.
25 October 2021
QICMS will guide you to the Spain golden visa application process. Keep reading for a checklist of the documentation required for a Spain golden visa.
24 October 2021
The holder of the Cyprus residency permit must visit Cyprus once every two years or the Cyprus residency permit would be canceled automatically.
12 October 2021
The Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and with the new proposed rules in 2022,now is the right time to apply.
7 October 2021
What are the best passports in 2021?What are the worst passports to hold in 2021?QICMS can help you with choosing the right passport by investment program.
6 October 2021
Who can apply for Bulgarian citizenship by investment program? What’s new about Bulgarian citizenship by investment? Frequently Asked Questions from QICMS.
4 October 2021
Have any EB-5 questions? Find the EB-5 visa answer you need to your EB-5 visa questions directly from qualified EB-5 experts at QICMS.
3 October 2021
On October 3, 2021, MOCIIP launched the long-term (5-and 10-year) renewable investment residence Program to investors in Oman.
30 September 2021
Anyone exploring Residency by Investment (second residency) opportunities must evaluate each country based upon their personal circumstances .
28 September 2021
The minimum financial requirement to apply for a three-year residency visa through investment has been reduced to AED 750,000 (USD $204,200).
27 September 2021
Starting on October 1, 2021, Green Card Holders that require the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 .
26 September 2021
Egypt as well as Saint Kitts & Nevis signed a joint statement to declare the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
23 September 2021
Cyprus continues processing pending citizenship by investment applications. Find out at what stage is your pending application for Cyprus citizenship?
22 September 2021
QICMS is a world-Leading Firm Specialized in immigration, Citizenship by Investment, Second Passports & Residency by Investment Programs.
21 September 2021
Malta have increasingly introduced investment residency programs as part of their strategy to strengthen their economies and attract skills.
20 September 2021
Apply to become a Canadian citizen, prepare for the citizenship test, & find out how can QICMS invest-visa help you with your citizenship application.
19 September 2021
If you’re looking to immigrate to the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, or Canada, you’ve likely searched for an immigration lawyer
16 September 2021
By the end of 2022, individuals from certain countries will need to successfully apply for an ETIAS visa waiver in order to enter the Schengen area.
15 September 2021
Statutory authorization for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program lapsed on June 30, 2021. It is up to Congress to reauthorize it now.
14 September 2021
Effective September 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that I-797 receipt notice for Form I-829 can be used to show evidence of status to 24 months.
13 September 2021
Jordan changed the conditions for Jordanian citizenship and residency, in a step-through through which the country aims to attract foreign investment.
8 September 2021
The UAE has always been the most incredible place for investors who choose mainly Dubai to make a home for their families and businesses.
7 September 2021
For the Hungarian residency through investment renewal, you will have to obtain the same documents as for the primary application.
5 September 2021
Citizenship by investment programs (Second passport programs) offer the chance to lawfully acquired a new passport rapidly and straightforward.
2 September 2021
More than ever international investors are looking to Greece to invest and gain Greece Residency (Golden Visa) and Citizenship by Investment.
31 August 2021
A steady economy, access to world-class education, affordability; are just a few reasons why investors are turning their attention to Portugal.
29 August 2021
UK's Sole Representative Visa facilitates small and medium enterprises from other countries to quickly expand to the UK with little investment.
25 August 2021
The Commonwealth of Dominica has come out on top once again in the ranking for best Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program for the year 2021.
24 August 2021
A study shows that Afghans are now buying more and more homes in order to acquire Turkish citizenship or residence permits by investment.
22 August 2021
An annual report has ranked the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis' Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program as the world's best.
3 May 2021
The USCIS Immigration Data page released performance reports for FY2021 Q1(October to December 2020), with data for EB-5 visa form receipts and adjudications.
2 May 2021
New data shows that the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis CIP is in the top 10 for its number of approvals in the last seven years.
30 April 2021
Grenada came up with its CBI program in 2013 to transform into a global investment hub. And the program has delivered good results over the years.
27 April 2021
While there are questions about the future of the U.S. EB-5 visa investor program, it has brought in billions of dollars & created thousands of jobs.
26 April 2021
This table covers all the countries and all the legal programs where EU Golden visa can be obtained in a short period of time (from 2 to 8 months).
25 April 2021
Canada startup visa (SUV) application process will be fast-tracked. Canada Entrepreneur Visa provides permanent resident status, which leads to citizenship.
24 April 2021
A selection of top golden visa investor programs in Europe. Portugal From €280,000.Cyprus €300,000. Spain From €500,000.Greece From €250,000 & Malta €280,000.
22 April 2021
The United Kingdom (UK) is often seen as an attractive place to start a business, here’s our guide on how to start a business in UK as a foreigner.
20 April 2021
In March 2021 changes were made to Regulation No.2019/5 on the implementation of Turkey citizenship by investment through purchase of a property.
19 April 2021
Grenada has shown increase in its Citizenship by Investment program. Despite Covid-19, Grenada Citizenship by Investment program comes to a head.
18 April 2021
Greece is studying a series of changes to its golden visa program as the program came to a near halt due to the pandemic.
17 April 2021
Citizens who have higher monthly income can gain the right to reside or even citizenship in some of the most famous world countries by investing an amount of money.
15 April 2021
The Minister of Interior of Cyprus, revised the existing framework relating to the Cyprus fast track Permanent Residence Permit program.
8 April 2021
Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (ICA) has announced a special six-month entry permit, to assist people who would like to obtain a golden residence visa.
7 April 2021
Stream 2 of the Quebec Entrepreneur Program will no longer require candidates to provide start-up and security deposits, Quebec has confirmed.
2 April 2021
The Quebec government has announced, That the suspension of the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) has been extended until April 1, 2023.
31 March 2021
Antigua & Barbuda is one of the most popular destinations. A lot of celebrities are attracted to Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program.
30 March 2021
A federal judge may block Trump-era changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program based on the alleged illegitimate appointments of former DHS officials.
25 March 2021
A second passport is a great advantage to have, and it comes as no surprise that elite investors are ready to shell out hefty sums for one these days. It works well if you want to see the world, explore international business opportunities, or simply want to settle down in a splendid location after retirement. Whatever your reasons to get second citizenship may be, the effort and expense are worthwhile considering the benefits and opportunities it can open for you
23 March 2021
The Montenegro Government during has announced that the citizenship by investment program (Montenegro CIP) will not be extended following its expiration of 3-year duration until December 31th, 2021.
