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What Does The Future Hold For Citizenship by Investment?

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Date Published: September 7, 2023 | Date Updated: September 8th, 2023
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Recent developments surrounding the Caribbean citizenship by investment programs have shed light on challenges faced by investment migration across the world. 

St Kitts & Nevis, Grenada and Dominica recently announced that they will begin conducting interviews with citizenship by investment applicants as part of their new enhanced due diligence framework. St Kitts & Nevis also doubled the minimum investment amount for their CIP, and restricted Iraqi nationals from applying.

These developments are said to have come in the aftermath of a Caribbean – US roundtable discussion as well as the EU-CELAC Summit in Brussels, held earlier this year. The meetings resulted in six new principles the Caribbean CBIs must follow.

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The guidelines aim to increase the efficacy of the programs due diligence process while also streamlining communication between the government, agents, and investors.

Savory & Partners Founder and CEO Jeremy Savory shares his views on recent developments in the Caribbean programs and the future of the Citizenship by Investment industry. 

The industry has faced seismic changes before, and it has adapted accordingly; how big of an issue do you think this is? And will it inevitably snowball into something bigger? 

We do expect other Caribbean CIPs to follow suit because it makes strategic sense for them to protect the benefits of the investors and give maximum returns to them as nationality holders. We may be looking at price hikes across the board and Turkey and Greece have already done it.  

It’s interesting how the citizenship by investment landscape is changing, but it’s nothing new. These transformations are not isolated occurrences but rather reflective of broader global trends. One example is the introduction of the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) processes in the EU and the UK.  

And it’s not just Europe. Look around, and you’ll see countries everywhere tweaking their visa rules – visa waivers come and go. Why? It’s a mix of reasons – security, trade, diplomacy – you name it. Every country is playing its cards to get the best deal.

Savory & Partners’ Founder and CEO Jeremy Savory shares his views on the latest updates and the future of the Citizenship by Investment industry.

How do you think it will affect the Caribbean states on a micro-level, as well as the agents that offer these CIPs? 

I think the donation option won’t differ a lot. The major difference might be in the real estate option because one of the very few criticisms Caribbean CIPs get is that some of the projects take longer to complete and that all comes down to adequate funding. 

As for the agents, well, I’ve been in this industry for a long time, and I know all the veterans and how they operate. I think this update will truly differentiate those who know intimately how the governments think and what investors want from the newer, smaller agents with short-term self-interests of generating revenue. 

Would you advise a client to go for another Caribbean CIP instead of St Kitts & Nevis? 

Citizenship by investment is an intricate, delicate matter that requires a lot of expertise and precision to get right, and that is why I dont consider the price increase to be a major issue 

In essence, St Kitts & Nevis is merely re-aligning its CIP pricing to underline its position as the platinum passport option, thereby reducing volumes to better invest in processing and due diligence, ensuring higher quality applicants.  

Each investor is different and being authorised for several years in several countries means we put the client’s needs first and not limit ourselves to any one jurisdiction.

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Jeremy Savory

About Jeremy Savory

Jeremy Savory, the founder and CEO of Savory and Partners, runs one of the world’s leading HNW citizenship by investment firms. The second passport company has coverage in over 20 jurisdictions including Europe.

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