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Changes to the ‘Qualifying Investment’ requirements of the Malta Residency and Visa Programme (“MRVP”)

By Dr. Clint Bennetti – Director of Trusts and Corporate Services at Kylin Prime Group The Malta Residency and Visa Regulations have been amended to extend the list of Qualifying Investments. The revised regulations now state that that the investments referred to in regulation 6(1) (d) of the said regulations, can be made in debt or equity securities listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. Investment in these securities may also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are licensed and are on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange. These changes are...
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Close to 40,000 People Have Invested in a Passport, Analysis Reveals

The citizenship by investment market has grown at a ferocious pace in the last few years; New programs have entered the fray, and existing ones have seen their application volumes grow. But how many individual passports have been issued to participants in citizenship by investment programs worldwide, all told? We’ve been digging through the data and come up with what we’re confident is the most accurate estimate ever compiled on the total number of economic citizens in the world. Throughout the analysis, we explain how we calculated our estimates. We’ve had to rely not only on official program reports but...
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Malta Rejects 1 in 4 Applications for Citizenship by Investment

Speaking to Malta Today, Jonathan Cardona, head of Malta’s Individual Investor Programme (the MIIP), said that, since the beginning in 2014 and until the present, the CIP he heads has rejected some 24% of all applicants. A quick look at the data as reported in the annual reports of the Office of the Regulator of the Individual Inveseestor Programme (ORiip) – which cover the periods between the end of June and the beginning of July each year and are published every November – reveals that rejection rates have risen sharply each year since the program opened four years ago. Rates of rejection...
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The 13 Most Popular Golden Visas in the World, According to the Data

We’ve put together an overview of the world’s most popular residence by investment programs, backed by official statistics. A note on the methodology: We’ve used the latest available full-yearfigures from official sources. Since official sources differ in their reporting frequency (some report monthly, others every now and then), the degree to which data is current also varies; for some countries, the numbers are up-to-date as of this month, while for others they date back up more than a year. We’ve ranked programs by the number of approvedmain applicants, while also listing the total number of visas issued (including dependents) where such figures were available....
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UK visa statistics show 11% growth in China last year

China contributed to a massive quarter of UK visas issued globally last year, according to the latest quarterly report on immigration statistics published by UK's Home Office.In the light of the statistics, more than 730,000 visas were issued to Chinese nationals in 2018, which equates to 25 percent of the total 2.9 million entry clearance visas granted, and represents an 11 percent increase from the previous year. Both Chinese visitors and students to the UK saw strong growth in numbers. According to the statistics, the number of  visitor visas issued to Chinese nationals last year increased by 11 percent  to...
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Henley Index: Japan and Singapore top 2019 list of world's most powerful passports

(CNN) — It's been a three-horse race this year to be named the world's most powerful passport, with all top three contenders in Asia. Now, as we enter the second half of 2019, Japan and Singapore have held onto their position as the world's most travel-friendly passports, with South Korea dropping into second place. That's the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country's travel document affords. Singapore and Japan's passports have topped the rankings thanks to both documents offering access to 189 countries each. South Korea is now rubbing shoulders with Finland and Germany in the...
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China Offshore Awards and Gala Dinner 2018

On the evening of November 15, 2018, China Offshore Awards and Gala Dinner was held at Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai. The list of winners of China Offshore Awards has been unveiled mysteriously. Special thanks to Our Charity partner, Stepping Stones. The first award announced is the captive Insurance Jurisdiction of the Year. This Award is in recognition of those jurisdictions providing the most ease of use, best regulation and accessibility to the Chinese market for captive insurance vehicles. The shortlisted nominees are:Labuan International Business and Finance Center, Bermuda Business Development Agency, Cayman FinanceThe final winner is Labuan International Business and...
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Important changes in the Cyprus investment programme for citizenship

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus has just recently proposed changes to the current Cyprus Investment Programme (citizenship by investment program), which allows obtaining the citizenship of the country in a little more than six months. The proposed changes: Investors will be required to make a donation of €75,000 to the “Cyprus Land Development Corporation” (effective from May 15, 2019); Investors will be required to make a donation of €75,000 to the “Research Promotion Foundation” (effective from May 15, 2019); Instead of the previous 3 years’ requirement, investors shall keep their investments for a period of at least 5...