18 March 2021
Unnamed company found to have received citizenship applications after recent law changes without being authorized to do so. A Dubai-based immigration services firm has been closed down by authorities after misleading investors keen to obtain United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizenship
16 March 2021
As a green card holder, you have to keep in mind that you may lose your green card if you remain outside the U.S. for an extended period of time (1 year or more) or even if you remain outside the U.S. for less than 1 year but the officer believes that you did not intend to make the U.S. your permanent residence.
11 March 2021
The government has extended the deadline of amendments, initially set for July 2021, which were due to make some changes to the qualifying criteria for the golden visa the residence in Portugal through investment, to 1 January 2022
4 March 2021
In a jaw-dropping development, Portugal real estate market shows 12 per cent rise in 2020 despite 7.6 percent economic contraction in the country due to COVID-19 restrictions.
3 March 2021
The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has said that Cyprus will not be replacing its citizenship by investment program – but other incentives would be offered for investment.
24 February 2021
A new residence and visa program which will be introduced in the coming months is aimed at attracting more investors to Malta while maintaining current high due diligence standards, Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat told parliament on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021.
21 February 2021
USCIS - recently released quarterly statistics for the fourth quarter(Q4) of fiscal year (FY) 2020 for Form I-526. While filings are slightly up from last quarter, the data shows that per-quarter filings are still extraordinarily lower than recent years.
14 February 2021
CEO Les Khan stated that Americans can now obtain citizenship within 60 days without paying an extra amount for the Accelerated Application Process. Les Khan- CEO of Citizenship by Investment Unit of St Kitts and Nevis, stated that under an exclusive plan, current citizens of the United States of America can obtain second citizenship from Caribbean paradise in just 60 days.
6 December 2018
On December 3, 2018 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen introduced H.J. Res 143 – FY 2019 Continuing Resolution Through December 21, 2018 to extend government programs for the fiscal year until December 21, 2018.
1 October 2018
The (EB-5) program, which was set to expire on September 30, 2018 has been extended again until the beginning of December (after midterm elections) . On Friday September 28, 2018 President Trump signed a spending package that includes a short-term continuing resolution (CR) extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 7, 2018.
6 August 2018
Many business people,senior managers,entrepreneurs,students and families are tired of applying for United Kingdom (UK) or Schengen visas and sick of waiting in long lines at visa application centers or being interrogated like a criminal in front of visa unit,while some may quit and modify their travel itineraries to other countries. But such ordeal may come to an end through buying a residency and / or citizenship (passport) in another country by investing in a property or government fund.
2 August 2018
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — There are more competitors in the market, offering their own version of the citizenship by investment (CBI) program pioneered by St Kitts and Nevis, but Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris at a recent press conference announced that the Federation has approved more than 4,000 new applicants over the past three years, bringing the total to over 16,000.
1 August 2018
Effective 31 July 2018 , all nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence. Accurately establishing identity is an important part of immigration decisions and helps keep Canadians safe.
30 July 2018
On July 26th 2018, Montenegro tweeted that Montenegrin Cabinet adopted the Information on the program for acquiring Montenegro citizenship by admission on the basis of a special investment program. Montenegro, who joined the NATO in 2017, wants to stimulate its economy by offering citizenship by investment program through investments in real estate in one of the government’s development projects.
29 July 2018
After multiple extensions, the EB-5 visa program is set to expire on September 30th, 2018. If you can complete preparations for your EB-5 investment in the next 60 days, you have a reasonable chance of getting the I-526 petition filed before any changes take effect. Now is the time to do so under the current rules.
26 July 2018
According to a new report by Globe and Mail newspaper , Canada refused more than a 25% of all visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa - TRV) applications in 2017 — and 30% in the first three months of 2018 . The report is based on data obtained by the Globe and Mail from (IRCC) that show both the number of Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) applications for purposes including tourism, school, business, conferences and family visits — and the number of refusals — increasing significantly since 2012.
25 July 2018
As an EB-5 permanent resident, when you get a green card, you are affirming that you wish to permanently reside in the United States (U.S.). Thus, it is advisable to stay in the U.S. as long as and for as many days as you are able. However, many EB-5 permanent residents may need to spend most of the time back in their home country for business purposes. In this situation, you must obtain a re-entry permit before you leave U.S.
24 July 2018
Egypt is offering citizenship by investment to investors who make a deposit of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds (US$ 392,000) or the equivalent in foreign currency and then hand it over to the Treasury after five years. The cabinet approved amendments to the citizenship law for a vote in parliament in 2016, but it was amended further in 2017 before being brought before the house in 2018.
23 July 2018
According to a new report by Bloomberg, High net worth individuals are shelling out as much as US$23 million for citizenship in another country. Bloomberg Agency compiled an assessment of countries that allow foreigners to obtain second citizenship (second passport ) for a certain amount of money.
22 July 2018
Quebec has released official updates to its Immigrant Investor Program in the Gazette officielle. The Québec immigrant investor program (QIIP) will reopen on Monday September 10 , 2018 and Until Friday March 15th , 2019 .
16 July 2018
The success of the French team is particularly noteworthy because of the way in which anti-immigrant sentiment, especially against immigrants of African roots, has roiled French society over the past two decades.
3 July 2018
This blog serves as an update regarding the current state of the Trump Administration’s travel ban for foreign citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Yemen and North Korea, and how it may affect their immigration case processing.
24 May 2018
The Citizenship by Investment (CBI) industry has seen a number of dramatic changes to investment migration and citizenship programs during the year 2017 and 2018 On May 21 2018,the council of Cyprus ministers approved some changes to the citizenship-through-investment program,which has already attracted over €4.8 billion of direct investment into the Cypriot economy — up until 2016.'The Cyprus government has tightened vetting procedures in a program that grants Cypriot citizenship to investors'
21 May 2018
The investor’s program is designed for business people to invest in a country’s economy and contribute to its growth while receiving the temporary and/or permanent resident Visa. The US and Canada both have immigrant investor programs that lead to permanent residency. The two most popular are the U.S. EB-5 program and the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP).
17 May 2018
Many European countries have introduced a 'Golden Visa' program, offering permanent residency in exchange for real estate investments . The Golden Visas are intended to be a magnet for foreign investments and arouse the property market and economy. The Golden Visas programs primarily target Middle Eastern , Chinese and Russian investors, and also investors from South Africa , Brazil , Turkey and Vietnam.
15 May 2018
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda approved some important changes to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program is a tempting opportunity to second citizenship and passport as well as widens visa-free horizons.
10 May 2018
The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is putting finishing touches on preparations for this month’s highly anticipated 2018 Caribbean Investment Summit at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort May 16-18. The summit is expected to draw more than 250 attendees, including heads of government and heads of citizenship by investment units from Caribbean countries with Citizenship by Investment Programs (CIPs), namely Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and host country St. Kitts and Nevis.
