Ottawa Has No Plans to Challenge Quebec on Investor Immigrants

The federal government is not about to challenge Quebec over its immigration programs, despite British Columbia’s claim its economy is hurt by the French-speaking province’s system. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), currently accepting 1900 new applications in 2017 is the source of B.C.’s frustration, as evidence suggests the vast majority of the mainly-Chinese nationals given visas…

Bahamas Developers Against Plan To Double Investment Threshold

Real estate developers in the Bahamas are against a plan to double the investment threshold for the country’s investor residence visa. The Bahamian government wants to increase the required investment from $500,000 to $1 million as of March 1, but developers say they have not been given enough warning regarding the move. Funds from the…

Investor Visas: New Zealand Plans to Expand, Australia Could Scrap

New Zealand has announced plans to double the investment required to gain permanent residence under the ‘investor 2’ visa, its government has announced, as neighbour Australia faces pressure to scrap its program altogether. Starting in May 2017, investors could be required to pay NZ$3 million instead of NZ$1.5 million to get permanent residence in New…

Dear India: EB-5 Best Option for U.S. Green Card

Indians are being told the U.S. EB-5 program could become their best option for immigration to America under Donald Trump’s presidency. The President-elect ran a staunchly anti-immigration campaign in the race for the White House, although he has tempered much of the rhetoric since his victory. However, even if the Mexican wall and mass deportation…

Cyprus Citizenship Summary

Wealthy investors seeking citizenship of the European Union can apply for Cypriot citizenship under the Scheme for Naturalization of non-Cypriot Investors by Exception. Cyprus is a well-connected and centrally-located country in the European Union. It offers one of the most flexible investment immigration programs offering permanent residence or citizenship depending on the preferences of the…