The popularity of Canada and the United States as target
destinations for migration is the core reason why the investment
immigration programs in both countries are among the
world's most popular.
Since Canada's federal government discontinued its
investment immigration program, the
Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) became the major
pathway to permanent residency for high net worth individuals.
QIIP's equivalent in the U.S. is the
EB-5, hugely popular among wealthy Chinese investors looking to
move to America to give their children a new life.
The economic and family class immigration programs in the U.S.
have backlogs of anywhere between five and ten years, making the
EB-5 option one of the only realistic ways of achieving a green
card on a timely basis.
But how do the two programs compare? They each have very
different terms, despite the core outcome of permanent residency in
return for an investment.
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Globalisation has increased the level of interaction among people from all corners of the world and created a demand for flexible immigration solutions, which is being offered in the form of citizenship through investment programmes.
Malta has launched a revamped residency program designed to boost job creation and enhance the overall standard of living in the country by attracting foreign investment from non EU-nationals seeking fast-track long-term residence in Malta.
Europe has long established itself as the most sought after
region in terms of high net worth immigration, accounting for over
half of the total number of global citizenship applications, with
the Caribbean in second place, followed by North America in third.
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