6 May 2018
Dominica (pronounced 'Dom-in-EE-ka') is an island of volcanic origin located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. It is a country on the rise as far as tourism is concerned. It is 29 miles long and 16 miles at it’s widest. The formal name Commonwealth of Dominica is often used to distinguish it from the Dominican Republic. Dominica is packed with a variety of climates and landscapes, which means there are plenty of places to visit.
2 May 2018
In the coming weeks Antigua and Barbuda government will be reducing their investment cost for the real estate option by 50%. This will make Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) not only one of the best within the Caribbean countries in terms of quality, but it will also make it the most competitive program in the Caribbean.
2 April 2018
Form DS-5535, 'Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants,' is a new Department of State (DOS) form requesting extensive personal information for visa applicants, including address history, family information, employment history, and social media history. The form requests user names and handles for all social media platforms the applicant has used in the last 5 years 'as part of a public profile.'
29 March 2018
The world's first citizenship by investment program in St Kitts and Nevis has launched a new fund to boost investment in the prospering Caribbean nation. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced that a new program called the Sustainable Growth Fund will be launched as a successor to the Hurricane Relief Investment Fund at the end of March 2018.
29 March 2018
The province of Quebec has a number of business immigration programs, some which allow candidates to pursue Canadian permanent residence (Canadian PR) and some which allow candidate to apply for temporary residence in Canada ( TRV) . The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, or (QIIP), is the only passive investment program offered by a Canadian province that can result in a Canadian permanent resident visa (Canadian PR) .
25 March 2018
The U.S. Congress passed a spending bill early Friday March 23 , 2018 that will extend for another six months the controversial EB-5 immigration visa program which gives foreigners a path to U.S. Green Card and citizenship in exchange for a minimum investment of USD 500,000 in a job-creating project. Having said that, we are pleased to announce that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has been extended to September 30, 2018, with the minimum required investment amount remaining at USD 500,000.
13 March 2018
The Federal government won't accept any Farm Management Stream Self-Employed applications, Canada’s immigration authorities posted on Saturday March 10th , 2018 . However, feedback from visa officers indicates that this is a tough class to succeed in. You must have significant experience in farming and demonstrate that you have the skills to succeed in supporting yourself and your family through farming in Canada.
7 March 2018
Nova Scotia conducted a new draw under its Expression of Interest system, including 22 invitations issued through its new Express Entry Pathway. Nova Scotia’s entrepreneur stream said it issued 22 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to Express Entry candidates . The lowest-ranked Express Entry candidate invited had a ranking score under Nova Scotia’s Entrepreneur stream Expression of Interest (EOI) system of 100.
5 March 2018
The (JIC) announced that During the first seven days (February 26th – March 4th of 2018) , Jordan Citizenship ( Nationality) and Permanent Residency (PR) by investment program has received 20 applications Minister of State for Investment Affairs and JIC Chairman said that 'Only one of these applications received the preliminary approval and we are receiving inquiries on a daily basis for further clarification of the new instructions'.
1 March 2018
Portugal attracts a lot of foreign investors from all over the world through 'the Golden Visa' program; it’s a country where you and your family can enjoy the pleasant warm Mediterranean climate, with the lowest living costs and high standard of living. Large number of investors from Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are queuing up to put their money into real estate through the Portugal Golden visa that comes with assured migration and faster acquisition of the EU Residency.
28 February 2018
On February 26th,2018 , the Jordan Investment Commission (JIC) announced that the commission has begun receiving investors applications for citizenship and permanent residency. Highly skilled staff at the JIC were trained to handle the process and receive the applications of investors who wish to obtain a Citizenship (nationality) or a permanent residency (PR) , minister of state for investment affairs and chairman of the investment commission Muhannad Shehadeh said.
26 February 2018
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) Entrepreneurial Stream is an economic immigration program for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate and actively manage a business while living and settling in New Brunswick permanently. The new (NBPNP) was launched in the summer of 2017.
22 February 2018
The processing fee for citizenship applications for minors who are applying for Canadian Citizenship under subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act has been reduced by the Government of Canada from CAD530 to CAD100.The significant change in the fee will be equivalent to the processing fee paid by minors who have a Canadian citizen or parent applying along with them.
21 February 2018
On February 19th 2018 , the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program has released a final reminder to those interested in investing in second citizenship under the temporarily reduced investment module – the Hurricane Relief Fund – (HRF) scheduled to end on 30 March 2018. Established after a challenging hurricane season, the Hurricane Relief Fund has been a popular temporary option for prospective citizens around the world.
20 February 2018
On Monday February 19th , 2018 , Jordan announced a Citizenship By Investment Program . High-net-worth individuals can now become Jordanian citizens ! This move by the government is to encourage investment in the kingdom.
13 February 2018
On February 12th 2018 , Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) announced that it would cut down the processing fees for its citizenship by investment program. Saint Kitts and Nevis is now becoming the first Caribbean program – in as many months – to enhance its competitive position in 2018 .
13 February 2018
With the elevated uncertainty in the MENA, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report for Immigrant Visas Issued and Adjustments of Status for fiscal Year is reporting an increasing interest in immigration to the US through the EB-5 program. The report reveals some outstanding shifts taking place in the EB-5 market.
12 February 2018
Citizenship by Investment is an exclusive fast-track route offered by several countries, which enables the applicant along with his / her family to get a passport and citizenship of a country if he/ she makes an investment or donation to this country’s economy.
8 February 2018
On Tuesday February 6th 2018, by a vote of 245-182, the House approved its version of the fifth Continuing Resolution (5th CR), funding government operations and extending government programs, such as EB-5 program, until March 23 2018 . The bill now proceeds to the Senate for further consideration.
7 February 2018
Antigua and Barbuda has signed a visa-free agreement with Ukraine on Monday February 5th 2018. The agreement was signed by the Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the U.S. Ronald Sanders and the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valery Chaly.
5 February 2018
The Golden visa program in Greece was launched five years ago, currently the popularity of the program soaring, amid new wave of investor interest. Launched in July 2013 the Greek golden visa program grants a five year residency visa in return for an investment in real estate. There is no minimum stay requirement and dependents up to the age of 21 are included in the family application. The visa is granted for five years and renewed every five years if the property investment is retained.
4 February 2018
EB-5 immigrant investor program is a United States immigration program that offers citizens of other countries the opportunity to seek permanent U.S. residency through job creation in the U.S. For investments in areas other than 'targeted employment areas,' the minimum amount of investment is US$1 million. Investments in 'targeted employment areas,' which include most regional center projects, can qualify with a minimum of US$500,000.
