Country Spotlight: MONTENEGRO

          QUICK FACTS Capital city: Podgorica Population: 622,182 (1 January 2019) GDP in Current Prices: USD $5.4 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 4.5% (2018) Area: 13,812 km² (land 13,452 km²) Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic President: Milo Dukanovic Prime Minister: Dusko Markovic Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 50th (2018) Ease of […]

Country Spotlight: Portugal

          QUICK FACTS Full name: Portuguese Republic Capital city: Lisbon Population: 10,276,617 (2018) GDP in Current Prices: USD $238.5 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 2.1% (2018) Area: 92,212 km² Government: Unitary Semi-presidential constitutional republic President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Prime Minister: Antonio Costa Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 42nd (2018) Ease […]

Country Spotlight: MALTA

              QUICK FACTS Full name: Republic of Malta Capital city: Valletta Population: 475,701 (31 December 2017) GDP in Current Prices: USD $14.27 billion (2018) GDP real growth: 6.6% (2018) Area: 316 km2 Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic President: George Vella Prime Minister: Joseph Muscat Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) HDI: 29th […]

Country Spotlight: Antigua and Barbuda

          QUICK FACTS Capital city: St. John’s Population: 102,012 (2017) GDP in Current prices: USD $1.63 billion (2018) GDP growth: 5.3% (2018) Area: 440 km² Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General: Sir Rodney Williams Prime Minister: Gaston Browne Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD) HDI: 70th (2018) Ease […]

South African HNWIs looking for options

The ongoing deteriorating economic system in South Africa has caused concern amongst the country’s high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and provided them with more reason to look for an alternative route for economic safety and business opportunities through citizenship by investment. The enquiries from South Africa in relation to CBI or Golden Visas rapidly increased through the […]

St. Kitts and Nevis strengthens security measure

St. Kitts and Nevis was the first country to introduce a Citizenship by Investment programme back in 1984 and is widely regarded as the platinum standard bearer for all CBI programmes. The country already has one of the strictest due diligence processes and now the government has introduced new stricter measures that will strengthen its […]

UK Tier 1 Visa review underway

The UK Tier 1 Visa application programme has been the focus of many controversial Immigration issues throughout 2018. With the recent potential changes laid out earlier this year, the results of the review will undoubtedly be affected by the outcome of ‘Brexit’ on 29 March 2019. There are going to be developments of the immigration […]

EB-5 Regional Center Program extended until September 30, 2019

After a record-breaking 35 days government shutdown, the EB-5 Regional Center Program re-opened for business on 28 January 2019, initially for three weeks, enabling the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediately resume the processing of applications. The 2018/19 US federal budget was finally passed on 15th February 2019, meaning the EB-5 program […]

How does the US Government affect the EB-5 program?

As of today, the US Government is still in partial shutdown after 18 days, with President Trump addressing the US nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday evening. He stopped short of declaring an emergency that would have enabled him to by-pass the house of Congress, but he has escalated the rows with Democratic leaders […]

Citizenship applications to Turkey expected to boom in 2019

Since launching its Citizenship by Investment programme in 2017, Turkey has received over 250 applications worth nearly $100 million by the end of 2018. This number is expected to rise significantly during 2019 after the Turkish Government reduced its minimum investment requirements for foreigners in September 2018. To qualify for Turkish citizenship for themselves and […]

City Focus: Ahmedabad

Situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad has developed into one of the most important economic and industrial hubs within India. It is the largest city in Gujarat State with an urban population of 6,357,693 at the 2011 Census, making it the 7th most populous city in India. The city was the former […]

Further changes to the Cyprus CBI programme?

The Cypriot Citizenship by Investment programme – more commonly known as its ‘golden passport’ programme – has come under attack from certain international quarters in recent times, with the European Union promising tougher scrutiny from Brussels as part of a wider drive against money laundering practices.   Cyprus lowered its minimum investment requirement to €2 […]

Moldova launches Citizenship by Investment programme

Moldova is the latest country to launch a Citizenship by Investment programme.   The Republic of Moldova is a land-locked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north and east. A former member of the Soviet Union, Moldova gained independence from the USSR in 1991 and was admitted […]

UK suspends its Tier 1 Visa program until further notice

The UK Home Office announced late last week that it was suspending the UK Tier 1 Visa program with effect from Friday 7 December in the wake of concerns about possible abuse of the program. An audit is being undertaken to establish proposed new guidelines and requirements which the government hopes will ensure that “only […]

EB-5 Program gets two week extension only

President Donald Trump signed a two-week stopgap spending bill on Friday 7 December to avoid a government shutdown, effectively giving a short-term extension to the EB-5 Regional Center Program only until 21 December. This was done largely to allow Congress more time to handle matters after the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. The […]

Development Support Program (DSP)

(Thursday, 15th November 2018) In 2017, GKIS was appointed the exclusive partner and distributor of the Development Support Program by Pan Oceanic Limited Vanuatu. Qualified incumbents can be granted citizenship of Vanuatu and travel visa-free or with preferred visa-on-arrival terms to 128 countries. DSP Features The Development Support Program (DSP) was established in 2016 as […]

The movement of the investment migration industry along the lifecycle curve

(Thursday, 15th November 2018) by Daniel Huber, group head of agent services, Henley & Partners This article intends to give a brief overview of the investment migration industry while also speculating on its future development. The development of any industry over time is subject to industry lifecycle theory1, which attempts to explain the various stages […]

The critical role of regional centers in the EB-5 industry

(Wednesday, 14th November 2018) By Patrick F. Hogan CMB Regional Centers Immigration by investment through the EB-5 program can be undertaken in one of two ways. There is the Regional Center Program and there is what is commonly referred to as a direct EB-5 investment. It is critical to remember that an EB-5 investment is […]

A client focused approach to citizenship by investment

(Wednesday, 14th November 2018) by Cindy Emmanuel-McLean, consulting partner at TM ANTOINE Partners   TM ANTOINE Partners Advisory has carved out a special place in the citizenship by investment landscape of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the globe. As an authorised agent, registered in Saint Lucia, we do not just help clients submit their applications […]

St. Kitts And Nevis Citizenship By Investment Programme

(Wednesday, 14th November 2018) by the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency   St. Kitts & Nevis ranked first in the Caribbean region for its citizenship by investment (CBI) programme, in the 2018 Passport Index, released by leading international CBI firm, Henley & Partners. This is a significant accomplishment for St. Kitts & Nevis as the […]

The importance of holding a European residence permit card: backup plan solution for you and your family!

(Wednesday, 14th November 2018) Tiago Camara CEO   Global residency and citizenship, are an increasingly important aspect of private and professional life of this new trend of global citizens. Diversification of both business and personal affairs through multiple residences or citizenships can deliver an increased quality of life, mobility, security, educational options, and improved […]

The Portuguese Golden Visa or residence permit

(Wednesday, 14th November 2018) by Filipe Espinha Strategic and Legal Solutions Creator, Attorney at Law   Why Portugal? In the current era of economic and political uncertainty, a home away from home makes more and more sense. In a complex, unstable and difficult world, such a home should be in a peaceful, safe and stable […]