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Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment: Leading the way

June 12, 2017
Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment: Leading the way CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The restructured Saint Lucian citizenship-by-investment program (CIP) is now the most attractive and efficient in the world. That’s the view of a leading regional lawyer with offices in London. It is also the best value on the market, costing just US$100,000 for a single applicant.

Citizenship consultants file defamation claim

June 6, 2017
Citizenship consultants file defamation claim DUBAI, UAE -- On May 28, 2017, global citizenship consultants Arton Capital initiated legal proceedings for alleged defamation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against the Investment Migration Council (IMC) and its former UAE representative office. Arton Capital has partnered with the governments of...

Chinese fugitive reportedly detained by St Kitts-Nevis police

June 1, 2017
Chinese fugitive reportedly detained by St Kitts-Nevis police BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A Chinese national, with St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, who is wanted by Interpol, has reportedly been detained by police in Nevis. A report on Tuesday night indicated that Ren Biao, who is wanted for financial crimes in China, was in police custody.

Holders of St Kitts-Nevis passports without place of birth reminded to apply for new ones

May 29, 2017
Holders of St Kitts-Nevis passports without place of birth reminded to apply for new ones BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The ministry of national security has reminded all holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports without the country of origin field that such passports have been deactivated and they must reapply for new ones by paying the full cost. St Kitts and Nevis passports issued...

Robert De Niro and James Packer: Meet the odd couple behind the 'Paradise Found' Caribbean project

May 27, 2017
Robert De Niro and James Packer: Meet the odd couple behind the 'Paradise Found' Caribbean project ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Paradise Found is the luxury quarter-of-a-billion dollar complex currently under construction on the island of Barbuda, and being bankrolled by Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and billionaire movie mogul James Packer. But how did this seemingly odd couple morph into a canny...

CBI developer funds school meals programme in Dominica

May 26, 2017
CBI developer funds school meals programme in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hundreds of children in Dominica are being helped by a school feeding programme funded by citizenship by investment (CBI) specialist and developer Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE). MMCE is paying for healthy snacks and lunches provided to...

CBI programme integral to long-term development of St Kitts-Nevis, says PM

May 26, 2017
CBI programme integral to long-term development of St Kitts-Nevis, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says his government views the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CBI) as an integral part of the long-term development of St Kitts and Nevis that will “bring benefits to the next generation for another 30 years.” Harris said this is...

Commentary: Competition for benefits of second citizenship is global

May 26, 2017
Commentary: Competition for benefits of second citizenship is global Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) in the Caribbean have been the subject of much criticism, even though the financial and economic benefits of the programmes are undeniable. These programmes are operated by: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia.

China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 25, 2017
China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Historically, Latin America and the Caribbean have long looked to the US for support in terms of trade and investment, yet have often been left wanting. Now good times seem to be on the horizon, thanks to the promise of truly massive Chinese investment and trade that will...

St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme

May 19, 2017
St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Range Developments, an international developer focusing on luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, signed definitive agreements with the government of Saint Lucia on Tuesday to continue the development of the Black Bay Master Development.

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme to be phased out eventually

May 17, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme to be phased out eventually BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The current government in St Kitts and Nevis is hoping it will be able to strengthen other pillars of the economy significantly enough over a period of time to be able to phase out the country’s citizenship by investment programme. Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has signaled...

St Kitts-Nevis passports deactivated for fugitive economic citizens

May 16, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis passports deactivated for fugitive economic citizens BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The government of St Kitts and Nevis has deactivated the passports belonging to the two economic citizens alleged to have defrauded state institutions in China out of US$100 million. “They don’t have a St Kitts and Nevis passport on which they could travel,” Prime Minister...

St Kitts-Nevis will never be a safe haven for criminals, says PM

May 11, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis will never be a safe haven for criminals, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis prime minister and minister of national security, Dr Timothy Harris, in a national address on Tuesday evening, told the nation that the government had instructed the relevant law enforcement and investigative agencies to investigate the claims against...

St Kitts-Nevis PM blames previous administration for situation with Chinese economic citizen

May 9, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis PM blames previous administration for situation with Chinese economic citizen BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, who has been accused of harbouring fugitive Chinese national Ren Biao who is wanted by Interpol and China on financial crime charges, said on Monday his government inherited a bad situation from the former Dr Denzil Douglas...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition seeks PM's resignation amid brewing scandal

May 8, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis opposition seeks PM's resignation amid brewing scandal BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The government of St Kitts and Nevis had not responded on Saturday to a call by the leader of the opposition, Dr Denzil Douglas, for the resignation of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, or other allegations leveled by Douglas in relation to a Chinese economic citizen...

Dominica's Citizenship by Investment Programme: An Overview

May 7, 2017
Dominica's Citizenship by Investment Programme: An Overview Dominica's Citizenship by Investment programme is rooted in the laws of Dominica, and has been in existence since 1993. It offers citizenship to those who, in return, make a significant contribution to the economy. Such contribution may either be in the form of a donation to the Economic Diversification Fund...

IMF commends St Kitts-Nevis government on efforts to strengthen citizenship programme

May 5, 2017
IMF commends St Kitts-Nevis government on efforts to strengthen citizenship programme BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) commended the St Kitts and Nevis government on Wednesday on its efforts to strengthen the citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme, the oldest of its kind in the world. “I would like to commend the government...

St Kitts-Nevis government responds to allegations of harbouring fugitive Chinese businessman

May 4, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis government responds to allegations of harbouring fugitive Chinese businessman BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The government in St Kitts and Nevis has responded to allegations that it is harbouring a fugitive Chinese businessman who was granted St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by the previous administration in 2013. In a statement on Wednesday, the government stated that, like all other...

China welcomes the St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment programme

April 29, 2017
China welcomes the St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment programme BEIJING, China -- Les Khan, the CEO of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has just returned from a trip to Beijing in China as part of his global marketing programme. The aim of the visit was to raise awareness for and to promote investment opportunities in St Kitts and Nevis.

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit discusses CBI strategy with the IMF

April 27, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit discusses CBI strategy with the IMF BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU) this week. The purpose of their visit was to update themselves on recent developments and to discuss the unit’s plans for 2017.

Dominica PM reveals prospects, pitfalls for economic success

April 26, 2017
Dominica PM reveals prospects, pitfalls for economic success ROSEAU, Dominica -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday met with stakeholders in Dominica at the national consultation on development prospects, ahead of the 2017-2018 National Budget. The goal of the meeting was to acquire an objective analysis on the health and working of...

Dominica denies selling blank passports

April 22, 2017
Dominica denies selling blank passports ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of justice, immigration and national security in Dominica has denied published allegations that up to 10,000 blank Dominican passports were supplied to Moroccan ambassador, Mohamed Benjilany, during one or more visits to the Caribbean island in 2016.

Nobody is selling passports illegally out of briefcases, says Dominica minister

April 19, 2017
Nobody is selling passports illegally out of briefcases, says Dominica minister ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Minister for health and environment Dr Kenneth Darroux has stressed that any myths being spread about Dominica’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme should be dispelled. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, that we make no apologies for this program...

St Lucia PM called on to adhere to economic citizenship law

April 15, 2017
St Lucia PM called on to adhere to economic citizenship law CASTRIES, St Lucia -- During his weekly television broadcast last week, former Saint Lucia government minister, Richard Frederick, called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to follow the law in relation to the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). Frederick said that the current...

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

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