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Former head brought no value to CIU, says Antigua-Barbuda PM

August 16, 2017
Former head brought no value to CIU, says Antigua-Barbuda PM ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- In a letter earlier this year to the former Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) CEO, Chisanga Chekwe, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne accused him of bringing no value to the country's citizenship by investment (CIP) operations, which Browne said...

Significant progress evident in Dominica housing project

August 10, 2017
Significant progress evident in Dominica housing project ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Bellevue Chopin modern housing development project in Dominica has now entered an exciting stage where visitors and the intended residents can see real tangible progress being made, with new structures rising from the ground, and at last start to imagine that their dream...

New CEO for St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit

August 10, 2017
New CEO for St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Board has announced the appointment of Nestor Alfred to the position of chief executive officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective Monday, August 8, 2017. Alfred holds a BSc. Management Studies from the University of the...

Ritz Carlton to operate luxury resort in St Lucia

August 4, 2017
Ritz Carlton to operate luxury resort in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Ritz Carlton, the luxury hotel subsidiary of Marriott International, on Thursday signed an operating agreement with Range Developments and the government of Saint Lucia to operate the planned new resort development at Black Bay on the beautiful southern tip of the island.

St Kitts-Nevis expects stronger citizenship by investment ranking in next index

August 2, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis expects stronger citizenship by investment ranking in next index BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment (CBI) programme was recently ranked second best in the world behind only Dominica, and while chief executive officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Les Khan, is proud of this achievement, he strongly believes the...

'Dark web' mastermind had clean background: Antigua-Barbuda CIU

July 22, 2017
'Dark web' mastermind had clean background: Antigua-Barbuda CIU ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to revelations on Thursday that the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet, AlphaBay, was created and operated by an economic citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) issued a statement confirming that the background check...

Antigua-Barbuda to publish new list of current diplomatic passport holders

July 15, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda to publish new list of current diplomatic passport holders ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In response to questions regarding the individuals recently listed as holders of diplomatic passports, Antigua and Barbuda prime minister, Gaston Browne, has clarified that the list released this week represented the names of everyone issued such a passport in recent years.

Antigua-Barbuda releases list of diplomat passports

July 14, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda releases list of diplomat passports ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has released the complete list of all persons bearing the country’s diplomatic passports, in satisfaction of a promise made in Parliament by the prime minister, Gaston Browne, to release the entire list. The list reveals that 186 diplomatic passports...

Commentary: Global citizenship - a myth or possibility

July 13, 2017
Commentary: Global citizenship - a myth or possibility On one hand, the high and ultra-high net worth individuals from under-developed, developing and diplomatically-fraught countries often seek second residence and citizenship of developed countries or of countries with well-recognized passports, while on the other side, the recent trend of ultra...

Letter: Your article was marred by inaccuracies

July 11, 2017
Letter: Your article was marred by inaccuracies I refer to the article, published online on Caribbean News Now portal, on the 8th of July, titled “Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean” In the article, you refer to a Maltese-Indian businessman… who was a consultant on the Malta citizenship programme, and who...

St Kitts-Nevis acknowledged as an industry leader in citizenship programmes

July 10, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis acknowledged as an industry leader in citizenship programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- St Kitts and Nevis' citizenship by investment (CBI) programme has been acknowledged as an industry leader in the world's first comprehensive guide to countries that offer citizenship in exchange for investment: the CBI Index, launched last week by Professional Wealth...

Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean

July 8, 2017
Economic citizenship due diligence issues extend beyond the Caribbean TORONTO, Canada -- An alert generated on Saturday, July 1, by the regional advance passenger information system (APIS) in relation to a Chinese national with a St Kitts and Nevis passport departing from Canada and transiting through Antigua en route to St Kitts has raised questions about the integrity of Canada's...

Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

July 8, 2017
Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Dubai this week, may somehow reflect negatively...

St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings

July 8, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced an addition to the range of programmes on offer by making available a residency programme to people wanting to live and work in St Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, made the announcement as a guest speaker...

Commentary: Closing down the citizenship by investment programme will hurt Antigua-Barbuda

July 7, 2017
Commentary: Closing down the citizenship by investment programme will hurt Antigua-Barbuda Much has been said over the last few days about closing down the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The most vociferous calls for the suspension of the CIP have come from Harold Lovell, the leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Dr Isaac Newton, an Antiguan native with...

Antigua-Barbuda clarifies apparent disparities in economic citizenship reports

July 5, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda clarifies apparent disparities in economic citizenship reports ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Financial controller of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Casford King, has clarified an exchange between himself and a local reporter after the CIU’s press conference on Friday, June 30, which subsequently emerged as a headline story, alleging...

St Kitts-Nevis not afraid of losing other visa waivers, says foreign minister

July 5, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis not afraid of losing other visa waivers, says foreign minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Against the backdrop of Antigua and Barbuda losing its visa-free travel to Canada last week, and an EU official for the Schengen area expressing concern about the integrity of the region’s due diligence process for its citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes...

Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court

July 4, 2017
Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court DUBAI, UAE -- The first hearing in legal proceedings for alleged defamation filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by well known regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC) and its representative office in Dubai began this week.

Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport

July 3, 2017
Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- On the heels of the recent withdrawal of visa-free entry to Canada for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, apparently because of concerns over its citizenship programme, questions are now being asked about the integrity of Canada’s own investor visa programme.

Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal

June 30, 2017
Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chinese national Ren Biao, accused of the theft of more than US$100 million in China and wanted by the Chinese government, is still in St Kitts and Nevis, awaiting a federation passport that he submitted for renewal. Baio became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis through its...

Antigua-Barbuda affirms integrity of its citizenship programme

June 29, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda affirms integrity of its citizenship programme ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chief executive officer (CEO) of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, has assured all industry participants, new citizens and the general public that citizenships granted and the resulting travel documents issued under the country’s...

Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

June 27, 2017
Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean. The Canadian High Commissioner...

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.

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