Like Canada, Australia’s investment immigration program draws minimal interest from investors

Australia is experiencing similar problems to Canada in attracting ultra-high net worth applicants for its investment immigration program. Since it changed the rules on its Significant Investor Visa program in July 2015, just 98 applications have been received and 10 visas issued against a target intake of 2,100. Canada’s numbers are even worse. Since launching…

Portugal’s $1.91b investment immigration success story

Chinese investors have driven the overwhelming success of Portugal’s investment immigration program, with €1.91 billion ($2.19b) invested over the three-and-a-half years since it was introduced.   Recent figures show the Golden Residence Investor Program is only gathering pace, with March alone attracting investment of €103.6 million, bringing the total to €231.5 million for the first quarter, according…

St Kitts and Nevis claims citizen-by-investment program has best due diligence in world

The Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis claims it possesses the best due diligence of any citizenship-by-investment program (CIP) in the world. Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says he would be happy for anyone to come and scrutinize exactly how the program investigates applicants for citizenship. St Kitts and Nevis CIP requirements Real estate…

Economic Citizenship and Residence is a Winning Proposition for Nations and Investors

With a global economy plagued by malaise or political instability, an increasing number of wealthy individuals are considering safer havens and investment based immigration program are the option for many. Figures show the global elite spent approximately $2 billion in 2014 on citizenship or residence based schemes. The list of nations offering citizenship or residence…

Australia to Boost Economy through Revamped SIV, Tax Breaks, and New Entrepreneur Visa

In an attempt to promote innovation in the Australian economy, the government has introduced several new measures including a revamped Significant Investor Visa, tax incentives for startup investors, and a new Business Visa stream designed to facilitate permanent residence for entrepreneurs in the country.  These measures are aimed at attracting foreign investment into the Australian…