1 February 2018
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program has been available since 1984 through the oldest, most reliable and successful Citizenship by Investment Program within the Caribbean region. The St Kitts & Nevis Government announced, on 23 September 2017, that as part of the St Kitts & Nevis Economic Citizenship Program, a payment can now be made to the Hurricane Relief Fund (HRF) to gain a St Kitts & Nevis passport. This program currently runs until March 2018.
31 January 2018
The updated information doesn’t have any specific affects pertaining to the EB-5 visa program, unless the applicant is from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen . However, the travel ban’s increased scrutiny on foreign nationals still remains. EB-5 applicants can still expect further questioning and may also need to hand over their social media account information before given the chance of approval for their EB-5 visa.
28 January 2018
European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to remove eight jurisdictions, from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, one month after the list was set up. The decision prompted an outcry from lawmakers and activists. Barbados, Grenada, South Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates joined Panama as jurisdictions delisted following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns, according to a statement from the ministers.
23 January 2018
By a vote of 266-150 on January 22th 2018 (three days after the previous extension deadline of midnight on January 19th ), the House passed the Senate amendment, extending Continuing Appropriations for government services and programs to February 8th 2018. The bill now goes to the president who is expected to sign it into law.
18 January 2018
The (EB-5) Regional Center Program is set to expire on January 19, 2018. There has recently been proposed legislation to extend the EB-5 Program to February 16th 2018 . We will provide an update as soon as the CR has passed and been signed.
27 December 2017
Caribbean CBI programs fall into the group of direct economic citizenship programs which entitle eligible investors and their qualifying spouse and/or dependents to citizenship of the host country upon making a qualifying investment under that particular programs. Depending on the programs, a qualifying investment could be a financial contribution of at least a certain amount to a special fund, the acquisition of real estate of a minimum value or the purchase of government bonds in some cases.
24 December 2017
We are pleased to announce that the (EB-5) Immigrant Investor Program has been extended, albeit for just a short time, to January 19, 2018 , with the minimum required investment amount remaining at $500,000. Both the House and Senate passed a stopgap spending bill which will avert a government shutdown through January 19, 2018.
21 December 2017
The Office of the Regulator for the Individual Investor Program released its fourth annual report enclosing a selection of statistical data related to Malta’s citizenship by investment program (MIIP) , between July 1st, 2016 and June 30th 2017 . The report reveals that while interest in the program remains strong, the number of applications submitted in the period decreased from the 451 recorded in 2016 to 377 until June 30th 2017.
21 December 2017
On December 13, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a Continuing Resolution that would for the short term extend federal funding and maintain current federal operations (currently authorized to December 22) until January 19, 2018. Although the provisions do not state EB-5per se, it is highly possible that EB-5 will hitchhike the CR and get another short extension to next year.
19 December 2017
In the spring of 2011, the Government of Prince Edward Island introduced new streams to the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEIPNP) which continue to build on the Program's successful record of attracting business people to immigrate and settle in Prince Edward Island.
17 December 2017
The Government of Canada has once again extended the Open Work Permit Pilot for sponsored spouses and common-law partners who are applying for permanent residence. In an update issued Dec. 15, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said the pilot program under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada (SCLPC) Class was being extended until Jan. 31, 2019.
10 December 2017
As expected on Thursday December 7 , 2017 the Congress voted to extend federal funding and many government programs, including EB-5 program . Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution that will leave the EB-5 Regional Center Program operational – and without changes to its provisions – through December 22 , 2017.
7 December 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR), to extend current funding for the U.S. government. A Continuing Resolution (CR) has been filed as of last Saturday, December 3, 2017, to serve as a vehicle to extend government operations as well as the EB-5 Regional Center Program, to December 22, 2017. The CR may be voted on Thursday of this week. There is also talk of doing another short-term continuing resolution into January of 2018, b
6 December 2017
Malta Individual Investor Program (MIIP) is one of the two citizenship by Investment programs in the EU. The Malta Individual Investor Program (IIP) offers citizenship in a stable EU Member State tying in a solid investment and a lasting bond with the country. The program allows for the grant of citizenship to qualified foreign individuals and families who make a significant contribution to the economic development of Malta
3 December 2017
Grenada is a well-known tropical destination, and its one of the booming citizenship by investment jurisdictions in the Caribbean islands . Citizenship of Grenada can be obtained through a one-time donation to the National Transformation Fund or real estate investment.
26 November 2017
Citizenship by Investment (CBI) has been an important topic among investors , business people , managers and high net-worth individuals (HNW) hailing from the Middle East who ...
21 November 2017
Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has confirmed it will raise the maximum age of a dependent child who may be included on an Antigua and Barbuda Citiz...
20 November 2017
eTA Canada, Romanian Bulgarian Immigrant Investor Program (BGIIP), Canadian Visa, , electronic travel authorization, The Department of Immigration, Ref...
19 November 2017
The latest draw for Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur stream, an important component of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), is the largest such draw to take place since the stream for more than two years.
16 November 2017
Malta and Cyprus are the only two European countries, which have their official citizenship by investment programs running in Europe . Investors can apply for EU citizenship ...
9 November 2017
The United Kingdom (UK) is the land of opportunities, with many investors and entrepreneurs wishing to come to the UK for many reasons. Due to this, there are several routes of entry. One of the most popular way is by applying for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.
6 November 2017
A large number of applicants for Caribbean Citizenship By Investment Programs (second citizenship) or second residence programs come from the Middle East . The Middle Eas...
2 November 2017
On Thursday, September 21, the Russian Federation’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Serguey Lavrov signed bilateral agreements with both the Caribbean island nations on the margins of...
31 October 2017
The government of Dominica is continuing the make further changes and reductions to enhance its citizenship by investment program competitiveness. This current set of changes are e...
26 October 2017
The Government of Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together. This change showcases th...
24 October 2017
King Abdullah received on Monday October 23 , 2017 the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne. The two sides discussed ways to boost diplomatic relations and cooperat...
18 October 2017
Following a severe reduction in the volume of applications for Antiguan citizenship by investment program (CIP) under the National Development Fund contribution option (NDF), Prime...
15 October 2017
The trend of low points thresholds in immigration draws conducted by the government of British Columbia remains consistent, as more workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following the latest draws that took place on September 27 and October 4.
9 October 2017
• The government of Manitoba issued 31 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) on September 29 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 90 and 95 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.
8 October 2017
On October 4th , 2017 , the Government of Canada announced that its changes to Canadian citizenship requirements ( Bill C-6 Amendments ) will take effect on Wednesday October 11t...
