What is the strategy of choosing a passport program that would best match your needs, priorities and capabilities? What kind of proactive approach is expected from the applicant at the stage of document collection, and what factors can affect the duration of this process? Find the answers in our today’s article!
To help our clients choose the right kind of citizenship by investment program, we analyze over 10 criteria and make a detailed calculation of the costs of all programs. This way, we can compare all the available options and make a decision that is consistent with the client’s objectives and budget.
When choosing a program, we recommend that you pay attention to these 15 questions.
Before signing the contract, we conduct a free preliminary check in order to assess the chances of our client, as well as possible risks they may encounter while obtaining the economic citizenship of their country of choice.
Once, with our assistance, our client settles on a CBI program and we sign a contract, we create a personalized check-list. As we prepare to submit the application, we ask the client to provide the original documents or notarized copies. Which documents are we talking about?
Please note that each program has individual document requirements. Some countries request that applicants submit colour copies, some are fine with black-and-white copies. When applying for the Antigua and Barbuda CBI program, it is enough to apostille just one’s foreign passport. Dominica does not require apostilling at all, just the notarized copies. St. Kitts and Nevis requires that all civilian documents are apostilled.
Click here to obtain the complete list of documents required when applying for economic citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
All documents must be translated into English. Note that the signature and seal of a notary who certifies the translator’s signature must also be translated into English.
The applicant is expected to provide the document originals in accordance with the checklist and submit them to the translation agency we cooperate with. The agency is responsible for document legalization, ordering of police records, and translations, all without the applicant’s participation.
There are several ways for the applicant to provide originals of documents: bring the documents and wait about 30 minutes for them to be verified; or we can send a courier who will transfer documents to the bureau and deliver the originals back to the applicant, all within one day. The applicant may also provide us with document copies that are already notarized. Thus, the applicant does not have to deal with the legalization of documents, since we will do that for them.
We work in constant contact with translation agencies: we read and proofread all the translations and make sure they meet the requirements of the citizenship by investment units in the Caribbean countries. We also receive information on our clients’ criminal record (that is, lack thereof).
The next stage is medical tests and medical check-ups. Dominica’s CBI program also expects the applicant to submit their fingerprints, so they are to visit a police station or a certified biometric authentication agency.
Simultaneously with this, the applicant completes the questionnaires in his or her native language. This is the information that is not evident from the documents: the applicant’s workplaces and places of residence in the past 10 years, some data on his or her parents and siblings. As per citizenship by investment programs’ requirements, the applicant is expected to provide the address of residence of their parents and spouse. The Grenadian CBI program, for instance, requests for information on where the marriage of the parents of the main applicant, and those of the spouse, took place.
On the basis of translations and questionnaires, our lawyers fill out the state forms in English and ask the applicant to read through and sign them. After that, the documents are sent to our Caribbean offices.
We can prepare documents for submission within 3-4 working days. On average, the whole process of collecting the documents takes up to one month.
The speed depends on the translation agency, as well as availability of all necessary documents.
At all these document preparation stages we try to minimize the applicant’s involvement. The document package is then sent to the client’s Caribbean country of choice, where they are accepted within 3 days to one week. Then, the CBI unit send us a confirmation letter that the documents have been received. Next, each applicant’s case is considered individually. Our licensed agents are in constant contact with the officers handling each client’s case, so the client receives updates as soon as yet another stage of the process is completed.
Once the applicant’s case is approved, the citizenship by investment committee issues a certificate of naturalization, and our agent receives the passport on our client’s behalf. Thus, it is not necessary to travel to the Caribbean country of your choice, as all the documents will be delivered to you.