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 […]

Country Spotlight: TURKEY

QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Turkey Capital city: Ankara Population: 82,003,882 (2018) GDP in Current prices: USD $713.51 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 2.6% (2018) Area: 783,356 km² Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic President: Recep Tayyip Erdogan Vice President: Fuat Oktay Currency: Turkish Lira (₺) (TRY) HDI: 64th (2018) Ease of doing business index: […]

PRE – EVENT PRESS RELEASE – Demand for Alternate Residency and Citizenship Increases in South Africa

                      Diversification of both business and personal affairs through multiple residences can deliver increased quality of life, mobility, security, educational options, and improved tax and estate planning capabilities. EVENT: Global Investment Immigration Summit 2019 (GIIS) GIIS JOHANNESBURG DATE: 21 June 2019 TIME: Registration 12.00   Conference 14.00-20.00 […]

Canada’s Provincial Business Immigration Programs

Although the National program was closed down a few years ago, many of the provinces have signed agreements with the federal government to develop their own business immigration programmes. These are predominantly targeting graduate entrepreneurs and SME businesses and skilled workers, as well as experienced young farmers in some provinces including British Columbia and Manitoba. […]

Country Spotlight: Canada

QUICK FACTS Capital city: Ottawa Population: 37,412,852 (1 April 2019) GDP in Current prices: USD $1,733.7 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 1.8% (2018) Area: 9,984,670 km² (land 9,093,507 km²) Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General: Julie Payette Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD) HDI: 12th (2018) Ease of doing […]

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program 2019

In order to be able to obtain a Canadian citizenship through investment, applicants will have to apply to the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP). Applicants interested can only apply through Quebec, as it is the only province that does the program. However, once the investor has obtained their citizenship, they are allowed to live, work, […]

Country Spotlight: VANUATU

QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Vanuata Capital city: Port Vila Population: 286,291 (1 January 2019 estimate) GDP in Current prices: USD $957 million (2018 estimate) GDP real growth: 3.8% (2018) Area: 12,189 km² (of which, land c. 4,700 km²) Government: Unitary parliamentary republic President: Tallis Obed Moses Chancellor: Charlot Salwai Currency: Vanuatu (VUV) HDI: […]

Revamping the CBI website

Being in the heart of spring, we are giving the CBI website a spring clean. Following the success of our recent Global Investment Immigration Summits in India, we have updated the Events section to give news, views and reviews from the previous summit in Ahmedabad and to preview the next two events in Johannesburg, South […]

The E-2 Visa may soon open for Israeli Investors

There have been several years of discussion in regards to the E-2 investor visa opportunity for Israelis who wish to invest in the US. A path for the implementation of the program had even been opened through a treaty signed by Barack Obama in 2012. However, Israel did not have a similar program that would […]

Citizenship by Investment – Why Turkey?

With a plethora of countries offering investment opportunities through their CBI program, many would wonder, why should I invest in this country? Turkey formally introduced the Citizenship by Investment program in January 2017 and it was opened to investors in June 2017 to attract HNWIs to invest in their real estates. The program was seen […]

Changes to Citizenship by Investment in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian government had been planning for changes to their citizenship law and they published a draft Bill of the proposed changes on 22 March 2019. The draft Bill will focus solely at citizenship rather than permanent residency. However, the draft may have significant changes to it before being finalised, or it could potentially be […]

Country Spotlight: UNITED KINGDOM

          QUICK FACTS Full name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Capital city: London Population: 66,040,229 (30 June 2017) GDP in Current prices: USD $2,808.90 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 1.4% (2018) Area: 242,495 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II Prime Minister: Boris Johnson Currency: Pound […]

Country Spotlight: AUSTRIA

          QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Austria Capital city: Vienna Population: 8,857,960 (2018) GDP in Current prices: USD $459.40 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 2.8% (2018) Area: 83,871 km² Government: Federal parliamentary republic President: Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen Chancellor: Sebastian Kurz Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 20th (2018) Ease […]

Country Spotlight: LATVIA

          QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Latvia Capital city: Riga Population: 1,919,968 (1 January 2019) GDP in Current prices: USD $34.3 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 4.8% (2018)Area: 64,573 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic President: Raimonds Vejonis Prime Minister: Krisjanis Karins Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 41st (2018) Ease of doing business […]

Tier 1 Investor Transition to Innovator and Start-Up Visas

Previously, changes in the Immigration Rules were expected in April, as most new applications and Home Office alterations are made in that month. However, due to ‘Brexit’, the new visas that were introduced on 7 March 2019 will officially come into effect on 29 March 2019. The Tier 1 ‘Entrepreneur’ visa will remain open to […]

New price reduction for Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme

There have been recent changes to the Statutory Rules and Orders in relation to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Regulations. The investment opportunity in real estate, for many investors is now more available than it has been for the last couple of years. The programme’s minimum investment has dramatically decreased from $350,000 to $220,000; this […]

Country Spotlight: MOLDOVA

            QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Moldova Capital city: Chisinau Population: 3,547,539 (1 January 2018) GDP in Current Prices: USD $9.56 billion (2017) GDP real growth: 4.5% (2017) Area: 32,870 km² (including Transnistria) Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic President: Igor Dodon Prime Minister:Maia Sandu Currency: Moldovan Leu (MDL) HDI: […]

Country Spotlight: Grenada

            QUICK FACTS Capital city: St. George’s Population: 107,825 (2017) GDP in Current prices: USD $1.19 billion (2018) GDP growth: 4.8% (2018) Area: 340 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General: Cécile La Grenade Prime Minister: Keith Mitchell Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD) HDI: 75th (2018) […]