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Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment

Starting from January 2017, the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu has launched the Development Support Program (DSP) for the purpose of raising funds to support infrastructure and promoting economic development of the country. The citizenship by investment is a new provision enacted under the Citizenship Act with the powers conferred on the Prime Minister. Candidates may apply for Vanuatu citizenship by contributions to the Government. The citizenship by investment acquired under the program is fully recognized by the Government of Vanuatu and the nationality is regarded as Ni-Vanuatu (Vanuatu citizen). Those applying for and receiving citizenship by investment have the full right to reside in Vanuatu at all times and the passport is renewable upon expiry. Moreover, citizenship is inherited by future generations. The applicant must not have any criminal record and must be of high standing in his or her community, organization, society or country. Passports are valid for a period of 5 years renewable for the same period. read more

Citizenship by investment in Dominica

Citizenship by investment program of the Commonwealth of Dominica is a direct second citizenship program that allows foreign nationals obtaining second passport by official donation of a prescribed amount of investment. The program was established in 1991 (only cash donation route of citizenship by investment was available). In 2014, Dominica has approved a real estate investment as another option of getting citizenship. The processing time for citizenship applications currently ranges from 3 to 4 months. Investment options are as follows. Advantages of being citizen of Dominica
  1. Visa-free travel to more than 144 countries and territories (as of January 2022).
  2. As a citizen of Dominica, you can relocate to Dominica or any other CARICOM-country at any time, and as a Commonwealth citizen, you will enjoy special rights and privileges in the United Kingdom and some other countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  3. Multiple and dual citizenship is recognized in the Commonwealth of Dominica. There is no need to renounce your previous citizenship and passport after becoming citizen of Dominica. Certain exceptions concern the citizens of those countries that prohibit dual citizenship (e.g., China, Denmark, India, Singapore, Japan, and some others). Interestingly enough, some Chinese people obtain citizenship and passport of Dominica without renouncing their citizenship. This is possible because the Government of Dominica does not report any country about its new citizens.
  4. No global taxation. You are not liable to taxation in Dominica on any income earned outside of Dominica except if you decide to reside in Dominica.
  5. You can use your new passport for banking purposes
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Permanent Residence in Bulgaria

Permanent Residence by Investment Program. The investor deposits BGN 1,000,000 (approximately EUR 512,000) in the Guaranteed Governmental Bond Portfolio for a period of 5 years. No further payment is required. At the end of the five-year period, the amount BGN 1,000,000 is returned to the investor with no accrued interest. The Investment is fully guaranteed by the government bonds. Benefits and Advantages on the Permanent Residence Scheme: Investor and all his family members (wife and minor children) get Permanent Residence in Bulgaria directly and immediately. Permanent residence gives the same rights as BG citizens, except voting. We would like to remind our readers that normally (without investment) foreigner must first obtain temporary residence permit in Bulgaria, then renew it annually, and only after 5 years or residence is entitled to apply for permanent residency. read more

Investment Programs in Comparison

“Elma Global” is one of the leading companies in the world in the sphere of relocation, and acquiring various immigration statuses: temporary residence permits, permanent residencies, second citizenship and second passports. The main offices are located in Moscow and Ukraine. Also, we have a vast network of business partners in the most attractive jurisdictions of the world (Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore and some other countries). Below you can find our analysis of the most attractive investment programs of the world. read more

Honorary Consulate and Diplomatic Passport

It must be noted that many fraudulent and scam web-sites in the Internet offer Diplomatic Appointments and Diplomatic Passports. Experts of Elma Global, who have some practical experience in providing legal service for prospective Honorary Consuls to be appointed to the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and to Kazakhstan, are very skeptical about these offers. Diplomatic Positions even in the undeveloped and in the poorest countries are normally meant for career diplomats who enjoy full immunity and full privileges and not for businessmen. Nevertheless, there is no smoke without fire. Surprisingly enough the appointment of Honorary Consuls with many privileges is legally possible in some cases. A foreign government which feels that some form of representation in another country is desirable to complement the activities of its Embassy or Consulate may appoint a person who has not hitherto been part of their diplomatic service to fulfill this role. Honorary Consul may combine the position with his own commercial and business activities, and in some instances, may not even be a citizen of the sending country. Such consular appointments are usually given the title of Honorary Consul. These Honorary Consuls are not career officials of the represented state. Some of them are locally-engaged staff with the nationality of the sending country, and in smaller cities, or in cities that are very distant from full-time diplomatic missions. read more

Questions on Multiple Citizenship

Question: Could you please help me regarding my citizenship? I am Brazilian born, with Portuguese citizenship. I am living in England for 5 years and qualify to apply for citizenship there also. Does UK government allow up to 3 citizenships? Or do I have to disclaim one of them?
Answer: You can have triple citizenship, no problem. All the three countries recognize multiple citizenship.

Question: I have a question regarding multiple citizenship. I was born in Russia and have moved to USA in my 20s. I have met my husband there who holds dual citizenship (French/ USA). We were married for 3 years now and starting next year or so I’m planning to apply for American citizenship. First, due to the conflict in Ukraine would it be possible for me to keep both Russian (at birth) and American (by marriage) citizenships? In addition, having in mind that my husband has dual (French/American) citizenship, does it let me the right to apply for a French citizenship? We have visited France recently and thinking of moving there for good. Is it easier to have only permanent resident status of both USA and France countries to be able to visit any time we want and to possibly avoid taxes? Or having green card in one country would automatically prevent me from getting a green card in another country?
Answer: There is no problem with having simultaneously three citizenships and passports. All the three countries (Russia, US, and France) allow dual citizenship in case you are not governmental official of high level, judge, or police officer. You can get French citizenship if you are married to French citizen for at least 1 year; no need of physical presence in the country as a condition to apply for citizenship in case of application by marriage. read more

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