26 September 2017
Further to the press release : Dated September 23rd 2017 regarding introducing St. Kitts and Nevis Hurricane Relief Investment Option Fund, the (HRF) .
25 September 2017
The EB-5 Regional Center Program is officially extended until December 8, 2017. The extension was expected after the summer recess due to other congressional priorities.
14 September 2017
The Government of Dominica has announced significant improvements in its citizenship program through investment in real estate, making the program more competitive due to lower government fees.
14 September 2017
The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced significant improvements to their Citizenship by Investment Program which makes the program more competitive. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) - Charmaine Quinland-Donovan - said the processing fees across all the investment options for the program have been reduced.
25 July 2017
Canada is one of few countries that offer such a wide range of immigration opportunities to individuals and/or families seeking entry as businesspersons, skilled workers, or university graduates. When it comes to immigration to Canada, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) provide tailored streams in popular areas such as Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, that allow qualified applicants to obtain Canadian permanent residency (PR) or Canadian work permits (WP). This blog
24 July 2017
According to the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), 2017 had a record-number of Tier 1 Investor Visa Program applicants between January and March of that year. This figure is the highest number of Tier 1 Investor Visa applicants recorded since 2014, stated the ONS report. Even with economic figures on the rise in the UK, you may be wondering, “what makes post-Brexit Britain so appealing to global investors?” The answer to that is simple, and we’ll tell you why.
23 July 2017
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has recently called for stronger vetting processes regarding the country’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). Browne’s call for more rigorous vetting procedures was made after United States immigration authorities discovered Alexandre Cazes, a notorious cyber criminal, had gained access to an Antigua and Barbuda passport through its popular program.
19 July 2017
Move over, America: Canada is quickly becoming the destination of choice for wealthy Chinese investors due to the country’s high-quality lifestyle and expanding property markets. According to recent surveys conducted by the Hurun Research Institute, Canada has now surpassed the United Kingdom for preferred destinations, placing the America’s northern neighbor as the second most popular country for Chinese nationals to live in.
18 July 2017
Last week, Taiwan—a territory of the Republic of China (ROC)—announced that passport holders of Saint-Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Guatemala, and Belize will now have visa-free access for a period of 30 days. In addition, citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua can now enter Taiwan visa-free for up to 90 days. The official announcement was posted on the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website on July 12, 2017, with
17 July 2017
It has been a while since we at QICMS have written about one of our favorite locations: Cyprus. It’s not only the coastal nation’s historical landscape, golden sunsets, and turquoise waters that make Cyprus so alluring, but the fact that it’s a country that offers both business and pleasure for individuals looking to relocate to Europe. For investors who want to broaden their business opportunities in Europe, or provide a “fresh start” for themselves and their family, Cyprus’ Permanent Residence
16 July 2017
In an article from the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management (PWM) CBI Index last month, the publication ranked the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis as the two best Citizenship by Investment Programs (CIPs) in the world, with the Caribbean dominating the top 5 of the 12 positions for second citizenship and passport schemes also found in Europe and Southeast Asia.
13 July 2017
Significant changes to Malta’s Residence and Visa Program (MRVP) were published in the country’s Government Gazette on July 4, 2017, effective immediately. These new changes are aimed to increase interest from foreign investors by improving the quality of the program and boost competitiveness in the Residency by Investment market among European and North American nations.
12 July 2017
In April, QICMS shared How Do I Prepare for the EB-5 U.S. Consulate Interview in Part I and Part II. Today, we would like to focus on the steps of EB-5 U.S. Consular Processing. Consular processing refers to a specific pathway for individuals residing outside of the United States and seeking entry as a permanent resident. Below we will break down the 8 steps for this process in greater detail.
11 July 2017
On June 27, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that holders of an Antigua and Barbuda passport will now require a visa to enter Canada. The announcement also noted that all electronic travel authorizations (eTA) that had been previously issued to citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are null and void for traveling to Canada.
10 July 2017
Obtaining an E-2 Visa through Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Program can be the quicker option for gaining access to the United States, even if it only provides temporary residency. But what if you decide permanent residency in the U.S. is best for you and/or your family? There are a number of ways to turn an E-2 Visa into a U.S. Green Card, and below we will share how.
21 June 2017
On June 19, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced amendments to Canada’s Citizenship Act, also known as Bill C-6, received Royal Assent. The amendments contained in Bill C-6 were made to reflect the Government of Canada’s efforts to simplify the process for foreign nationals who want to obtain Canadian citizenship.
20 June 2017
Whether you’re considering applying to a Citizenship or Residency by Investment Program, one of the more frequent questions QICMS receives is about including older dependents (i.e. children) in an immigration application. This blog will provide information about which programs allow dependent children who are 25 years of age or more to be included in an immigration application and cover key factors to consider, such as types of programs offered and investment amounts required.
19 June 2017
According to the Independent.co.uk, a recent 'citizenship' survey revealed that approximately 89% of post-Brexit Britons see a growing need for obtaining a second (dual) citizenship. Obtaining a second citizenship, however, can be a lengthy and complicated process for the average person, and many of the country’s wealthy are prepared to spend a substantial amount of money to achieve their goal.
18 June 2017
It is true that Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programs have faced negative publicity from the international community over the last few years, and that is precisely what St. Kitts and Nevis has endeavored to turn around. Indeed, recent reform to the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI) has garnered recognition of St. Kitts and Nevis as a leader among Caribbean nations and industry advocates of Citizenship by Investment Programs around the world.
15 June 2017
Between 2015 and 2016, Canada’s provinces accepted a record number of foreign nationals, which totaled more than 320,000 in new arrivals. According to Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), these numbers will remain at Canada’s objective of accepting 300,000 immigrants for the year 2017 and serve as “the baseline for admissions going forward.”
14 June 2017
Today’s Residency by Investment market reflects the needs of foreign nationals all over the world, and access to the European Union’s business sectors ranks among the top benefits investors are seeking. This is certainly the case for Greece, whose government has issued nearly 3,000 residency permits through real estate investment as of January this year, making the country’s Golden Visa Program a gateway to Europe for many.
13 June 2017
With indefinite travel restrictions from key nations throughout the Middle East, entrepreneurs, investors, and businessmen and women on notice to leave Qatar will be forced to find alternative residency solutions for themselves and their family. While many can return to his or her country of origin, it may not be the practical route for those involved in Qatar’s local or international business sectors. So what does the Qatar crisis mean for foreign nationals and immigration?
12 June 2017
With indefinite travel restrictions from key nations throughout the Middle East, entrepreneurs, investors, and businessmen and women on notice to leave Qatar will be forced to find alternative residency solutions for themselves and their family. While many can return to his or her country of origin, it may not be the practical route for those involved in Qatar’s local or international business sectors. So what does the Qatar crisis mean for foreign nationals and immigration?
