Moldova Suspends its MCBI Programme

The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, has today (18th July 2019) announced in a local press conference that the new government has ‘temporarily’ suspended its Citizenship by Investment (MCBI) programme pending a review. The programme only launched in November 2018 and the successful completion of the first application from the first 30 received was announced […]

New Investment Opportunity in Egypt

Parliament in Egypt had approved a bill that amended their law to introduce the grant of Egyptian Nationality to foreign investors for the price of 7 million Lei (approx. US$420,000) in September 2018. In early July 2019, the government had put forward amendments to the law in relation to obtaining Egyptian Nationality through investment. The […]

Post-Brexit Mobility of Talent and Capital

There are two reasons for optimism in respect of future international mobility of talent and capital. Firstly, Theresa May was committed to a restrictive immigration regime, both as Home Secretary and Prime Minister, with a clear focus on reducing net migration to the UK regardless of the impact on business. Many of the restrictions she […]

Is Britain open for business?

Over the last few years the United Kingdom has been engulfed in political uncertainty; the 2017 election produced a hung parliament and the House of Commons rejected the Withdrawal Agreement from the EU three times and in spectacular fashion. As we enter a new phase of political leadership, and with 31 October presenting itself as […]

Breaking The Deadlock – New Innovator and Start-Up Scheme

      At the end of March 2019, the Government presented a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (House of Commons paper 1919) which, inter alia, introduced two new routes of entry to the UK for foreign nationals wishing to establish new businesses in the UK: Start-Up and Innovator. Introduced under a new […]

New Zealand’s Investor Visa Categories

The New Zealand Investor Programme has been popular throughout its existence and it is also known for its high rate of application rejection. However, the interest in the Investor visa has been growing now, more than ever. There are 2 categories for the Investor visa, with different investment costs and requirements. Please see below:   […]

EB-5 Retrogression Extends to Applicants in India

India has – as expected – joined China (mainland born) and Vietnam on the EB-5 program retrogression list. The US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has just announced a final action date of 1 May 2017 for the EB-5 applicants from India for both regional center and non-regional center programs. China and […]

Saudi Arabia’s New and Approved Residency Programme for Foreigners

The new ‘Premium Residency’ programme in Saudi Arabia has officially been approved in May 2019 and is now open. The programme was first proposed by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as part of a plan to boost foreign direct investments and reduce their dependence on oil. Saudi Arabia’s economy has fluctuated in recent years […]

Opportunities for Innovators Abroad to Apply for the Chinese Start-up Visas

Entrepreneurship and Innovation is one of the most focused concepts in China as they grow. The Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau in May 2018 had introduced the ‘Start-Up visa’, officially known as the new ‘private affairs’ category of residency permit (entrepreneur). This would allow innovators and entrepreneurs from overseas to live in China during the […]

Malaysia Residence Programme Suspension Lifted

The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) residence programme had been running for over 16 years with over 40,000 applicants. It was suspended by the authorities last year due to some security matters over the regulations of the programme in line with the immigration law, but now, after several months’ suspension, the MM2H programme is back […]

EB5 Capital Announces Trip to South Africa

Washington, DC – EB5 Capital announced today its scheduled travel to South Africa from June 19 – 25 to meet with prospective investors interested in investing and emigrating to the United States. During this trip, EB5 Capital is helping sponsor the Global Investment Immigration Summit which will be held on June 21st at Johannesburg’s Sandton […]

City Focus: Johannesburg

Johannesburg quick facts  Area (City): 335 km² Area (Urban): 3,357 km² Location: 26.12°S, 28.2°E Altitude: 1,753 metres Average high °C: Jan 29°, July 20° Population: 5.5 million (2018 estimate) Languages: English, Zulu, Afrikaans Main industries: Manufacturing, financial and business services City GDP: $80 billion (estimate) Time Zone: GMT +2 Telephone area code: +011 Situated high on the eastern plateau of the Highveld, over 500 kilometres […]

