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  • How UK immigration investors can ensure their advisers are qualified

    Britain's legal system, with its flowery language, red robes, and powdered wigs, can seem somewhat comical to outsiders — or baroque and downright confusing to those seeking to navigate it. When it comes to immigration issues, there’s an added layer of complexity. The United Kingdom regulates immigration advisory services with three classes of advisers, who may or may not be lawyers, authorized to provide advice, fill out forms, and, in some cases, represent clients before immigration tribunals.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • After strong 2017, Saint Lucia looks to the future

    Saint Lucia’s citizenship by investment program saw a surge in applications in 2017, thanks to the government’s decision to reduce the cost of donation-based individual applications from $200,000 to $100,000 at the start of the year. Still, stiff regional competition and political blowback mean the island could face a struggle to sustain momentum in 2018.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Panama, although still welcoming, tightens ‘arms wide open’ stance

    To those looking for a second residency, Panama is kind of like the girl or guy next door – close by, familiar, and easy to like.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Benefits of multiple citizenship outweigh inconveniences

    Cape Verde. Belize. Dominica. Grenada. St. Kitts and Nevis. Ireland. Canada. United Kingdom. Eight passports in all – and the most citizenships attorney David S. Lesperance of Canada-based Lesperance & Associates has ever seen one client obtain.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Jersey increases price of High Value Residents program

    Applicants for Jersey’s High Value Residents program will face increased costs this year, after the Channel Island raised the minimum income tax payment for HVRs from 125,000 pounds ($175,200) to 145,000 pounds ($203,232), and introduced further inflation-based increases on a five-year cycle starting in 2023.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Ireland’s ‘stable, competitive, pro-business’ climate attracts investors

    Ireland’s immigrant investor scheme witnessed a large increase in applications in 2016, with 329 applicants from 16 countries applying for residency by investment in the country. Approximately 313 were from China, according to figures from the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • UAE, hub for global commerce, attracts investors

    As an oil-based economy and one of the richest countries in the world, the United Arab Emirates is recognized as a powerful economic hub in the Middle East. Made up of seven emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwain – the country has put itself on the map as an investor’s paradise.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • St. Kitts and Nevis offers one of the world’s longest running CBI program

    The two-island Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is known for its touristy beaches and sunny climate. But it’s also home to the world’s longest running citizenship-by-investment program, since 1984.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Scotland is becoming more attractive to foreign nationals

    The United Kingdom’s controversial decision to leave the European Union made headlines around the world, but what some see as a mistake, could create new opportunities for others. Among them, those looking to become Scottish residents, and later citizens, through a Tier 1 (Investor) visa. It’s a relatively straightforward way for people with money to become British citizens in comparison to other visa categories where applicants have to be sponsored by an employer and have less control over their immigration status.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • New Zealand offers thriving business environment for investors

    In a country where sheep outnumber people six to one, New Zealand’s wide-open spaces, natural beauty, and quality of life are among its many lures. The country also has a thriving business environment.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Germany’s ‘most desirable passport’ is magnet for foreign investors

    Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy and one of the world’s leading exporters. With 469 billion euros in foreign direct investment (FDI), Germany is one of the top regions for foreign investors.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Belgium has ‘affordable, desirable, easy option’

    Location, location, location. That’s just one thing Belgium has going for it when it comes to attracting foreign investors, immigration experts say.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Antigua and Barbuda’s CBI program gives boost to islands’ economy

    Antigua and Barbuda was rated one of the Caribbean’s best citizen by investment program in 2017, but tough regional competition has the twin islands struggling to stay on top.

    Uglobal Staff April 02, 2018
  • Angela Julian-Armitage, president of the Migration Institute of Australia, shares insight about immigration down under

    Australian Angela Julian-Armitage has been a practicing Barrister-at-Law for 23 years and serves as the National President of the Migration Institute of Australia. She is skilled in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Succession and Migration Law.

    Uglobal Staff March 28, 2018
  • New Zealand still attractive to investors despite major policy changes

    Even though New Zealand has made major changes to its Investor Categories visa, including doubling its required investment amount from NZ$1.5 million to NZ$3 million, applications are still going strong.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • High net worth individuals drawn to Monaco’s tax system and luxurious life style

    Never mind the sun, the sea, and the celebrities: there’s one big reason that people move to Monaco.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Top 5 citizenship-by-investment destinations for families

    Schools are a big deal for immigration investors: a recent Huron Group report identified education as the top factor behind the emigration of Chinese HNWIs, with 76 percent citing schooling as a key reason they left China.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Spain's Immigration Investment Program has positive effect on country’s economy

    Spain's immigration investment program began in 2013 and offers investors an opportunity to obtain legal residence in Spain, with a Spanish golden visa. Similar to golden visas in neighboring countries, an investor can include dependent family members on their applications, which will grant them immediate legal residence.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • European Golden Visa Programs gain attraction of foreign investors

    While the American EB-5 visa program entices international investors to the Unites States, the European golden visas are gaining attention over the last few years as they have been introduced across multiple countries in the European Union and Schengen Visa zones. These golden investor visas result in residency and potential citizenship, but there is no ‘one size fits all’ scheme. Each country has substantial differences in its golden visa program, often offering two paths – one for residency and one for citizenship.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Switzerland’s Residence Program remains a popular option for investors