11 June 2017
In May 2017, Ukraine and the European signed a landmark agreement, a legislative regime that grants holders of a Ukrainian biometric passport visa-free access to participating EU countries and Schengen region. The regulation officially goes into effect starting tonight, on June 11, 2017.
8 June 2017
With mounting processing times affecting the Lisbon area, prospective investors are turning their attention to other areas: Porto. As Portugal’s second most populous locale on the Douro River, the city of Porto offers investors the characteristic beauty of Lisbon and prime real estate opportunities at a more affordable price.
7 June 2017
Markets for owning prime beach-front property have broadened to the world’s wealthiest individuals through Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programs, or CIPs, over the last few years. One of the most sought-after destinations is the dual islands of Antigua and Barbuda located in the Eastern Caribbean. The positive effects of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) are evident, and largely due to high net worth individuals tapping into the island’s luxury property market.
6 June 2017
For Middle Eastern residents, choosing the right second residency can prove to be a tricky process, but certainly not impossible. From Canada to Europe, Residency by Investment Programs have found an eager audience with Middle Eastern citizens seeking immigration solutions for themselves and their families—but how do you choose the right secondary residency market?
5 June 2017
Even with ever-growing controversy surrounding immigration and the Trump administration, foreign investors are increasingly seeking access to the coveted E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, or E-2 Visa, which grants holders entry to the U.S. in exchange for a capital investment into an American business or enterprise.
4 June 2017
In recent news, the province of Ontario announced its plans to expand business growth through investment in transformative technologies. Through this initiative, Ontario aims to facilitate business growth and job creation by attracting local and foreign investment as well as the world’s top talent to the region.
1 June 2017
There are many reasons why foreign investors are turning to Cyprus’ Residency by Investment Program, otherwise known as a 'Golden Visa Residence Program'—and it’s not only because of the island’s famed sunshine or picturesque beaches surrounded by dazzling azure water. In this blog, we want to give our readers three reasons why investing in Cyprus’ Golden Visa Residence Program is the best choice for you and your family.
31 May 2017
This week, Canada’s most popular business immigration program re-opened for the next application intake cycle: the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, otherwise known as the QIIP. As of May 29, 2017, international investors can submit an application which grants successful candidates and their immediate family Canadian permanent residency (PR) in exchange for a financial contribution to the country’s economy.
30 May 2017
For companies that specialize in Citizenship by Investment Programs (also known as second citizenship and passport schemes), business is booming all over the world as global strife and crises continue to affect foreign nations—particularly in the Middle East. Now more than ever, foreign nationals in the greater MENA region are exploring second citizenship and passport options.
29 May 2017
Just like the United States, there are many applicants to Canadian immigration programs that must also consider family needs, and finding the right university for their college-bound children is a top priority—and what better location than Canada. When it comes to higher education, the country’s provinces are home to some of the best institutions in the world, and for families seeking immigration solutions in Canada, it’s good to know what your options are.
28 May 2017
When it comes to the immigration to the U.S. through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, some of the most common questions we receive from clients are about universities, including which ones are the best in the nation. With a new school year approaching, there is no better time than now to start looking at top schools to enhance your child’s future—and picking the right one is undoubtedly key to future success.
24 May 2017
In our last blog we discussed which countries expats were moving to in 2017, with countries in North America, Europe, and East Asia topping the charts. Although the United States wasn’t a major player in the game for preferred destinations, it seems that America has beat out its competitors for the top 5 cities with the highest salaries paid around the world.
23 May 2017
Immigration issues across the world are becoming as uncertain as the United States these days, and many wealthy global residents who fancy a change are packing their bags for opportunities abroad. So which countries are expats heading to in 2017? You may find some of the answers surprising.
21 May 2017
With a growing number of high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals seeking immigration solutions abroad, websites for obtaining a second citizenship and passport are popping up everywhere. You might be thinking these types of schemes sound “too good to be true,” and in some instances, they are. With more and more websites promoting Citizenship by Investment Programs, there is also a greater chance of becoming a victim of internet scams—websites aimed to “rip off” or cheat unsuspecting
18 May 2017
With Hong Kong’s economic freedom and flexibility unlike any other in the world, it’s no wonder that the Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa program is a convenient choice for wealthy foreign investors seeking entrepreneurial opportunities overseas. In this blog, we will discuss how Hong Kong’s unique economy is the key to finding success with your Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa application.
17 May 2017
These days, Golden Visa programs are on the rise, and many Residency and Citizenship by Investment Programs in North America or the Caribbean are eager to call their respective programs a Golden Visa. However, the truth is a “Golden Visa” refers to European Residency by Investment opportunities (usually in the form of real estate or property options) for foreign nationals that are offered by the country’s respective government. In exchange for a substantial capital investment into the economy,
16 May 2017
With all issues surrounding immigration, there is debate. The U.S. EB-5 Visa Program, whose aim is to bring foreign investment and create jobs to American workers, is no exception. On the surface, it’s easy to assume that the EB-5 Program is “selling” a chance to enter the U.S. for a price. This, in fact, is an erroneous claim. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about the U.S. EB-5 Program itself, and this blog will attempt to debunk the most common myths associated with it.
15 May 2017
With Caribbean citizenship and passports gaining global popularity, the twin island of St. Kitts and Nevis is increasing its efforts to not only rank among the best of the best in the Citizenship by Investment market, but to dominate the industry as the top standard of the Caribbean. Due to recent program reforms and administrative turn-around for St. Kitts and Nevis, it might be enough to rank the nation as a viable contender for preferred destinations.
14 May 2017
As of this week, IRCC has announced that Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Age of Dependent Children) would be amended to raise the age of a dependent child to under 22 years, with the condition the child is not married or in a common-law relationship. In addition, the new regulations will redefine a 'dependent child' eligible for Canadian permanent residence, which will apply to categories for family, economic, or refugee-related programs. The amendments will go into effect on Oct
11 May 2017
In Part I of our last blog, QICMS provided the first 5 (of 10) essential tips for potential Canadian permanent residency applicants. Today, Part II will provide the remaining 5 essential tips related to obtaining Canadian permanent residency as well as common topics and tips regarding immigration applications in general.
10 May 2017
Are you intending on applying for Canadian permanent residency (PR) now or in the future? QICMS is providing 10 essential tips for potential applicants. Due to the lengthy topic, we will be splitting up our essential tips for applying for Canadian permanent residency in two separate blogs. In this blog you will find the first 5 essential tips, followed by the remaining 5 in our next post, so stay tuned!