EU Settlement Scheme

With the growing fear within those Europeans living in the UK of what will follow after Brexit, the EU Settlement Scheme was formally launched on 30 March 2019. Given that the Scheme was launched after 29 March 2019, it was evident that the UK would still pursue Brexit and it will still have an effect […]

Changes to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Act

There has been an extensive set of amendments within the last six months to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Act, 2013. The CBI has seen changes from the cost of the programme to the definition of terms for applicants. Beginning of changes: September 2018 – Thomas Anthony becomes the new head of CIU Grenada March […]

South Africans opting for the new ‘Green Visa’ in Portugal

The Golden Visa is one of the most popular choices for those applying for residence in Portugal. In January 2019, the Portuguese government announced it was expanding its investment immigration programme to include the new ‘Green Visa’. This category will focus specifically on environmental sustainability, renewable energy and eco-tourism. Over the past decade, Portugal has […]

Brexit Timeline…

    The story so far…       September 1944 – Benelux economic union formed in Western Europe consisting of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. March 1957 – The European Economic Community (EEC) is officially formed by the Treaty of Rome, consisting of the Benelux countries plus France, West Germany and Italy. January 1973 – […]

Country Spotlight: CYPRUS

              QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Cyprus Capital city: Nicosia Population: 1,179,551 (1 January 2018) GDP in Current Prices: USD $23.96 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 4.0% (2018) Area: 9,253 km² Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic President: Nicos Anastasiades President of Parliament: Demetris Syllouris Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) […]

Country Spotlight: GREECE

          QUICK FACTS Full name: Hellenic Republic Capital city: Athens Population: 10,741,165 (1 January 2018) GDP in Current prices: USD $218.06 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 2.0% (2018) Area: 131,957 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary republic President: Prokopis Pavlopoulos Prime Minister: Kyriakos Mitsotakis Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 31st (2018) Ease of doing […]

Election Concerns Fuel Continuing Rise of South African Emigration

If we have a look at the number of internet searches made in South Africa, the word ‘emigration’ is rising to the top. Furthermore, a lot of law firms and attorneys have been reporting a surge in enquiries in relation to emigration, especially as the 2019 South African election is fast approaching. The political uncertainties […]

Country Spotlight: IRELAND

        QUICK FACTS Capital city: Dublin Population: 4,857,000 (April 2018) GDP in Current prices: USD $376.10 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 6.7% (2018) – Fastest growth in EU Area: 70,273 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary republic President: Michael D. Higgins Prime Minister: Leo Varadkar Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 4th (2018) Ease of doing business index: 23rd (2018/19) Time Zones: GMT +0 Dialling code: 353   Ireland – […]

Country Spotlight: USA

  QUICK FACTS Full name: United States of America Capital city: Washington D.C. Population: 327,167,434 (1 July 2018) GDP in Current Prices: USD $20.891 trillion (2018) – ranked # 1 GDP real growth: 2.9% (2018) Area: 9,833,520 km² (land 9,531,905 km²) Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic President: Donald Trump Vice President: Mike Pence Currency: United […]

Citizenship-by-Investment Program Country Snapshots

Considering the growth in the CBI Programs and with interests of investors being at its peak, here are some quick snapshots of the most popular programmes. Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda – The lush tropical island nation requires a minimum investment of $100,000. There are other options that investors can explore too. Once citizenship is granted within four to […]

The path to Citizenship by Investment in Montenegro

The citizenship by investment program officially started on the first of January 2019 and was to run until 31 December 2021, with the number of applicants being limited to only 2000 within this timeframe. The government recently announced that there will be changes and that they will be introducing a special CBI scheme that is […]

The changes to the UK Immigration Rules for 2019

The Tier 1 system has taken a turn around, with the Investor and Entrepreneur visas being gradually replaced by the Innovator and Start-up visas. Although the Investor visa has not closed, there are changes that have been implemented. As for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, the extensions for current applicants are still open until 5 […]