Programs offering citizenship or permanent residence to wealthy
investors are popular amongst applicants for a number of reasons
ranging from visa-free travel privileges to a stable and secure
life for families with access to quality education and healthcare
services. Demand for investment immigration has doubted over the
past five years and is expected to continue to rise.
A second passport is often a shortcut to a better life and is
popular amongst individuals from China, the Middle East, and
Russia. Further, investing at the right time and in the right
country can, over the long run, offer fantastic returns for the
However, not all programs are the same for all applicants.
In-demand investment immigration programs like the US EB-5 visa can
come with a two-year waiting period. Other popular options, like
the citizenship by investment program of St Kitts and Nevis or
Cyprus may offer faster processing at a higher price tag.
Introduced in May 2013, the Citizenship by Investment program
offers fast-track residence or citizenship of the European Union in
lieu of a minimum investment of €5 million. Permissible asset
classes include government bonds, real estate, and local
enterprises. A group of individuals can obtain citizenship by
investing just €2.5 million provided the plan's total
value is not less than €12.5 million. Additional requirements
include purchase of a residence in the country of value of at least
Benefits of the program include grant of citizenship and a
Cypriot passport, right to travel, work, and reside in an EU nation
without any restrictions, visa-free travel to around 150 other
countries, and freedom to reside in any other country without loss
of citizenship status. The program is popular because of its low
rejection rates and short processing time of just 3-5 months.
Malta's IIP offers EU citizenship to applicants contributing
€650,000 to the National Development Fund, €150,000 in
approved securities for a period of five years, and payment of a
due diligence fee of €7,500.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
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On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery.
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