8 May 2017
Last week, QICMS posted a blog announcing a week-long temporary extension of the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to May 5, 2017. While many stakeholders expressed concern about whether or not it would finally expire after the new May 5 deadline, U.S. Congress announced on Thursday the extension of the EB-5 Program to September 30, 2017.
4 May 2017
As of this week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the two-year condition for family sponsorship has been abolished. This condition required sponsored spouses or common-law partners to live with his or her sponsor for a minimum of two years in order to keep their permanent residency (PR) status in Canada.
2 May 2017
As of Friday on April 28, 2017, the United States Congress granted the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program a temporary extension—but only for one week. What is known about the Congressional decision to provide a temporary lifeline to the EB-5 Program is that the federal funding needed to sustain it will effectively run out once again on May 5, 2017, unless the U.S. government issues another continuing resolution.
27 April 2017
In the past, QICMS (Invest-Visa) provided readers our 'top picks' for obtaining second citizenships around the world, including Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Today we will focus on our top choices for second citizenships in the Caribbean: Saint Lucia, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Grenada.
25 April 2017
Since 1992, the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has contributed to the overall GDP in the U.S. ranging in billions, but as of Friday, April 28, 2017, it’s set to expire once again unless U.S. Congress issues another continuing resolution. For foreign investors and entrepreneurs, business immigration to the U.S. remains of high interest, even with the program’s looming expiration date.
24 April 2017
Many of our program inquiries involve Canada and what each program offers, such as the type of residency status that is granted. Each Canadian residency program grants a type of immigration visa: Canadian permanent residency (PR) or a Canadian work permit (WP). Today we will outline basic differences between obtaining Canadian permanent residency (PR) and a Canadian work permit (WP) through investment in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
23 April 2017
QICMS provides a comparison of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee (OINP) Streams for international graduate students, entrepreneurs, and corporate businessmen and women seeking entry to Canada through employment opportunities. Each stream contains different application requirements qualifying criteria—weighing out your options between Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Programs for business immigration is critical to determining which the right fit is for you and your family.
20 April 2017
It’s no surprise that a growing number of Turkish citizens are reacting to the country’s escalating political instability by investing in a safer, more stable future through business immigration. Now more than ever, Turkish nationals are opening their pocketbooks to purchase European property overseas in Greece and Portugal.
18 April 2017
Portugal is one of several countries that offer 'Golden Visas' to investors willing to make a substantial capital investment into the country’s economy. According to the Immigration and Borders authority, Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme had amassed EUR 3 billion in issued permits by March of 2017, with more than EUR 2.4 billion resulting in real estate purchase alone.
13 April 2017
In our last blog, we discussed the types of documents and information EB-5 applicants must prepare prior to completing their U.S. Consulate interview. However, pre-interview preparation is only half the battle—you and your family must still be interviewed by a U.S. Consular officer. This blog outlines the process of an EB-5 Consulate interview, including general questions you will be asked and what else EB-5 applicants might expect.
12 April 2017
When it comes to you and your family’s EB-5 U.S. Consulate interview, preparing all the necessary documents and information ahead of time increases your chances of success for immigration. Even more, making sure you follow the instructions provided by the U.S. Consulate will help decrease the chance of delay or denial of your immigration visa.
6 April 2017
Some citizenship programs have lesser-known benefits, and Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Program is one of them. Out of all Caribbean countries that offer a second citizenship and passport to foreign investors, Grenada is the only island nation that provides applicants access to a United States E-2 Investor Visa.
5 April 2017
The AIPP is the latest provincial-based scheme to join the ranks of Canadian immigration programs aimed at attracting foreign nationals to the country. While the AIPP is mainly geared towards skilled workers and international graduates, Canada offers a number of programs specifically designed for investors, entrepreneurs, senior managers, and other business-minded men and women seeking immigration solutions abroad.
4 April 2017
For those who are looking to obtain a second citizenship and passport it can become an essential, once-in-a-lifetime task and thus very significant. Even more, a second citizenship is valuable insurance in case of public unrest, political chaos, major lawsuits, and financial collapse. For some, obtaining a second (dual) citizenship and second passport is like a life insurance policy.
3 April 2017
Canada offers more than 30 business immigration programs for investors and entrepreneurs in 12 provinces, including Manitoba, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island among others. These are known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), which offer applicants and their family Canadian permanent residency (PR) or a Canadian work permit (WP), depending on the chosen location.
2 April 2017
One of the most common questions asked is what the differences are between Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) and a U.S. Green Card offered through the countries’ immigration programs. So much of these answers depend on your targets. You do have to think about the difference in culture, your preferences as far as where you’d like to live, and how you feel you could best gain personal victory.
1 April 2017
One of the world’s most popular immigrant investor programs, the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, will re-open for applications this spring. This popular Canadian immigration option allows qualified immigrant investors and their dependent family members the opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residency (PR).
30 March 2017
When a passport from your home country places restrictions on your travel freedom throughout the world, “citizenship planning” can come in handy. Compared to other European programs, obtaining Cypriot citizenship by investment provides high net worth individuals (HNWI) greater mobility and amenities to families that are hard to beat.
29 March 2017
The U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will likely see a greater spike in inquiries and application submission from wealthy Arab nationals before the program is scheduled to end next month, and the window of opportunity for obtaining a U.S. Green Card is closing fast.
28 March 2017
Although Canadians openly embrace diversity, immigrating to a completely new country can still be a daunting experience for newcomers. Outlined in this blog are tips for success that immigrants to Canada will not only find useful, but help ease the transition process in their new home.
27 March 2017
With Canada’s open-door policy, foreign investors are increasingly seeking entry to Canada through a number of business immigration opportunities. As Canada prepares to boost economic growth through business immigration and entrepreneurship, interest in programs such as the MPNP-B will likely see a spike in interest.
26 March 2017
Immigration policies around the world are becoming more stringent and as a result, many Middle Eastern families are using their wealth to obtain a second passport. Having a second passport in the Caribbean or Europe is similar to acquiring a life insurance policy—so which option is best for you and your family?
16 March 2017
While each country has its own requirements and benefits, all Golden Visa Residency Programs recognize dual citizenship and provide visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to over 160 countries. In addition, Golden Visa Residency Programs do not require applicants to take a language exam, and with the exception of Malta, do not require a minimum net worth to apply
15 March 2017
With the growing number of immigration restrictions directly affecting Arab families in the United States and across Europe, foreign nationals are turning to the Caribbean for their immigration solutions. By investing in the Caribbean, primary applicants and their eligible dependents can obtain a second citizenship (second passport) to island nations such as Antigua and Barbuda,* the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Saint-Kitts and Nevis, among other desirable locations.
