Concerns over Drastic Fall in Canadian Citizenship Demand amongst Permanent Resident Immigrants

A drastic decrease in the proportion of immigrants seeking Canadian citizenship, from 79% in 2000 to 26% in 2008, is raising fears that new rules and fees are discouraging immigrants from becoming Canadian citizens. Analysis of citizenship data has led to former Citizenship Director-General, Andrew Griffith, to warn about the implications of immigrants becoming disenchanted…

DHS Investigation Reveals Instances of Favoritism and Special Access in the EB-5 Program

Internal investigations conducted by the Department of Homeland Security have found allegations of intervention of a top DHS official into EB-5 projects backed by Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe and Senator Harry Reid to be true. The report prepared by the DHS Inspector General holds the deputy secretary of DHS guilty of creating the impression of…

Jamaica Set to Introduce Residence through Investment Program for Wealthy Foreigners

With its main investment vehicle, JAMPRO confirming the government’s interest in implementing an investment immigration program, Jamaica is set to become the next Caribbean country to offer residency in exchange of investment from wealthy citizens of foreign countries. The program is expected to offer a special immigration status to individuals bringing significant investments into the…

Revamped Australian Investment Immigration Visas Set to Take Effect from July 2015

Taking forward the process of implementing a broad competitiveness agenda, the Australian government released a draft investment framework for an enhanced Significant Investor Visa scheme and a new Premium Investor Visa scheme. The framework targets better channelization of investment made through its investment immigration schemes. New avenues being explored include venture capital funds and small…