    The Switzerland Residence Program (SRP) grants foreigners from non-European countries an opportunity to gain residency in a location many consider to be a dream destination.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Want a Maltese passport? Clock is ticking, lawyers say

    The clock is ticking for investors hoping to take advantage of Malta’s flagship citizenship-by-investment initiative, industry professionals say.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Unique Australian program grants visas before investments are made

    One of the unusual visa programs that attracts entrepreneur investors to Australia is its Business Innovation Visa, which does not require an investment before the visa is granted.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Italy joins investment migration movement

    Foreign high-net-worth investors and entrepreneurs seeking an expedited path to residency and access to Europe now have the Italian investment immigration program to consider. The program seeks to bolster direct investment and startup business activity in the country.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Top 5 investment destinations for high net worth individuals

    High net worth individuals looking to obtain citizenship in a second country based on investment have a wide array of options. However, before leaping into what rankings and other investors consider the “best” program, you first need to determine what is most important to you in a citizenship-by-investment program.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • Greece expands its immigration investment program to boost demand

    The prospect of living among the history and natural beauty of Greece holds a lot of appeal for those looking for a residency-by-investment opportunity. And that it’s the least expensive property program in Europe is like honey drizzled on the baklava.

    Uglobal Staff March 27, 2018
  • The UK Remains an Attractive Immigration Destination for International Investors - despite Brexit

    Investors are still showing a strong interest in immigrating to the United Kingdom despite the upcoming Brexit, which has England on a course to leave the European Union by 2019 after a historic referendum last year. The event might put an end to the free movement and ability to work and live in any EU county for British citizens.

    Uglobal Staff March 26, 2018
  • Cyprus hopes to attract global entrepreneurs with newly launched Startup Visa scheme

    Cyprus has launched a new Startup Visa scheme to draw innovative entrepreneurs to the island.

    Uglobal Staff March 26, 2018
  • Portugal’s golden visa is back on track, data shows

    After a period of upheaval that culminated in a brief suspension in 2015, Portugal’s golden visa program is now getting back on track, according to data from the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), the country’s immigration agency.

    Uglobal Staff March 26, 2018
  • Wealthy investors from the MENA region lead second passport market

    Most of the world’s immigration investors come from China — but when it comes to getting a second passport, it’s the Middle East and North African investors that leads the pack.

    Uglobal Staff March 26, 2018
  • Lithuania launches start-up visa to attract high tech entrepreneurs

    Lithuania, one of the three Baltic States in north-eastern Europe, has launched a startup visa in hope of attracting a new generation of non-EU entrepreneurs — and applications are being assessed not by an immigration officer, but by a panel of venture capitalists, accelerator executives, and other members of the country’s startup community.

    Uglobal Staff March 26, 2018
  • New investment visa of Czech Republic for wealthy entrepreneurs

    The Czech Republic has launched a new investment visa to investors outside of the European Union. Compared to current visas offered by the country, the new investor visa is making it easier for family members of investors to join in the move and processing time for the visa has also been streamlined to only a month.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Cyprus revamps its citizenship-by-investment program to attract more foreign investors

    Cyprus has retooled its citizenship-by-investment scheme, reducing the cost to investors in a bid to continue the success of a program that has reportedly drawn more than 4 billion euros in new investment to Cyprus since 2013.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Baltic country Latvia attracts investors with EU residency

    Boasting some of the fastest internet speeds in the world and a capital often called the Paris of the North, Latvia has much to offer. The Baltic country is located in northern Europe and is a Schengen member country, giving investors free travel and visa-free stay in much of Europe.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Estonia offers investors startup visa and unique e-residency

    The Baltic country of Estonia, the birthplace of Skype, has introduced two initiatives to attract that talent; the Estonia startup visa and e-residency.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Top Eastern European investment immigration destinations

    Some countries in Eastern Europe have made their way into the world of investment immigration programs, with a few notable destinations – including Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Manitoba restructures its economic immigration program in Canada

    The Canadian province of Manitoba has announced that it is reorganizing its economic immigration program to establish new pathways to permanent residence for entrepreneurs.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • Austria ranks among top CBI programs because of its stable economy

    Famous for its musical composers like Haydn and Mozart, its architecture and Alpine ski resorts, Austria is a country with many attributes situated in the heart of Europe. For investors, the country is ranked among the top residence and citizenship-by-investment programs in the world.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • France launches tech visa program draw foreign investors

    French President Emmanuel Macron is wooing technology investors worldwide. Macron recently announced plans to transform France into a start-up nation with the launch of the “French Tech Visa” program which seeks to draw international talent to the city of lights.

    Uglobal Staff March 22, 2018
  • The state of Canadian immigration investment programs

    Since the Canadian government didn't renew its Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program, the available program in Canada is through the Quebec Immigrant Investment program (QIIP). Successful business owners/managers, who have assets of CA$1.6 million and investments of CA$ 800,000, can apply.

    Uglobal Staff March 12, 2018