9 March 2017
Saint Kitts and Nevis, whose passport investment program is the original citizenship by investment program, as well as one of the competitive such programs, has undergone a facelift in the last few months. After the risk mitigation company IPSA International finished its 2014 program review of the Caribbean citizenship through investment program
8 March 2017
The Antigua and Barbuda passport and citizenship by investment is one of the competitive programs in the citizenship by investment market, and not just its ticket price. The luxurious twin Caribbean islands might appear decadent, but the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program is a smart choice for the wise businessman or woman interested in saving
7 March 2017
The only path to U.S. permanent residency, or from alien status to U.S. citizenship, is through the Green Card. While there are several ways to apply for a Green Card, the application and processing usually takes applicants at least 6 years to receive their permanent residence status.
6 March 2017
When it comes down to deciding between Cypriot citizenship and Cypriot permanent residency, the most important question to ask is, “Which program can I benefit from the most?” This blog will discuss what each has to offer investors and their family.
5 March 2017
Some of Europe’s Residency by Investment Programs offer candidates “Golden Visas,” or residency permits, in exchange for a financial contribution to the country’s economy. When it comes to getting the most out of your investment, the Hungarian Investor Residency Bond Program is the golden ticket for your immigration solutions.
2 March 2017
Trump’s softer approach in his speech to Congress on Tuesday was well-received, garnering favorable commentary from major U.S. news sources. The Trump administration’s revised immigration ban, which was slated to be introduced this Wednesday, the 2nd of March, has since been delayed in light of positive media coverage and improved public opinion ratings.
1 March 2017
When it comes to Golden Visa Programs, investing in European real estate offers foreign nationals the whole package: European residency for applicants and their eligible dependants, visa-free and/or visa-on-arrival travel to more than 160 countries and/or the Schengen region, and acquiring property in some of the most sought-after locations in the European Union. The real question is: why shouldn’t you invest real estate through Europe’s Golden Visa Programs?
28 February 2017
Obtaining a second citizenship and passport not only offers greater travel freedom, but greater safety and security for successful applicants and their family. The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program is a top choice for Middle Eastern nationals, largely due to the program’s affordability and credibility.
27 February 2017
Despite setbacks in Canada’s immigration system, there were a number of triumphs as well under former Minister of Immigration, John McCallum. With the topic of immigration becoming more and more controversial around the world, successor Ahmed Hussen has a difficult road to travel in the months ahead.
26 February 2017
Countries such as Greece, Malta, and Spain, among others, offer what is commonly known as a 'Golden Visa Program' which grants foreign nationals permanent residency in exchange for an investment into a country’s economy. This article will discuss the finer points of Greece’s Golden Visa Program and why Greek residency is so appealing.
25 February 2017
Through the Hong Kong Residency Program, entrepreneurs and business-minded men and women can enter Hong Kong’s dynamic economy through a variety of investment options. In short, the Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa is a great way for immigrant investors to explore one of the world’s strongest economies while enjoying a number of freedoms.
23 February 2017
Canada’s permanent residency programs have seen a spike in interest over the last several months, and it’s no wonder as a country that encourages an open-door policy for immigration. Canada offers a number of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) with minimum investments starting at CAD $150,000. For investors looking for a cheaper investment, Canada is the way to go.
22 February 2017
Malta is one of many European countries to join the ranks of Residency by Investment Programs. Through the Malta Residency and Visa Program (MRVP), foreign nationals can obtain a Maltese residence permit for primary applicants and their eligible dependents. So what makes Malta so great?
21 February 2017
Caribbean vacations are a great way to spend time with family or friends, and many leave wishing they could turn the islands into a permanent home of paradise. Now more than ever, that is exactly what wealthy investors are doing. Second homes and resorts are being bought in high-end Caribbean communities, and for a good reason.
20 February 2017
Whether American citizens like to admit it or not, the United States is what it is today, largely due to the skills, innovation, and diversity immigrants bring to the country. With the future of U.S. immigration left in uncertainty, those seeking immigration solutions are increasingly looking to America’s northern neighbor: Canada.
19 February 2017
Portugal’s Golden Residency Permit Program (or 'Golden Visa Program') has been a great success in many aspects. In the five years since the program’s inception, over EUR 2.5 billion has been invested into the country with more than 4,000 visas issued to foreign nationals. So what makes the Golden Residency Permit Program one of the hottest tickets for investment in Europe?
16 February 2017
More than 4,000 Golden Visas have been issued since Portugal’s Golden Visa Program launched. With Portugal’s consistent rating as being one of the top five safest countries in the world, along with the affordable cost of living and its historic beauty, the opportunity for residence should not be missed by today’s global investor.
15 February 2017
Two U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley, have introduced legislation to end the much-debated EB-5 investor visa program, whereby high net worth individuals around th...
14 February 2017
Montreal, the largest city in Canada’s province of Quebec, is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year and there has never been a better time to visit the spectacular city. Some swear that Montreal is the greatest city in Canada, but others go as far as ranking it one of the best cities in the world.
13 February 2017
In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee restrictions, Canada has decided to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the immigration ban by inviting tech-savvy or business-oriented foreign nationals to move north.
12 February 2017
Manitoba is an excellent option for individuals with qualifying business and senior managerial experience seeking Canadian permanent residency through investment. Even more, MPNP-B applicants and their families can enjoy a lifestyle that embraces cultural diversity and provides a multitude of recreational activities everyone can enjoy.
9 February 2017
Investing in a second citizenship from the Dominican Republic is a sound option if you’re concerned with the current state of your home country, and want to hedge against the risk of having to suddenly leave. Similar to an insurance policy, a second passport will give you a safe haven in the event of an emergency.
8 February 2017
Without question, the QIIP is Canada’s most popular business immigration program and the top choice for qualified applicants seeking Canadian permanent residency. In a nutshell, the QIIP is simply one of the simplest and smartest investment options for Canadian immigration.
7 February 2017
Canadian communities have populations nearing retirement and are now looking at foreign investment opportunities to give new life to aging businesses and economies. Where interest from Canadian youth is lacking in small to mid-sized business sectors, foreign investors can fill the void, a belief held by many advocates seeking to improve and sustain local economies.
6 February 2017
Immigration can be a long and difficult process, but there are ways to ease the stress of immigration planning. Working step-by-step with a qualified and experienced immigration company can help simplify the process, as well as drastically increase your chances for successful immigration.
5 February 2017
On Friday, Seattle federal judge James Robart placed a nationwide restraining order on President Trump’s executive order that had barred foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.